ENEWS - April, 2001 (Vol.5, #7)
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ENEWS - A Monthly Forum for Sharing and Interchange
Source: UCLA SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT/
CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS
April, 2001 (Vol. 5, #7)
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
What's Wrong with Kids Today?
**News from around the Country
**Recent Publications Relevant to
>Children's Mental & Physical Health
>Delinquency, Violence, & Substance Abuse Prevention
>Family, Community, & 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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What's Wrong with Kids Today?
Jason Zeidenberg, a policy analyst for the Center for Juvenile Justice in DC, has
noted: "The kids are being blamed for everything and credited with nothing. Kids
today are a scapegoat generation."
Recent events, once again, are converging in ways that foster the notion that
something basically is wrong with young people. Some who raise the matter do
so with the view that there are deficiencies in current child rearing situations.
These deficiencies often are described differently depending on the socio-
economic status of a youngster's family. Whether or not something is basically
wrong, a side-effect of all the media attention is to demonize young people and
frighten teachers, principals, and the general public in ways that lead to a greater
emphasis on social control strategies than on addressing psychosocial and mental
health concerns. Over the coming year, a great deal of discussion will focus on
how our society should respond to the potential threat of another school shooting,
how to handle the bullying and other forms of harassment experienced in schools,
and what to do to youth who end up in courtrooms. The policy issue is: What
should the balance be between society's responsibility for socializing the young
and its responsibility for helping those who need special assistance? The decisions
about this are likely to shape the quality of life in the U.S.A. for some time to
Do you have a perspective on this? If so, let us know, so we can include it in our
efforts to this issue widely discussed.
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
"I urge every parent and every student to listen closely to children who
express concern, anger or fear concerning their school, teachers and classmates."
U.S. Secretary of Education
***NEWS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY***
>>Opposition to Zero Tolerance Policies<<
The American Bar Association voted to oppose school disciplinary policies that
fail to take circumstances, nature of offence or student's history into account.
They encouraged strong policies, sound discretion, and alternatives to expulsion
and prosecution to improve school climate. http://www.abanet.org/media
>>Job Shadowing Impacts Student Performance<<
The Institute on Education and the Economy reports job shadowing and school to
work initiatives reduce dropout rate and increase college enrollment. Report:
"School-to-Work: Making a Difference in Education."
>>World Health Day theme is Mental Health<<
"Stop Exclusion...Dare to Care" is April 7 with a focus on child and adolescent
mental health concerns. Nations encouraged to develop mental health policies,
end exclusionary practices and develop treatment capacity. http://www.who.int/world-
>>Nine Drug-Free School Programs Designated as Exemplary<<
Safe, Disciplined and Drug-Free Schools panel chose programs based on
demonstrated effectiveness and potential for replication. http://www.ed.gov/
>>Bullying Major Problems for Most Youth<<
Kaiser Family Foundation survey reports 86% of 12 to 15 year olds feel bullying
and teasing are major problems in schools bigger problems than smoking,
drinking, drugs, or sex. http://www.jointogether.org
>>Responses to School Shooting<<
Physicians for Social Responsibility (http://www.psr.org) and American Academy of
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry(http://www.aacap.org) responded to recent school
shootings to provide an analysis of the incident at Santana H.S. and offer
resources (fact sheets on bullying and on threats).
>>Study Finds Racial Bias in Special Ed<<
The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University reports black children 2.9 times as
likely as white to be labeled mentally retarded, 1.9 with an emotional problem, 1.3
as learning disabled, and less likely to be returned from special ed to regular
"The objective of a good system is to minimize interruption to the student's
learning. . . . [Educating] ALL students requires a multifaceted, integrated system
of supports embedded within the school's educational delivery plan"
Geri Ichimura & Carrie Formway
Hawai'i State Department of Education
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*CHILDREN'S MENTAL & PHYSICAL HEALTH<=<=<=<=
"A longitudinal study of bullying, victimization, and peer affiliation during the
transition from primary to middle school" (2000). A. Pellegrini & M. Bartini in
American Educational Research Journal, vol. 37, pp. 699-725.
"Adolescent Suicide Attempts: Risks and Protectors" (2001). I. Borowsky, M.
Ireland, M Resnick in Pediatrics, vol. 107, pp. 485-493. http://www.pediatrics.org.
"Comprehending Suicide" (2001). E. Shneidman. http://www.apa.org/books/
Relevant to research and prevention through community intervention and clinical
"Systems of Care Promising Practices in Children's Mental Health" 3 new
volumes (with 7 others available)
>Cultural Strengths and Challenges in Implementing a System of Care
>Using Evaluation Data to Manage, Improve, Market and Sustain Children's
>For the Long Haul: Maintaining Systems of Care Beyond the Federal
"How do you feel?" Produced as part of the Caring for Every Child's Mental
Health Campaign. An online coloring and activity book for children in grades
1 - 3. http://www.samhsa.gov.
