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Salon – 1.13.18
On campuses across the nation, college students face a lack of quality interventions for their mental health needs. With an increasing number of students presenting with anxiety disorders, clinical depression, self-harming behaviors, and eating disorders over the last decade, college counseling centers struggle to provide long-term treatments. The continual demand for counselors — combined with a lack of adequate staff and supports — can result in a host of unmet needs. For one, students’ treatment can prematurely end when they encounter inexperienced clinicians only offering short-term approaches.
A shortage of licensed clinicians means that college students have an estimated “one in two to one in four chance” that their care will be handled by an unlicensed trainee mental health professional. Moreover, the types of services available are likely limited to short-term, solution-focused, crisis-management varieties, with sessions spaced weeks apart.
“I thought there would be more counselors,” said one nineteen-year-old student of her negative campus counseling experience. “They really underestimated the number of students who prioritized their mental health.”
Washington Post – 1.10.18
Federal health officials have suspended a program used to find effective interventions to address mental illness and substance use disorders. Launched in 1997, the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) contains a database of several hundred mental health and substance use programs that have been independently assessed and deemed scientifically sound. Mental health and addiction specialists across the country rely on NREPP to find effective and appropriate treatments.
No new postings have been added since agency officials froze NREPP in September 2017. As a result, at least 90 new programs have not been made available to the public through NREPP. Advocates who oppose the freeze fear that the lack of up-to-date information may result in confusion and wasted resources.
“NREPP is one of the most important tools we have. Nobody has a financial stake,” said Catherine Tucker, president of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, a membership organization for counselors who work with young people. “It’s an impartial, nonpartisan, trustworthy source that represents thousands and thousands of hours of work.”
“Katie A.” Third Edition Medi-Cal Manual Published
California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Department of Social Services (DSS) have released a Third Edition Medi-Cal Manual on Katie A. services. The service array, which includes Intensive Care Coordination (ICC), Intensive Home Based Services (IHBS), and Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC), is provided in a young person’s home or community. The full Manual is available for download here.
Long Anticipated Criteria for STRTP Placement Released
John Burton Foundation – 1.12.18
The California Department of Social Services (DSS) has released long-awaited criteria for Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTP). The Department’s All County Letter (ACL) No.17-122 states that a child may be accepted into a STRTP if the following requirements are met:
1) The child does not require inpatient care at a licensed health facility;
2) The child has been assessed as needing services provided by the STRTP due to behaviors resulting from events including trauma, risk of harm, or lack of needed services in the child’s home or family setting; and
3) One of the following applies:
- Child meets criteria for Medi-Cal Specialty Mental Health Services as determined by a licensed mental health professional;
- Child has been assessed as seriously emotionally disturbed (SED) or by an Individualized Education Plan (IEP); OR
- Child has been assessed as requiring the level of services provided by STRTP in order to meet his or her behavioral or therapeutic needs.
The full description and explanation of STRTP criteria can be found in the All County Letter, here.
Kentucky Becomes the First State Allowed to Impose Medicaid Work Requirement
Washington Post – 1.12.18
Opioid Addiction Knows No Color, but Its Treatment Does
NY Times – 1.12.18
Schools Become a ‘Safe Haven’ for Salvadoran Students in Wake of Crackdown
Ed Source – 1.11.18
Executive Order Directs Mental Healthcare Resources for Vets
NBC LA – 1.10.18
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