September 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. 
Navigating the Healthcare System Curriculum
Navigating the Health Care System is a four-unit health literacy curriculum designed by Nemours Children’s Health System for use with high-school-aged adolescents in classroom and community settings. It is designed to prepare students to be responsible for managing their own health care as they transition into adulthood..

(free registration required)
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
T he Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the only federally-supported resource center devoted to advancing the implementation of the  National Strategy for Suicide Prevention . The provide training, support, and endless resources to help build suicide prevention infrastructure and capacity building.

Housing Options for Youth Leaving Care Webinar Recording
The University of Maryland School of Social Work, Institute for Innovation and Implementation hosted a webinar with an overview of housing options for older youth in foster care and how to best match housing options with the transition to independence. 

Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools
This Joint SAMHSA-CMS informational Bulletin provides guidance to states and school systems about addressing mental health and substance use issues in schools. It provides examples of approaches for services in schools and describes some Medicaid authorities that states may use to cover services.

Tampa Conference Call for Proposals
The 33rd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health's has opened their call for proposals for research and policy benefiting children, youth and their families. The submission deadline is October 11, 2019.

Vibrant and Healthy Kids: Aligning Science, Practice, and Policy to Advance Health Equity
Early experiences and life circumstances shape prenatal and early childhood development, with powerful impacts on the developing brain and body that impact health outcomes across the life course and can span generations. The National Academies' latest report outlines steps needed to move children who are at risk for negative outcomes toward positive health trajectories and reduce health disparities..

Development and Implementation of a "Pediatric ACEs and Other Determinants of Health" Questionnaire in the Pediatric Medical Home: A Pilot Study
There is currently no validated tool to screen for ACEs exposure in childhood. To fill this gap, researchers designed and implemented a pediatric ACEs questionnaire in an urban pediatric Primary Care Clinic. Questionnaire items were selected and modified based on literature review of existing childhood adversity tools. 

When a Child’s Issues Are Bigger Than Just One Agency
The Hon. Patrick J. Mahoney (Ret.) shared his thoughts on the collaborative structure needed to provide critical and effective services to youth and families.

Critical Crossroads: Pediatric Mental Health Care in the Emergency Department Toolkit
The number of children seeking care for a mental health crisis in an emergency department is on the rise. With often limited mental health services, hospitals in rural areas bear an excessive burden. HRSA created a dynamic toolkit to better prepare hospital emergency departments to manage and coordinate care for children and adolescents in mental health crisis.

Childhood Adversity Screenings Are Just One Part of an Effective Response to Childhood Trauma
Exposure to adversity in childhood is widespread and can pose a serious threat to individual health and well-being over the life course. A new brief from Child Trends warns against over-reliance on screenings and recommends an alternative approach. 

Family Centered Treatment Fact Sheet
Family Centered Treatment (FCT) provides a holistic approach with families in their homes. It emphasizes all areas of family functioning relevant to treatment needs, as based on families’ identification of both their needs, and barriers to their functioning well as a family system. NCTSN provides a thorough fact sheet on FCT.

Empowering Teens: NIDA Toolkit for Out of School Time
The National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens has created a toolkit with science-based activities and resources on drug use and addiction for educating teens during out of school time (OST) that inspire learning and empower teens with the information they need to make informed decisions about drug use and their health.

Behavioral Health Provider Participation in Medicaid Value-Based Payment Models: An Environmental Scan and Policy Considerations
In partnership with the National Council for Behavioral Health, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) conducted interviews to understand the successes and challenges associated with implementing value-based payment in Medicaid behavioral health care. The final report details current engagement, implementation lessons, and policy recommendations.

Events & Webinars
Putting Care at the Center 2019
November 13-15, 2019; Memphis, TN
Putting Care at the Center  brings together innovators and advocates for healthcare delivery reform to meet, network, and create a shared agenda for the emerging field of complex care. This year, they will delve into complex care ecosystems that exist across the country and explore how collaboration is foundational to the work.

Residential Interventions: A Framework for Transformation as Part of Community Systems of Care
Sunday, March 15, 2020; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Tampa, FL
Residential interventions serving youth and families are changing dramatically. This pre-conference session will present the practice pillars of the BBI framework and significant trends that have developed over the past decade..

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