ENEWS - March, 2001 (Vol.5, #6)
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ENEWS -A Monthly Forum for Sharing and Interchange
Source: UCLA SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT/
CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS
March, 2001 -(Vol. 5, #6)
WHAT IS ENEWS? (for those who don't know)
This forum is another link for those concerned with enhancing
policies, programs, and practices related to addressing
barriers to student learning and promoting mental health in
schools. It augments the other ways our Center shares
information and facilitates interchange/networking.
Feel Free to Forward This to Anyone
WHAT'S HERE THIS MONTH
>>Federal Block Grants for Education:
Impact on Addressing Barriers to Learning????
**News from around the Country
**Recent Publications Relevant to
>Children's Mental & Physical Health
>Delinquency, Violence, & Substance Abuse Prevention
>Family, Community, and Schools
>Policy & Statistics
**Upcoming Initiatives, Conferences, Workshops
**Calls for Grant Proposals/Papers
**Other Helpful Resources
**Training & Job Opportunities
(including fellowships and scholarships)
**Requests/Information/Comments/Questions from the Field
**News From the Two National Centers Focusing on MH in Schools
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Federal Block Grants for Education:
Impact on Addressing Barriers to Learning????
There appears to be growing bipartisan support for consolidating federal
education programs into performance-based block grants. The clear goals are to
reduce categorical funding, increase flexibility in use of federal dollars,
redundancy, and increase accountability for results. What hasn't been clearly
discussed is: Will block grants enhance efforts to address barriers to
will they further marginalize such efforts?
Do you have a perspective on this? If so, let us know, so we can include it
efforts to have this aspect of the issue become part of the discussion.
To post your response directly on our website's Net Exchange
page for others to read and respond to, go to
Or you can send it to:
E-mail: smhp at ucla.edu Phone: (310) 825-3634
Write: Center for Mental Health in Schools,
Department of Psychology, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
"Growing numbers of children are suffering needlessly because their emotional,
behavioral, and developmental needs are not being met by the very institutions
and systems that were created to take care of them..."
Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General
***NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY***
>>Office for Faith-Based Programs<<
President Bush has established a White House office to assist faith-based
organizations seeking federal funds to deal with social problems like
addiction and homelessness. He has also called for a Center for Faith-Based and
Community Initiatives in the Department of Health and Human Services and
Department of Education. The Centers will review departmental policies and
practices concerning compliance with Charitable Choice as it applies to funds
under their control and to promote compliance by its partners in state and
governments. The Center in the Department of Education will focus on the
agency's social programs, such as after-school programs.
>>Zero Tolerance Law's Effect on Michigan Schools<<
Michigan officials estimate that, since Michigan adopted the law in
1995, more than 1,200 students are expelled each year.
>>Grant for New D.A.R.E. Curriculum<<
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has granted The University of Akron
$13.7 million to develop "an entirely new, state-of-the-art substance abuse
prevention curriculum. (see newsrelease at http://www.jointogether.org )
>>State Action for Education Leadership Project<<
A three-year $8.9 million grant from the Wallace-
Reader's Digest Fund to strengthen the capacity of superintendents and
principals to improve student learning, will be led by the Council
of Chief of State School Officers, National Governors Association, Education
Commission of the States, National Association of State Boards of
Education and National Conference of State Legislatures. See:
>>Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2000<<
According to the report, between 1995 and 1999, the percentage of students
who reported being victims of crime at school decreased from 10% to 8%.
However, there was no change in students in grades 9 - 12 threatened or
with a weapon at school (7 or 8%) or in a physical fight at school.
>>U.S. Standards and Accountability Movement<<
Member organizations of the Learning First Alliance are calling for mid-
course corrections in the U.S. standards and accountability movement
>>Wall Street Company Will Rate Michigan Schools<<
Standard & Poor's School Evaluation Service will track where taxpayers'
dollars go and analyze whether spending increases boost student performance.
There are few misfortunes in this world you cannot turn into
personal triumphs if you have an iron will and necessary skill.
*CHILDREN'S MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH<=<=<=<
"School-Based Mental Health Services: A Research Review" (2000) by M. Rones
and K. Hoagwood in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, Vol 3 pp.
