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This publication outlines some important facts that counteract the common myth that bad kids are because of bad parenting and/or other factors.

This tip sheet outlines some of the important factors one should consider when developing a sustainable family-run organization such as building meaningful relationships with stakeholders, understanding the importance of cultural competence and diversity, and governing with a strong sense of commitment i.e. independence and autonomy.

This resource was developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) through its role as the coordinating entity for a five-year, three-state Quality Demonstration Grant project funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization (CHIPRA) Act of 2009. The multi-state grant is supporting lead-state Maryland, and partner states Georgia and Wyoming, in implementing or expanding a CME approach to improve clinical and functional outcomes, reduce costs, increase access to home- and community-based services, and increase resiliency for high-utilizing Medicaid- and CHIP-enrolled children and youth with serious behavioral health challenges.

This technical assistance resource was created to help the states participating in the CHIPRA CME Collaborative think through key elements of a behavioral health home, utilizing CMEs as designated providers for specialized populations. The language may be employed in the context of a broader SMI/SED State Plan Amendment, as described in Section 1945(h) (5) of the Affordable Care Act. The guide includes recommended language, references to ACA provisions and state examples in the “comment boxes” throughout. It is not intended either to suggest or ensure the approval of a health home State Plan Amendment by CMS. Health homes may not be targeted by age and CMEs represent one approach to behavioral health homes that would need to be launched in tandem with other models that may more aptly address the needs of adults with behavioral health needs.

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Logistic, cultural, educational, and other barriers can impede the delivery of high-quality cancer care to underserved patients. Patient navigation services represent one innovation for addressing perceived barriers to care encountered by disadvantaged patients. In this report, the authors have 1) defined patient navigation, distinguishing it from other cancer support services; 2) described how programs are organized; and 3) discussed the need for research on program effectiveness.

A growing body of research suggests that the “systems of care” approach to children's mental health can be effective in improving children's behavior and reducing stress on their families. What is less understood is how systems of care achieve these improvements. Through a series of focus groups, this study examined parent advocates, a key but understudied element of systems of care. Focus groups were conducted with parent advocates to examine how they themselves perceive their role within the systems of care model of service delivery. A research team identified several consistent themes from the focus group transcripts: unique role of parent advocates; similarities and differences between advocates and care managers; and, the value of having personal experience. For example, parent advocates saw themselves as navigators for families, helping them understand the system and access traditional and non-traditional services. Because of their own experiences with mental health services, parent advocates also believe they can communicate with family members in ways that professionals cannot. Results from this study can help strengthen the role of parent advocates by clarifying their contributions to service delivery. Future research should measure the extent to which parent advocates can produce the benefits identified in this study.

Community Psychology’s emphasis on citizen participation aligns with the nationwide children’s mental health family movement and is clearly evident in communities that have made sustainable system changes. The national family movement has long advocated for the meaningful engagement of families and youth who are the focus population of the federal Children’s Mental Health Initiative. Little rigorous research about the experience of families in leadership positions or of their impact on systems of care has been done. In the absence of scientifically acquired evidence, this article offers the reader a glimpse into the authority, influence and credibility earned by four family leaders as well as their impact on local system of care communities. Their stories occur in four distinct macro level arenas: governance, evaluation, legislative advocacy, and workforce development. In the end, common attributes emerge from their stories, providing anecdotal information useful to identifying the qualities of successful family leadership and their impact on sustainable macro level changes.

What do all these people have in common? Although they are at different points in the process of recovering from a substance use disorder, each is expressing a need for some form of social support to help them through the process. Equally important, each is also a potential source of social support for others.

In this paper on What Are Peer Recovery Support Services, you will be introduced to a new kind of social support services designed to fill the needs of people in or seeking recovery. The services are called peer recovery support services and, as the word peer implies, they are designed and delivered by people who have experienced both substance use disorder and recovery. Through the Recovery Community Services Program (RCSP), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA/CSAT) funds grant projects across the country to develop and deliver these services.

The peer recovery support services developed by the RCSP projects help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse. Because they are designed and delivered by peers who have been successful in the recovery process, they embody a powerful message of hope, as well as a wealth of experiential knowledge. The services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking to achieve or sustain recovery.

This archived PowerPoint presentation features data and information on the state of children and family outcomes in 2011. The presentation included represenatives from ICF macro as well as an individual from Baylor University.