FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Support Children and Families in Foster Care

In honor of National Kinship Care Month, Administration releases a historic package of regulations to ensure children in the child welfare system thrive

The more than 391,000 American children and youth living in foster care deserve to grow up in safe and loving homes devoted to their health, happiness, and success. These are often our most vulnerable children, and we have a solemn responsibility as a country to ensure they grow up healthy, supported and with as much opportunity as all other children.

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Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, and Emergency Nurses Association Call for Strategies to Improve Care for Children, Adolescents Seeking Urgent Help for Mental, Behavioral Health Concerns
The nation’s emergency departments are the first, and sometimes the only point of care for surging numbers of young patients with mental health emergencies. More support and resources are needed to provide best care, three leading national organizations proclaim in joint policy statement.

The time is now to improve access to emergency care for the rising numbers of children and adolescents seeking help for mental and behavioral health emergencies. Strategies to address challenging circumstances that affect prehospital services, the surrounding community and, ultimately, patient care are needed.

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The Role of Care Management Entities in OhioRISE
by Patrick Kanary
Behavioral Health, Blog, Health, Strengthening the HHS Safety Nettags Multi-System Youth OhioRISE[1] (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) is Ohio’s new Medicaid Managed Care behavioral health program for children and youth with serious and complex behavioral health needs, and their families.

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Transforming and Expanding Access to Mental Health Care in Urban Pediatrics
The lack of accessible, effective behavioral health* care is among the gravest threats to the healthy development of children and adolescents. Early identification and treatment of behavioral health needs can prevent more serious problems that require a costlier response later in life.1 It is estimated that 75% of children with mental health disorders go untreated due to workforce shortages, stigma, and administrative barriers to health care coverage.2 In addition, many primary care providers (PCPs) acknowledge they lack the training, time, and connection to solutions to adequately identify and respond to behavioral health needs. Furthermore, when PCPs make referrals to community providers, their patients can experience long time lags in receipt of services or, worse, no access at all.

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Fwd: CDC DASH information and resources to support youth mental health

We updated our school connectedness webpages with the latest science and recommendations. Learn how schools can connect to protect student mental health.

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Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth: A National Agenda |The National Academies Press
Sent Deceber 14, 2022

ealthy mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) development is a critical foundation for a productive adulthood. Much is known about strategies to support families and communities in strengthening the MEB development of children and youth, by promoting healthy development and also by preventing and mitigating disorder, so that young people reach adulthood ready to thrive and contribute to society. Over the last decade, a growing body of research has significantly strengthened understanding of healthy MEB development and the factors that influence it, as well as how it can be fostered. Yet, the United States has not taken full advantage of this growing knowledge base. Ten years later, the nation still is not effectively mitigating risks for poor MEB health outcomes; these risks remain prevalent, and available data show no significant reductions in their prevalence.

Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth: A National Agenda examines the gap between current research and achievable national goals for the next ten years. This report identifies the complexities of childhood influences and highlights the need for a tailored approach when implementing new policies and practices. This report provides a framework for a cohesive, multidisciplinary national approach to improving MEB health.


Family First Act: An unprecedented opportunity to transform child welfare.
Sent Deceber 14, 2022

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Family First creates the space for us to be responsive to the needs of children, teens and families with lived experience in the system.

Progress is being made all the time.

Click the links below for the latest updates. We provide Family First Preventions Services Act implementation updates, memes you can share and events you can attend to learn more.