News from the Field Related to Wraparound

Sequel Youth Facilities Raked in Millions while Accused of Abusing Children

January 15, 2021 Nicole Aue

Sequel Youth & Family Services collected hundreds of millions in tax dollars to care for vulnerable children, despite abuse and negligence allegations at their facilities for children with serious mental and behavioral health concerns.

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“Woebot” Chatbot Helps Reduce Anxiety and Depression

January 15, 2021 Nicole Aue

Developed by Stanford University, the Woebot AI chatbot app, which delivers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for young people, has shown that it does improve mental health. In just two weeks, users reported a 22% reduction in their symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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Inside Utah’s Troubled Teen Industry

December 2, 2020 Nicole Aue

This investigative report from the Salt Lake Tribune details experiences of young people housed in residential treatment facilities across Utah.

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Georgia’s Cold Case Project Improves Outcomes for Children “Lost” in the Foster Care System

December 2, 2020 Nicole Aue

This article describes how Georgia’s Cold Case Project enables a team of attorneys, psychiatrists and others to find homes and improve outcomes for Georgia’s foster children and youth.

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Recommendations for Trauma-Informed Care Under the Family First Prevention Services Act

December 2, 2020 Nicole Aue

The federal Family First Prevention Services Act provides a significant opportunity for child welfare systems to better support children and families. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago have partnered to outline recommendations for how jurisdictions can understand Family First’s policy requirements for trauma-informed approaches and ensure that implementation of the law meets the trauma-related needs of children, youth and families. This paper outlines opportunities to better support the workforce and foster families in providing trauma-informed care.

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Experiences and Well-Being of Sexual and Gender Diverse Youth in Foster Care

December 2, 2020 Nicole Aue

This is the first survey to report on the proportion of youth in foster care in New York City who are LGBTQAI+ and differences in their experiences compared to those of youth who are not LGBTQAI+. This survey was commissioned by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), which is committed to serving youth in foster care that are LGBTQAI+. This report provides the detailed findings from this survey.

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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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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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