News from the Field Related to Wraparound

The Doctor Gap: Where Are All the Mental Health Care Providers?

March 20, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

“Only 27% of mental health needs in those areas are being met, according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). More than 6,300 additional providers would be needed to erase the gap.”

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Coronavirus and Parenting: What You Need to Know Now

March 13, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This article from NPR covers all the bases of talking to your kids about the Coronavirus, from “How do I get them to stop touching their faces?!” to “With racist incidents toward Asians and Asian Americans, is this a teaching moment for social justice?”

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Thousands of Foster Children Were Sent Out of State to Mental Health Facilities Where Some Faced Abuse and Neglect

March 13, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

ProPublica, in collaboration with the Chicago Tribune, takes a deep dive into the practice of sending foster children out of state for foster care, and the unchecked abuse and neglect these young people often faced hundreds of miles away from their homes and supports.

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Practice Brief: Supporting the Youth Peer Workforce

March 9, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This new practice brief, prepared in collaboration with MHTTC and Pathways RTC, addresses the existing research on how to best support youth peer support specialists and offers strategies and to address some of the common challenges they and their employers face.

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Screen Time and the Mental Health of Children

March 9, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

Researchers studying the results of questionnaires filled out by thousands of children ages 9 to 11 and their parents have found associations between electronic media use and mental health, although they say the magnitude of the impact they measured is statistically small.

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Report: Justice-involved youth experience mental and psychological challenges

March 9, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This article covers new research on the intersections of juvenile justice involvement and mental health.

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Three Better Ways to Support Foster Youth than Extending Care to 26

March 9, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

An alumni of the foster care system discusses his changing views on a California bill which would extend the state’s optional foster care system for young adults through age 25.

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Study shows 14% decline in pediatrician visits

March 9, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

A new study found a 14% decline in pediatrician visits among children with private insurance, while behavioral and psychiatric visits increased. Preventative visits also increased, perhaps due to the fact that the Affordable Care Act had eliminated copays for this type of visit. This article discusses the implications of these findings.
in children with private insurance. behavioral and psychiatric visits increased. preventative care visits also increased – this was during the time when ACA eliminated copays for these findings.

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THE MENTAL HEALTH OF BLACK YOUTH: A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL APPROACH DOES NOT IDENTIFY SUICIDE RISK

March 9, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This report from the Congressional Black Caucus responds to the increasing risk for suicide among black youth.

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Bill would allow kids as young as 12 to get counseling without parental consent

March 9, 2020 Maria Hermsen-Kritz

New Hampshire is weighing a bill that would allow children as young as 12 to obtain confidential mental health treatment without parental consent.

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