CYF Update

Children, Youth and Families News
Friday, October 2, 2020




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Advocacy Updates

LSA Advocacy Update

Join us in urging lawmakers to provide additional nonprofit relief NOW! Congress is scheduled to adjorn in about two weeks and not return until after the election - but lawmakers have still not passed an additional COVID-19 relief package that addresses the ongoing needs most important to our members as outlined in our key priorities and our ongoing advocacy. We are asking lawmakers to address the urgent remaining needs of nonprofit health and human services providers NOW. Your participation will be vital; join us again in writing your lawmakers.

Rep. Bass Introduces Foster Youth Dental Act of 2020

Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, introduced the bipartisan Foster Youth Dental Act of 2020, which will strengthen dental coverage under the Medicaid program for foster youth by increasing eligibility, providing incentives for dental providers, enhancing outreach for enrollment, and protecting existing coverage for foster youth. Read Press Release Read Bill

House Passes Gallego-Authored Bill to Protect Native American Children from Abuse

On September 21, the House passed H.R. 4957, the Native American Child Protection Act, by voice vote. The bipartisan bill, introduced by Chairman Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples and Ranking Member Paul Cook (R-CA), authorizes three programs aimed at improving the prevention, investigation, treatment, and prosecution of family violence, child abuse, and child neglect involving Native American children and families. Read more here.

Virtual Convenings and Meetings

Lutheran Services in America's Strength and Service Series

Strength & Service Series: Becoming an Antiracist Organization Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 Time: 1 - 2PM EDT

As recent events have cast a bright light on centuries of racial injustice, Lutheran social ministry organizations are asking how they can contribute to a more equitable society. Racial justice and equity require us to take a critical internal look at our leadership, policies, and operations, and have some difficult conversations. Hear from four peer leaders as they continue addressing their organization's role in systemic racism, explore efforts to engage community partners to dismantle racism, and discuss the importance in recognizing and naming the pain that racism causes. During this webinar, your peers will share their successes and challenges in this important work, and explore questions such as, what does it mean to be an antiracist organization? What steps can you take to join in on the journey of becoming an antiracist organization? What tools and resources can help you along the way?

Panelists: - Damyn Kelly, President and CEO, Lutheran Social Services of New York - Michael Bertrand, President and CEO, and Beverly Jones, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois - Paulo Pina, Pediatric Medical Director, Assistant Clinical Professor, NYU Robert I. Grossman School of Medicine, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone

Facilitator: - Andrew Genszler, President and CEO, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

Registration will be limited to 100 participants. Register now!

Addressing the Growing Rate of Suicide

Mental health disorders and suicidal ideation are topics not typically discussed in communities of color. However, research now shows that suicide rates among Black youth, adolescents, and adults are rising faster than other racial or ethnic groups. Now, with the COVID-19 pandemic further affecting Black mental health, it's critically important that clinicians and organizations how to identify, assess, and prevent suicide.

Join Relias on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 3 PM ET to hear Ifeanyi Olele, DO, MBA, MS, share statistics on the growing rate of suicide in the Black community and what clinicians and organizations can do to improve suicide prevention and treatment. In the webinar, Dr. Olele will:

Address the growing rate of suicide in the Black community - Discuss stigmas associated with suicide, mental health disorders, and accessing care - Provide risks and protective factors that can lead to suicidal ideation - Share strategies to improve suicide prevention and treatment

Register Now

What Happens After CARES?

Watch the recording of this webinar presented by APHSA & NGA, featuring speakers from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). A copy of the revised presentation deck can be found here. Please feel free to share this presentation on poverty projections and program eligibility projections with your colleagues, as these findings have significant implications for government operations and the health and well-being of our communities. The video presentation can be viewed here.

Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Education, and Behavioral Health News

Timely Follow-Up Reduces Suicide Risk For Youths Discharged From Psychiatric Hospital

Youths who received outpatient mental health follow-up within 1 week of psychiatric hospital discharge appeared at reduced risk for suicide in the immediate period after discharge, according to study results published in JAMA Network Open. Read more here.

Black American Anxiety at All-Time High, Experts Say

While violent police encounters involving Black people dominate headlines, the news is having a detrimental impact on the mental well- being of Black Americans, some experts say. In the weeks following the graphic video of George Floyd pinned under the knee of a now former Minneapolis police officer, U.S. Census Bureau data found that anxiety among Black Americans has increased by 26% and depression increased by 22%. Read more here.

Addressing Systemic Racism in Our Child Welfare System

More than half of all Black children and their parents will experience a child abuse or neglect investigation before their 18th birthday according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health. Black and American Indian/Alaskan Native children are disproportionately represented at all stages of the child welfare system. Read more here.

The Prevention Services Clearinghouse Public Call for Program and Service Recommendations Now Open

This call is an opportunity for the public to recommend mental health, substance abuse, in-home parent skill-based, and kinship navigator programs and services for systematic review. Additional public calls for recommendations will occur on at least an annual basis.

To learn more about the call, including submission requirements and instructions, plese click here. The deadline for submissions is October 5, 2020.

First-of-its-Kind National Partnership Aims to Redesign Child Welfare Into Child- and Family Well-Being Systems

The Children's Bureau, Casey Family Programs, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Prevent Child Abuse America are partnering to launch a nationwide initiative to prove that it is possible to fundamentally rethink how child welfare systems function to prioritize strengthening families and building resiliency, rather than separating families. Read more here.

Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2019

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that median household income in 2019 increased 6.8% from 2018, and the official poverty rate decreased 1.3 percentage points. Meanwhile, the percentage of people with health insurance coverage for all or part of 2019 was 92.0%. 8.0% of people, or 26.1 million, did not have health insurance at any point during 2019, according to the 2020 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). Read more here.

Experts Project Autumn Surge in Coronavirus Cases, With a Peak After Election Day

Infectious-disease experts are warning of a potential cold-weather surge of coronavirus cases - a long-feared "second wave" of infections and deaths, possibly at a catastrophic scale. It could well begin before Election Day, November 3, although researchers assume the crest would come weeks later, closer to when fall gives way to winter. Read more here.

Federal Grant Opportunities

Comprehensive High-Impact HIV Prevention Programs for Community-Based Organizations

The CDC supports the development and implementation of high-impact HIV prevention programs, including PrEP and nPEP services. Read more and apply here.

Closing date: Nov. 20, 2020.

Fostering Innovative Research to Improve Mental Health Outcomes Among Minority and Health Disparities Populations

NOT-MH-20-073 -- The National Institute of Mental Health seeks time-sensitive input from all interested parties on the most innovative research and research priorities to improve mental health outcomes among racial/ethnic minority and health disparities populations. Learn more here.

Response date: Oct. 30, 2020.

Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) Program

Forecasted HHS-2021-ACF-ACYF-SR-1927-- SRAE funds programs for youth which exclusively implement education in sexual risk avoidance. Programs also teach youth the benefits associated with self-regulation, success sequencing for poverty prevention, healthy relationships, goal setting, and resisting sexual coercion, dating violence, and other youth risk behaviors such as underage drinking or illicit drug use without normalizing teen sexual activity. Learn more here.

Estimated Post date Feb. 24, 2021. Estimated Closing date: April 25, 2021.

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) Competitive Grants

Forecasted HHS-202-ACF-ACYF-AK-1929 Department of Health and Human Services Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) funds education programs to youth that must teach both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy. Learn more here. Estimated Post date: Mar. 21, 2021 Estimated Closing date: May 20, 2021.