Theme: Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Children and Youth

Welcome to the October 2015 edition of Buzz from the Hub, the newsletter of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR). In this issue we spotlight addressing mental health concerns in children and youth.

You can share this information with the families you serve, use it in your own professional development activities, and apply it in your SSIP work in both Part B and Part C. Mental health is a matter of great concern in our society and certainly has a significant role to play in student behavior, peer relationships, academic achievement, and personal well-being.


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New Resources in the Hub

What’s new in the resource library? Here are 2 on our theme!

Children’s mental health report.
The Child Mind Institute has synthesized the most reliable data available on the prevalence of mental illness in children and adolescents, the gap between the need and care, and the efficacy of treatment. Connect with the report, Speak Up For Kids, in the Hub.

Video | Promoting successful transitions for youth with serious mental health conditions.
This 1-hour webinar from SRI International is now available on YouTube. Learn about new findings from the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) on factors that improve educational and employment outcomes of youth with emotional disturbance.

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Spotlight on…Mental Health Resources

“Mental health” is a broad term, just as “mental illness” is. Here are several resources that let you to zero in on information and resources about specific mental disorders.

Mental health resources at the Hub.
There are many, many organizations and groups that deal with mental health. This resource page will help you find the one or ones that offer the type of assistance, intervention, or information you’re seeking. You can also connect with information about mental health services in schools and where to find mental health services in the community. in English and Spanish.
This federal website is an excellent source of information and connection on mental health issues and concerns. The webpages and resources are available in English and Spanish, and are organized into sections such as eating disorders, mental health experts and resources, help for young people, and an ongoing conversation about mental health that you can join.

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Resources You Can Share with Families

This section of the Buzz identifies useful resources you might share with families or mention in your own news bulletins.

What parents need to know about mental health and education | Video webinar from the Michigan PTI.
This 59-minute webinar of the Michigan Alliance for Families features Terri Henrizi from the Association for Children’s Mental Health. The video is available on YouTube; there’s also a PDF of the PowerPoint presentation and an audio (WMV) file of the webinar available.

Modules on behavior | Videos from Utah’s PTI.
(Available in English and Spanish) | The Utah Parent Center offers this terrific 5-module video training series about positive behavioral supports and interventions that’s also available in Spanish.

11 simple signs that a child may have a psychiatric disorder.
This article from the Child Mind Institute is just one in its extensive online guide to information about kids and mental health in general, including myths, controversies, fighting stigma, mental illness in popular culture, and advances in neuroscience and brain research. There’s also a Spanish sister site, full of information about different mental disorders written expressly for families.

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Addressing Mental Health Concerns in Your SSIP Work

Is your state addressing student behavior, school climate, or student mental health as part of its SSIP? You no doubt want to be part of that discussion—or perhaps START that discussion. Hopefully, the resources below will put facts at your fingertips!!

Changing the way we think about mental health.
“Get informed. Get screened. Get help.” That’s the bottom-line message in this easy-to-read, fact-filled article from Mental Health America that examines our national need to refocus how we approach mental health concerns—from a “clean up the wreckage afterwards” model to an approach that emphasizes knowing the signs of mental illness and taking action so that mental illnesses can be caught early and treated.

Transforming the school climate.
In October 2014, the Office of Safe and Healthy Students at the U.S. Department of Education funded 12 states and 71 districts to implement a Multi-tiered Behavior Support Framework. The stated purpose of this page at the PBIS Center is to organize materials of particular value to awardees of these School Climate Transformation grants. Not surprisingly the materials are also relevant and valuable to many, many others!

Need stats? Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2014.
This annual report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population from an array of sources. The report covers topics such as victimization, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, the presence of security staff at school, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and criminal incidents at postsecondary institutions.

What is “school-based mental health” and what do we know?
Have a look at this 22-slide presentation in PDF, and you’ll find answers in a nutshell about much more than school-based mental health.

The National Wraparound Initiative.
Wraparound is an intensive, holistic method of engaging with individuals with complex needs (most typically children, youth, and their families) so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their hopes and dreams. You can find out all the latest research and implementation efforts in wraparound at the Initiative’s website, which includes the Resource Guide to Wraparound and the detailed poster depicting the nuts-and-bolts of Parent Engagement and Family Peer Support Services in Wraparound (you’ll need to use your Zoom to read this, but it’s worth it).

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Logo of the Center for Center for Parent Information and ResourcesThe CPIR hopes that you’ve found useful and relevant resources listed in this month’s Buzz from the Hub. Please feel free to write to the editor, Lisa Küpper, at to suggest the types of resources you’d like to see in the future. CPIR’s listening! Your input is extremely valuable to helping us to craft newsletters that support your work with families.

Our very best to you,

Debra, Indira, Lisa, and Myriam
The CPIR Team


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