July 2019
Each month the Breaking Barriers Bulletin brings opportunities and resources that support interagency knowledge-sharing and collaboration. Each issue includes the latest news, research, resources, and events relevant to integrating care for children and families.

Join us this November 20-21 for our 4th Annual Interagency Symposium , where we'll explore these themes and strategies in detail. 
School Success: An Opportunity for Population Health
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a 1-day public workshop exploring how health sector capabilities could be used to help improve educational outcomes from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Cities of Opportunity: Healthy People, Thriving Communities Highlights and Summary from 12-City Pilot 
T he National League of Cities (NLC) Cities of Opportunity project aims to strengthen the capacity of city leaders to work in a more holistic way to address the root causes of poor health. Their pilot in select cities affirmed key elements of the initiative and pointed to ways to improve the next stage.

Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States
The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) was released on August 20, 2019. The report summarizes of key findings for national indicators of substance use and mental health among people aged 12 years or older in the civilian, non-institutionalized population of the United States. 

The California Healthy Places Index (HPI)
The Public Health Alliance of Southern California developed a powerful new tool that explores local factors that help predict life expectancy and compares community conditions across the California.

Cultivating a Community of Champions for Children Through Transformative Family Engagement
This W.K. Kellogg Foundation report shows how equity-based family engagement helps parents and caretakers in underserved communities become effective advocates and culture-bearers in schools, which boosts educational quality and relevance.

The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth
This report provides multiple recommendations for capitalizing on the developmental opportunities of adolescence, and for addressing inequities—in education, in health care, and in other areas—that undermine the well-being of many adolescents and leave them less able to take advantage of the promise offered by this stage of life.

Building a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System
Beginning in 2011, through a federal grant, Connecticut launched a seven-year effort to transform the child welfare system to be trauma-informed. Today, Connecticut has made significant progress to ensure that children and families involved in the child welfare system are identified and have access to high-quality services. Connecticut is now one of the nation’s leading examples of a trauma-informed child welfare system.

Children's Faces of Medicaid: Data Analysis Series
The Center for Health Care Strategies put together resources as part of their ongoing Faces of Medicaid data analysis series, designed to uncover patterns of behavioral health care use and expense for children in Medicaid and to help states and other stakeholders uncover opportunities to improve outcomes for these children and youth. 

Pediatric Care Integration Best Practices: Consensus Findings from an Expert Convening
In July, SAMHSA sponsored a webinar regarding integrated care for children, highlighting youth's needs, effective integrative approaches, recommendations from the national expert convening, and best practices from around the country.

September: National Recovery Month
September is National Recovery Month, a month focused on increasing awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. View toolkits, resources, and events designed to support recovery.

Events & Webinars
2019 Breaking Barriers Interagency Symposium
November 20-21, 2019
Join Breaking Barriers for their 4th Annual Interagency Symposium. Early Bird Registration pricing ends September 1st.

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