News from the Field Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Housing Support Improves Outcomes for Families Involved in Child Welfare

May 13, 2024 | NWI

A new report describes how a program aimed at increasing housing security has had positive impacts on children and families involved with the child welfare system.

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“Last Week Tonight” Discusses Medicaid MCOs

May 13, 2024 | NWI

This episode discusses why millions of people have been kicked off Medicaid, and (starting at minute 17) looks at some of the downsides of Medicaid managed care organizations.

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Physical Fitness Linked to Better Mental Health in Young People

May 13, 2024 | NWI

A new largescale study bolsters existing research suggesting that exercise can protect against anxiety, depression and attention challenges.

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What Exactly Is Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)?

May 13, 2024 | NWI

Generally, SEL means gaining skills and knowledge in areas like working with others to achieve a common goal, using emotional self-regulation, and maintaining healthy relationships. Students who participate in school-based SEL interventions experience significantly improved prosocial behaviors, academic achievement and peer relationships. This article draws out the connections between SEL and student mental health.

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What Clinicians Think is Driving the Youth Mental Health Crisis

May 13, 2024 | NWI

This brief describes findings from a survey of 1,400 clinicians regarding the reasons behind the national youth mental health crisis that continues to perplex government, health and community leaders.

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Study Examines Rates of Mental Health Issues Among Children in Child Welfare Custody

April 8, 2024 | NWI

A recent study of general hospital admissions among youth aged 12–17 years compared rates of mental health disorders among children who were in child welfare custody and a control group of children not in child welfare custody. The children and adolescents in the child welfare system had higher rates of problems across a wide variety of diagnoses.

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Foster Care Disparities for Youth with Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities

April 8, 2024 | NWI

A new study describes racial and gender disparities in foster care involvement among young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Teen Behavior, Explained by a Neuroscientist

April 8, 2024 | NWI

A researcher at Tufts School of Medicine explains how brain development – as well as current events – can influence decision-making in adolescence.

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Giving Children a Voice in the Courtroom

April 8, 2024 | NWI

Two locations in Virginia are piloting programs through the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to improve the handling of child abuse and neglect cases, reduce the number of children in foster care and improve outcomes for children in care. The programs encourage children to attend court and share their own perspectives.

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Family Money Problems Impact Teen Mental Health

April 8, 2024 | NWI

New research shows that teens are acutely affected by economic conditions in their daily lives and understand their families’ circumstances. Family finances can vary over time, and the research found that when teenagers said their family was experiencing hardship, they were more likely to be depressed and to get in trouble at school.

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