The Children’s Mental Health Network is Closed Down
June 09, 2023
Important Message From Scott Bryant-Comstock
The Children’s Mental Health Network is Closing Down After meeting with the Board of the Children’s Mental Health Network, we have decided this will be our last year of operation. It has been an incredible journey, and every reader of Friday Update will always hold a special place in our hearts. This is the final issue of Friday Update. On behalf of Pat Baker, Cyndi Nation, and Jona Bacolod, we are grateful beyond measure for your trust in us to bring you quality information about children’s mental health all these many years.
So many of you have played significant roles throughout our existence, dating back to the early conversations in 2003 about an alumni network for graduated system of care grantee sites (how it all began). This work, more like a calling, has been so gratifying for me, but it is time to move forward. I am excited to see the next generation pick up the reigns of advocating for children and adolescents with mental health challenges and their families.
While the Network is now closed, the repository of information, articles, and research papers on the website will live on, hosted as an archive website by the University of South Florida. Many thanks to USF for hosting this archive website so that people can continue to have access in the future.
We are forever indebted to the kindness and unconditional love all of you have shown to us, proving what needs no proof, that the power of collective voice is unparalleled.
Note: The Children’s Mental Health Network ceased operation in December, 2023. This archived website is hosted by our long-time partners at the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, Department of Child & Family Studies, University of South Florida.
Hello, I’m Scott Bryant-Comstock, CEO and founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network, I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum to exchange ideas on how to improve children’s mental health research, policy, and practice.