News from the Field Related to Wraparound

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»

Family Instability and Children’s Social Development

September 20, 2019 Emily Taylor

This recent research brief from Child Trends looks at family instability – changes in parents’ situations such as marriage, divorce, and romantic partners moving in or out of the home – and its potentially negative influence on children’s and adolescents’ functioning and behavior.

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New: CLAS Toolkit: Advancing Health Equity and Racial Justice in Children’s Behavioral Health

September 11, 2019 Emily Taylor

A new resource is available to help child- and family-serving organizations develop their own Health Equity Plans to advance health equity and to reduce racial injustice and health disparities within their organizations, services, and communities. Developed by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, CHDI, Beacon Health Options, and Health & Equity, LLC, the toolkit is based on the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (National CLAS Standards).

Download the CLAS Toolkit»

Research: Team-Based Activities Beneficial for Children’s Mental Health

August 28, 2019 Emily Taylor

A recent study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence looked at the benefits of different kinds of extracurricular activities on the mental health of children in grades 4 and 7. The results indicate that team-based activities had more benefits than individual activities. The researchers attribute the difference to a stronger sense of peer belonging.

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Research: How to Protect Babies from Trauma Before it Happens

August 21, 2019 Emily Taylor

This article discusses the work of The JPB Research Network on Toxic Stress, a multi-university group of researchers working to develop measures to identify children’s relative vulnerability to stress, in hopes of allowing for earlier intervention and prevention.

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Study: Possible Genetic Link between Children’s Language and Mental Health

August 21, 2019 Emily Taylor

A recent study led by the University of York found a possible genetic link between children with language disorders and poor mental health. The researchers analyzed genetic data from more than 5,000 children, clinical assessments on children’s language ability, and questionnaire responses from parents. The lead researcher, Umar Toseeb, said, “If our findings are confirmed in future work, it could mean that, rather than wait for children with developmental language disorder to show symptoms of poor mental health before intervening, mental health support is put in place as soon as language difficulties become apparent, as a preventative measure.”

Read more about the research»

Lessons Learned When Building the Evidence for a Child Welfare Practice Model

August 21, 2019 Emily Taylor

Child Trends recently issued this brief for the child welfare field to highlight lessons learned from the evaluation of Success Coach, a post-reunification program developed by Catawba County, North Carolina. The authors also discuss the implications for other jurisdictions who may want to implement and evaluate similar post-reunification services. According to the authors, the new Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) “offers an opportunity for agency leaders and practitioners to begin to build evidence of success.”

Read the brief»

New Free E-Learning Program on Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals

July 10, 2019 Emily Taylor

The U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH) is offering a free and accredited e-learning program: Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals. The e-learning program, organized into four sections, is designed to develop behavioral health providers’ knowledge and skills related to culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS).

Learn more and access the training»

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