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. 
T his Joint SAMHSA-CMS informational Bulletin provides guidance to states and school systems about addressing mental health and substance use issues in schools with examples of approaches for services in schools and Medicaid authorities that states may use to cover services.

The Well-being in the Nation (WIN) framework offers simple, powerful, and actionable measures to improve health representing the first set of national multi-sector measures developed with input from diverse national and community stakeholders. It details nine core measures relating to the well-being of people, of places, and equity with an interactive website that prioritized county and sub-county data.

This article provides a brief overview of trauma science and a developmental process-based approach to trauma-informed change. It describes the Missouri Model which explicitly conceptualizes being “trauma-informed” as the end result of a developmental process in which the organization goes through a series of successive stages. The Model lists developmental stages, key tasks, organizational processes and indicators.

The annual Kids Count Data Book tracks 16 areas of child well-being across 4 domains. In 2019 California improved it's overall rank from 36 to 35. Four areas comprise the final ranking (with CA ranking): health (7), family and community (41), economic well-being (46) and education (36). Each area considers multiple factors that are described in the document.

This publication details the research on the effects of early trauma exposure, what Connecticut is doing across systems to support young children who have experienced trauma, and outlines a framework to expand the state's robust system of trauma-informed care for older children to include younger children.

This brief summarizes current research and promising practices for implementing trauma-informed care (TIC) to support the well-being of children exposed to trauma and help them reach their full potential.

In the context of protracted shortages of pediatric behavioral health (BH) specialists, BH integration in pediatric primary care can increase access to BH services. This study assesses the structure and process of pediatric BH integration and outcomes in patient experience (access and quality), cost, and provider satisfaction.. 

CMHI National Evaluation data shows that sites are not maximizing partnerships with youth- and family-run organizations. This slide deck reviewed the findings from the CMHI data, explored best practice for integrating family and youth voice, and identified how assessment tools and local evaluations could enhance collaboration to implement more meaningful roles for youth and families.

The Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to conduct an objective and transparent review of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements. Search the newly released programs and services.

A healthy, innovative agency culture that is aligned with agency climate can play a significant role in the success of partnerships and change initiatives designed to meet the needs of families, youth, and children. This collection of user-friendly resources is designed to help teams assess and amplify positive agency culture and climate, identify areas that need attention, and implement strategies to bring about meaningful and sustainable improvements.  .

Events & Webinars
July 25, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (PT), Webinar
This web event will focus on the importance of analyzing Medicaid data to understand Medicaid service use and cost more clearly. Information will be provided on how to structure an analysis of Medicaid data pertinent to children with behavioral health challenges using Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) data.

July 31, 2019, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (PT), Webinar
This webinar this the first in a 3-part series and provides an overview of the care integration needs of children and youth with behavioral health challenges and how they differ from those of adult populations. It will introduce the essential components of a care integration best practices framework to guide planning and implementation by state and local policymakers and program directors.

November 7-19, 2019, Austin, TX
The nation’s premier interdisciplinary conference on school mental health brings together local, state, national, and international experts to advance knowledge and skills related to school mental health practice, research, training, and policy. 

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