Data Trends 2010
Summary 156 (Issued April, 2010). Chavira, A., Garland, A., Yeh, M., McCabe, K., & Hough, L. (2009). Child anxiety disorders in public systems of care: Comorbidity and service utilization. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 36:4, 492-504. DOI: 10.1007/s11414-008-9139-x. Results show that youth having anxiety comorbid with another psychiatric disorder were significantly more likely to receive inpatient services than youth with anxiety only. Inpatient services for anxiety only or comorbid anxiety were more likely to originate through public service sectors for substance abuse, mental health, or special education than from child welfare or juvenile justice.
Data Trends 2009
Summary 155 (Issued August, 2009). Hernandez, M., Nesman, T., Mowery, D., Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., & Callejas, L. M. (2009). Cultural competence: A literature review and conceptual model for mental health services. Psychiatric Services, 60(8), 1046 – 1050. Based on a review of the research literature, the authors provide an expanded definition of organizational cultural competence, which states that “cultural competence occurs when there is compatibility among four important factors: community context, cultural characteristics of local populations, organizational infrastructure, and direct service support” (p. 1047).
News 0149 (Issued November, 2009). Soni, A. (2009, April 17). The five most costly children's conditions, 2006: Estimates for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized children, ages 0-17, MEPS Statistical Brief 242, 1-5. [Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality].
News 0148 (Issued August, 2009). We send this News Brief in case you didn’t see this weeks’s MedLine and HealthDay releases. Source: Olfson, M. & Marcus, S. C. (2009). National Patterns in Antidepressant Medication Treatment. Archives of General Psychiatry, 66:848-856.
Summary 154 (Issued July, 2009). Silverman, W. K., Ortiz, C. D., Viswesvaran, C., Burns, B. J., Kolko, D. J., Putnam, F. W., et al. (2008). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 37(1), 156 - 183. Findings of this literature review and meta-analysis indicate that Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral met criteria for well-established, while School-Based Group Cognitive Behavioral Treatment programs were classified as probably efficacious.
News 0147 (Issued April, 2009). This News Brief provides a direct link to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka “Economic Stimulus Package") and additional sources of information about the ARRA and the provision of mental health services and other supports to children and their families.
Data Trends 2008
Summary 153 (Issued November, 2008). Birman, D., Beehler, S., Harris, E. M., Everson, M. L., Batia, K., Liautaud, J., et al. (2008). International Family, Adult, and Child Enhancement Services (FACES): A Community-based comprehensive services model for refugee children in resettlement, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 78(1), 121-132. Birman and colleagues investigated a comprehensive, community-based mental health program that addresses multiple forms of trauma witnessed or experienced by child refugees who resettled to the United States.
News 0146 (Issued November, 2008). Two reports from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health among youths age 12 to 17.
Summary 152 (Issued October, 2008). Hoagwood, K. E., Green, E., Kelleher, K., Schoenwald, S., Rolls-Reutz, J., Landsverk, J. et al. (2008). Family advocacy, support and education in children’s mental health: Results of a national survey. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 35: 73-83. In the first known study of its kind, the authors surveyed 226 directors of family advocacy, support and education organizations (FASEOs) about their relationships with families, mental health providers, and policymaking agencies.
News 0145 (Issued September, 2008). Simpson, G. A., Cohen, R. A., Pastor, P. N., & Reuben, C. A. (2008). Use of mental health services in the past 12 months by children aged 4–17 years: United States, 2005–2006. NCHS data brief, no 8. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.
News 0144 (Issued May, 2008). Silverman W. K. & Hinshaw S. P. (2008). Special issue: Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for children and adolescents: A ten year update. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37(1).
Summary 151 (Issued June, 2008). (1) Bruns, E. J., & Hoagwood, E. K. (2008). State implementation of evidence-based practice for youths, Pt. I: Responses to the state of the evidence, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(4), 369-373. (2) Bruns, E. J., Hoagwood, E. K., Rivard, J. C., Wotring, J., Marsenich, L., & Carter, B. (2008). State implementation of evidence-based practice for youths, Pt. II: Recommendations for research and policy, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(5), 499-504. The authors find that there is not a single, clear pathway to the successful adoption of EBPs at the state level. Rather, states are beginning to implement EBPs in ways consistent with their particular needs, goals and constraints.
News 0143 (Issued March, 2008). The National Adolescent Health Information Center (NAHIC) at UCSF is pleased to announce the release of its first-ever brief on mental health, entitled, The Mental Health of Adolescents: A National Profile, 2008.
Summary 150 (Issued March, 2008). Perrin, J. M., Romm, D., Bloom, S. R., Homer, C. J., Kuhlthau, K. A., Cooley, C., et al. (2007). A family-centered, community-based system of services for children and youth with special health care needs. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 161(10), 933-936. The systems of care philosophy is making inroads into pediatric medicine. The authors develop a definition of a system of services for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) that closely follows the systems of care model and is based mainly on systems of care literature.
Data Trends 2007
News 0142 (Issued December, 2007). This news alert announces publication of the most recent report from Hawaii's Evidence Based Services Committee Addressing the empirical basis for psychosocial interventions. 2007 Biennial report: Effective psychosocial interventions for youth with behavioral and emotional needs.
News 0141 (Issued December, 2007). This News brief alerts you to the following special issue: Hodges, S. (Ed.) (2007). Qualitative methods in children's mental health [special issue]. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 34(4).
Summary 0149 (Issued November, 2007). Sheehan, A. K., Walrath, C. M., & Holden, E. W. (2007). Evidence-based practice use, training and implementation in the community-based service setting: A survey of children’s mental health service providers. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16, 169-182.
News 0140 (Issued October, 2007). Summary of Congressional hearings on Child Neglect and Abuse in Private Residential Facilities, October 9, 2007.
News 0139 (Issued October, 2007). Forwarded to us by Child Trends, This Data Trends News brief alerts you to the following reports: (1) Implementing Evidence-Based Practices: Six "Drivers" of Success, and (b) Seven Activities for Enhancing the Replicability of Evidence-Based Practices.
News 0138 (Issued October, 2007). This Data Trends News brief alerts you to the following report: Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. (2007). A science-based framework for early childhood policy: Using evidence to improve outcomes in learning, behavior, and health for vulnerable children.
Summary 148 (Issued October, 2007). Henry, D., Bales, R., & Graves, E. (2007). Ethnography in evaluation: Uncovering hidden costs and benefits in child mental health. Human Organizations, 66(3), 315-326. Using a cultural anthropological approach to cost-benefit analysis, the authors conducted an efficiency evaluation of a system of care. Results were very favorable. The ethnographic study revealed monetary costs and other benefits not otherwise included in traditional evaluations, such as hidden costs; costs not incurred due to access to effective services; and positive outcomes for parents in the community, children’s mental health, and relationships between children and their families.
Summary 147 (Issued August, 2007). Nelson, T. D., & Steele, R. G. (2007). Predictors of practitioner self-reported use of evidence-based practices: Practitioner training, clinical setting, and attitudes toward research. (2007). Administration and Policy in Mental Health & Mental Health Research Services, 34:319-330. The primary article reports on the results of a survey of 215 mental health practitioners and their attitudes toward EBPs. Results suggest that “the relationship between clinical setting and EBP use was partially mediated by attitudes toward treatment research” (p. 319). Respondent’s level of education and number of years in clinical practice were not related to their use of EBPs.
Summary 146 (Issued August, 2007). Nesman, T. M., Batsche, C., & Hernandez, M. (2007). Theory-based evaluation of a comprehensive Latino education initiative: An interactive evaluation approach. Evaluation and Program Planning, 30, 267-281. This article provides a case example of a theory-based approach to building a logic model to increase Latino student access to higher education and describes school-based prevention and intervention activities, public and policy education strategies, and collaborative efforts across stakeholders. Qualitative and quantitative data support the theory of change that guided the 5-year initiative.
News 0137 (Issued August, 2007). This Data Trends News brief alerts you to the following report: The Road Ahead: Research Partnerships to Transform Services (a report by the National Advisory Mental Health Council’s Workgroup on Services and Clinical Epidemiology Research (May 12, 2006)...
Summary 145 (Issued July, 2007). Hoagwood, K. E., Olin, S. S., Kerker, B. D, Kratochwill, T. R., Crowe, M., & Saka, N. (2007). Empirically based school interventions targeted at academic and mental health functioning. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 15(2), 66-92. A literature review of 64 articles targeting the effectiveness of school-based interventions that met methodological criteria revealed only 24 articles that examined outcomes for both mental health and academic programs. Of these 24 interventions, 15 revealed a positive impact on both mental health and academic outcomes.
Summary 144 (Issued May, 2007). Libby, A. M., Orton, H. D., Barth, R. P., Webb, M. B., Burns, B. J., Wood, P., & Spicer, P. (2006). Alcohol, drug, and mental health specialty treatment services and race/ethnicity: A national study of children with families involved with child welfare. American Journal of Public Health, 96(4), 628-631.
Summary 143 (Issued April, 2007). Friedman, R. M., Pinto, A., Behar, L., Bush, N., Chirolla, A., Esptein, M., Green, A., et al. [The Alliance for the Safe, Therapeutic and Appropriate Use of Residential Treatment]. (2006). Unlicensed residential programs: The next challenge in protecting youth. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76(3), 295-303. In the fall of 2004, ASTART was formed to investigate residential treatment centers and the children who live there. ASTART advocates for the protection and safety of these youngsters and strives to educate families about a wide range of effective, alternate, community-based services and how to access them.
Data Trends 2006
News 0136 (Issued November, 2006) Magnabosco, J. L. (2006). Innovations in mental health services implementation: A report on state-level data from the U.S. Evidence-Based Practices Project.
Summary 142 (Issued October, 2006) Hernandez, M., & Hodges, S. (2006). Applying a theory of change approach to interagency planning in child mental health. American Journal of Community Psychology, 38(3/4) [In press]. This article reviews the central components of a theory of change and provides an example of its use. With the assistance of the authors, Contra Costa County, California designed a 12-stage theory of change logic model to help integrate services for children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems…
Summary 141 (Issued October, 2006). Fisher, S. K., Sukumar, B., Manteuffel, B. A., & Stephens, R. L. (2005). A preliminary profile of Latino children and youth receiving services in system of care communities. Psychline, 4(6), 4-12. This article reports on the results of two components of the national evaluation involving 2,220 Latino youth and their families and compares those results with non-Latino white youth and their families.
News 0135 (Issued September, 2006). This Data Trends News brief alerts you to the October-November edition of Healthy Childcare. This special edition is devoted to mental health in early childhood.
Summary 140 (Issued August, 2006). Pullmann, M. D., Kerbs, J., Koroloff, N., Veach-White, E., Gaylor, R., & Sieler, D. (2006). Juvenile offenders with mental health needs: Reducing recidivism using wraparound. Crime and Delinquency, 52(3), 375-397. This article reports on the ability of one system-of-care site, Connections, to reduce recidivism among youth with serious emotional and behavioral problems involved in the juvenile justice system through the use of wraparound.
News 0134 (Issued August, 2006). This Data Trends News brief alerts you to a change of leadership at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute...
Summary 139 (Issued August, 2006). This Data Trends summarizes three articles reporting on the design, description, and school characteristics examined in the Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study (SEELS) and the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2). The first article outlines the design features of the study, and the second article provides a national picture of the children and youth in each study; the third article reports on school and service characteristics.
Summary 138 (Issued July, 2006). Zimmerman, F. (2005). Social and economic determinants of disparities in professional help-seeking for child mental health problems: Evidence from a national sample. Health Services Research, 40(5), 1514-1533. The authors consider the effects of socioeconomic and other demographic characteristics on the receipt of mental health services for children with emotional and behavioral problems and their families. Results indicate that girls, middle children, and children living in households with fathers are least likely to receive mental health services when compared to their counterparts.
News 0133 (Issued July, 2006). This News brief alerts you to the following special issue: Kendall, P. (Ed.). (2006, Spring) Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, [Special Edition] - Vol. 13(1), 1-108.
Summary 137 (Issued June, 2006). Knitzer, J., & Cooper, J. (2006). Beyond integration: Challenges for children’s mental health. Health Affairs, 25(3), 670-679. This special issue of Data Trends is a combination of a summary of the Knitzer and Cooper article, a commentary on it, and an enhanced discussion of some key issues raised in this article.
