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The Availability of Peer Support and Disparities in Outpatient Mental Health Service Use Among Minority Youth with Serious Mental Illness
Publication Date: Jul 29 2020
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Found that having a peer specialist on staff was associated with increases in outpatient service use in both counties, and with reduced disparities in service use among Black and Latinx youth in Los Angeles County. The availability of a peer specialist with racial/ethnic concordance was also associated with greater outpatient service use among Latinx youth in both counties. These results suggest that peer support services are a promising approach to reducing the documented low rate of continued engagement in mental health services among youth
Children and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Publication Date: Jun 11 2020
American Psychological Association
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many school districts have closed for the remainder of the academic year. These closures are unfortunate because, for many students, schools are their only source of trauma-informed care and supports. When schools reopen, they must develop a comprehensive plan to address the potential mental health needs of their students
Justice-Involved Youth and Trauma-Informed Interventions
Publication Date: Dec 12 2019
Justice Policy Journal
Professionals working in the juvenile justice system must consider the impact of trauma on justice-involved youth when creating interventions and policies. Most youths involved with the justice system have a history of childhood adversity. Juvenile justice service systems should work to implement trauma-informed interventions that address the needs of youth with mental health and trauma related disorders. The adoption of a trauma-informed approach throughout the juvenile justice system and the implementation of interventions for juvenile offenders with a history of trauma exposure has enormous potential benefits for
justice-involved youth, the staff who work with them, their families, and the community at large.
Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America
Publication Date: Dec 01 2019
Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health
Over the last several years, data has emerged indicating an alarming increase in the suicide rates for Black children and teenagers over the past generation. While research has also shown climbing rates for youth from other racial and ethnic groups, this trend in Black youth runs counter to historical data showing lower rates of suicide among Black Americans.
Mental Health and Foster Care
Publication Date: Nov 01 2019
National Council of State Legislators
Up to 80 percent of children in foster care have significant mental health issues, compared to approximately 18-22 percent of the general population
Health and Mental Health Needs of Children in US Military Families
Publication Date: Jan 01 2019
American Academy of Pediatrics
Children in US military families share common experiences and unique challenges, including parental deployment and frequent relocation. Although some of the stressors of military life have been associated with higher rates of mental health disorders and increased health care use among family members, there are various factors and interventions that have been found to promote resilience.