"Treatments that Work with Children" (2001). By E. Christophersen & S.
Mortweet. Describes diagnosis and treatment based on documented success.
"School Refusal Behavior in Youth" (2001). By C. Kearney. Strategies for
treatment based on empirical approach. http://www.apa.org/books/
*DELINQUENCY, VIOLENCE, & SUBSTANCE
"Youth on Trial: A Developmental Perspective on Juvenile Justice." Edited by T.
Grisso & R. Schwartz. University of Chicago Press. Contact: 800/621-2736.
"Preventive Interventions Under Managed Care: Mental Health and Substance
Abuse Services" (2000) a review of research documenting effective prevention.
"Anger Management Comprehensive Curriculum." Provides activities,
worksheets, and teachers guide. For 9 to 13 year olds. http://www.ctherapy.com.
"Handle with Care: Serving the Mental Health of Young Offenders" (2000).
Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Annual Report. http://www.juvjustice.org.
"Appraisal and Prediction of School Violence" (2001). Special Issue of
Psychology in the Schools, Vol. 38 (2). Edited by M. Furlong, P. Kingery, & M.
*FAMILY, COMMUNITY, & SCHOOLS<=<=<=<=
"Beyond the Bell: A Toolkit for Creating Effective After-School Programs." K.
Walter, J. Caplan, and C. McElvain. http://Ncrel.org/after/bellkit.htm.
National Governor's Association Center for Best Practices new briefs:
>State Strategies for Turning Around Low-Performing Schools
>Improving Children's Reading Ability through Volunteer Reading
>Developing and Supporting Literacy-Rich Environments for Children
>Improving Early Literacy Skills to Reduce Special Education Referrals
"Overlooked and Underserved: Immigrant Children in U. S. Secondary Schools"
(2001). J. Ruiz-de-Velasco, M. Fix, B. Clewell. Urban Institute research examines
educational barriers and strategies to overcome them. (http://www.urban.org)
"Why Bad Reforms Won't Give Us Good Schools" (2001). L. Cuban. Suggests
the oversimplified search for the one vision of a good school threatens many truly
good schools. The American Prospect. (http://www.prospect.org).
"Teenager's Guide to School Outside the Box" (2001). R. Greene Describes
alternative learning opportunities, such as internships, apprenticeships, mentoring.
*POLICY & STATISTICS<=<=<=<=
"Mental Health Care Utilization and Expenditures by Children in Foster Care"
(2000). J. Harman, G. Childs, K. Kelleher. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent
"Contracting for Public Mental Health Services"(2000) summarizes the
experiences of four managed behavioral health care organizations.
"Charting New Courses for Children's Health Insurance" (2000). I. Hill. Policy &
Practice, American Public Human Services Association,
"Finding Alternatives to Failure: Can States End Social Promotion and Reduce
Retention Rates?" (2001). Southern Regional Education Board. (http://www.sreb.org).
Education Statistics Quarterly (Winter 2000 -- online)
>Dropout Rates in the United States
>Indicators of School Crime and Safety
>The Kindergarten Year: Findings from the Early Childhood Longitudinal
"I personally think we developed language because of our
deep inner need to complain."
^^^UPCOMING INITIATIVES, CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS^^^
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. "Health for All in 2010: Confirming
our Commitment Taking Action. May 5-8, San Antonio, TX.
"Building on Family Strengths". Research and Training Center on Family Support
and Children's Mental Health. May 10-12. Portland, OR (http://www.rtc.pdx.edu).
"Exploring Partnerships for Peaceful Communities" Child Psychiatry Spring
Forum. May 11, Richmond, VA. Phone: 804/828-4393).
"The Promise of Partnership: Communities, Family Support, and Child
Protection" Family Support America. May 20-22. Jacksonville, FL.
"From Bullying to Battering: School-based programs for preventing bullying,
sexual harassment and gender violence" June 4-5, 7-8. Austin, TX. (Contact
mwisneski at austin-safeplace.org).
Center for Social and Emotional Education educational events:
>"Safe and Intelligent Schools: Integrating Effective Social and Emotional
Education in School Life." June 26-28. Teaneck NJ.
>"Educating Minds and Hearts: Safe Schools, Healthy Character
Development, Academic Achievement and Social-emotional Education."
July 9-13. New York, NY.
"The media tend to cover stories, especially those involving children, as
individual episodes, rather than framing them as part of ongoing problems and
National Center for Children and Poverty
^^^^^CALLS FOR GRANT PROPOSALS/PAPERS
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Snapshot
>Community-Initiated Prevention Intervention. Due April 26.