News 0132 (Issued June, 2006). Blanchard, L. T., Gurka, M. J., & Blackman, J. A. (2006). Emotional, developmental, and behavioral health of American children and their families: A report from the 2003 National Survey of Children's Health. Pediatrics, 117, 1202-1212.
Summary 136 (Issued June, 2006). Schoenwald, S. K., Letourneau, E. J., & Halliday-Boykins, C. (2005). Predicting therapist adherence to a transported family-based treatment for youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 34(4), 658-670. Therapeutic adherence is an important construct when transporting empirically supported practices from the laboratory to real world settings. The authors studied factors that predicted therapeutic adherence to Multisystemic therapy (MST) among a group of therapists, caregivers, and youth.
News 0131 (Issued June, 2006). This News brief alerts you to a new report, "Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance --- United States, 2005," from the National Centers for Disease Control...
Summary 135 (Issued June, 2006). (1) Wisdom, J. P., Clarke, G. N., & Green, C. A. (2006). What teens want: Barriers to seeking care for depression. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 33(2), 133-145; (2) Jaycox, L. H., Rosenbaum Asarnow, J., Sherbourne, C. D., Rea, M. M., LaBorde, A. P., & Wells, K. B. (2006). Adolescent primary care patient’s preferences for depression treatment. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 33(2), 198-207. Lessons learned from these two studies are of value to both primary care and mental health practitioners.
News 0129 (Issued May, 2006) . This News brief alerts you to a new article by Jane Knitzer in the following special issue from Health Affairs: Iglehart, J. K. (2006). Mental Health: Progress and Pitfalls, [Special Issue], Health Affairs, 25(3).
Summary 134 (Issued May, 2006). LaFromboise, T. D., Hoyt, D. R., Oliver, L., & Whitbeck, L. B. (2006). Family, community, and school influences on resilience among American Indians in the upper Midwest. Journal of Community Psychology, 34(2), 193-209.
News 0128 (Issued May, 2006). Just released! This Data Trends News brief alerts you to a revised matrix of SAMHSA program priorities and cross-cutting management principles...
Summary 131 (Issued April, 2006). Anderson, J. A., Meyer, R. D., Sullivan, W. P., & Wright, E. R. (2005). Impact of a system of care on a community’s children’s social services system. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14(4), 505-520. This article presents results of interviews with key administrators and other decision makers about their perceptions of how the Dawn Project has impacted systems of care in Marion County, Indiana.
Summary 132 (Issued April, 2006). Daleiden, E. L., Chorpita, B. F., Donkervoet, C. M., Arensdorf, A. A., & Brogan, M. (in press). Getting better at getting them better: Health outcomes and evidence-based practice within a system of care. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. For more than a decade, the Hawaii system of care has undergone numerous transformations, and this article outlines some strategies that have helped to make the site a success. With a specific focus on evidence based services and child outcomes, the authors provide a brief history of a statewide system of care.
News 0127 (Issued April, 2006). A new step-by-step approach to assess system of care financing structures and strategies is now available for experts in the field of children’s mental health systems. A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide: Developing a Comprehensive Financing Plan will help...
Summary 130 (Issued April, 2006). McLeroy, K. (Ed.). (2006). [Special Issue]. American Journal of Public Health, 96(3). This collection of provocative and informative articles examines the potential applications of systems thinking to public health. Although the articles do not talk specifically about mental health, they have great applicability to mental health, and therefore this special Data Trends reports not on one article but on a general theme as reflected in several articles.
Summary 129 (Issued March, 2006). Wood, P. A., Yeh, M., Pan, D., Lambros, K. M., McCabe, K. M., & Hough, R. L. (2005). Exploring the relationship between race/ethnicity, age of first school-based services utilization, and age of first specialty mental health care for at-risk youth. Mental Health Services Research, 7 (3), 185-196. This article sheds light on the relationship between school-based services and specialty mental health services by investigating the age at which a youth first received school-based or specialty mental health services and the race/ethnicity of the youth.
News 0126 (Issued March, 2006) (1) Bernal, G. & Saez-Santiago, E. (2006). Culturally centered psychosocial interventions. Journal of Community Psychology, 34(2), 121-132; and (2) Arcia, E., Fernandez, M. C., & Jaquez, M. (2005). Latina mothers' characterizations of their young children with disruptive disorders. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14(1), 111-125.
Summary 128 (Issued March, 2006). Brannan, A. M., Heflinger, C.A. (2005). Child behavioral health service use and caregiver strain: Comparison of managed care and fee-for-service Medicaid systems. Mental Health Services Research, 7(4), 197-211. The authors compared the use of mental health services across two Medicaid systems and investigated the impact of child, family and community variables on service use.
Summary 127 (Issued February, 2006). Hair, H. J. (2005). Outcomes for children and adolescents after residential treatment: A review of research from 1993-2003. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14 (4), 551-575. The author presents a literature review of 18 RTC studies from 1993-2003 and identifies factors associated with positive outcomes upon discharge or at post-test.
News 0125 (Issued February, 2006). A significant legal decision handed down by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts on January, 26, 2006, reinforces the fact that under Medicaid's EPSDT requirements, states must make available any medical or remedial services for the maximum reduction of mental as well as physical disability, to restore an individual to their best possible functional level.
News 0124 (Issued January, 2006). Lambert, M. C., Rowan, G. T., Kim, S., Rowan, S. A., Shin An, J., Kirsch, E. A. et al. (2005). Assessment of behavioral and emotional strengths in Black children: Development of the Behavioral Assessment for Children of African Heritage, Journal of Black Psychology, 31(4), 321-351. AND Pumariega, A. J., Rogers, K., & Rothe, E. (2005). Culturally competent systems of care for children's mental health: Advances and challenges. Community Mental Health Journal, 41(5), 539-555.
Summary 126 (Issued January, 2006). Lavallee, K. L., Bierman, K. L., Nix, R. L., & the Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group. (2005). The impact of first-grade “friendship group” experiences on child social outcomes in the Fast Track program. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33(3), 307-324. AND Gifford-Smith, M., Dodge, K. A., Dishion, T. J., & McCord, J. (2005). Peer influence in children and adolescents: Crossing the bridge from developmental to intervention science. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33(3), 255-265.
News 0123 (Issued January, 2006). Rosenthal, J., Kaye, N. (2005). State approaches to promoting young children's healthy mental development: A survey of Medicaid, maternal and child health, and mental health agencies. (CW NO. 12). Portland, ME: National Academy for State Health Policy.
Summary 125 (Issued January, 2006). Graves, K. N. (2005). The links among perceived adherence to the system of care philosophy, consumer satisfaction, and improvements in child functioning. Journal of Child and Family Studies 14(3) 403-415. Within a federally-funded system of care program in North Carolina, the author examined relationships among perceived adherence to system of care (SOC) principles, satisfaction with services, and changes in externalizing and internalizing behaviors among children with serious emotional disturbance and their families.
Data Trends 2005
News 0122 (Issued December, 2005). Knitzer, J. (2005). Advocacy for Children’s Mental Health: A Personal Journey. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 34(4), 612-618.
Summary 124 (Issued December, 2005). Stahmer, A. C. Leslie, L. K., M. Hurlburt, R. P. Barth, M. B. Webb, J. Landsverk & J. Zhang (2005). Developmental and behavioral needs and service use for young children in child welfare. Pediatrics, 116(4), 891-900. This study examines a national sample of children under six years old who have come into contact with the child welfare (CW) system.
News 0121 (Issued December, 2005). Committee on Crossing the Quality Chasm: Adaptation to Mental Health and Addictive Disorders, Board of Health Care Services, & Institute of Medicine. (2006). Improving the quality of health care for mental and substance-use conditions: Quality chasm series. Washington, DC: The National Academy of Sciences.
Summary 123 (Issued December, 2005). Weisz, J. R., Sandler, I. N., Durlak, J. A., & Anton, B. S. (2005). Promoting and protecting youth mental health through evidence-based prevention and treatment. American Psychologist, 60(6), 628-648. This article presents a conceptual framework for linking prevention strategies with mental health treatment for children and their families.
News 0120 (Issued November, 2005). Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. (2005). Moving On: Analysis of Federal Programs Funding Services for Transition-Age Youth with Serious Mental Health Conditions. Washington, DC: Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
News 0119 (Issued November, 2005). Foster, S., Rollefson, M., Doksum, T., Noonan, D., Robinson, G., Teich, J. (2005). School mental health services in the United States, 2002–2003 (DHHS pub. No. SMA 05-4068). Rockville, MD: Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Summary 122 (Issued November, 2005). This article reports on the longest follow-up study to date on the effects of Multisystemic Therapy (MST) on reducing criminal involvement into adulthood.
News 0118 (Issued October, 2005). This News brief alerts you to a new report by the Institute of Medicine on bridging the gap between knowledge and practice. The report, Crossing the Quality Chasm: Adaptation to Mental Health and Addictive Disorders...
Summary 121 (Issued October, 2005). Tolan, P. H. & Dodge, K. A. (2005). Children's mental health as a primary care concern: A system for comprehensive support and service. American Psychologist 60(6), 601-614. The authors suggest that "a comprehensive primary system of mental health care [should] be a central part of psychology's agenda" (p. 602)...
News 0117 (Issued October, 2005). This issue of The Evaluation Exchange periodical focuses on evaluation methodology...
Summary 120 (Issued October, 2005). Huang, L., Stroul, B., Friedman, R., Mrazek, P., Friesen, B., Pires, S. et al. (2005). Transforming mental health care for children and families. American Psychologist, 60(6), 615-627. This article is based on the deliberations of the Subcommittee on Children and Families of the President's New Freedom Commission. While not the actual report of the Subcommittee, the article outlines recommendations for policy reform.
News 0116 (Issued September, 2005). This News brief alerts you to a new release from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Transforming Mental Health Care in America: The Federal Action Agenda: First Steps.
Summary 119 (Issued September, 2005). McDonald, E. J., McCabe, K., Yeh, M., Lau, A., Garland, A., & Hough, R. L. (2005). Cultural affiliation and self-esteem as predictors of internalizing symptoms among Mexican American adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 34(1), 163-171. The current study investigates the extent to which self-esteem and identification with Mexican culture moderate the effects of internalizing problems. The authors found that low self-esteem is a risk factor for internalizing problems among Mexican girls with low affiliation to their ethnic culture.
News 0115 (Issued September, 2005). Spoth, R. L. & Greenberg, M. T. Toward a comprehensive strategy for effective practitioner-scientist partnerships and larger-scale community health and well being. American Journal of Community Psychology, 35(3/4), 107-126.
Summary 118 (Issued September, 2005). Snowden, L. R. (2005). Racial, cultural and ethnic disparities in health and mental health: Toward theory and research at community levels. American Journal of Community Psychology, 35, 1-8. Until we begin to think of change on a community level instead of an individual level, little progress will be made in providing mental health services to culturally diverse and ethnic minority communities.
News 0114 (Issued September, 2005). Sturm, R., & Andreyeva. (2005). Use of mental health care among youths in 1997 and 2002. Psychiatric Services, 56(7), 793. In the column, “Datapoints,” Roland Sturm reports on mental health service use among youths...
Summary 117 (Issued August, 2005). Corrigan, P. W., Demming Lurie, B., Goldman, H. H., Slopen, N., Medasani, K., & Phelan, S. (2005). How adolescents perceive the stigma of mental illness and alcohol abuse. Psychiatric Services 56(5), 544-550. Findings revealed that familiarity with someone having a mental illness does not reduce stigma among teens.
News 0113 (Issued August, 2005). This News brief alerts you to the following report from ChildStats.gov: "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2005."
News 0112 (Issued August, 2005). New report: Campaign for Mental Health Reform (2005). Emergency response: Roadmap for federal action on America’s mental health crisis . Washington, DC: Campaign for Mental Health Reform.
Summary 116 (Issued July, 2005). (1) Kessler, R. C., Berglund, P., Demler, O., Jin, R., & Walters, E. E. (2005). Lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset distributions of DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62, 593-602; (2) Wang, P. S., Berglund, P., Olfson, M., Pincus, H. A., Wells, K. B., & Kessler, R. C. (2005). Failure and delay in initial treatment contact after first onset of mental disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62, 603-613
News 0111 (Issued July, 2005). This News brief alerts you to the recently published A Family’s Guide to the Child Welfare System Training Manual.
