SAMHSA Issues the National Behavioral Health Barometer: United States 2014

SAMHSA's  National Behavioral Health Barometer and the Virginia state version provide data about key aspects of behavioral health care issues affecting communities. These issues include rates (for youth and adults) of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders. Click here to access and [...]

2015-02-04T15:49:53+00:00February 4th, 2015|

National Core Indicators Results from Families Across Virginia: User-Friendly Version

The National Core Indicators, has recently released a user-friendly version of the Child Family Survey Report and other family reports.  This version of the report provides easy to understand explanations with visual aids, such as infographics and graphs, for each indicator.  This report will be of value for providers who want to communicate Virginia's results [...]

2015-01-08T15:21:22+00:00January 8th, 2015|

Children’s Coverage at A Crossroads: Progress Slows

According to a new report recently released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families; in 2013, for the first time in recent history, the uninsured rate for children did not significantly decline from the previous year. Yet in the past five years, the number of uninsured children declined substantially from just under 6.9 million to just over 5.2 [...]

2015-01-07T17:10:38+00:00January 7th, 2015|

AHRQ Requests Input on Strategies for Mental Health Care for Children

AHRQ’S Effective Health Care Web site has posted a set of draft key questions and background for a planned systematic evidence review of strategies for improving mental health care for children and adolescents.  This is a chance for CBHI providers to contribute ideas and guidance to a national initiative.  The deadline for submitting comments is [...]

2014-09-29T13:37:37+00:00September 29th, 2014|

New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research

The recently published National Council on Research (NRC) report on child abuse and neglect updates 1993 NRC report and provides new recommendations for research and service delivery. This book is available to read online or to download for free.  While the entire report is valuable, chapters that will be of special interest to providers are: Introduction: for [...]

2014-04-03T13:20:13+00:00April 3rd, 2014|

Home Visit for All Newborns To Assess Risk of Child Maltreatment Improves Parenting Skills, Reduces Medical Emergencies, and Generates Positive Return on Investment

AHRQ Innovations Exchange has recently added Service Delivery Innovation Profile on Durham Connects.  This program promotes healthy infant development and a reduction in child maltreatment and abuse.  There is strong evidence that this program has: enhanced the ability to identify at-risk families; improved connections to community resources, parenting skills, and the safety and quality of the [...]

2014-03-31T15:32:12+00:00March 31st, 2014|

Study Identifies Most Common, Costly Reasons for Mental Health Hospitalizations for Kids

A recent study, led by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, is the first to examine frequency and costs associated with specific inpatient mental health diagnoses for children, and is a step towards creating meaningful measures of the quality of pediatric hospital care. The findings show that mental health hospitalizations among children and adolescents have increased by 24 percent [...]

2014-03-19T18:39:09+00:00March 19th, 2014|

Infographic – Faces of Medicaid: Children’s Behavioral Health Care

Earlier this year, the Center for Health Care Strategies published the results of an analysis of behavioral health care use and expense for children in Medicaid in all 50 states  (see our post dated 1/13/14).  They have recently created an infographic to accompany this report. Click here to see the CHCS Infographic, and access the report/webinar [...]

2014-03-12T14:06:13+00:00March 12th, 2014|