Thursday, March 24, 2011

Upcoming Conference for folks interested in System Change

Future of Pediatrics Conference
Embracing Change: Improving the Health of ALL Children
Chicago, Illinois
July 29-31, 2011
Register by June 29, 2011 for Early Bird Rates!

What is the Future of Pediatrics Conference?
With the overall goal of improving child and adolescent health, this conference blends cutting-edge updates on clinical and practice management topics with strategies for advancing medical homes and building partnerships within communities. Learners will apply principles of team-based care, change management, and co-management between pediatric specialists and primary care, to achieve a goal of improving the health of all children. A variety of educational formats will be utilized, including interactive, roundtable, and networking sessions, to provide learners with opportunities to develop innovative, enduring partnerships and transform their practices.

Who Should Attend?
• Pediatricians in Primary Care Practice
• Community Pediatricians
• Faculty in General and Community Pediatrics
• Pediatric Residents
• Family Advocacy and Maternal and Child Health Leaders
• Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
• Practice Administrators
• Other Pediatric Health Care Professionals

Earn a Maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

Register online at or call 866/THE-AAP1 (866/843-2271).

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AAP designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Attend the Mental Health Preconference -
Embracing Mental Health Care: Lessons Learned for Success
Thursday, July 28
10:00 am-5:15 pm

Plan to arrive early and participate in this opportunity designed to empower pediatricians with innovative best practice models for addressing mental health concerns and practical tools for clinical care. Advance registration is required, and seating is limited. A limited number of travel stipends will be available. For more information, visit

This preconference is supported by the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch (CAFB), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The content of this preconference does not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of CAFB, CMHS, SAMHSA or the Department of Health and Human Services.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Child Services in the Commonwealth: Making it Better

Secretary Bigby is committed to changing the way in which children's services are organized in the Commonwealth (see her letter, posted last month) Now, several of the groups that advocate for children have weighed in, with a letter and some organizing around upcoming hearings (read it here) To join up, contact Barbara at the Children's League.

Friday, March 18, 2011

A letter from MCPAP

A letter from MCPAP:
Dr. Keller,
Behavioral Health Emergency Services (ESP) are available to people of all ages who are uninsured or covered by MassHealth (Medicaid plans). These services are also covered by some commercial insurance companies.
A statewide toll-free telephone number is available to help individuals reach their local Emergency Service Program/Mobile Crisis Intervention provider (ESP/MCI). By dialing
877-382-1609 and entering their zip code, callers will hear a recorded message containing the phone number of the ESP/MCI program in their area. If the zip code is unknown, the caller will be given a number of an ESP/MCI provider to call for the information.
Mobile Crisis Intervention is the youth (under the age of 21) -serving component of an emergency service program (ESP) provider. Mobile Crisis Intervention will provide a short-term service that is a mobile, on-site, face-to-face therapeutic response to a youth experiencing a behavioral health crisis for the purpose of identifying, assessing, treating, and stabilizing the situation and reducing immediate risk of danger to the youth or others consistent with the youth’s risk management/safety plan, if any. This service is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
here for a handy flyer for providers. Click here for a handy flyer for families.
If you have a patient who is in crisis, please remember that this resource is available. This is an alternative to hospital emergency departments.
Thank you.
John Straus, MD
VP Medical Affairs
Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project
Pretty cool. Good to link MCPAP and CBHI.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

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Anxiety & Adolescents: Recognizing and Managing Teen Anxiety in the
Primary Care Office

Thursday, March 31, 2011
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

While adolescence is known as a time of normal stress and transition, clinical anxiety disorders can impair a teen’s life and contribute to distress, academic failure and social dysfunction. Left untreated, these disorders often lead to major depression or substance abuse.

Anxiety disorders are among the most common of mental illnesses in teens, but only 18% of adolescents with clinical anxiety ever receive treatment. Identifying and managing adolescent anxiety can be challenging. Symptoms and the focus of anxiety are varied and are often misidentified in primary care as somatic complaints due to “normal” teenage stress.

Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP is a leading expert on child, adolescent and young adult anxiety and mood disorders. She is associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. She is also President of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology of the American Psychological Association and is Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

Dr. Albano will discuss ways to effectively identify anxiety disorders, available evidence-based treatments, strategies primary care providers can use with teens who suffer from anxiety disorders, and helpful resources that can be accessed for providers and parents.

Please click here to register.

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