>Build Mentally Healthy Communities. SM 01-007, Due May 21.
>Strengthening Communities in the Development of Comprehensive Drug
and Alcohol Treatment Systems for Youth. No TI 01-004. Due May 21.
>Dissemination of Effective Mentoring and Family Strengthening
Programs for High Risk Youth. SP 01-003. Due May 21.
>Statewide family networks for children's mental health national technical
assistance center. SM-01-004. Due May 21.
Family and Youth Services Bureau, Basic Center Program and Under the Street
Outreach Program, Deadline May 4. Call 800-351-2293.
Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice Awards.
Due May 4 (http://www.phf.org).
Health Resources and Service Administration (http://www.hrsa.dhhs.gov)
>Grants for the Community Access Program. #1797, Due May 7.
American Academy of Pediatrics. "Reaching Children: Building Systems of
Care." Funding for SCHIP outreach and enrollment. Contact sgraves at aap.org.
Department of Housing and Urban Development Youthbuild Awards for job
training. Due May 30. Call: 202/708-2035.
"Self-confidence: When you think that your greatest
fault is being too hard on yourself"
^^^^^OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES^^^^^
>>Mental Health/Substance Abuse/Health
Annie E. Casey Foundation. "The Right Start City Trends and the Right Start
State Trends" http://www.childtrend.org
FundSource a search tool for research funding in the behavioral and social
sciences. Initiated by the National Science Foundation and developed by the
American Psychological Association. (http://www.decadeofbehavior.org/fundsource/).
Mental Health Policy Information Exchange. Online data base of reports and
"Best Clinical and Administrative Practices," Center for Health Care Strategies,
bi-monthly e-mail newsletter. (http://www.chcs.org).
"Substance Abuse Chartbook," describes early use among young people.
School-Based Mental Health, statistics and state action.
Early Estimates of Public Elementary and Secondary Education Statistics: School
Year 2000-2001. Enrollments pre-k through grade 12 up 1.5 million to 47.2
National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center. Includes statistics on
violence committed by and against youth (http://www.safeyouth.org).
The Right Start Online -- "Conditions of Babies and the Families Across the
Nation and in America's Largest Cities" (2001) at
Toward Higher Levels of Analysis: Progress and Promise in Research on Social
and Cultural Dimensions of Health.
>>Parents, Schools, and Community
"Child Health Toolbox," Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Information on measurement of performance of children's programs such as
Medicaid, SCHIP, Title V. (http://www.ahrq.gov/chtoolbx/)
"Kids 4 Peace, Pathways to Peace" teaches teens about conflict and coping,
teacher lesson plans and projects. (http://www.kids4peace.com).
International Youth Forum U.S. is now The Forum for Youth Investment. New
website is http://www.forumforyouthinvestment.org.
Functional Family Therapy (Family Strengthening Series Bulletin) at
Juvenile Justice Journal (Parenting Issues)
Violence in Communities and Schools: A Stress Reduction Guide for Teachers
and other School Staff. From National Education Association.
Community Research Network, postings on social justice and public health
^^^^^^TRAINING AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES^^^^^^^^
(including fellowships and scholarships)
<Maternal and Child Health Coordinator> (deadline April 6)
<Mental Health Project Coordinator> (deadline April 16)
Two positions at the National Adolescent Health Center, Konopka Institute for
Best Practices in Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota.
<Senior Program Officer>
Center for the Advancement of Collaborative Strategies in Health, Division of
Public Health, The New York Academy of Medicine. (http://www.cacsh.org)
<Director of the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs>
Mental Health Center of Boulder County, CO. Phone (303) 443-8500.
School Psychology Program, University of Alabama. Phone: (205) 348-7575.
City School, Boston, MA. Contact: owen_stearns at milton.edu.
Urban Initiatives Office, Public Interest Directorate, American Psychological
Association. Contact mjenakovich at apa.org.
<Program Development Specialist>
Social Decision Making/Problem Solving Program at the Behavioral Training
and Research Institute of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey. Implement character education programs. (http://www.umdnj.edu/hrweb/)
<Scientist in the Public Interest>
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, link research to social
policy. Washington, DC. Deadline May 1. Send materials to SPSSO Center
Office POB 1248, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248.
College Board Services for Students with Disabilities seeks Review Panel
Members for the SSD appeal process. Part-time. Contact
rkennedy at collegeboard.org.
Los Angeles Unified School District, Urban Education Research Fellows
Program, offers tuition support at local universities and part-time employment
with the evaluation branch. Deadline April 15. Contact: jsass at lausd.k12.ca.us.
Adolescent drug abuse treatment research NIH/NIDA. University of Miami
School of Medicine. Contact hliddle at med.miami.edu.