"When Death Impacts Your School: A Guide for School Administrators"
the Dougy Center (2000). Guide to student healing.
800/933-2723; ISBN#: 0-890534-05-06; Price: $9.95
"Issues to Consider in Intervention Research with Persons at High Risk
for Suicidality" National Institute of Mental Health, by J.L. Pearson,
(2001). For investigators conducting research on interventions to reduce
"Investing in Adolescent Health: A Social Imperative for California's
Future" National Adolescent Health Information Center (2001). A spectrum of
short- and long-term strategies to promote adolescent health and improve
"Healthy People 2010: 21 Critical Objectives for Adolescent and Young
Adults" National Adolescent Health Information Center (2001). Includes
baseline and target measures. http://youth.ucsf.edu/nahic
"Back to School: A Health Care Strategy for Youth" by J.A. Morone, et al.
in Health Affairs, Vol. 20, No. 1 (2001). Describes school-based health
centers, traces their history, and analyzes three political challenges they
"Adolescent and Family Health" The Institute for Youth Development. A
new peer-reviewed journal exploring factors that can help America's
young people lead healthy and successful lives. http://www.afhjournal.org
*DELINQUENCY, VIOLENCE, & SUBSTANCE ABUSE
"Violence: An Overview of Its Relationship to Substance Abuse" Center
for Substance Abuse Prevention (2001). Ten new resource guides on
topics related to substance abuse and violence. http://www.samhsa.gov
and click on "clearinghouses", or call 800/729-6686 or 800/487-4889.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention publications:
(1) "Co-occurrence of Delinquency and Other Problem Behaviors."
Examines school behavior, drug use, and mental health problems.
(2) "Comprehensive Responses to Youth At Risk: Interim
Findings From the SafeFutures Initiative."
(3) "Highlights of the 1999 National Youth Gang Survey."
(4) "Law Enforcement Referral of At-Risk Youth: The SHIELD
Program." Describes program for early identification
and treatment. http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/ojjdp/184579.pdf
*FAMILY, COMMUNITY, & SCHOOLS<=<=<=<
"Eliminating Barriers to Improving Teaching" Department of
"Overlooked and Underserved: Immigrant Students in U.S. Secondary
Schools" Urban Institute (2000).
"Entering Kindergarten: Findings from the Condition of Education" (2000)
National Center for Education Statistics (2001).
"Guidelines for Ensuring the Quality of National Design-Based Assistance
Providers" New American Schools (2000). to help match district's specific
needs with most complementary provider of comprehensive school reform.
National Governor's Association Newsletter (Winter, 2001). Focuses
on extra learning opportunities for children and youth.
"Comer's School Development Program in Chicago: A Theory-Based Evaluation"
(2000) by T.D. Cook, R. F. Murphy, H. D. Hunt, in American Educational
Research Journal, 37(2)pp535-597.
*POLICY & STATISTICS<=<=<=<
"Promoting Early Childhood Development through Comprehensive Community
Initiatives" (2001) by L. Berlin, J. Brooks-Gunn, J.L.Aber, Children's
Social Policy, Research, and Practice, 4(1), p. 1-24.
"Welfare Reform: An Overview of Effects to Date" Brookings Institution
"Adolescent Health Chartbook" from CDC's
National Center for Health Statistics (2000). Includes figures and text
on population demographics, health status, reproductive health, risk
access to health care. For a copy, contact: Andrea MacKay, email:anm2 at cdc.gov
"The Use of Tests When Making High-Stakes Decisions for Students:
A Resource Guide for Educators and Policy-Makers" by the U.S.
Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (2000).
"Map and Track 2000" National Center for Children in Poverty (2000).
Maps state initiatives for children and families, and tracks them over
"School Discipline: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act"
(GAO-01-210, January 25). The General Accounting Office's study
on the implementation of IDEA discipline implementation.
