News from the Field Related to Wraparound

Train the Trainer Approach Appears Effective in a Community Mental Health Context

April 18, 2021 Nicole Aue

This issue brief from the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut discusses how a train-the-trainer approach for disseminating evidence-based treatments (EBTs) has promise for improving access to EBTs, building local expertise and capacity for more flexible training, and reducing dissemination costs.

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Resource: Strategies to Promote Effective Virtual and Phone Engagement With Children, Youth, Families and Caregivers

April 18, 2021 Nicole Aue

This publication from the Children’s Bureau discusses ways that professionals outside of child protective services can act to support children and their caregivers and connect them with appropriate resources that may mitigate any risks for harm during crisis situations.

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Study Finds Psychiatric Disorders Persist 15 Years After Youth Are Detained

April 18, 2021 Nicole Aue

A new study shows that youth arrested as juveniles with psychiatric disorders that remain untreated continue to struggle with mental health and successful outcomes well beyond adolescence. The research shows nearly two-thirds of males and more than one-third of females with one or more existing psychiatric disorders when they entered detention still had a disorder 15 years later.

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Virtual Treatment Has Been Successful for Youth and Young Adults During the Pandemic

April 18, 2021 Nicole Aue

Virtual therapy improved engagement, mitigated symptoms and reduced repeated hospitalizations, according to a joint study by the Tulane University School of Medicine and the Tulane School of Social Work. Telehealth also enabled clinicians to learn more about patients, meet family members, get to know patients’ physical environments and observe patients’ moods in their home settings.

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Race-Blind Decision Making Could Reduce Disparities in the Child Welfare System

April 18, 2021 Nicole Aue

This article discusses results of an experiment by the Office of Child and Family Services in Nassau County, New York, to institute race-blind decision-making about removing children from their homes to reduce the overrepresentation of Black children in foster care.

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Outdoor Activities Improve Well-being

March 15, 2021 Nicole Aue

A study from North Carolina State University found outdoor play and nature-based activities helped buffer some of the negative mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for adolescents.

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Insurance Claims Data Shows “Seismic” Shift Towards Telehealth

March 15, 2021 Nicole Aue

In addition to a rapid shift toward telehealth at the outset of the pandemic, insurance claims data shows that teens’ mental health services accounted for a much greater proportion of all their medical claims than in the past, especially last March and April.

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Racial Disparities in Youth Incarceration Persist

March 15, 2021 Nicole Aue

In an era of declining youth incarceration, Black and American Indian youth are still overwhelmingly more likely to be held in custody than their white peers.

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Pandemic Expansion of Telehealth Has Improved Access for Kids in Child Welfare System: Report

February 8, 2021 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This report details the findings of a new survey out of New York, which shows that the expansion of telehealth, due to lifted restrictions since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, has resulted in better access to mental health care for families involved in the state’s child welfare system.

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Treatment for Suicidal Ideation, Self-harm, and Suicide Attempts Among Youth

February 8, 2021 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This new guide from SAMHSA provides research and examples of implementation of interventions for suicidal ideation, self-harm and suicide attempts among youth.

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