Past Events

OUR PAST EVENTS

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 behavioral health boarding: Children and families in crisis

On February 17th, 2021, the Campaign partnered with Boston Children's Hospital for a discussion on the behavioral health boarding crisis in Massachusetts. Behavioral health boarding results in children waiting for days and weeks in emergency departments and medical units, due to a lack of acute behavioral health placement options. This session will cover ​the effects of behavioral health boarding on children and families, Boston Children's response, and current state and advocacy efforts to address the crisis in the context of the ongoing pandemic.

Read the Q&A responses from the panel HERE


 CAFFEINATE & ADVOCATE: CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH MONTH

On May 21st, 2020, The Children's Mental Health Campaign joined the team at Boston Children's Hospital for a discussion about the importance of children's mental health, during COVID-19 and beyond. Panelists addressed the children's mental health policy landscape, looked back at the progress that has been made, and looked aheadat where we can go from here.

For panelist bios and a list of answered questions, click HERE.


 YOUTH VOICES PROJECT

On September 26, 2019, The Children's Mental Health Campaign & The Stop Access Springfield Coalition brought young people together to tell their story of how substance use has impacted their lives and to advocate for prevention resources in their communities. 

View the Photo-Stories put together for this project.

ABOUT STOP ACCESS SPRINGFIELD. Stop Access Springfiled works to reduce substance use in the South End, Maple High/Six Corners and Forest Park Communities. The Coalition works to create positive communities and implement city-wide strategies that highlight and prioritize substance use prevention in Springfield.


 PEDIATRIC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS TRAINING

On August 3rd, 2018, the Children’s Mental Health Campaign, Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association convened over 100 nurses, social workers, physicians, and other practitioners during its “Caring for pediatric behavioral health patients in emergency departments & other medical settings” training. Workshops included:

  • Intersection of mental health and child protection
  • Cultural Responsiveness in High-Intensity Settings
  • Structuring the Day: Planning for Long Stays in the ED & other medical settings
  • Navigating the "System:" Understanding the Massachusetts kids’ behavioral health continuum
  • Anger and Agitation: Planning as a Prevention Measure
  • Adapting ED behavioral health protocols for kids with autism spectrum disorders

INFANT AND EARLY CHILDHOOD MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT

On June 6, 2017, the Children's Mental Health Campaign hosted its Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Summit. It was a great day! We were pleased to be joined by DMH Commissioner Joan Mikula, DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel, EEC Commissioner Tom Weber, and Regional SAMHSA Admisintrator Kathryn Power. We were also thrilled to hear from our fantastic panelists, of Dr. Matieu Bermingham, Malika Arty, Jeri Robinson, and Emily Sherwood, who discussed inequities in infant and early childhood mental health care. The 125 attendees, who represented a range of perspectives, professional backgrounds, and personal experiences, spent the afternoon formulated recommendations and action steps to move this work forward.


 PREVENTION IN THE AGE OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

On April 25th, 2017, the Addiction Free Futures Project held a successful convening! The conversation focused on exploring the urgent need for innovative, evidence based, and community centered prevention strategies as legalization decreases the risk perception of marijuana use, especially among youth.


 BOARDING SUMMIT: A CALL TO ACTION

On December 6th, 2016, over 130 healthcare providers, insurance companies, parents, advocates, legislative offices staff, and senior level state agencies staff attended the event and shared their expertise and ideas for solving the problem of pediatric ED boarding.

2016 Data on ED Boarding in Hospitals in MA

2015-2016 Data from Families: Waiting for Acute Care