News for the Week of February 10, 2014
The Weekly MashUp is a reoccurring segment on Hear Me Out, the Young Minds’ Blog, highlighting the most pertinent local and national news for children’s mental health advocates.
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A Mature Intellect Focused on Young Minds
The Chronicle of Social Change – 2.11.14
Last week Young Minds’ President, Patrick Gardner and Fostering Media Connection’s Founder, Daniel Heimpel, sat down to “talk through some of the pressure points that advocates, journalists, and other stakeholders should pay attention to as California wrestles with the mental health needs of tens of thousands of vulnerable children.” Heimpel shared highlights of their conversation in an article this week on The Chronicle for Social Change.
Not Your Average Czar
The Chronicle of Social Change – 2.9.14
In June 2013, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (Board) created the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection (Commission) to make recommendations to fix the child welfare system in the wake of the tragic death of an eight-year-old boy under the State’s protection. In December, the Commission submitted recommendations to the Board on how to reform the system to better serve and protect youth. The Commission’s approach to reform is to better coordinate the multiple systems that serve foster youth by naming a lead agency to serve as a “child welfare czar.” This lead agency would “have the ability to transcend structure and propose the movement of financial and staff resources without regard to department lines.”
Reporter Daniel Heimpel of The Chronicle of Social Change, stresses that moving forward, the Board and Commission must incorporate youth in the process and acknowledge the important role news media plays in keeping all the players involved publicly accountable.
In Other News:
NEW STUDY: Depressed Girls Suffer The Most
Medical Express – 2.12.14
A new study finds that seven out of 10 adolescents with mental health problems also suffer from chronic physical pain. The percentage was even higher among girls who reported having pain more often than boys, no matter their mental health diagnosis.
Inside a Mental Hospital Called Jail
The New York Times – 2.8.14
New York Times columnist Nicolas Kristof writes about the largest mental health center in America—the Cook County Jail in Chicago, where as many as 60% of inmates brought in on any particular day have a diagnosed mental illness. However, due to systematic closures of psychiatric wards across the state, they have nowhere else do go. Kristof writes, “Psychiatric disorders are the only kind of sickness that we as a society regularly respond to not with sympathy but with handcuffs and incarceration.”
Portman and Baldwin Lead Effort to Improve Foster Care Services for America’s Most Vulnerable Youth
Policitalnews.me – 2.8.14
U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) introduced legislation they hope will improve foster care services for thousands of America’s most vulnerable youth—foster children. The proposed legislation will create a standard definition for “Treatment Foster Care” (TFC), a “highly effective placement for children and youth with serious medical, psychological, emotional and social needs.” TFC currently provides critical services to 40,000 foster youth across the country. According to the proposed legislation, the lack of a federal standard definition of TFC has impaired the quality and access of these services.
News Throughout the Country:
Indiana Initiative Helps Meet Children’s Mental Health Needs
Public News Service – 2.12.14
Indiana’s Children’s Mental Health Initiative, launched two years ago, is helping to “ensure all youth who need mental health services are able to access treatment.”
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