Pediatric Behavioral Health Navigation program #telehealthhelpskids

Problem

1 in 5 children aged 0-18 has a diagnosable mental disorder. 1 in 10 youth has a serious mental health problem that is severe enough to impair their function at home, in school, or in the community. Stress experienced by children exposed to hurricanes and other natural disasters can have lasting impacts on mental wellness, particularly children in remote, rural areas. A significant number of children and families have been negatively impacted by Hurricane Michael and are in need of behavioral/mental health navigation services if they are to maximize intervention benefits, reduce risk, and increase the overall quality of their lives. A severe lack of providers in the area makes it difficult for families to access these critical services.

Solution

Providing a centralized entry point dedicated to assuring high-quality and culturally competent behavioral health services to youth aged 0 to 21 years old living in a hurricane impacted county. Using technology, the Pediatric Behavioral Health Navigation program provides access to a comprehensive range of diagnostic and treatment services for children and adolescents with psychiatric and developmental disorders including specialized evaluations for youth from birth to 21 years, evidence-based treatments for anxiety, depression, and disruptive behaviors, psychopharmacological evaluation and management, psychodynamic psychotherapy, parenting skills workshops, individual school consultation, and case management services and coordination.

Sober Homes Task Force

Problem

The opioid crisis has been devastating to local, state and national communities. Unfortunately, many stakeholders operate in a vacuum, lacking communication and cooperation. Opportunities to positively impact the crisis may remain unknown to legislators, law enforcement, medical societies, treatment providers and the public at large. The void created by disjointed action can actually serve to perpetuate the inefficiencies, fraud and abuse that currently plague our current system of treating opioid use disorder. The problems of patient brokering and insurance fraud, which have plagued the rehab industry, has spread throughout the country. In response, Palm Beach County’s Sober Homes Task Force provides a national model for success.

Solution

There are many honest, effective providers in the addiction arena that are working tirelessly toward the goal of reducing drug dependency and overdose deaths. Combining these forces with elected leaders, patient advocates and others will develop innovative ideas and legislative proposals that will provide law enforcement and regulators with the proper tools to reduce fraud and abuse in the treatment industry. Two task forces — law enforcement and civilian — working toward the common goal of protecting those with substance use disorder and holding accountable corrupted providers will bring clarity, oversight and needed change to a complex and inefficient treatment system. As a result, lives will be saved and taxpayer funds safeguarded.

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John Unger, Senator (West Virginia)

Community Empowerment Against Addiction

NewDEAL Leader West Virginia Senator John Unger’s GRaCE program is continuing to bring high school students into the fight against addiction. GRaCE, or Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment, trains students and other community members to become addiction mentors and recovery coaches, as well as for other roles that can offer hope for those struggling with addiction. Read more about the program, which just launched its latest iteration of Recovery Coach Academy, which will train over 50 students over four weeks.

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NewDEAL Leaders taking action on the Gun Crisis

Below are ten examples of the many ways NewDEAL members are working to make progress. NewDEAL urges leaders across the country to follow these example while also recognizing that federal action is desperately needed. We must not to let this moment pass without taking serious action to prevent gun violence.

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Bridget Gainer, County Commissioner (Cook County, IL)

Supporting Pregnant and Post-Partum Women Serving Time

NewDEAL Leader Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer successfully championed the approval of $500,000 in grants to provide comprehensive services for pregnant women and new mothers serving time in jail. The grants will fund the work of two long-standing nonprofits, which will provide counseling, parenting skills, drug treatment, job placement, and medical care for the women and their very young children. Learn more about the grants, which will help mothers and babies lead healthy and productive lives.