Summary 115 (Issued July, 2005). Hoagwood, K. E. (2005). Family-based services in children's mental health: A research review and synthesis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46(7), 670-713.
News 0110 (Issued July, 2005). Riley, S. E., Stromberg, A. J., & Clark, J. (2005). Assessing parental satisfaction with children’s mental health services with the Youth Services Survey for Families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14(1), 87-99.
Summary 114 (Issued July, 2005). Rowland, M. D., Halliday-Boykins, C. A., Henggeler, S. W., Cunningham, P. B., Lee, T. G., Kruesi, M. J., et al. (2005). A randomized trial of Multisystemic Therapy with Hawaii’s Felix Class youths. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 13(1), 13-23. This randomized trial compared the effects of Multisystemic Therapy on a group of youth receiving services through Hawaii’s Continuum of Care (COC) with youth receiving usual services also through Hawaii’s COC.
News 0109 (Issued June, 2005). This News brief alerts you to the following article: Latzman, R. D., & Swisher, R. R. (2005). The interative relationship among adolescent violence, street violence, and depression. Journal of Community Psychology, 33(3), 355-371.
Summary 113 (Issued June, 2005). Eamon, M. K., & Mulder, C. (2005). Predicting antisocial behavior among Latino young adolescents: An ecological systems analysis. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 75(1), 117-127. In this ecological study the authors investigated the effects of poverty on factors both inside and outside the Latino home...
News 0108 (Issued June, 2005).This News brief alerts you to the May special issue of Administration in Policy and Mental Health, (2005), Volume 32, Numbers 5-6. This issue provides a number of articles on workforce competency, as follows...
Summary 112 (Issued June, 2005). Kraemer Tebes, J., Bowler, S. M. Shah, S., Connell, C. M., Ross, E., Simmons, R., et al. (2005). Service access and service system development in a children's behavioral health system of care. Evaluation and Program Planning, 28, 151-160. Two system-level indicators of how well a system of care (SOC) meets the needs of children with emotional and behavioral disorders and their families are services received (proportional to services recommended by multi-agency review teams) and barriers to services...
News 0107 (Issued May, 2005). Hill, I., Courtot, B., & Sullivan, J. (2005, May). Ebbing and Flowing: Some Gains, Some Losses as SCHIP Responds to Third Year of Budget Pressure [series A, No. A-68]. The Urban Institute.
Summary 111 (Issued May, 2005). Hazen, A. L., Hough, R. L., Landsverk, J. A., & Wood, P. A. (2004). Use of mental health services by youths in public sectors of care. Mental Health Services Research, 6(4), 213-226.
News 0106 (Issued May, 2005). LeRoy, L., & Schwartz, A. L. (2005). Foundation funding for children’s health: An overview of recent trends. The Foundation Center.
News 0105 (Issued April, 2005). This News brief alerts you to three recently released reports on the costs of mental health services...
Summary 110 (Issued May, 2005). Foster, M. E., & Connor, T. (2005). Public costs of better mental health services for children and adolescents. Psychiatric Services, 56(1), 50-55. This analysis compared costs of mental health services in a system-of-care (SOC) community with traditional services in a matched community. The authors factored mental health care expenditures incurred by other sectors of care into their analysis.
News 0104 (Issued April, 2005). Fixsen, D. L., Naoom, S. F., Blase, K., Friedman, R. M., & Wallace, F. (2005). Implementation Research: A Synthesis of the Literature. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, National Implementation Research Network.
Summary 109 (Issued April, 2005). Macy, R. D., Behar, L., Paulson, R., Delman, J., Schmid, L., & Smith, S. (2004, July/August). Community-based, acute posttraumatic stress management: A description and evaluation of a psychosocial-intervention continuum. Harvard Review of Psychiatry [Perspectives], 217-228. The Community Services Program of the Trauma Center in Boston has developed an effective community-based psychosocial trauma intervention...
News 0103 (Issued April, 2005). Weissman, M. M., Wickramaratne, P., Nomura, Y. Warner, V., Verdeli, H., Pilowsky, D. J. et al. (2005). Families at high and low risk for depression. Archives of General Psychiatry, 62, 29-36. The authors investigated rates of depression in children (N = 161), their parents, and their grandparents in this longitudinal study.
Summary 108 (Issued March, 2005). Boothroyd, R. A., & Armstrong, M. I. (2005). Comorbidity and unmet service needs among Medicaid-enrolled children with identified disabilities. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 13(1), 43-51. The authors investigated rates of current mental health and health disabilities among children receiving SSI for either of these problems and compared rates with children receiving Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF).
Summary 107 (Issued February, 2005). The authors investigated the strength of interagency coordination and its relationship to outpatient mental health service use by children in the child welfare system. They also explored the association between the number of mental health service providers and receipt of services.
News 0102 (Issued February, 2005). This literature review examined 52 child psychotherapy treatment studies conducted from 1995 to 2004.
News 0101 (Issued February, 2005). Pediatric Antidepressant Use Shows Substantial Decline Over Past Year...
News 0100 (Issued January, 2005). This News brief alerts you to a recently published report: Making Medicaid Work for the 21st Century Workgroup (2005). Making Medicaid work for the 21st century. Portland, ME: National Academy for State Health Policy.
News 099 (Issued January, 2005). This News brief alerts you to a report issued by the Millbank Memorial Fund entitled, “Evidence-based Mental Health Treatments and Services: Examples to Inform Public Policy.”
News 098 (Issued January, 2005). The Seattle Social Development Project intervention is a nonrandomized controlled trial that teaches children impulse control and provides teacher and parent training. The intervention followed over 600 elementary school students...
News 097 (Issued December, 2004). Moore, K. A., Guzman, L., Hair, E., Lippman, L., & Garrett, S. (2004, December). Parent-Teen Relationships and Interactions: Far More Positive Than Not [#2004-25]. Research Brief: Child Trends. This research report summarizes results from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY; N = 9,000)...
News 096 (Issued December, 2004). Just released! The World Health Organization. (2005). The mental health policy and service guidance package. Geneva: Authors.
News 095 (Issued November, 2004). With the November 2004 national election, California passed the Mental Health Services Act. Also known as Proposition 63, the Act provides funding to counties to expand and develop innovative, integrated mental health services for children.
News 094 (Issued October, 2004). Boothroyd, R. A., Banks, S. M., Evans, M. E., Greenbaum, P. E., & Brown, E. (2004). Untangling the web: An approach to analyzing the impacts of individually tailored, multicomponent treatment interventions. Mental Health Services Research, 6(3), 143-153.
Summary 106 (Issued October, 2004). James, S., Landsverk, J., Slymen, D. J., Leslie, L. K. (2004). Predictors of outpatient mental health service use—The role of foster care placement change. Mental Health Services Research, 6(3), 127-141. In the first study of its kind, the authors examined rates of outpatient mental health service use by youth in foster care who, as a consequence of their behavioral problems, had to change foster homes.
News 093 (Issued September, 2004). National Technical Assistance Center for State Mental Health Planning, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (2004, September). Cultural competency: Measurement as a strategy for moving knowledge into practice in State mental health systems [Final report].
Summary 105 (Issued September, 2004). Lau, A. S., Garland, A. F., Yeh, M., McCabe, K. M. Wood, P. A., & Hough, R. L. (2004). Race/ethnicity and inter-informant agreement in assessing adolescent psychopathology. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 12(3) 145-156. Identifying children who have mental health problems commonly relies upon the perceptions of parents, teachers, and the youth themselves. However, the perception of mental health need across these three informants may be different.
News 092 (Issued September, 2004) This News brief alerts you to the following Bulletin: Wasserman, G. A., Ko, S. J., & McReynolds, L. S. (2004, August). Assessing the mental health status of youth in juvenile justice settings [Juvenile Justice Bulletin, NCJ 202713]. Washington DC: US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs.
Summary 104 (Issued September, 2004). Burns, B. J., Phillips, S. D., Wagner, H. R., Barth, R. P., Kolko, D. J., Campbell, Y., & Landsverk, J. (2004). Mental health need and access to mental health services by youths involved with child welfare: A national survey. [And Commentary, J. S. Lyons & L. Rogers, The U.S. child welfare system: A de facto public behavioral health care system]. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 43(8), 960-973. Results of this study indicate that approximately half of the children who come into contact with the child welfare system have need for mental health services. Findings reflect the critical need for child welfare workers to screen youth for emotional and behavioral problems when they first enter the child welfare system.
News 091 (Issued August, 2004). This News brief alerts you to the following special issue: A. Katsiyannis & M. L. Yell (Eds.). 2004. Special issue: Critical issues and trends in the education of students with emotional or behavioral disorders. Behavioral Disorders 29(3).
Summary 103 (Issued August, 2004). Harrison, M. E., McKay, M. M., & Bannon, W. M. (2004). Inner-city child mental health service use: The real question is why youth and families do not use services. Community Mental Health Journal, 40(2), 119-131. In order to better understand the gap between service need among this population and service use, the authors investigated parental help-seeking behaviors and utilization or non-utilization of services. Miscommunication between parents and service providers was the most often cited reason for non-utilization of services.
News 090 (Issued August, 2004) Committee on Government Reform-Minority Staff. (2004, July). Incarceration of youth who are waiting for mental health services in the United States. U.S. House of Representatives, available on-line. This is the first national survey of youth with emotional and behavioral problems detained in secure juvenile detention centers solely because there are no inpatient, outpatient, residential, or specialized foster care services available to them.
News 089 (Issued July, 2004) Rushton, J. L., Fant, K. E., & Clark, S.J. (2004). Use of practice guidelines in the primary care of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Pediatrics, 114(1), e23-e28. In May, 2000 the American Academy of Pediatrics adopted a set of clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This article describes a study to determine the extent to which these guidelines have been adopted...
News 088 (Issued July, 2004) This News brief alerts you to the following article: Warner, L. A., Pottick, K. J., & Mukherjee, A. (2004). Use of psychotropic medication by youths with psychiatric diagnoses in the U.S. mental health system. Brief Reports. Psychiatric Services, 55(3), 309-311.
Summary 102 (Issued July, 2004). Garland, A. F., Lewczyk-Boxmeyer, C. M., Gabayan, E. N., & Hawley, K. M. (2004). Multiple stakeholder agreement on desired outcomes for adolescents’ mental health services. Psychiatric Services, 55(6), 671-676. What kinds of changes do adolescents want to see in themselves and their environment as a result of their treatment for mental health problems? Are these desires similar to those held by their primary caregiver and therapist? In the first study to compare desired outcomes across these groups, the authors found that agreement on outcomes was relatively poor.
News 087 (Issued July, 2004) This News brief alerts you to a new report from the Urban Institute (2004, June), Squeezing SCHIP: States use flexibility to respond to the ongoing budget crisis. As part of the Urban Institute's multiyear Assessing the New Federalism project, the authors interviewed SCHIP administrators in 13 states. Cuts to SCHIP in FY 2003 were more widespread than in 2002.
Summary 101 (Issued June, 2004) Yeh, M., Hough, R. L., McCabe, K., Lau, A., & Garland, A. (2004). Parental beliefs about the causes of child problems: Exploring racial/ethnic patterns. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43(5), 605-612. Parents who seek services for their children may have beliefs about the causes of emotional and behavioral problems that are not consistent with current research findings. These beliefs may hinder parental help-seeking, especially among underserved minority groups.
News 086 (Issued June, 2004) Brannan, A. M. (2003). Ensuring effective mental health treatment in real-world settings and the critical role of families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 12(1), 1-10. Brannan suggests that the “family-focused approach could reduce family-level factors that impede full participation in evidence-based treatments..." (p. 7).
Summary 100 (Issued June, 2004) Rogers, K. N., Fernandez, M., Thurber, L., & Smitley, A. (2004). Exploring differential attrition rates among system of care evaluation participants. Journal of Community Psychology, 32(2), 167-176. The authors investigated differential attrition rates among a sample of children and their families who participated in the national evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program.
News 085 (Issued June, 2004) This special issue of the Mt. Sinai Journal of Medicine (May 2004) commemorates the 35th anniversary of the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center (AHC).
Summary 99 (Issued May, 2004) Slade, E. P. (2003). The relationship between school characteristics and the availability of mental health and related health services in middle and high schools in the United States. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 30:4, 382-392. This study identifies local-level factors associated with the availability of in-school mental health counseling and other health care services for students in grades 7-12. Large schools, schools in urban areas, and schools with high percentages of students enrolled in Medicaid were more likely to provide mental health services than other schools.
News 084 (Issued May, 2004) Beers, N. S., Kemeny, A., Sherritt, L., & Palfrey, J. S. (2003). Variations in State-level definitions: Children with special health care needs. Public Health Reports, 118: 434-447.
News 083 (Issued May, 2004) This News brief alerts you to findings of the first of three waves of data collection from the Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth Study (i.e., the Midwest Study).
Summary 98 (Issued May, 2004) Walrath, C., Miech, R., Holden, E. W., Manteuffel, B., Santiago, R., & Leaf, P. (2003). Child functioning in rural and nonrural areas: Does it compare when using the service program as the level of analysis? Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 30:4, 452-461. The research question for this study asked whether impairment scores for children in the federal system-of-care program differ between children who live in rural areas and children who live in either small cities or in urban cities.
News 082 (Issued April, 2004) Collett, B. R., Ohan, J. L., & Myers, K. M. (2003). Ten-year review of rating scales. V: Scales assessing Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(9), 1015-1037. In this literature review, the authors discuss their findings for 11 ADHD scales...
News 081 (Issued April, 2004) Edberg, M. C., Wong, F. Y., Woo, V., & Doong, T. (2003). Elimination of health disparities in racial/ethnic minority communities: Developing data indicators to assess the progress of community-based efforts. Evaluation and Program Planning: 26, 11-19.
Summary 97 (Issued April, 2004) Stephens, R. L., Holden, E. W., & Hernandez, M. (2004). System-of-Care Practice Review Scores as predictors of behavioral symptomatology and functional impairment. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 13(2), 179-191. The System-of-Care Practice Review (SOCPR) measures the extent to which service delivery systems embody system-of-care principles. In the current study, the authors assess the degree of adherence to those principles at the direct service level, and investigate whether adherence impacts children’s mental health outcomes.
Summary 96 (Issued April, 2004) Shaffer, D., Scott, M., Wilcox, H., Maslow, C., Hicks, R., Lucas, C. P., Garfinkel, R., & Greenwald, S. (2004). The Columbia SuicideScreen: Validity and reliability of a screen for youth suicide and depression. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43(1), 71-79. The CSS is a brief, 11-item self-report instrument designed to assess known risk factors for suicide among adolescents...
News 080 (Issued April, 2004) This News brief alerts you to the final report of the NAMI Policy Research Institute Task Force on Serious Mental Illness Research, Roadmap to recovery and cure.
Summary 95 (Issued March, 2004) Heflinger, C. A., Simpkins, C. G., Scholle, S. H., & Kelleher, K. J. (2004). Parent/caregiver satisfaction with their child’s Medicaid plan and behavioral health providers. Mental Health Services Research, 6(1), 23-32. This study is one of the first of its kind to focus on children with serious emotional disorders and examine the influence of managed care on parent/caregiver satisfaction ratings about their children’s (a) behavioral health provider, and (b) behavioral health insurance plan through the Medicaid programs in three states.
News 079 (Issued March, 2004) Today during a Capital Hill briefing hosted by Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), a panel of experts voiced concerns to the Congressional Black Caucus about misperceptions of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) in the African-American community.
News 078 (Issued March, 2004) This News brief reports on two articles: (1) Roy-Byrne, P.P., et al Moving Treatment Research from Clinical Trials to the Real World (2003) Psychiatric Services 54(3) 327-332; and (2) Carrol, K.M., Rounsaville, B.J., Bridging the Gap: A Hybrid Model to Link Efficacy and effectiveness Research in Substance Abuse Treatment. Psychiatric Services 54(3) 333-339.
Summary 94 (Issued February, 2004) Walrath, C. M., Mandell, D. S., Holden, E. W., & Santiago, R. (2004). Assessing the strengths of children referred for community-based mental health services. Mental Health Services Research 6(1), 1-8. Results of this study suggest that there is a relationship between impairment and strengths, but they are separate concepts. This supports the position that it is important to promote the acquisition of strengths as part of the package of services provided to youth with functional impairment.
News 077 (Issued February, 2004) This News brief alerts you to a recent report from the Urban Institute, Addressing the Needs of Youth with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System: The Current State of Knowledge.
News 076 (Issued February, 2004) This Data Trends News brief alerts you to the following article: Browne, G., Gafnu, A., Roberts, J., Byrne, C., & Majumdar, B. (2004). Effective/efficient mental health programs for school-age children: A synthesis of reviews. Social Science & Medicine, 58, 1365-1384.
News 075 (Issued January, 2004) The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW): One Year in Foster Care-Wave 1 Data Analysis Report focuses on a subset of over 700 children who have been in foster care for one year...
Summary 93 (Issued December, 2003) Costello, E. J., Mustillo, S., Erkanli, A., Keeler, G., & Angold, A. (2003). Prevalence and development of psychiatric disorders in childhood and adolescence. Archives of General Psychiatry: 60, 837-844. At any given time between the ages of 9 and 16, one child out of six will develop an emotional or behavioral disorder, with many of them developing comorbid disorders. These are some findings of the latest longitudinal research from the Great Smoky Mountains Study (GSMS).
News 074 (Issued December, 2003) This News brief alerts you to a new report from the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Turning knowledge Into practice: A manual for behavioral health administrators and pactitioners about understanding and implementing evidence-based practices.
Summary 92 (Issued December, 2003) Sturm, R., Ringel, J. S., & Andreyeva, T. (2003). Geographic disparities in children’s mental health care. Pediatrics, 112(4), 308-315. Results of this study suggest that disparities in children’s mental health service use are more likely to be influenced by state policies and health care markets than by the socioeconomic or racial/ethnic characteristics of the population served.
News 073 (Issued November, 2003) This News brief alerts you to the following article: Vander Stoep, A., Weiss, N. S., Kuo, E. S., Cheney, D., & Cohen, P. (2003). What proportion of failure to complete secondary school in the US population is attributable to adolescent psychiatric disorder? Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 30 (1), 119-124.
Summary 91 (Issued November, 2003) Whitemore, E., Ford, M., & Sack, W. H. (2003). Effectiveness of day treatment with proctor care for young children: A four-year follow-up. Journal of Community Psychology, 31(5), 459-468. The authors evaluate the long-term outcomes of an alternative intervention to institutional and foster care placement, the Hand in Hand program in Portland, Oregon. Gains made during treatment were maintained four years after completing the program and contributed to adoptions for a majority of children.s
News 072 (Issued November, 2003) This News brief alerts you to the following articles on children and adolescents in the juvenile justice system: (1) Scott, M., Snowden, L., & Libby, A. M. (2002). Effects of capitated mental health services on youth contact with the juvenile justice system. Journal of the Academcy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 41(12), 1462-1469., and (2) Stewart, D. G., & Trupin, E. W. (2003). Clinical utility and policy implications of a statewide mental health screening process for juvenile offenders. Psychiatric Services 54(3), 377-382.
Summary 90 (Issued October, 2003) Clingempeel, W. G., & Henggeler, S. W. (2003). Aggressive juvenile offenders transitioning into emerging adulthood: Discriminating persistors and desistors. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 73(3), 310-323. Why do some delinquent adolescents grow up to commit aggressive crimes in young adulthood while others do not? Are there risk and protective factors experienced during adolescence that differ between youth who grow up to persist in criminal behavior and those who desist from such behavior?
News 071 (Issued October, 2003) In September 2003, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges approved policy statements on mental health and substance abuse services for children in foster care and their families.
Summary 89 (Issued October, 2003) Evans, M. E., Boothroyd, R. A., Armstrong, M. I., Greenbaum, P. E., Brown, E. C., & Kuppinger, A. D. (2003). An experimental study of the effectiveness of in-home crisis services for children and their families: Program outcomes. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 11(2), 92-102. This article describes one of the few studies to examine, using a rigorous research design, the comparative effectiveness of three alternative approaches to in-home crisis services for children and their families.
News 070 (Issued October, 2003) October 10, 2003, is World Mental Health Day: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders of Children and Adolescents. This News brief includes a message from Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, on the occasion of this day.
Summary 88 (Issued October, 2003) (1) Compton, S. N., Burns, B. J., Egger, H. L., & Robertson, E. (2002). Review of the evidence base for treatment of childhood psychopathology: Internalizing disorders. Journal of Counseling and Community Psychology, 70(6), 1240-1266. (2) Farmer, E. Z. M., Compton, S. N., Burns, B. J., & Robertson, E. (2002). Review of the evidence base for treatment of childhood psychopathology: Externalizing disorders. Journal of Counseling and Community Psychology, 70(6), 1267-1302. These literature reviews provide a rich source of information for researchers and clinicians concerned with reducing mental health problems in children.
News 069 (Issued September, 2003) Wasserman, G. A., Jensen, P. S., Ko, S. J., Cocozza, J., Trupin, E., et al. (2003). Mental health assessments in juvenile justice: Report on the Consensus Conference. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(7), 752-761. Targeted for use by administrators and directors of juvenile justice facilities and their clinical staff, the six recommendations developed by the Consensus are...
Summary 87 (Issued September, 2003) The Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study Team. (2003). Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS): Rationale, design, and methods. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(5), 531-542. Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, this study will test the hypothesis that a combined treatment of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine (FLX), is superior to either psychotherapy or pharmacological therapy alone, in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in adolescents.
News 068 (Issued September, 2003) Semansky, R. M., & Koyanagi, C. (2003). Accessing Medicaid’s Child Mental Health Services: The Experience of Parents in Two States. Psychiatric Services, 54(4), 475-476. The authors conducted a series of focus groups to understand the experiences of families receiving Medicaid whose children had a diagnosis of a serious emotional disorder. Links to full reports provided.
Summary 86 (Issued September, 2003) Yeh, M., McCabe, K., Hough, R., Dupuis, D., & Hazen, A. (2003). Racial/ethnic differences in parental endorsement of barriers to mental health services for youth. Mental Health Services Research, 5(2), 65-77. Parents with ethnic/minority backgrounds who are least acculturated into mainstream American culture tend to report fewer barriers to mental health care for their children than do acculturated parents—-even though parents with ethnic/minority backgrounds also reported more unmet need for their children.
News 067 (Issued August, 2003) On Monday, August 18, the US Department of Health and Human Services released the results of its Child and Family Services Review. Of the 32 states so far assessed, 14 failed all seven measures of Child Well-Being, Safety, and Permanency...
Summary 85 (Issued August, 2003) Hodges, S., Hernandez, M., & Nesman, T. (2003). A developmental framework for collaboration in child-serving agencies. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 12(3), 291-305. The framework reported on in this study was developed from a series of interviews with administrators, directors, direct service staff, and family members from nine system-of-care sites known for effectively building interagency collaboration.
News 066 (Issued August, 2003) Tucker, C.M., Herman, K.C., (2002). Using culturally sensitive theories and research to meet the academic needs of low-income African American children. American Psychologist 57(10), 762-773. Researchers, clinicians, teachers, and others who are interested in culturally sensitive research and programs may appreciate this article for its thoughtful discussion of culturally competent research practices, difference theory, self-empowerment theory, and treatment fidelity.
Summary 84 (Issued August, 2003) Glisson, C. (2002). The organizational context of children’s mental health services. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 5(4), 233-253. This article discusses an organizational approach from the world of business and industry that may help mental health services workers implement new treatment interventions by building bridges among service providers, administrators, and community leaders.
News 065 (Issued July, 2003) This News brief alerts you to the following article: Wu, P., Hoven, C. W., Fuller, C. J. (2003). Factors associated with adolescents receiving drug treatment: Findings from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. The Journal of Behavioral Health 30(2), 190-201.
Summary 83 (Issued July, 2003). Kataoka, S. A., Stein, B. D., Jaycox, L. H., Wong, M., Escudero, P., Tu, W., Zaragoza, C., & Fink, A. (2003). A school-based mental health program for traumatized Latino immigrant children. Journal of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(3), 311-318. Results of this school-based intervention program demonstrated modest improvements in symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression among immigrant Latino children exposed to violence.
News 064 (Issued July, 2003). This morning the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health released its final report, “Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America.”
News 063 (Issued July, 2003).This News brief alerts you to the following article: Brannan, A. M. (2003). Ensuring effective mental health treatment in real-world settings and the critical role of families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 12(1), 1-10.
Summary 82 (Issued July, 2003). Armstrong, K. H., Dedrick, R. F., & Greenbaum, P. E. (2003). Factors associated with community adjustment of young adults with serious emotional disturbance: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 11(2), 66-76. Results of this study suggest that measures of functional impairment for older youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED) are the most powerful predictors of a successful transition into young adulthood.
News 062 (Issued June, 2003). This News brief alerts you to the recently released NMHA report, Can't make the grade: NMHA State Mental Health Assessment Project.
Summary 81 (Issued June, 2003). Lewczyk, C. M., Garland, A. F., Hurlburt, M. S., Gearity, J., & Hough, R. L. (2003). Comparing DISC-IV and clinician diagnosis among youths receiving public mental health services. Journal of the American Academy of Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(3), 349-356. This study indicates that there is only modest agreement between diagnoses youth receive from community clinicians and those they receive from standardized diagnostic interviews...
News 061 (Issued June, 2003) A changing population: A report of findings form the National Longitudinal Transition Study (NLTS) and National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2)...
Summary 80 (Issued June, 2003). Source: Henggeler, S. W., Rowland, M. D., Halliday-Boykins, C., Sheidow, A. J.,Ward, D. M., Randall, J., Pickrel, S. G., Cunningham, P. B., & Edwards, J. (2003). One-year follow-up of Multisystemic Therapy as an alternative to the hospitalization of youths in psychiatric crisis. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 42(5), 543-551. The same general intervention may be effective and evidence-based for one population of youth, but not effective with a different population. This is an overall conclusion of this article, which presents a one-year follow-up of multisystemic therapy (MST) as an alternative to psychiatric hospitalization for low-income youth in crisis.
News 060 (Issued June, 2003). The National Center of Secondary Education and Transition focuses on "self-determination" in its April, 2003 Research to Practice Brief, 2(1).
Summary 79 (Issued May,
2003). Source: Dorsey, S. & Forehand,
R. (2003). The relation of social capital to child psychosocial adjustment
role of positive parenting and neighborhood dangerousness. Journal
of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 25(1), 11-23. The authors of
this study hypothesized that social capital would have a direct influence on
lowering the levels of adjustment problems among children living in
News 059 (May 2003). This News brief alerts you to a recently released report from the APA Task Force, "A Vision for the Mental Health System," and provides an update on the upcoming, final report of the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. Website addresses are provided.
Summary 78 (May, 2003). Sources: (1) Teagle, S. (2002). Parental problem recognition and child mental health service use. Mental Health Services Research, 4(4), 257-266, and; (2) Farmer, E. M. Z., Burns, B. J., Phillips, S. W., Angold, A., & Costello, E. J. (2003). Pathways into and through mental health services for children and adolescents. Psychiatric Services, 54(1), 60-67. This Data Trends summarizes two recent articles that make use of the same dataset from the ongoing Great Smoky Mountains Study (GSMS)
News 058 (May, 2003). This News brief alerts you a report issued by The Commonwealth Fund in October, 2002, Reasons and strategies for strengthening childhood development services. This report discusses the challenges to integrating child development services in the health care system and strategies for improving such services.
Summary 77 (April, 2003). Source: Taussig, H. N. (2002). Risk behaviors in maltreated youth placed in foster care: A longitudinal study of protective and vulnerability factors. Child Abuse & Neglect: 26, 1179-1199. This longitudinal study of youth in foster care demonstrates that youth who are likely to engage in high risk behaviors can be identified shortly after coming into care, and that the likelihood of engaging in such behavior is related not only to problems but to the presence or absence of important social supports.
News 057 (April 2003) This News brief alerts you to three articles in a past issue of the American Journal of Public Health that may be helpful to those who are interested in community-based participatory research projects.
Summary 76 (April 2003) Source: Rosenblatt, A., & Rosenblatt, J. A. (2002). Assessing the effectiveness of care for youth with severe emotional disturbances: Is there agreement between popular outcome measures? The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 29(3), 259-273. The authors suggest that outcomes can vary to a considerable degree, depending upon the instrument used to measure symptomatology and functioning. Their findings “raise questions regarding translating measures from research settings to clinical environments and reconciling differences between outcomes measures.”
News 056 (March 2003) This News brief alerts you to the following two articles: (1) Hacker, K.,& Drainoni, M. (2001). Mental health and illness in Boston's children and adolescents: One city's experience and its implications for mental health policy makers. Public Health Reports, 116: 317-326, and (2) Sturm, R., Andreyeva, T., & Ringel, J. (2002). Variations in mental health specialty care across metropolitan areas. Datapoints. Psychiatric Services 53(6), 674.
Summary 75 (March 2003) Sources: (1) Achenbach, T. M., Dumenci, L., & Rescorla, L. A. (2002). Ten-year comparisons of problems and competencies for national samples of youth: Self, parent, and teacher reports. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 10(4), 194-203, and; (2) Achenbach, T. M., Dumenci, L., & Rescorla, L. A. (2003). Are American children's problems still getting worse? A 23-year comparison. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 31(1), 1-11.
News 055 (March 2003) This News brief alerts you to the following article: Addis, M. E. (2002). Methods for disseminating research products and increasing evidence-based practice: Promises, obstacles, and future directions. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9(4), pp. 367-378. The author considers two commonly offered models for increasing the use of research pr oducts in clinical practice
Summary 74 (March 2003) Source: Kendall, P.C., & Kessler, R. C. (2002). The Impact of Childhood Psychopathology Interventions on Subsequent Substance Abuse: Policy Implications, Comments, and Recommendations, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70(6), 1303-1306. This brief article, the concluding article in a special journal issue on the " Impact of Childhood Psychopathology Interventions on Subsequent Substance Abuse," makes a strong case for the potential value that interventions for child and adolescent mental disorders have on subsequent substance abuse and other problems.
News 054 (March 2003) This News brief alerts you to a report issued by the the National Council on Disability, "The well being of our nation: An inter-generational vision of effective mental health services and supports."
Summary 73 (February 2003) Source: Vander Stoep, A., Weiss, N. S., McKnight, B., Beresford, S. A. A., & Cohen, P. (2002). Which measure of adolescent psychiatric disorder-diagnosis, number of symptoms, or adaptive functioning-best predicts adverse young adult outcomes? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 56: 56-65.This study, conducted on a random, representative sample of high school teens and their families, suggests that knowing youth functioning at school and home, or knowing the types of mental health symptoms that they are experiencing, may be more predictive of eventual school success and non-criminal activities than a mental health diagnosis.
News 053 (February 2003) The President's New Freedom Commission met last week to review reports from a number of committees, including the Subcommittee on Children and Families. The Commission accepted the report of the children's group, and a summary of the policy options presented by the group is available at the Commission's website.
Summary 72 (February 2003) Source: Olfson, M., Marcus, S. C., Weissman, M. M., & Jensen, P. S. (2002). National trends in the use of psychotropic medications by children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 41(5), 514-521. The use of psychotropic medication by children has been a source of recent public controversy with many concerned that prescription psychotropic medications are overused and misapplied to children with mental health problems.
News 052 (January 2003) This News brief alerts you to (a) an article in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review and (b) a series of articles in the Special Section of Psychiatric Services on research on the mental health needs of Latino and Hispanic youth and their families.
Summary 71 (January 2003) Source: Heflinger, C. A., Simpkins, C. G., & Foster, E. M. (2002). Modeling child and adolescent psychiatric hospital utilization: A framework for examining predictors of service use. Children's Services: Social, Policy, Research, and Practice, 5(3), 151-171. An important finding from this study documents the impact that community and mental health service systems have on reducing child and adolescent psychiatric hospitalization. Using a database of over 11,000 youth, the authors compared data on consumer, community, and services characteristics to determine whether any of those characteristics could predict hospitalization usage.
News 051 (January 2003) This News brief alerts you to the following report, released December 2 2002, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): "Report to Congress on the prevention and treatment of co-occurring substance abuse disorders and mental disorders."
Summary 70 (December 2002) Source: Slade, E. P. (2002). Effects of school-based mental health programs on mental health service use by adolescents at school and in the community. Mental Health Services Research, 4(3), 151-166. The author investigates the impact of school-based mental health programs on adolescents’ access to mental health counseling services, considers whether school-based programs complement, or substitute for, mental health counseling offered outside the school, and explores the role of school-based mental health services for adolescents with racial minority backgrounds.
News 050 (December 2002) This News brief alerts you to a recent issue of the Future of Children, a publication of the Children, Families, and Communities Program of The David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The issue, Children and Welfare Reform, 12(1), 2002, includes eight in-depth articles and five commentaries on welfare reform.
Summary 69 (December 2002). Source: Owens, P. L., Hoagwood, K., Horwitz, S. M., Leaf, P. J., Poduska, J. M., Kellam, S. G., & Ialongo, N. S. (2002). Barriers to children’s mental health services. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 41(6), 731-738. This study examined child- and parent-reported barriers to children’s mental health services among 116 families whose child needed services during his or her sixth grade school year.
News 049 (November 2002). This News brief alerts you to a Special Issue of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology on methodology and design, 27(1), 2002.
Summary 68 (November 2002). Source: Mak, W., & Rosenblatt, A. (2002). Demographic influences on psychiatric diagnoses among youth served in California systems of care. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 11(2), 165-178. This article reports on the relationship between demographic factors and diagnoses among youth served in public mental health systems in California. This study is unique because it includes five different ethnic groups and 13 county-based mental health service systems. The authors found gender, age, and ethnicity all related to clinical diagnosis at admission.
News 048 (November 2002). The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health submitted its interim report to the President on October 29, 2002.
News 047 (October 2002). This News brief alerts you to the Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health Practice Guide, Vols. I & II. The guidelines contained in this manual were developed with funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Maternal and Child Health Bureau and have been supported by over 50 national organizations. The guide is published by the National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health at Georgetown University.
Summary 67 (October 2002). Source: Henggeler, S. W., Clingempeel, W. G., Brondino, M. J., & Pickrel, S. G. (2002). Four-year follow-up of Multisystemic Therapy with substance-abusing and substance-dependent juvenile offenders. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 41(7), 868-874. In this article, Henggeler and colleagues report on the first long-term study of MST, and provide four-year outcomes of a randomized clinical trial conducted in the mid-1990s.
News 046 (October 2002). This News brief alerts you to the following article: Becker, M., Martin, L., Wajeeh, E., Ward, J., & Shern, D. (2002). Students with mental illness in a university setting: Faculty and student attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, and experiences. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal 25 (4), 359-368.
Summary 66 (October 2002), Source: Kataoka, S. H., Zang, L., & Wells, K.B. (2002). Unmet need for mental health care among U. S. children: Variation by ethnicity and insurance status. American Journal of Psychiatry, 159, 1549-1555. Based on a national survey, these researchers report that about 79% of children from 6-17 years of age who are in need of mental health services do not receive any services.
News 045 (September, 2002). This News brief alerts you to the recently released report, "The well being of our Nation: An inter-generational vision of effective mental health services and supports," by the National Council on Disability.
Summary 65 (September, 2002). Source: Kutash, K., Duchnowski, A. J., Sumi, W. C., Rudo, Z., & Harris, K. (2002). A school, family, and community collaborative program for children who have emotional disturbances. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 10(2), 99-107. This article describes the development and evaluation of a school-based program for students with emotional disturbances served in a special education setting.
News 044 (September, 2002). This News brief alerts you to the following article: Duncan, S. C., Duncan, T. E., & Strycker, L. A. (2001). Qualitative & quantitative shifts in adolescent problem behavior development: A cohort-sequential multivariate latent growth modeling approach. Journal of Psychopathology & Behavioral Assessment, 23(1), 43-50.
Summary 64 (September, 2002). Source: Dubois, D. L., Holloway, B. E., Valentine, J. C., & Harris, C. (2002). Effectiveness of mentoring programs for youth: A meta-analytic review. [Special Issue]. American Journal of Community Psychology, 30(2), 157-197. This Data Trends summarizes the lead article in this special issue on youth mentoring programs. Although the special issue sheds light on both naturally occurring and volunteer mentoring programs, Dubois and colleagues provide considerable insight into the design and implementation of successful volunteer-based youth mentoring programs.