"Medicaid Managed Care and Due Process Reports" Center for Health
Care Strategies (2000). http://www.chcs.org/
(1) "Medicaid Managed Care and Due Process: The Law, Its
Implementation, and Recommendation"
(2) "Medicaid Managed Care and Due Process: A Guide for Health
Plans and State Administrators"
One child to another:
"I'm gifted, but no one
knows in what yet."
^^^^UPCOMING INITIATIVES, CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS^^^^
Children's Mental Health Matters: Focus on Fact vs Fiction, March 8, 2001, New
York, NY, Contact: khoganbruen at nmha.org
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant writing
technical assistance workshops: March 15-16 in Scottsdale, AZ; March 20-21 in
Orlando, FL; March 22-23 in Boston, MA Call (301)984-1417, extension 377.
School Social Work Association national conference, March 15-17,2001,
Philadelphia PA, http://www.sswaa.org/nande/2001.html.
Building Family Support Programs and Leaders, March 18-20, 2001, Rosemont,
National Forum for the Prevention of School Violence, March 22-23, College
Station, TX http://www.coe.tamu.edu/nationalforum.
A National Mental Health Symposium to Address Discrimination and Stigma,
March 26-27, 2001, Baltimore, MD. http://www.mentalhealth.org
Safe at School: Strategies & Solutions, April 4 & 5, 2001, Chicago, call
From Research to Practice: Implementing CSAP Model Programs, April 30-May
4, 2001, Kansas City, MO. http://www.westcapt.org
Partnership for Family Involvement in Education, National Meeting:
May 9, 2001 in Washington, D.C. Call: 202/401-0056; http://pfie.ed.gov
Family Research Consortium 2001 Summer Institute: June 21-24, 2001
in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Theme: Public Policy, Socioeconomic
Disadvantage and Child Development. http://www.hhdev.psu.edu/chdfrdc
Annual National PTA Convention and Exhibition: June 23-26, 2001
in Baltimore, MD. Theme: Connecting Communities for the Future.
FOR MORE CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS, REFER TO
OUR WEBSITE AT: http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu
(Go to "Contents" then click on "Upcoming Events of
"As a contemporary educator, I am an instruction-delivering,
manner-teaching, psychological-servicing, paper-juggling, conflict-solving,
entertaining, nose-wiping, multilingual-speaking, pioneering individual working
10 times harder than I ever did..."
^^^^^^CALLS FOR GRANT PROPOSALS/PAPERS GRANTS
Model Demonstration Projects for Children with Disabilities:
CFDA#: 84.324T. Deadline: March 16, 2001.
Center for Health Care Strategies, Consumer Action Seed Grants to help family
and community organizations with managed care systems. Deadline: April 1,
Field-Initiated Studies (FIS) Education Research Grant Program:
CDFA#: 84.305T. Deadline: April 3, 2001
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for
Substance Abuse Treatment, practice-research collaboratives. GFA Number TI-
01-001. Deadline May 4,2001. Contact Frances Cotter at 301-443-8796.
US DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration Community Access
Program to expand health care for uninsured by integrating providers into
networks for comprehensive services. Deadline May 7, 2001.
Time Warner, Inc. grants for youth program alternatives to crime and violence,
including job training and placement and crisis intervention. Contact: AOL
Time Warner, Inc., Emelda Cathcart, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019.
The Fund for Nonviolence supports community-based groups
Contact: Betsy Fairbanks, fund4nv at aol.com; Ph: 831/460-9321.
CALL FOR PAPERS
International Society for Quality of Life Studies Conference November 29, 2001,
in Washington, DC, seeks submissions related to subjective and/or objective
among individuals, groups, communities, and society. Contact:
Rich Gilman, Ph.D. cpsrcg at langate.gsu.edu; Deadline: June 1, 2001
Head Start's 6th National Research Conference, June 26-29, 2001,
in Washington D.C. seeks presentation proposals. Deadline:
June 15, 2001. http://www.headstartresearchconf.net
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^^^^^^OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES^^^^^^
>>Mental Health/Substance Abuse/Health
The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative
provides latest information on improving health.
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service's new site
provides research and information on juvenile
justice and drug policy. www.ncjrs.org
The Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education
guide for dealing with sexual harassment of students.
