News from the Field Related to Wraparound

Child Trends Research: Special Health Care Needs And ACEs

December 13, 2019 Emily Taylor

Child Trends’ analysis of data from the 2016-17 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) found that children and youth with special health care needs are more likely to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Child Trends authors point out the need to work to ensure that trauma-informed approaches are integrated into places and environments where these children (and their caregivers) receive services.

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Mental Health Care Provider Shortage Impacting Children

December 13, 2019 Emily Taylor

This recent article published online in HuffPost describes the national statistics on the lack of mental health professionals and includes interviews with some affected families. The article cites research published in Pediatrics that although the number of child psychiatrists increased in the U.S. by 20% between 2007 and 2016, it is insufficient for the estimated 17 million children in the U.S. with diagnosable psychiatric disorder.

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Research: Bullying Perpetration Associated with Internalizing Problems

December 13, 2019 Emily Taylor

A new study at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health published recently online in the Journal of Public Health found that youths who reported being perpetrators of bullying were more likely to develop mental health problems compared to those who did not report being perpetrators of bullying.

The senior author, Silvia Martins, MD, PhD, is quoted, “Our findings provide an important extension to previous literature, and indicate that bullying behaviors prevention and intervention strategies among youth should consider how to take into account and handle negative feelings and mental health problems.”

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Resource: Supporting Relationships between Children and Their Incarcerated Parents

November 19, 2019 Emily Taylor

The National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD) has published a resource with guidelines by age range for caseworkers and caregivers to support children whose parents are incarcerated. It also includes links to additional resources.

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Child Trends Brief: Applying the Research and Evaluation Provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act

November 19, 2019 Emily Taylor

Child Trends has published a brief with information for state agencies, legislators, and researchers on the Family First Act. The brief outlines research and evaluation requirements for prevention and kinship services currently eligible for federal reimbursement under the Family First Act.

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Resource: Advancing Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems: Guidance from the Field

November 19, 2019 Emily Taylor

A partnership of national school mental health leaders and organizations contributed to the development of a resource on school mental health systems. Intended to help guide local, state and national efforts to strengthen school mental health effort, the resource outlines the need for school-based mental health programs, describes the core features of a school mental health program, and details opportunities, challenges and recommended strategies for implementation.

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Study: 1 in 5 Children Live in Counties without Child Psychiatrist

November 19, 2019 Emily Taylor

Recent research published in Pediatrics tracked the number of child psychiatrists in the US over the past decade and how they are distributed by state and county. While the overall number of child psychiatrists increased by 21.3%, and the ratio of child psychiatrists per 100,000 children increased from 8.01 to 9.75. However, despite these increases, approximately 70% percent of US counties have no child psychiatrists, due to the concentration of child psychiatrists in high-income, urban areas.

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Tools to Measure Progress in Implementing Trauma-Informed Approach

October 17, 2019 Emily Taylor

The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. (CHDI) has published “Issue Brief 72: Are We Trauma-Informed? Tools to Measure Progress in a Program, School, or Organization,” which summarizes results of a research review they, along with the Yale School of Medicine, and the Medical University of South Carolina, did of 49 surveys evaluating trauma-informed approach. The reviewers identified four assessment tools as the most promising for evaluating an organization’s progress in implementing a trauma-informed approach.

Read the issue brief on evaluation of trauma-informed approaches»

2019 Children’s Mental Health Report: Social Media, Gaming and Mental Health

October 16, 2019 Emily Taylor

The Child Mind Institute’s “2019 Children’s Mental Health Report: Social Media, Gaming and Mental Health” is intended to help parents, professionals and policymakers better understand the online lives of children and adolescents. The report includes information on the positive and negative mental health effects of online activities and provides guidelines for social media and internet use.

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National School Mental Health Curriculum

October 3, 2019 Emily Taylor

The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network Coordinating Office and the National Center for School Mental Health have developed a national school mental health curriculum. Designed to provide guidance and best practices for states, districts, and schools, the curriculum includes a trainer manual, participant manual, 8 training presentations designed for a series of one-hour, in-person sessions and 5 recorded virtual learning sessions.

For more information and to access the curriculum»

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