Children and Youth News
CHILDREN AND MENTAL ILLNESS
UNCLAIMED CHILDREN REVISITED: THE STATUS OF CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH POLICY IN THE UNITED STATES
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) recently released a report, Unclaimed Children Revisited: The Status of Children’s Mental Health Policy in the United States,which documents how current mental health policies across the United Statesrespond to the needs of children and youth with mental health treatment needs, those at-risk, and their families. The report identifies the best policy practices that support family and youth-focused, research-informed, developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports. It also discusses the extent to which new knowledge has been incorporated into the policy and practice frameworks governing children’s mental health today.
To access the report, visit the NCCP homepage at www.nccp.org.
Please check out all of the resources that can be accessed at NAMI’s Child and Adolescent Center website at www.nami.org/caac(Click Schoolsand Education).
U.S.DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: NEW GUIDE ON REDUCING BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASSROOM
The U.S. Department of Education has developed a new guide for elementary school educators and school and district-level administrators that offers prevention, implementation, and school-wide strategies that can be used to reduce problematic behavior that interferes with the ability of students to attend to and engage fully in instructional activities. The guide is part of their “What Works Clearinghouse,” which is a source of scientific evidence for what works in education. To access the guide, visithttp://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practiceguides/behavior_pg_092308.pdf
NIMH UPDATE: NEW GUIDE ON BIPOLAR DISORDER IN CHILDREN AND TEENS
The National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) has posted on their website a new easy-to-read booklet on bipolar disorder in children and teens that explains what it is, when it starts, and how to get help.
To access the booklet, visit http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder-in-children-and-teens-easy-to-read.shtml