National Center for Education Statistics' Encyclopedia of ED
Stats brings together data from: The Condition of Education,
The Digest of Education Statistics, and Projections of Education
National Center for Education Statistics and the Bureau of
Justice Statistics joint site provides data on crime occurring
in school and on the way to and from school.
The United Way of America State of
Caring Index, statistics to measure quality of
life state by state. http://national.unitedway.org
The Digest of Education Statistics, 2000 provides statistical
information on the field of education from pre-K through
graduate school, including federal funds for education.
>>Parents, Schools, and Community
E-SKILL is an e-learning project by the Lafourche Parish
Appraisal Center, and offers free on-line continuing ed.
courses for parents, teachers, and pupil appraisal staff.
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication
Disorders' Information Clearinghouse provides health
professionals and the public with information and fact sheets
Healthy Schools Network's site provides downloadable reports,
posters, and audiotapes focused on resolving school environmental
*****For other helpful resources, see the "Gateway to a World or Resources for
Enhancing MH in Schools" on our web site http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu The
Gateway is a links "map" that provides quick access to relevant resources
internet. It is also a tool to facilitate various formsof networking and to
analyze strengths, weaknesses, and gaps/inequities in available resources. The
map represents the next generation (beyond lists of links) for guiding users
quickly to sites that are most likely to meet their needs.
^^^^^^^TRAINING & JOB OPPORTUNITIES
(including fellowships and scholarships)^^^^^^^
<Senior Project Director Adolescent and School Health>
Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs: to lead team to develop,
implement, and evaluate AMCHP activities. AMCHP 1220 19th St. N.W., Suite
801, Wash, DC 20036
The UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute's Center for Community
Health: develop, direct, and coordinate research activities for several
Contact: Dr. Mary Jane Rotheram; rotheram at ucla.edu
The Department of Human and Organizational Development at
Peabody College of Education, Vanderbilt University: positions in community
counseling, school counseling, and undergrad internship director. Contact:
Douglas.D.Perkins at Vanderbilt.edu
<Senior Program Officer>
Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health, Division of
Public Health, New York Academy of Medicine. Contact Elisa Weiss at
eweiss at nyam.org
The Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health
at Columbia University: manage and analyze
data for various projects. Contact:
Carolyn McKenzie, Fax: 212/543-5260.
The Center for Community Change: design, develop, and implement evaluation
capacity. Contact: CCC, Fax: 202/338-3453.
Rosalynn Carter Institute for Human Development, field study of caregiving
across the life span. Contact Ronda Talley, TalleyRC at rci.gsw.edu.
Blueprint prevention projects in community practice. Contact Howard Rosen at
capsy at mindspring.com.
<Research Associate/Assistant Director>
Penn State Children, Youth and Families Consortium for interdisciplinary
research, teaching and outreach. Contact Karen Bierman at kb2 at psu.edu.
<Youth Development Advisor>
career-track academic to provide an educational and applied research program on
adolescent development. Contact Cheryl Gneckow at cheryl.gneckow at ucr.edu.
<Postdoctoral Fellow/Project Director>
NIMH funded project "Community Clinic Test of Youth Anxiety and Depression
Treatments" Contact John Weisz, Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, UCLA
405 Hilgard, LA CA 90095-1563.
NIH research training program in adolescent drug abuse treatment.
Contact: Dr. Howard Liddle, hliddle at mednet.med.miami.edu
University of California, Santa Cruz, human development in diverse communities
and institutions, such as family and schools. Contact Barbara Rogoff, 277
Sciences 2, UC, Santa Cruz, CA 95064.
FROM THE FIELD***
WANT TO RESPOND? Go to our Website
(http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu.) and click on Net
Exchange or send us an email (smhp at ucla.edu).
We received a great deal of feedback on the working draft of:
"Mental Health in Schools: Guidelines, Models, Resources, &
If you haven't looked at the working draft this field-defining document,
so (it is on our website at http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu) And if you have
Here's a sample of what we have been receiving:
"...important to emphasize the need for infrastructures for integrating
"...very useful for providing concise information to a broad audience
Board of Education, Principals, parents, etc.)"
