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Large Study Assesses How Caring for Children with Serious Conditions Affects Health of Parents, Siblings

From  Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health Newsletter   Family members of children with a serious pediatric illness may have increased physical and mental health care needs, a newly published study in  JAMA Network  suggests. Researchers found higher rates of health care encounters, physical and mental health diagnoses, and physical and mental health medication prescriptions among parents and siblings of children with life-threatening conditions, compared with a control group. The authors conclude that interventions to safeguard the mental and physical well-being of parents and siblings appear to be warranted.  Read the article .
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Child Mental Health Wraparound Program updates and webinars

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction is pleased to announce that  Child Advocates  will serve as the statewide access site for our Child Mental Health Wraparound program. Child Advocates will transition into this role during calendar year 2022.  DMHA will also rollout a new access site data collection process, the new data collection process is necessary as the state has eliminated access to Syncplicity. To help you prepare for these changes DMHA will be hosting a series of training webinars listed below. The division has also complied a question-and-answer document from questions submitted to  during the September 2021 webinar. This Q and A  is available by clicking here. Please note that many of the changes being implemented are fluid and DMHA is still developing processes, procedures and policies. All CMHW providers and families will be updated as decisions are finalized. Statewide access site rollout plan update webinar  Jan. 13, 2022 Noon – 2

Save the Date for Our 6th Annual Heart to Heart Conference

Save the Date!  Our 6th Annual Heart to Heart Conference will take place virtually on September 29th, 2022.  

School-based Suicide Prevention: Promising Approaches and Opportunities for Research

  From  The National Institute of Mental Health Date/Time:  January 14, 2022, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET Location:  Virtual  This NIMH-hosted webinar will provide an opportunity for diverse stakeholders, including school administrators, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and funders, to learn about new and innovative practices in school-based suicide prevention. There will be a particular focus on identifying and supporting high-risk youth, as well as opportunities for evaluating these efforts. Register for this webinar

Nominate an individual/organization for the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability's 2022 Inclusion & Accessibility Awards - deadline is Friday, January 14, 2021

From the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability We all know some individuals and organizations in the community who are amazing disability advocates.  Please submit your nomination for the Fishers Advisory Committee on Disability's 2022 Inclusion & Accessibility Awards  by using the link below.  The award recipients will be announced in March for Disability Awareness Month. Nominations for 2022 FMDAM Awards are now open.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, January 14, 2021.  Please use this link to submit your nominations:

Doctors Know Little About Their Obligations To People With Disabilities, Study Finds

 Original  by Michelle Diament  published by Disability Scoop here Three decades after the Americans with Disabilities Act took effect, new research finds that many physicians remain unaware of their obligations under the law when caring for people with disabilities. More than a third of doctors surveyed had little or no knowledge about their legal requirements under the ADA and 71% did not know who determines reasonable accommodations. The findings come from a survey of 714 doctors in outpatient practices across the nation that was  published  this month in the journal Health Affairs. “Despite the fact people with disabilities comprise 25% of the population, they often confront barriers to basic health care services such as physical examinations, weight measurement and effective communication with their physicians,” said Dr. Lisa I. Iezzoni of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, the lead author of the study. “The lack of knowledge about who makes accommodation d