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Institute of Medicine forum update

SCFPP is among the sponsors of an Institute of Medicine Forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Health

By Mary Ann McCabe, PhD, ABPP

The Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (SCFPP) is among the sponsors of an Institute of Medicine (IOM) forum on Promoting Children's Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Health. This is a three-year project (2014-16) that includes public workshops and commissioned papers, with the goal of enhancing the implementation of evidence-based practices with children across settings. I represent Divs. 37 and 54 (as joint sponsors) on this forum.

As noted in my prior column, the latest workshop was held April 1-2, 2015, and focused on sustaining funding for programs and services entitled, “Opportunities to Promote Children's Behavioral Health: Health Care Reform and Beyond.” The report on this workshop was recently released.

A webinar was held in November, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics, entitled, “Identifying Opportunities for Prevention and Intervention in the Youth Depression Cascade.” The next workshop was held on Dec. 9-10, 2015, entitled, “Ensuring Quality and Accessible Care for Children with Disabilities and Complex Health and Educational Needs.” One of our members, Don Wertlieb, co-chaired this workshop with Andy Shih of Autism Speaks. I moderated a panel regarding children with serious medical conditions.

Updates on forum activities will be provided in each newsletter. However, if at any time members have suggestions, please feel free to contact me.