"...need to add underlying factors contributing to complexity of successful
collaboration, such as organizational cultures..."
"...consider adding a section that addresses the need for demonstration of
"...the document contains a wealth of wonderful references and resources..."
"...the importance of program evaluation and quality of implementation
"...As a follow up piece a self assessment document for school districts
extremely helpful to move the "infrastructure" forward. "
***NEWS FROM THE TWO NATIONAL CENTERS
FOCUSING ON MH IN SCHOOLS***
^^^Updates from our Center at UCLA:
The Quick Finds section of our website is continuing to add
new topics. A few recent examples are:
Change Agent/Organizational Facilitator
Business support of schools
Evaluation of programs for addressing barriers to learning
Available are online documents and links to resource centers on
each topic. Go to: http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu. Go to Search,
Quick Finds, Center Responses.
A new Center Report: Organization Facilitators: A Change Agent for Systemic
School and Community Changes is available online or you can request hard
copies from the Center.
New Continuing Education modules -- a working draft is now available on line or
hard copy by request of:
Enhancing Classroom Approaches for Addressing Barriers to Learning:
Classroom Focused Enabling
The modules come with an accompanying set of readings and tools.
We are now seeking feedback for revision of the working draft.
As noted above, the working draft of Mental Health in Schools: Guidelines,
Models, Resources, & Policy Considerations compiled by the Policy Leadership
Cadre for Mental Health in Schools is now available for review and response.
at http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu) or you can call/fax to
request a hard copy.
For those without internet access, all resources are available by
contacting the center at
School Mental Health Project/
Center for Mental Health in Schools
UCLA Department of Psychology
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563
Email: smhp at ucla.edu.
To post messages to ENEWS, Email them to smhp at ucla.edu.
^^^Updates from our Sister Center in Maryland
(Mark Weist, Director)
*CSMHA is currently planning the 6th Annual
Conference on Advancing School Based Mental Health to be
held from September 20-22, 2001 in Portland, Oregon. Please
contact the Center at (410-706-0980 or 888-706-0980) or by email
(csmha at umpsy.umaryland.edu) if you would like to receive
CSMHA is seeking research studies documenting outcomes
related to participation in school based mental health programs
and articles for its newsletter (on mental health needs of
homeless children, substance abuse in schools, and dating
For more information, contact: Mark Weist, Director
Center for School Mental Health Assistance
University of Maryland at Baltimore, Dept. of Psychiatry
680 West Lexington St., 10th fl., Baltimore, MD 21201
Ph: 888/706-0980 Email: csmha at umpsy.umaryland.edu
THIS IS THE END OF THIS ISSUE OF ENEWS
Below is a brief description of our Center.
WHO ARE WE?
Under the auspices of the School Mental Health Project in the
Department of Psychology at UCLA, we established a Center
for Mental Health in Schools in 1995. The Project and Center
are co-directed by Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor. The UCLA
Center is one of two national centers initially funded in October 1995
by the Office of Adolescent Health, Maternal and Child Health
Bureau (Title V, Social Security Act), Health Resources and Services
Administration (Project #U93 MC 00175). Both Centers were
refunded in October 2000 (for a 5 year cycle) with the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental
Health Services joining HRSA as a co-funder.
Our group at UCLA approaches mental health and psychosocial
concerns from the broad perspective of addressing barriers
to learning and promoting healthy development. Specific
attention is given policies and strategies that can counter fragmentation
and enhance collaboration between school and community programs.
We are involved in model development and implementation,
training and technical assistance, and policy analysis. Our
activities include gathering and disseminating information,
materials development, direct assistance, and facilitating
networking and exchanges of ideas.
For more information about the Center or about ENEWS,
contact Center Coordinator Perry Nelson or Center Co-Directors
Howard Adelman, or Linda Taylor at UCLA School Mental Health
Project/Center for Mental Health in Schools
Voice: (310) 825-3634 Fax: (310) 206-8716
E-mail: smhp at ucla.edu
Web Site: http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu
Write: School Mental Health Project/
Center for Mental Health in Schools
Dept. of Psychology, UCLA , Box 951563,
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563.
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