National Center for Children in Poverty, Mailman School of Public Health,
Columbia University, New York, NY. Contact sr458 at columbia.edu
Child/School Speciality for federal grant best practices with children and their
families. Contact: TJC111 at worldnet.att.net
From the field: "Just in the past 2 weeks as a mental health rehab specialist in
schools I have seen one boy suffering from a cousin who committed suicide after
killing his girlfriend in the family home and another boy today got suspended for
name calling a girl to the point of tears. Anything I can do to help our schools
with mental health issues, just ask. I will be there."
FROM THE FIELD**
"I am seeking information from school based programs that have used Resource
Mapping with the help of Adelman & Taylor materials. I am interested in the
structure of it: Time commitment, focus, time line, etc. "
"...My supervisor and I have developed and implemented a social skills/primary
intervention program at 2 out of 3 of our elementary campuses. We have had the
program in existence for 3 yrs now. No student is included into our program w/o
parental consent (written permission) and involvement we also involve the
regular classroom teachers. If you would like more info please contact us..."
WANT TO RESPOND? Go to our Website (http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu)
click on Net Exchange, or send us an email (smhp at ucla.edu).
***NEWS FROM THE TWO NATIONAL CENTERS
FOCUSING ON MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS***
Note: Both Centers are in the process of evaluating the impact of our work
If you want to share an example of how either Center's efforts has had
an impact, let us know at (310) 825-3634 or email smhp at ucla.edu
^^^Updates from our Center at UCLA:
The Quick Finds section of our website has more new topics:
>Immigrant students and mental health
>Prevention of social and mental health problems
>Medicaid and managed care for school mental health
>Threat assessment: resources and cautions
>Data management systems for schools and clinics
>>>"Enhancing Classroom Approaches for Addressing Barriers to Learning:
Classroom Focused Enabling" These new Continuing Education modules (in
working draft format) are available on line at http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu or in
hard copy by request. The modules come with an accompanying set of readings
We are now seeking feedback for revision of the working draft.
>>>We have mailed the quarterly hard copy newsletter. The lead article is
"Mechanisms for Delivering Mental Health in Schools"
If you aren't on our mailing list, you may want to download a copy from our
>>>"Gateway to a World of Resources" is the continuously expanding
section on our website that provides organized access to other sites. We have
added a new feature indicating which centers/associations have
materials is language other than English. If you know of any
resources we have missed, please let us know.
>>>Over the past few months, we have produced a number of brief Center
reports. One subgroup of these is being developed in response to requests for a concise
overview that can catch the attention of various stakeholders.
This series of reports are organized by the following areas of focus:
>Expanding Educational Reform to Address Barriers to Learning:
Restructuring Student Support Services and Enhancing School-
>Addressing Barriers to Student Learning & Promoting
Healthy Development: A Usable Research-Base
*POLICY DIRECTION & COMMITMENT
>Addressing Barriers to Student Learning: Closing Gaps in
School/Community Policy and Practice
>The Policy Problem and a Resolution to Guide Organizations
Working toward Policy Cohesion
>Restructuring Boards of Education to Enhance Schools'
Effectiveness in Addressing Barriers to Student Learning
>Pioneer Initiatives to Reform Education Support Programs
*BUILDING AND SUSTAINING LOCAL CAPACITY
>Resource-Oriented Teams: Key Infrastructure Mechanisms
for Enhancing Education Supports.
>Organization Facilitators: A Change Agent for Systemic
School and Community Changes
>Financing Mental Health for Children & Adolescents:
Brief and Fact Sheet
>New Initiatives: Considerations Related to Planning,
Implementing, Sustaining, and Going-to-Scale
*NEW PROFESSIONAL ROLES AND FUNCTIONS
>Framing New Directions for School Counselors,
Psychologists, & Social Workers
All the above reports can be downloaded from our website. Indepth guidebooks
are available that encompass many of the topics.
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
(310) 825-3634/ Fax: (310)206-8716
Email: smhp at ucla.edu.
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^^^^Updates from our Sister Center in Maryland^^^
(Mark Weist, Director)
The Center for School Mental Health Assistance is hosting partner
for the first annual School Health Institute Program, July 23-27, in
Towson, MD. For information contact shuntley at psych.umarland.edu
The CSMHA 6th national conference on Advancing School-Based
Mental Health Programs is September 20-22 in Portland, OR.
Visit the website for information (http://csmha.umaryland.edu).
In conjunction with the national conference, the Center for Effective
Collaboration and Practice will have an on-line fair and distance learning
event September 20 through October 6th see http://www.air-dc.org/cecp/cecp.html
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 to 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
Department of Psychology, UCLA, Box 951563
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563.
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