Children’s Mental Health Week: Goal 4 of the Children’s Mental Health Plan – Child-Serving Workforce
Thursday, May 5, 2022
|Over the past 17 months, ICMHP has worked with stakeholders from across the state to develop a systematic, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary plan that would address the needs of children, families, and communities. The Plan identifies 5 foundational goals to move the work forward. Today’s featured goal is Goal 4: Child-Serving Workforce.|
|GOAL 4: Grow, retain, diversify, and support the child-serving workforce, with special emphasis on professional development around child and family mental health and wellness, and services and supports to address needs. |
Through the input we received from youth, families, communities, and our workgroups, the need for increased education and outreach was paramount for any recommendation to be successful. But this need is more than just increased public awareness, acceptance, and de-stigmatization; it requires an expanded understanding and alignment of mental health and wellness across sectors as identified in our values. It also requires an overhaul of our support systems to provide the resources directly to communities to address these issues.
For Goal 4, we recommend the following immediate action steps:
1. Prioritize reimbursement strategies that provide greater parity between public and private payers to ensure greater access to existing mental health services.
2. Develop mental and behavioral health core competencies, including trauma, for all professionals serving children and families and fund programs that foster integration of mental health with health services and other social supports.
3. Fund robust loan forgiveness, scholarships, and other incentive programs to further grow and diversify child-serving workforces, particularly in mental health.
4. Establish and invest in workforce health and wellness promotion models to address the increased rates of stress and burnout seen across all child-serving workforces.
Meet Dr. Karen Simms
Founding Director, Trauma and Resilience Initiative
Treatment Workgroup Member of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Plan
Meet Pfeffer Eisen
Director, DCFS Early Childhood Project at Erikson
Early Intervention Workgroup Member of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Plan
Meet Molly Uhe-Edmonds,
Director of Student Care, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)
Treatment Workgroup Member of the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Plan, and her
“The Night Before” partners,
Dr. Besty Goulet and Josh Friedman
Molly Uhe-Edmonds currently serves as Director of Student Care at the Illinois State Board of Education, which gives her the opportunity to collaborate with schools on decreasing the use of suspensions and expulsions for disproportionally impacted students, limit the use and find alternatives to physical restraint and time out practices, and also work with districts on bullying prevention policies. Her position with ISBE gives her the privilege and honor of promoting LGBTQ+ inclusivity practices and supports. Previously she served as Deputy Director of Education at the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Prior to DCFS, she was a principal at the elementary and high school level. Uhe-Edmonds earned a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Illinois University, Masters of Education from Sam Houston State University, and a Specialist in Educational Leadership from University of Illinois-Springfield.
Upcoming Event This Week!
Upcoming Events Later This Month!
Featuring our very own ICMHP Director, Amanda M. Walsh, and ICMHP Member, Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, as well as Dr. Mary Dobbins, Early Intervention Workgroup Member and President of Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, and other partners, including the ACEs Response Collaborative and Illinois DocAssist
|2022 ICAAP Adolescent Health Virtual Conference|
May 11, 2022 8:00AM—12:00PM
Location: Virtual, Zoom platform
Join pediatricians, family physicians, and other health care providers for a half-day of excellent virtual educational content in addressing adolescent health needs. The conference will be held over Zoom: Wednesday, May 11th: 8am – 12pm CST By attending the 2022 ICAAP Adolescent Health Virtual Conference, participants will: Identify opportunities to improve adolescent mental health care for patients and families. Increase the quality and effectiveness of adolescent well-visits by using tools and resources. Address barriers and potential solutions to ensuring adolescents have access to care and needed services. Access resources for providers, adolescent patients, and caregivers. You should attend if you are a: general, primary care pediatrician; pediatric nurse practitioner; family physician; pediatric and medicine-pediatric resident or fellow; allied health professional, including registered nurses, physician assistants, and others. The Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics is accredited by the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Register here: https://secure.illinoisaap.org/np/clients/illinoisaap/eventRegistration.jsp?event=30&
All week ICMHP will be sharing our milestones along the way in arriving at a comprehensive Illinois Children’s Mental Health Plan
We hope you stay well and connected,
The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership