LEGISLATION TO WATCH: There is some press for mental health reform, but unfortunately there is legislation out there that may hurt kids and families. From 2014 see North Carolina Families United review of HR 3717, also known as the "Murphy Bill". The Murphy Bill calls itself the ‘‘Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013’’ but it reinforces stigma, attempts to shift systems back to a strictly medical model, reducing support for community recovery supports for adults and failing to give much attention to the needs of children and youth at all; and it reduces funding for family to family supports, and continues to slash and burn technical assistance.
The original Murphy bill expired at the end of the 2014 session. Murphy has recreated another bill entitled Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015 (HR 2646) that does have some changes but still seeks to go back decades to increased reliance on a medical model. It funds this by decreasing support for community based programs. See the editorial by Scott Comstock of the Children's Mental Health Network http://www.cmhnetwork.org/media-center/morning-zen/the-murphy-bill-fails-its-own-home-inspection
Quantiative data from the Denton Texas Conversation survey for the Creating Community Solutions initiative is up at http://
The Denton Creating Community Solutions Mental Health survey was the third part of the National Creating Community Solutions Conversations series for Denton County. It closed November 22, 2013 and we are working on processing the qualitative data. Results will be posted at the Denton Texas Conversation page. Preliminary results with just the quantitative data are up at http://
The second event was the Touched by Suicide Walk in Bartonville on November 2, 2013! We continued the conversation onsite. This time the resource fair included United Way of Denton County, Denton County MHMR, School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman's University (students brought a memorial activity for children and adults), Denton County Federation of Families,Youth & Family Counseling, Gooden Counseling, and NAMI!
The first event was the Denton County MHMR Fun Run on Sept 14th where we piloted the first 6 survey questions in the conversation. We had a resource fair with DCFF, Cook Children's hospital, Denton Community Health Clinic, Touched by Suicide, DCMHMR, UBH, United Way of Denton County, Youth and Family Counseling, and NAMI all had booths!
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We brought our shoes to the square in Denton on May 9th and took the images to our congresspersons in Washington as part of AACAP's Advocacy Day on May 10th.
We are supporting FYI2 which is a repository for family driven training and education. It is under development but we hope it grows into a vibrant resource that you can use to connect to resources developed by and for families. Check it out at www.fyi2.org
The CDC has released it's first ever report on the mental health of children.
Mental Health Surveillance Among Children 2005-2011.
Other links and Info!
Information on the IDEA community of practice website,
The SharedWork.org website is a project of the IDEA Partnership and the Center for School Mental Health Analysis and Action (CSMHA) that is intended to enable the exchange of information and the ability to pursue a shared agenda.
It provides a space for the National Community on School-Based Mental Health to work together and build their community. Through the website, there will be a listserv mechanism that will offer opportunities for public communication, community announcements, summaries of practice group work, and requests for comments.
The website will assist Practice Groups with achieving their goals including: defining critical issues, creating a repository of key online documents, constructing quarterly probes through the listserv with a loop back to the website and the practice group, using the probes to define new shared work, defining and developing a conference strand for the CSMHA’s 11th Annual Conference on School Based Mental Health, and creating at least one tool for the field that is collaboratively developed. Communities of Practice are created when partner organizations collaborate with States, districts, local sites and individuals. These Communities of Practice are focused on advancing policy and practice.
The members learn from one another and take action together in coordinated ways. There are several communities on the shared work site... when you get on the site, click on the National Community of Practice on Collaborative School Behavioral Health and log in.