News 043 (August, 2002). This News brief alerts you to the following special issue: Leong, F. T. L., (Guest Editor). (2001). Barriers to providing effective mental health services to racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Mental Health Services Research 3(4), 179-223. "The primary purpose of this special issue is to stimulate further research on this topic by providing a state-of-the-art review of the various barriers to providing effective mental health services to racial and ethnic minorities....
Summary 63 (August, 2002). Source: Leslie, D. L., Rosenheck, R. A., & Horwitz, S. M. (2001). Patterns of mental health utilization and costs among children in a privately insured population. Health Services Research, 36, 113-127. This article reports that, among children whose families have private health insurance, there has been a substantial decrease in the proportion of children who received mental health services between 1993 and 1996, and a sizeable decrease in the amount and cost of care among those who did receive services.
News 042 (August, 2002). This News brief alerts you to the following article: Fox, L., Vaughn, B. J., Wyatte, M. L., & Dunlap, G. (2002). "We can't expect other people to understand": Family perspectives on problem behavior. Exceptional Children, 68(4), 437-450. Adding to the body of research on Positive Behavioral Support, this article reports on a qualitative study of 20 families...
Summary 62 (August, 2002). Source: Malmgren, K. W., & Meisel, S. M. (2002). Characteristics and service trajectories of youth with serious emotional disturbance in multiple service systems. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 11(2), 217-229. This article complements our current understanding of youth with a serious emotional disturbance (SED) by providing additional multi-service sector delivery and risk factor data on youth who concomitantly receive special education, child welfare, and juvenile justice services.
Special News 041 (July, 2002). The Presidents New Freedom Commission on Mental Health held its second meeting in Washington, D.C., July 17-19. Chaired by Dr. Michael Hogan, Ohio Commissioner of Mental Health, the Commission will focus on service delivery issues and make recommendations for improving the overall service delivery system...
News 040 (July, 2002). Source: Hoagwood, K., & Olin, S. S. (2002). The NIMH Blueprint for Change Report: Research priorities in child and adolescent mental health. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 41(7), 760-767. This article summarizes the rationale for and background to the 2001 NIMH report, its major conclusions, and the reasons why interdisciplinary and translational approaches to research questions in child and adolescent mental health will help to maximize scientific advances (p. 760).
Summary 61 (July, 2002). Source: Wilmshurst, L. A. (2002). Treatment programs for youth with emotional and behavioral disorders: An outcome study of two alternate approaches. Mental Health Services Research, 4(2), 85-96. This article reports on a study comparing two modes of service delivery for children with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD): a) a community-based family preservation program (FP), and b) a five-day residential treatment program (5DR).
News 039 (July, 2002). This News Brief alerts you to a Special Section of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 30(1) that includes three articles by the Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group on the Fast Track Program, and two related commentaries. Initiated in 1990, the Fast Track is a long-term, multifaceted community-based prevention program designed for children and adolescents as they move through grades 1-10...
Summary 60 (June, 2002). Source: Edlund, M. J., Wang, P. S., Berglund, P. A., Katz, S. J., Lin, E., & Kessler, R. C. (2002). Dropping out of mental health treatment: Patterns and predictors among epidemiological survey respondents in the United States and Ontario. American Journal of Psychiatry, 159(5), 845-851. This article presents the results of a study of premature termination patterns among residents of the United States and Ontario using mental health services, with a focus on youth ages 15-24.
News 038 (June, 2002). This News Brief alerts you to three resources on ethnically and culturally diverse populations: 1) Lin, S., & Kelsey, J. L. (2000). Use of race and ethnicity in epidemiologic research: Concepts, methodological issues, and suggestions for research. Epidemiologic Reviews, 22(2), 187-202; 2) Shenkman, E., Vogel, B., Brooks, R., Wegner, D. H., & Naff, R. (Winter 2001). Race and ethnicity and the identification of special needs children. Health Care Financing Review, 23(2), and; The DHHSs revised Providers guide to quality and culture.
Summary 59 (June, 2002). Loeber, R., Farrington, D. P., Stouthamer-Loeber, M., Moffitt, T. E., Caspi, A., & Lynam, D. (2002). Male mental health problems, psychopathy, and personality traits: Key findings from the first 14 years of the Pittsburgh Youth Study, Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 4(4), 273-297, and Frick, P. J., (2001). Effective interventions for children and adolescents with conduct disorder. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 46, 597-608. These articles work together to: (a) highlight the prevalence of ADHD and CD in children and adolescents, and (b) outline intervention strategies for the treatment of CD in children and adolescents.
News 037 (May, 2002). This News Brief alerts you to a brief summary by Richard A. Sherer of the recently released Surgeon Generals report, Mental health: Culture, race, and ethnicity: A supplement to Mental health: A report of the Surgeon General.
Summary 58 (May, 2002). Source: Jensen, P. S. (Ed.) (2001). Special Section: ADHD comorbidity and treatment outcomes in the MTA. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 40, 134-179. The Collaborative Multisite Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (MTA) of the National Institute of Mental Health is the largest clinical trial done in this country on a child mental health disorder. The articles to be reviewed here demonstrate the complexity of analyzing data and interpreting findings from large-scale studies, even well-conducted studies, and at the same time call into question some of the initial conclusions.
News 036 (May, 2002). A users manual for the IOMs Quality Chasm report by Donald M. Berwick. Fifteen months after releasing its report on patient safety (To Err Is Human), the Institute of Medicine released Crossing the Quality Chasm. Although less sensational than the patient safety report, the Quality Chasm report is more comprehensive and, in the long run, more important...
Summary 57 (May, 2002). Source: Chorpita, B. F., Yim, L. M., Donkervoet, J. C., Arensdorf, A., Amundsen, M. J., McGee, C., Serrano, A., Yates, A., Burns, J. A., & Morelli, P. (2002). Toward large-scale implementation of empirically supported treatments for children: A review and observations by the Hawaii Empirical Basis to Services Task Force, Clinical Psychology, 9(2), 165-190, and ten commentaries (pp. 191-230). Bruce Chorpita and his colleagues provide the foundation piece for this series of articles, which collectively makes an important contribution to the discussion in the childrens mental health field about evidence-based interventions.
News 035 (May, 2002). On April 29, President Bush offered public support for passage of mental illness parity legislation in 2002 and unveiled a new White House Commission - The New Freedom Commission on Mental Health - on improving access to effective mental health services. The Commission will be composed of fifteen members (including providers, payers, administrators, and consumers of mental health services and family members of consumers)...
Summary 56 (April, 2002). Sources: Lyons, J. S., Terry, P., Martinovich, Z., Peterson, J., & Bouska, B. (2001). Outcome trajectories for adolescents in residential treatment: A statewide evaluation. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 10(3), pp. 333-345; Leichtman, M., Leichtman, M. L., Cornsweet Barber, C., & Neese, D. T. (2001). Effectiveness of intensive short-term residential treatment with severely disturbed adolescents. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 71(2), pp. 227-235. This Data Trends summarizes two articles about residential treatment centers: Lyons et al. present a first attempt to begin to establish an understanding of the trajectory of change (p. 343) within residential treatment centers, while Leichtman et al. offer a model of intensive short term residential treatment as well as outcome data on youth after discharge.
News 034 (April, 2002). This News Brief alerts you to three policy papers, available on-line: 1) The emotional well-being of children and families - Building services and systems to support the healthy emotional development of young children-An action guide for policymakers; 2) Promoting the emotional well-being of children and families - Improving the odds for the healthy development of young children in foster care, and; 3) Recommendations for juvenile justice reform.
Summary 55 (April, 2002). Source: Yeh, M., McCabe, K., Hurlburt, M., Hough, R., Hazen, A., Culver, S., Garland, A., & Landsverk, J. (2002). Referral sources, diagnoses, and service types of youth in public outpatient mental health care: A focus on ethnic minorities. Journal of Behavioral Health Sciences & Research, 29(1), 45-60. This study found significant differences in referral, diagnosis, and services received for youth from racial/ethnic minorities when compared with Non-Hispanic-White youth.
News 033 (April, 2002). Lazear, K., & Worthington, J. (2002, February). Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Family Impact Study, and Executive Summary. Tampa: Research & Training Center for Childrens Mental Health, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida.
Summary 54 (March, 2002). Source: Dierker, L., Nargiso, J., Wiseman, R., & Hoff, D. (2001). Factors predicting attrition within a community initiated system of care. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 10(3), 367-383. This article reports on one of few studies that examines patterns of attrition as well as child, family, and system characteristics in order to better understand why some youth and families remain in a system of care while others do not (p. 377). The study found five significant predictors of attrition for children and adolescents
News 032 (March, 2002). Source: Davis-Kean, P. E., & Sandler, H. M. (2001). A meta-analysis of measures of self-esteem for young children: A framework for future measures. Child Development, 72 (3), 887-906. This study reviewed all available self-esteem studies on preschool and early elementary school children...
Summary 53 (March, 2002). Source: Bruner, C., Greenberg, M., Guy, C., Little, Weiss, H., & Schorr, L. (Eds.) (2001). Funding what works: Exploring the role of research on effective programs and practices in government decision-making. [Monograph]. National Center for Service Integration Clearinghouse and the Center for Schools and Communities. Des Moines, IA.
Summary 52 (February, 2002). Source: Duggal, S., Carlson, E. A., Sroufe, L. A., & Egeland, B. (2001). Depressive symptomatology in childhood and adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 13, 143-164. This longitudinal project contributes to previous research suggesting that the origins of childhood-onset depression may differ from adolescent-onset depression--even though symptomatology may appear similar.
News 031 (February, 2002). This News brief alerts you to the following, recently released special issue: Holden, E. W., & Brannan, A. M. (Eds.). (2002). Evaluating Systems of Care: The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program [Special issue]. Children's Services: Social Policy, Research, and Practice 5(1).
Summary 51 (February, 2002). Source: Friedman, R. M. (2002, January). Child and adolescent mental health: Recommendations for improvement by State Mental Health Commissions. Unpublished Manuscript. Between June,1997, and October, 2001, commissions in 13 states issued reports on the status of mental health in their state, and needed improvements .
News 030 (January, 2002). This News brief alerts you to a new report from NIMH that may be of particular interest to those who work in the area of prevention. Taking stock of risk factors for child/youth externalizing behavior problems, is the product of the NIMH Consortium on Child and Adolescent Research. A link to the full report is provided.
Summary 50 (January, 2002). This summary reviews four recent articles from Psychiatric Services on barriers to implementing evidence-based practices. The authors all agree that the successful implementation of evidence-based practices in the community setting is a complex process that must address practical, systemic, and organizational issues. Important strategies for overcoming these barriers are discussed.
News 029 (January, 2002). This News brief alerts you to the following recently issued report from the Urban Institute, "An agenda for action: Outcome management in nonprofit organizations," Edited by Harry Hatry and Linda Lampkin. The Agenda seeks to encourage nonprofit organizations to focus their management practices and decisions on the results they intend to achieve for their participants
Summary 49 (January, 2002). Sources: Greene, R. W., & Abion, J. S. (2001). What does the MTA study tell us about effective psychosocial treatment for ADHD? Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 30, 114-121. With commentaries by: Abikoff, H., pp. 122-125; Hoza, pp. 126-130; Wells, K. C., pp. 131-135; Whalen, C. K., pp. 1326-140; & Harwood, T. M., & Beutler, L. E., pp. 141-143, and Heriot, S. A., Evans, I. M., & Foster, T. M. (2001). An interactional approach to intervention research with children diagnosed with ADHD. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 10, 287-300. These articles have important implications for individualized treatments, evidence-based interventions, and evaluation of effectiveness of interventions
News 028 (December, 2001). Reflecting on the past and planning for the future of developmental psychology [Special Issue]. (2000). Development and Psychopathology, 12(3), pp. 255-356. “As we move forward in the new millennium, we are all provided with an opportunity to look back at scientific events, advances, and disappointments that have occurred over the last century and that have brought us to our current state of knowledge in the field of developmental psychopathology…
Summary 48 (December, 2001). Source: Walrath, C., dosReis, S., Miech, R., Liao, Q., Holden, E. W., De Carolis, G., Santiago, R., & Leaf, P. (2001). Referral source differences in functional impairment levels for children served in the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 10(3), 385-397. This study investigated the characteristics of children referred into SOC sites in an attempt to determine whether children referred from non-mental health sites present different challenges to SOC staff and administrators than do children referred from mental health agencies.
