Public Policy Archives - NWI

Eric Bruns in New Zealand for National Wraparound Summit

February 13, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Eric Bruns, PhD, co-director of the National Wraparound Initiative, is in New Zealand this week for a National Wraparound Hui at Massey University. (Hui is a word with Māori origins used in New Zealand for gatherings and assemblies). Bruns participated in a national radio interview there with Dr. Ruth Gammon, Massey University psychologist and organizer of the event, about how wraparound services can help at-risk kids.

Listen to the interview on Radio New Zealand with Eric Bruns and Ruth Gammon»

What If All Children Could Attend Preschool?

February 6, 2017 | Emily Taylor

In this recent blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the authors detail the benefits of preschool to children’s long term well-being and survey preschool standards in several European countries, where universal preschool is the norm.

Read about the benefits of preschool»

New American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement

January 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor

“Addressing Early Childhood Emotional and Behavioral Problems” is a new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement that outlines effective evidence-based interventions in child care. It covers some of the problems frequently seen in young children including reactive attachment disorder; disruptive behavior disorders; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); and anxiety and mood disorders. Lead author, Dr. Mary Margaret Gleason, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Tulane University School of Medicine, points to evidence supporting therapy for young children, over treatment with psychotropic medications.

Read about the new American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement»

Policy Statement on Early Childhood Homelessness

December 1, 2016 | Emily Taylor

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Education recently released a joint policy statement on early childhood homelessness. It contains research and recommendations on ways in which early childhood and housing providers can collaborate to provide safe, stable, and nurturing environments for pregnant women and families with young children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and contains examples of collaborations.

Read the policy statement on meeting the needs of families with young children experiencing and at risk of homelessness»

The New Focus on Children’s Mental Health

October 28, 2016 | Emily Taylor

This recent article in The Atlantic gives an overview of programs around the country designed to increase support for children’s mental health in schools, as well as recent related research.

Read the Atlantic article on children’s mental health»

Counsel or Criminalize? Why Students of Color Need Supports, Not Suspensions

October 12, 2016 | Emily Taylor

This report from the Center for American Progress outlines issues facing students of color, including greater likelihood of traumatic experiences and poverty, lack of school-based services and “higher incidence of suspension, expulsion, and even contact with law enforcement.” The report also provides policy recommendations to address these issues.

Read the report on the need for improved mental health supports in schools»

New Brief from NASHP: Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the EPSDT Benefit

October 12, 2016 | Emily Taylor

The National Academy for State Health Policy’s brief, “Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the EPSDT Benefit,” offers clarification on services for Medicaid-eligible children with ASD and, specifically, the expected adherence to the EPSDT benefit, along with examples of strategies currently being used by multiple states.

Access the brief on Autism Spectrum Disorders and the EPSDT benefit»

Why and How to Improve Mental Health Services for Youth

October 11, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this viewpoint piece published recently in U.S. News & World Report, Jeffrey Lieberman, MD and chairman of the Dept. of Psychiatry Columbia University, argues for the improvement of mental health care for children and youth. Lieberman recommends reaching this population in schools and pediatricians’ offices through screening and treatment programs.

Read the recommendations for improving mental health care for children and youth»

FosterClub AllStars on National Child Welfare Policy

September 14, 2016 | Emily Taylor

In this column, David Samuel Hall of FosterClub All-Stars, a group of foster youth advocates, shares his perspective on the need for legislation to improve the child welfare system. A former foster youth, he shares that he believes mental health services and Wraparound services “would have completely changed” his story.

Read David Samuel Hall’s perspective on needed child welfare improvements»

AAP provides guidance on treating acute pediatric mental health, behavioral problems

August 29, 2016 | Emily Taylor

A new two-part clinical report by The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Pediatric Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Pediatric Emergency Medicine Committee identifies current knowledge gaps regarding pediatric mental health emergencies.

Read the article and access the original research reports on guidelines for pediatric mental health emergencies»

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