Mental Health Resources

 

NAPNAP Participates in National Dialogue on Mental Health and Violence Prevention

On June 3, NAPNAP President Susan Van Cleve represented NAPNAP at a high-level conference at the White House to discuss mental health and violence prevention issues facing our nation.  In connection with the event, the White House and SAMHSA highlighted online tools for patients, parents, and practitioners.

 

  • New website geared to describing mental health conditions/symptoms, and starting conversations to assist patients and families.
  • New community conversation starter tools

Other mental health online resources:

 

 

NAPNAP Resources To Help Others Deal with Loss and Grief

(Posted 12/15/12) In response to the shooting tragedy in Newtown, CT in late 2012, NAPNAP has available resources for nurse practitioners and other health care providers to share with parents, teachers, students, children and teens to help cope with loss and grief. A few of the many handouts that are available:

 

CMS Releases State Health Official Letter Regarding Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity in CHIP and Medicaid

(11/6/09)  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a State Health Official (SHO) letter to provide general guidance to States on the implementation of mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements for Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) State plans, as required by section 502 of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), Public Law 111-3. This letter also provides preliminary guidance to the extent that mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements apply to State Medicaid programs.  Click here to read the full letter.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Knowledge Path

The Maternal and Child Health Library released a new edition of the knowledge path, Autism Spectrum Disorders. The knowledge path points to current resources about screening for autism spectrum disorders, diagnosis, treatment and intervention, communication, education, vocational challenges, and impact on family life. Separate sections present resources that address early identification, early intervention and education, concerns about vaccines, environmental health research, and inappropriate use of seclusion and restraints. The knowledge path is available at http://www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_autism.html. Knowledge paths on other maternal and child health (MCH) topics are available at http://mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/index.html.

Postpartum Depression Screening at Well-Child Visits

A study in the June2009 edition of the journal Pediatrics examines the feasibility of screening for maternal depression as a standard part of well-child care, and looks at the prevalence and incidence of maternal depression at well-child visits during the first six months of life. Providers in an adolescent-oriented maternity program were cued electronically when they opened electronic medical records of 0-6 month old infants, to screen the mothers for postpartum depression. The study authors found that electronic cueing improved providers' compliance with screening for depression. In addition, screening two months after delivery detects most mothers who become depressed during the first six months postpartum. To access the study online, go to http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/123/6/e982.

Toolkit on Social &Emotional Child Development - Now available in Spanish!

A Spanish-language resource is helping families and service providers from a range of disciplines as they support the social and emotional development of children. "What to Expect & When to Seek Help: Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers," now available in Spanish, was developed by Bright Futures at Georgetown University and the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health, with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Each of the four tools included spotlights a developmental stage - infancy, early child hood, middle childhood and adolescence - providing information about development and parenting, as well as tips on when, where and how to seek help. Also included is a tool to help service providers create a referral network. To access this toolkit in both Spanish and English, go to http://www.brightfutures.org/tools/index.html.