Public Policy Archives - NWI
Case Study: Wisconsin Collaboration to Coordinate Early Childhood Data
May 19, 2017 | Emily Taylor
The Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC) has published a case study on Wisconsin’s program to link early childhood data between three agencies – the Departments of Health Services, Children and Families, and Public Instruction – to improve services and outcomes for children.
The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children
May 1, 2017 | Emily Taylor
A recent article in the National Institute of Justice Journal looks at research on the effects of parental incarceration on the well-being of their dependent children. The author, Eric Martin, a social science analyst in NIJ’s Office of Research and Evaluation, outlines the scope of the issue, potential risks for children as well as policy recommendations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.