The Winter Edition of your Project TEACH newsletter is here!
This newsletter highlights helpful articles, resources and links related to children’s mental health. It also lets you know about new trainings and resources from Project TEACH. Our goal is to help you stay up-to-date with news and information so you can make informed decisions for the patients and families in your practice.
Introducing our Maternal Mental Health Initiative
1 in 7 moms and 1 in 10 dads experience postpartum depression
In 2018, New York State launched a broad effort to combat maternal depression. Maternal depression and related mood and anxiety disorders are prevalent. If you can identify and treat these conditions early, it leads to better health outcomes for mothers and children. Project TEACH is a part of this cross-systems effort.Services available through the Maternal Mental Health Initiative include FREE consultation services – New York maternal health providers can join and benefit from case-based learning with their peers. Consultation with expert psychiatrists in maternal mental health is available through an open conference line. Hour-long interactive consultation calls take place two times per week. Providers may also schedule a 10-minute call during consultation line hours to ask a specific question. Project TEACH Regional Providers are available to provide local linkages, referrals and resources. Please visit this page for more information.
Check out the Family Resource Page
The Parent and Family page on Project TEACH’s website is an incredible resource for your patients and their families. With numerous articles and resources for parents such as how mental wellness improves their child’s life, as well as warning signs for any mental health concerns, the page offers a wealth of information. There are helpful videos including “What to Discuss During Your Child’s Primary Care Visit” and “Mental Wellness in Children Ages 0-5.” The Clay Center at Mass General creates the content for this page.
Takeaways from the Annual Forum
The Annual Forum was held on September 14, 2018. Its purpose was to incubate strategies and solutions for moving prevention science from policy to practice in New York State. Attendees were policy people in the state. Here are some key takeaways from three of the presentations:
Dr. Polina Umylny, PhD – Assistant Director, Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration Program (BHIP), Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Ms. Suzanne Brundage, MS – Director, Children’s Health Initiative, United Hospital Fund
Dr. Laurie Miller Brotman, PhD – Bezos Family Foundation Professor, Early Childhood Development; Professor, Departments of Population Health and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Director, Center for Early Childhood Health and Development, Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine
Making a Difference in the Lives of Children and Families Across New York
by Dr. David Kaye, Project TEACH Region 1 Medical Director
I eagerly opened up the box of chocolates from Sweet Jenny’s and much to my delight they were as good as their locally made ice cream. As is my wont, I then opened up the card, which was a thank you note from one of the pediatric practices in Western New York we have worked with a great deal over the years. We have worked with all the pediatricians in this group and many cases came flooding to mind.
The Project TEACH website now offers access to free, CME-certified webinars for pediatric primary care providers in New York State. Topics include diagnosis and treatment of anxiety, marijuana use, ADHD, and more. Participate any time your practice schedule allows.
A 24-Hour Resource: Crisis Text Line
The New York State Office of Mental Health has a partnership with Crisis Text Line, a national not-for-profit organization, to provide free, 24-hour text-based support for people who are experiencing a mental health or situational crisis. Read more about this valuable resource on the Project TEACH blog.