News from the Field Related to Wraparound

Juvenile justice system can better serve children with autism

August 3, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

The author of a new book writes about how the juvenile justice system can better support young people on the autism spectrum.

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Trading Social Media for In-Person Interaction May Reduce Depressive Symptoms in LGBT Youth

August 3, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

A new study finds that frequent social media use can lead to symptoms of depression for LGBT youth, and that exchanging social media time for in person interactions could lead to positive outcomes.

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The Availability of Peer Support and Disparities in Outpatient Mental Health Service Use Among Minority Youth with Serious Mental Illness

August 3, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This study looked at whether the availability of peer support reduced disparities in use of outpatient mental health services among youth ages 16–24 with serious mental illness in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties. Researchers found that peer support was generally associated with an increase in use of outpatient mental health services among Black and Latinx youth.

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As schools reopen, addressing COVID-19-related trauma and mental health issues will take more than mental health services

August 3, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This article recommends a comprehensive approach to addressing the mental health impacts of Covid-19 in children as they return to school, either in person or via distance learning.

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Santa Clara County rolls out UBI program for youth transitioning out of foster care

August 3, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

Santa Clara County has started a pilot program that provides a “universal basic income” of $1000 monthly to young people aging out of foster care, the first of its kind in the country.

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Has child abuse surged under COVID-19? Despite alarming stories from ERs, there’s no answer

August 3, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

While calls to child abuse hotlines have been down during the pandemic as children are out of school and community programs, experts are unsure what actual numbers may be, and calling for a shift in paradigm from intervention toward prevention to meet the needs of the moment.

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Researchers Find Association between Participation in Extended Foster Care and Reduced Risk of Homelessness

June 17, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

These researchers found that young people who participated in extended care had a reduced risk of homelessness. Read more here»

Alameda County’s Youth Transitions Partnership Program: A Promising Model for Supporting Transition-Age Youth in Foster Care

June 17, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This brief from Chapin Hall goes over the results of a study of a program for transition-age foster youth in Alameda County, California.

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A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

June 17, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine discusses the findings of a recent comprehensive study on child poverty and outlines a proposed plan to reduce child poverty by half in the next ten years.

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Strings Attached: Young Adults Fight to Stay In Foster Care

June 17, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

The most vulnerable young people in California struggle to remain in the state’s extended foster care program, even as the state has expanded eligibility during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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