News From The Field

New from NCTSN: Complex Trauma Resource Guide

May 26, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has published a
new resource guide for youth who have experienced, or know someone who has experienced, Complex Trauma. The guide is designed for older youth, adolescents and young adults to use independently, or for clinicians and caregivers to use as a conversation guide with them.

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National Center for Children in Poverty Policy Report

May 23, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A new policy report, Strong at the Broken Places: The Resiliency of Low-Income Parents from The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, looks at traits of resiliency of low-income parents to identify ways to promote resiliency in other parents.

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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.

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Search for mental health care for children is often fruitless

May 15, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A recent Boston Globe article highlights the results of a 2015 Harvard study published this month in International Journal of Health Services. Researchers posing as a parent of depressed 12 year old called 913 doctors listed as network providers by Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations in Boston, Chapel Hill, N.C., Houston, Minneapolis, and Seattle. On average, they were able to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician only 40 percent of the time. Appointments with psychiatrists were only scheduled 17 percent of the time.

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New SAMHSA Toolbox Promotes Mental Health and School Readiness in Young Children

May 9, 2017 | Emily Taylor

SAMHSA has introduced The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox as a resource to support children’s healthy development, from infancy through the transition to school. The toolkit includes interactive planning tools along with videos, and other resources to support efforts in states, tribes and local communities in using the IECMHC.

Access the IECMHC Toolbox from SAMHSA»

Telehealth Guidelines for Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services

May 5, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The American Telemedicine Association has published telehealth guidelines for the delivery of mental health and behavioral services by a licensed health care provider through real-time videoconferencing for children and adolescents. Telemedicine is one potential way to address the lack of child- and adolescent-trained behavioral health providers.

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Research: Parenting-based therapies best for children with disruptive behaviors

May 3, 2017 | Emily Taylor

A new study published this week in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology found that involving parents in the treatment of children with disruptive behavior disorders (DBDs) has the best results. Researchers compared more than 20 other therapeutic approaches used in the treatment of DBDs.

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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.

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Research Shows Benefit of Pediatric-Based Brief Behavioral Treatment

April 27, 2017 | Emily Taylor

Results of a randomized clinical trial published this month in JAMA Psychiatry found that 56.8% of youths in pediatric-based behavioral treatment were clinically improved compared with 28.2% of youths provided with assisted referral. Improvement was greater for Hispanic youths, with 76.5% of those in behavioral treatment improving compared with 7.1% of referred youths.

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Research on Impact of Pre-Kindergarten

April 25, 2017 | Emily Taylor

The Brookings Institution recently published a report on the current research on the impact of pre-kindergarten and found “uniformly positive evidence of impact on kindergarten readiness”. According to the report, 42 states plus the District of Columbia now have early education programs serving 30 percent of the nation’s 4-year-olds and 5 percent of 3-year-olds. The report identifies the need for further research into the best ways to implement pre-kindergarten programs.

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