News 027 (December, 2001). This News brief alerts you to the following article: Scheier, L. M. (2001). Etiologic studies of adolescent drug use: A compendium of data resources and their implications for prevention. The Journal of Primary Prevention 22(2), 125-168). According to the author, findings of this study “provide a single resource reflecting state-of-the-art research findings related to etiological studies of adolescent drug use” (p. 125).
Summary 47 (November, 2001). Source: Taub, J., Tighe, T. A., & Burchard, J. (2001). The effects of parent empowerment on adjustment for children receiving comprehensive mental health services. Children’s Services: Social Policy, Research, and Practice, 4(3), 103-122. This is the first known study to examine the relationship between parent empowerment and children’s behavioral outcomes while receiving mental health services.
News 026 (November, 2001). Developing outcome strategies in children’s mental health, edited by Mario Hernandez and Sharon Hodges, provides an opportunity to learn what strategies have worked for systems and agencies of all sizes across the country as the authors share their challenges and successes...
Summary 46 (November, 2001). Source: Romano, E., Tremblay, R. E., Vitaro, F., Zoccolillo, M., & Pagani, L. (2001). Prevalence of psychiatric diagnoses and the role of perceived impairment: Findings from an adolescent community sample. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 42(4), 451-461. The authors of this article purview a number of prevalence studies and offer the hypothesis that prevalence rates of psychiatric disorders among adolescents would decrease when impairment is included as a diagnostic factor.
News 025 (November, 2001). This News Brief alerts you to the following article: Rice, J. K. (2001). The cost of working together: A framework for estimating the costs of comprehensive support systems for children. Administration & Society, 33(4), 455-479. Rice presents a cost template intended for use across implementation sites. This template “yields several important types of information to guide policy decisions…can help identify opportunities to improve the efficient operation of a particular model, [and] …encourages a cooperative effort between central researchers and local policy makers” (p. 475).
News 024 (October, 2001). Constantine, M. G., & Ladany, N. (2000). Self-report multicultural counseling competence scales: Their relation to social desirability attitudes and multicultural case conceptualization ability. Journal of Counseling Psychology 47(2), 155-164. This article describes four scales used to measure issues related to multicultural awareness and competency among counselors.
News 023 (October, 2001). This month's issue of Psychiatric Services reports that the Multnomah County (Oregon) Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) program has received the APA Significant Achievement Award. “The program places early-childhood mental health clinicians and child psychiatrists in public community agencies that serve young children and their families...
Summary 45 (October, 2001). Source: Walrath, C. M., Mandell, D. S., Liao, Q., Holden, E. W., DeCarolis, G., Santiago, R. L., & Leaf, P. J. (2001). Suicide attempts in the “Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families” program. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 40(10), 1197-1205. Study participants were youth between the approximate ages of 5-17.5 who were part of the national evaluation and who were served by a CMHS-funded system-of-care site in 1993-1994. Of the total of 4,677 young people, 21% had a history of at least one suicide attempt...
News 022 (October, 2001). Compas, B. E.,Connor-Smith, J. K., Saltzman, H., Thomsen, A. H., Wadsworth, M. E. (2001). Coping with stress during childhood and adolescence: Problems, progress, and potential in theory and research. Psychological Bulletin, 127(1) 87-127. This news brief alerts you to a comprehensive literature review of research on coping with stress in children and adolescents. Compas et al. discuss past and current research on coping, and propose critical areas that have yet to be explored, such as coping research on youth with minority ethnic/racial backgrounds, children with low socioeconomic backgrounds, and youth who have severe emotional problems.
Summary 44 (September, 2001). These two articles, part of a series in Psychiatric Services, address the important issues of evidence-based practice and the dissemination and transportation of effective models of treatment or services delivery into community settings. Hoagwood, Schoenwald, and their colleagues expound upon insights and recommendations articulated in the recently released NIMH 10-year research agenda on children’s mental health services delivery (See Data Trends Summary #41) for a link to the NIMH report.
Summary 43 (September, 2001). Source: Costello, E. J., Gordon, P., Keeler, M. S., & Angold, A. (2001). Poverty, race/ethnicity, and psychiatric disorder: A study of rural children. American Journal of Public Health, 91(9), 1494-1498. It is well known that poverty is itself a risk factor in the development of mental health problems in children, but the extent to which various risk factors associated with poverty contribute to mental illness is unclear. Findings from this study suggest that low income was only slightly...
News 021 (August, 2001). This News brief alerts you to a study conducted by Angold et al., “Stimulant treatment for children: A community perspective,” published in the August, 2000, issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 39(8), pp. 975-983. Angold and colleagues analyzed data on 9- to 16-year olds from four annual waves of interviews with families participating in the Great Smoky Mountains longitudinal study.
Summary 42 (August, 2001). This Data Trends: 1) alerts you to the publication of Ringel, J. S., & Sturm, R. (2001). National estimates of mental health utilization and expenditures for children in 1998. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 28(3), 319-332; and 2) provides key findings of this research as outlined in Appendix A of the recently released NIMH report, Blueprint for Change Research on Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Special Summary 41 (August, 2001). The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) just released its 10-year plan for advancing research on child and adolescent mental health interventions. This report, "Blueprint for change: Research on child and adolescent mental health," articulates new directions in child mental health services research. A link to the full report is provided.
Summary 40 (August, 2001). Stiffman, A. R., Hadley-Ives, E., Dore, P. Polgar, M., Horvath, V., Striley, C., & Elze, D. (2000). Youths’ access to mental health services: The role of providers’ training, resource connectivity, and assessment of need. Mental Health Services Research, 2(3), 141-154. This study highlights the important role that professionals in various public service sectors play in helping youth with emotional and behavioral problems receive mental health services.
News 020 (July, 2001). Lately, a number of items have appeared in the popular press informing the public about adolescents in the juvenile justice system who also need mental health services. This News Brief alerts you to the May, 2001 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in which two articles address issues related to the mental health needs of this population.
Summary 39 (July, 2001). Source: dosReis, S., Zito, J. M., Safer, D.J., & Soeken, K. L. Mental health services for youths in foster care and disabled youths. American Journal of Public Health, 91(7), 1094-1099. This article presents information on the prevalence of mental disorders, and the use of mental health services for a population of children enrolled in a fee-for-service Medicaid program in a suburban county in a mid-Atlantic state.
News 019 (July, 2001). This News Brief provides a link to the May, 2001 Special Issue of the Journal of Community Psychology 29(3): The impact of Violence on Children at Home, Community, and National Levels.
Summary 38 (July, 2001). Walrath, C. M., Sharp, M. J., Zuber, M., and Leaf, P. (2001). Serving children with SED in urban systems of care: Referral agency differences in child characteristics in Baltimore and the Bronx. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 9(2), 94-105. This article reports on characteristics of children with severe emotional disturbance (SED) and their families who receive services at two inner-city CMHS-funded system of care sites.
News 018 (June, 2001). The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law reports on new legislation introduced to eliminate health-insurance companies' discrimination between mental health and medical/surgical care. The Mental Health Equitable Treatment Act of 2001 (S. 543)...
Summary 37 (June, 2001). Source: Mendel, Richard A. (2001). "Less cost, more safety: Guiding lights for reform in juvenile justice. " Washington, DC: American Youth Policy Forum. [On-line]. This report highlights programs and systems that have had success in reducing adolescent crime at a reduced cost. Among the initiatives that are highlighted is Wraparound Milwaukee.
News 017 (June, 2001). Clark, R. L., King, R. B., Spiro, C., & Steuerle, C. E. (2001, April). "Federal expenditures on children: 1960-1997." The Urban Institute. [On-line]. This News Brief alerts you to the most comprehensive report ever produced on trends in federal spending on children in relation to other domestic spending between the years of 1960 and 1997.
Summary 36 (June, 2001). Source: Cuffe, S. P., Waller, J. L., Addy, C. L., McKeown, R. E., Jackson, K. L., Moloo, J., & Garrison, C. Z. (2001). A longitudinal study of adolescent mental health service use. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 28(1), 1-11. Data from this longitudinal study of adolescent mental health service use for youth at risk for suicide or with depression reveal a dramatic decrease in treatment use over time. Data were collected on a community sample of students in the Southeast.
News 016 (May, 2001). This News Brief alerts you to a recently released report, "Raising teens: A synthesis of research and a foundation for action," by the Harvard Project on the Parenting of Adolescents and authored by A. Rae Simpson, Ph.D. Based on an analysis of over 300 recent reviews of research and practice, the report distills these findings into short, clear summaries and messages that can be conveyed to parents and others in parenting roles. A link to the report at the Center for Communication, Harvard School of Public Health, is provided.
Summary 35 (May, 2001). Source: Garland, A. A., Hough, R. L., McCabe, K. M., Yeh, M., Wood, P. A., & Aarons, G. A. (2001). prevalence of psychiatric disorders in youths across five sectors of care. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 40:4, 409-418, and Aarons, Gregory A., Brown, Sandra A., Hough, Richard L., Garland, A. F., & Wood, P. A. (2001). Prevalence of adolescent substance use disorders across five sectors of care. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 40:4, 419-426. Both articles report on children and adolescents receiving services in one or more of the following five service sectors: alcohol and drug (AD), child welfare (CW), juvenile justice (JJ), mental health (MH), and public school services for youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED).
News 015 (May, 2001). Research continues to support a correlation between media exposure and increased aggressive and high-risk behaviors in children and adolescents. A recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (April, 2001) reviews studies conducted during the 1990s on media exposure and youth.
Summary 34 (May, 2001). Briggs-Gowan, M. J., Horwitz, S. M., Schwab-Stone, M. E., Leventhal, J. M., & Leaf, P. J. (2000). Mental health in pediatric settings: Distribution of disorders and factors related to service use. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 39(7), 841-849. This article reports on a study intended to focus on three areas of concern: 1) How many children with emotional/ behavioral and psychiatric problems are being seen by pediatricians, 2) What factors influence parental reports of these emotional/behavioral and psychiatric problems to their pediatricians? and, 3) How many parents seek mental health services for their children?
Summary 33 (April, 2001). Source: Garland, A. F., Aarons, G. A., Saltzmann, M. D., & Kruse, M. I. (2000). Correlates of adolescents’ satisfaction with mental health services. Mental Health Services Research, 2(3), 127-139. The authors review previous research on adolescent satisfaction with services, and report on findings from the Multidimensional Adolescent Satisfaction Scale (MASS). Significant correlates included treatment expectations and choice/motivation for treatment, as well as self-reported severity of mental health problems.
Summary 32 (March, 2001). Source: Hodges, K., & Wotring, J. (2000). Client typology based on functioning across domains using the CAFAS: Implications for service planning. The Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research 27(3), 257-270. The authors use cluster analysis to form new typologies of impairment.Summary 31 (February, 2001). This summary announces and comments on the special issue of the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, The National Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program. Edited by E. Wayne Holden, Robert M. Friedman, & Rolando Santiago, this special issue is Vol. 9, Issue 1, (2001) of the JEBD.
Summary 30 (December, 2000). Source: Lopez, S. R. & Guarnaccia, P. J. J. (2000). Cultural psychopathology: Uncovering the social world of mental illness. Annual Review of Psychology 51, 571-598. This exhaustive review of research in the field of cultural psychopathology includes an interesting section on childhood disorders. The authors define cultural psychopathology as an interdisciplinary research approach integrating anthropological methods and conceptualizations with traditional psychiatric and psychological approaches...
Summary 29 (November, 2000). Source: Rosenblatt, J., Rosenblatt, A., Biggs, E. E. (2000). Criminal behavior and emotional disorder: Comparing youth served by the mental health and juvenile justice systems. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research 27(2), 227-237. This article focuses on the types of crimes adolescents with serious emotional or behavioral disorders (SED) are arrested for and how often they are arrested for these crimes, along with differences in DSM-IV diagnoses between these youth and youth with SED who have not been arrested for crimes.
