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Major Publications in the Field

This is a compilation of major reports and findings in children's mental health. Although we realize there have been many noteworthy reports and monographs, this list highlights topics of significant importance to CWLA. Most of the websites linked to below are not maintained by CWLA; there may be a charge associated with viewing some articles. Some documents may require Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.
  • Women, Co-occurring Disorders, and Violence Study
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued an advisory regarding better outcomes for women with mental health, substance abuse, and trauma issues when they receive integrated counseling addressing all three aspects of their lives. The Women, Co-occurring Disorders, and Violence Study (WCDVS), a five-year study of more than 2,000 women with cooccurring mental and substance abuse disorders and trauma histories, found that women with mental and substance abuse disorders and histories of violence (trauma) can improve when treated with counseling that addresses all three of their service needs. Women who have a voice in their own treatment report better outcomes than women who do not.

  • President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health: Final Report to the President
    The President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health identified policies that could be implemented by federal, state, and local governments to maximize the use of existing resources, improve coordination of treatments and services, and promote successful community integration for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbance.

  • A Report on the Public Comments Submitted to the President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health (PDF file; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    The President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health solicited public comment from stakeholders in the mental health community on various topics related to the commission's mission. The goal was to gain a better understanding of the public's experiences with, concerns about, and hopes for the mental health care system. More than 1,200 individuals submitted comments to the commission. Comments came from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Guam, and from the full range of stakeholder groups, including mental health consumers, parents, family members, advocates, service providers, educators, researchers, and others.

  • Surgeon General's National Action Agenda for Children's Mental Health (PDF file; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    On January 3, 2001, U.S Surgeon General David Satcher released a National Action Agenda for Children's Mental Health, which outlines goals and strategies to improve the services for children and adolescents with mental health problems and their families. According to the report, the nation faces a public crisis in mental health for children and adolescents.

  • Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
    The first Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health, released in 1999, asserts that mental illness is a critical public health problem that must be addressed. The Surgeon General urges people to seek help if they or their family members have symptoms of mental health problems

  • Culture, Race, and Ethnicity: A Supplement to Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
    The report, a supplement to the first Surgeon General's report on mental health, highlights the role culture and society play in mental health, mental illness, and the types of mental health services people seek. It finds that, although effective, well-documented treatments for mental illnesses are available, racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to receive quality care than the general population.

  • Linking Infant/Family Mental Health Services: Revisiting Ohio's Experience
    This article traces Ohio's progress since 1994 toward integrating an Infant Mental Health (IMH) perspective into its early intervention and mental health service programs for families with very young children. An Infant/Family Mental Health Subcommittee was formed to accomplish this mission and to promote collaborative relationship-based services, teaching, and research across disciplines serving families with young children. This article traces the path the subcommittee has taken; discusses the means by which it has continued to foster advocacy, research, service, and training in IMH; and describes the subcommittee's ultimate transformation into an independent not-for-profit organization--the Ohio Association for Infant Mental Health. The advantages and disadvantages of working with those in state and local government, whose policies and programs directly impact families with young children, are considered.

  • Promoting Resilience in Children: What Parents Can Do (PDF file; requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    Parents rarely have access to research-based interventions. This brief reflects CECP's commitment to provide families with useful and usable information about evidenced-based practices.

  • Promising Practices in Children's Mental Health
    Read and download the 1998 and 2000 series monographs that review what is working in 45 systems of care funded through the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program.

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