Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, there has been a 44% decrease in mental health services for children insured through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Reports to child welfare reporting hotlines were down as much as 50% and have still not returned to baseline numbers. And a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey of 18-24 years olds revealed that more than 25% had seriously considered suicide in the preceding 30 days. How do we support resiliency in the face of a pandemic? How do we ensure that our responses systematically address the inequities that the pandemic has revealed? How do we prevent the grief that so many children and families have been exposed to from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? This engaging workshop will frame the challenges and offer solutions with concrete, practical, and trauma-informed approaches to the unprecedented challenges of our times.
-Dr. Chris Bellonci, M.D., FAACAP, Judge Baker Children’s Center
-Kim Batche-McKenzie, LMSW, Division of Mental Health Services to Children and Families, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
-Mary Ludke, Division of Mental Health Services to Children and Families, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
-Laurel Omland, Child, Adolescent, and Family Division, Vermont Department of Mental Health