News 014 (October 26, 2000). A letter to the editor of Psychiatric Services 51(2) by Dean X. Parmelee, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University, comments on an article by Soltys, et al., that appeared in the February, 2000 issue (vol. 50, no. 12) of the journal.
Summary 28 (October, 2000). Source: Stiffman, A. R., et al. (1999). Impact of environment on adolescent mental health and behavior: Structural equation modeling. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 69(1), 73-86. Distinguishing between objective and perceived environment, the authors consider the mitigating role played by family and peers in the development of mental health problems in adolescents living in high-risk urban neighborhoods.
News 013 (October 12, 2000). Those of us in children's mental health services may gain additional insight into the field by reviewing issues discussed in the May, 2000 issue of the Journal of Community Psychology 28(3) Special issue, Bridging the gap between research and practice in community-based substance abuse prevention.
Summary 27 (September, 2000). Source: Koplan, J. P., Fleming, D. W. (2000). Current and future public health challenges. Journal of the American Medical Association 284, 1696-1698. Ten current and future public health challenges are outlined in this commentary by two senior members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
News 012 (September, 28, 2000). Two important links concerning child welfare are provided: 1) Unfinished business: Why cities matter to welfare reform, the Brookings Institution, and 2) a list of website addresses for 12 federally-funded child welfare resource centers.
Summary 26 (September, 2000). Source: Pires, S. A., Stroul, B., & Armstrong, M. L. (Spring 2000). Health care reform tracking project: Tracking state health care reforms as they affect children and adolescents with behavioral health disorders and their families--1999 Impact Analysis.
News 011 (September 14, 2000). Today an unprecedented document, "Insurance coverage of mental health and substance abuse services for children and adolescents: A consensus statement," was issued by 13 national organizations...
Summary 25 (September, 2000). Source: Canino, G., Costello, J. E., & Angold, A. (1999). Assessing functional impairment and social adaptation for child mental health services research: A review of measures. Mental Health Services Research 1(2), 93-108. Psychological functioning is generally understood to exist along a continuum, making it difficult to distinguish between psychopathology and impaired functioning.
News 010 (August 31, 2000). Mental health is listed as one of the 10 leading health indicators in the recently released edition of Healthy People 2010. This two-volume edition...
Summary 24 (August, 2000). Source: Bickman, L., Lambert, E. W., Andrade, A. R., & Penaloza, R. V. (2000). The Fort Bragg continuum of care for children and adolescents: Mental health outcomes over 5 years. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 68(4), 710-716. New data collected at five year follow-up are analyzed.
News 009 (August 24, 2000). The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has launched four different longitudinal studies to ascertain the effectiveness of special education programs, services, and settings for children with disabilities and their families.
Summary 23 (August, 2000). Two articles by the Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group appearing in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 67(5), report on the Fast Track intervention, a highly coordinated, multi-level program designed to improve the social, emotional, and cognitive skills of children who are at high risk for long-term behavioral problems.
News 008 (August 14, 2000). On Wednesday, August 9, HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala released the first Child Welfare Outcomes Report.
News 007 (August 2, 2000). On August 1, 2000, The Food and Drug Administration approved Concerta, the first single-dose form of the drug most widely used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.
Summary 22 (July, 2000). Source: Weisz, John R. Lab-clinic differences and what we can do about them: 1. The clinic-based treatment development model. Clinical Child Psychology Newsletter 15(1), 1-3, 10. In a very thoughtful article, John Weisz shares his new insights on closing the gap between what we know works under highly controlled conditions and what we know works in real day-to-day clinical practice.
Summary 21 (July 2000). The National Center for Children in Poverty, in its spring, 2000 newsletter, has included a report, entitled "Promoting resilience: Helping young children and parents affected by substance abuse, domestic violence, and Depression in the context of welfare reform," authored by Jane Knitzer, a long-time leader in the children's mental health field and now deputy director of the National Center for Children in Poverty.
Summary 20 (July 2000). This summary highlights a review of nine articles by David Mechanic on "trust" in medical care. It is significant in and of itself that a leading researcher, who is well known for his work in adult mental health, should choose this topic as a focus of study.
Summary 19 (June 2000). Source: Hodges, K., Doucette-Gates, A., Cheong-Seok, K. (2000). Predicting service utilization with the CAFAS scale in a sample of youths with SED served by CMHS-funded demonstrations, The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research 27(1), 47-59. The CMHS-funded sites and CMHS-funded national evaluation are ongoing initiatives, and data collected by the evaluation are significant for their demographic and longitudinal scope.
News 006 (June 7, 2000). For the first time, every measure available for psychiatric assessment has been gathered together in one volume! The handbook of psychiatric measures is now available.
News 005 (May 22, 2000). On May 11, two Medicaid managed care companies in Connecticut agreed to pay $4 million in a settlement suit over charges that they denied authorization to provide mental health services to an estimated hundreds of children.
Summary 18 (May 2000). Two recent articles by Scott Henggeler and his colleagues present the results of a study in which multisystemic therapy was compared to hospitalization for youth in psychiatric crisis. The articles appear in The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 38(11), and Mental Health Services Research 2(1).
News 004 (May 8, 2000). Update on the White House Conference on Children's Mental Health, March 20, 2000.
News 003 (May 3, 2000). Abstract to an article by Toppelberg, C., and Shapiro, T. (2000). Language disorders: A 10-Year Research Update Review. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 39(2), 143-52.
Summary 17 (April 2000). Source: Burns, B. J., Hoagwood, K., & Mrazek, P. J. (1999). Effective treatment for mental disorders in children and adolescents. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review 2(4), 199-254. This article provides an exhaustive summary of "what we know" about the effectiveness of mental health treatment for children and their families in the United States, and lays out some recommendations for future work.
News 002 (April 11, 2000). The January issue of the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 70(1), contains a special section, "Racism and Mental Health."
News 001 (April 11, 2000). The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released, "Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report."
Summary 16 (Issued December 1999) Source: Walsh, M. E., Brabeck, M. M., & Howard, K. A. (1999). Interprofessional collaboration in children’s services: Toward a theoretical framework. Children’s Services: Social Policy, Research, and Practice, 2(4), 183-208. This theoretical article does an excellent job of advancing current discussions about interprofessional collaboration and has direct implications for the mental health field.
Summary 15 (Issued October 1999) Source: Wu, P., Hoven, C., Bird, H., Moore, R., Cohen, P., Alegria, M., Dulcan, M., Goodman, S., McCue Horwitz, S., Lichtman, J., Narrow, W., Rae, D., Reigier, D., & Roper, M. (1999). Depressive and disruptive disorders and mental health service utilization in children and adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38(9), 1081-1092. Data for this article come from the largest multi-site epidemiological study to date on mental health service use by children and adolescents.
Summary 14 (Issued October 1999) Source: Rosenheck, Robert A., M.D. (1999). Principles and priority setting in mental health services and their implications for the least well off. Psychiatric Services, 50(5), 653-658. This issue of Data Trends reports on an article that offers an interesting perspective on a complex and difficult issue that confronts mental health policy makers: given that resources for mental health services are not adequate to meet need, how should decisions be made about resource allocation?
Summary 13 (Issued September 1999) Source: Farmer, E., Stangle, D., Burns, B., Costello, E. J., and Angold, A. (1999). Use, persistence, and intensity: Patterns of care for children’s mental health across one year. Community Mental Health Journal, 35(1), 31-46. This article reports on data from the Great Smoky Mountains Study (GSMS), one of the most important epidemiological studies to date on mental health service use by children and adolescents.
Summary 12 (Issued September 1999) Source: Vander Stoep, A., Williams, M., Jones, R., Green, L., and Trupin, E. (1999). Families as full research partners: What’s in it for us? The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 26(3), 329-344. The authors highlight the 1998 King County Blended Funding Project as an innovative model for children’s managed mental health care that signals a significant turning point in family support initiatives. Lessons learned from the King County Blended Funding Project suggest that participatory research and evaluation between researchers...
Summary 11 (Issued August 1999) Source: Geller, J. L., Brown, J. M., Fisher, W. H., Grudzinskas, A. J., & Manning, T. D. (1998). A national survey of “consumer empowerment” at the state level. Psychiatric Services, 49(4), 498-503. This article presents data from what is believed to be the only existing study of the extent of consumer empowerment in the adult public mental health system.
Summary 10 (Issued August 1999) Source: Halfon, Neal & Paul W. Newacheck. (1999). Prevalence and impact of parent-reported disabling mental health conditions among U.S. children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38(5), 600-609. E. Jane Costello. (1999) Commentary. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38(5), 610-613. Halfon and Newacheck report prevalence rates based on reports by parents who participated in the National Health Interview Survey in 1992, 1993, or 1994. Altogether, this involves 99,513 parents. The second article is a commentary by Jane Costello on the findings from the larger study.
Summary 09 (Issued August 1999) Source: Foster, E. M. (1998). Does the continuum of care improve the timing of follow-up services? Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 37(8), 805-814. In this article, Foster compares the timing of follow-up services for children (N=216) discharged from inpatient facilities at the Fort Bragg Demonstration site (i.e., continuum of care) with the Comparison site (i.e., traditional care).
Summary 08 (Issued July 1999) Source: Hodges, K., Doucette-Gates, A., & Liao., Q. (1999). The relationship between the child and adolescent functional assessment scale (CAFAS) and indicators of functioning. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 8(1), 109-122. This article summarizes changes on the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) for those youth who had six months of uninterrupted service in sites across the country participating in the Center for Mental Health Services’ Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program.
Summary 07 (Issued June 1999) Source: Burns, B. J. (1999). A call for a mental health services agenda for youth with serious emotional disturbance. Mental Health Services Research, 1(1), 5-20. In this article, appearing in the inaugural issue of Mental Health Services Research, Barbara Burns makes an urgent call for the development of a research agenda on mental health services for youth with serious emotional disturbance.
Summary 06 (Issued June1999) Source: Jerrell, J. M. (1998). Utilization analysis for children’s mental health services. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 25(1), 35-42. This article describes child and adolescent consumers of mental health services in South Carolina and the cost of these services for the 1994-95 fiscal year. The author also presents a methodology to isolate the relatively few people in a group who generate very high service expenditures.
Summary 05 (Issued May 1999) Source: Rosenblatt, J. A., & Furlong, M. J. (1998). Outcomes in a system of care for youths with emotional and behavioral disorders: An examination of differential change across clinical profiles. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 7(2), 217-232. The authors report preliminary findings for youth served in the CMHS-funded Multiagency Integrated System of Care (MISC) in Santa Barbara County. It is one of the first publications to present site-specific outcomes.
Summary 04 (Issued May 1999) Source: Rosenblatt, J. A., Robertson, L., Bates, M., Wood, M., Furlong, M. J., & Sosna, T. (1998). Troubled or Troubling? Characteristics of youth referred to a system of care without system-level referral constraints. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 6(1), 42-64. In one of the first articles presenting site-specific findings from a CMHS-funded demonstration site, Rosenblatt and her colleagues present data from the Multiagency Integrated System of Care (MISC) in Santa Barbara County.
Summary 03 (Issued April 1999) Source: Walrath, C. M., Nickerson, K. J., Crowel, R. L., & Leaf, P. J. (1998). Serving children with serious emotional disturbance in a system of care: Do mental health and non-mental health agency referrals look the same? Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 6(4), 205-213. Walrath et al. report the findings of a study comparing the characteristics of children referred to the East Baltimore Mental Health Partnership by a traditional mental health center and those referred by education, juvenile justice, and social services.
Summary 02 (Issued April 1999) Source: Zametkin, A. J., & Ernst, M. (1999). Problems in the management of Attention-Deficit- Hyperactivity Disorder. The New England Journal of Medicine, 340(1), 40-46. This recently published article provides an excellent review of the management of ADHD, particularly for medical practitioners.
Summary 01 (Issued April 1999) Source: Rosenblatt, A. (1998). Assessing the child and family outcomes of systems of care for youth with serious emotional disturbance. In Epstein, M. H., Kutash, K., & Duchnowski, A. (Eds). Outcomes for children and youth with behavioral and emotional disorders and their families. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, pp. 329-362. This 1998 chapter by Abram Rosenblatt provides one of the best summaries of studies on the effectiveness of community-based systems of care. This chapter provides a very thoughtful discussion of the issues involved in conducting such evaluations, and builds on an earlier review done by Beth Stroul (1993).
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