2010 NAMI Convention to Address Youth Mental Health; Pediatricians Call for Routine Screening

2010 NAMI Convention to Address Youth Mental Health; Pediatricians Call for Routine Screening










Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 23, 2010

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will address concerns for child and adolescent mental health at the 2010 NAMI National Convention in Washington, D.C, July 1-3.

The 2010 NAMI Convention also will honor journalist Judith Warner with an award for the book, We’ve Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication, which explores difficult decisions parents face in finding help for children who “suffer enormously” from mental illness.

Only one in five children who has a diagnosable mental illness receives treatment, yet children who receive earlier treatment interventions have better outcomes.

On June 1, an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) mental health task force called for pediatricians to perform mental health screenings for children at each doctor visit. The AAP also underscored a need for more child psychiatrists and mental health professionals in communities—to overcome critical shortages.

NAMI maintains a Child & Adolescent Action Center that focuses on child and adolescent mental health..

The 2010 NAMI Convention full schedule offers many symposia and presentations, including:

Friday, July 2


Financing and Expanding Children’s Mental Health Services (10:45 a.m.)

Despite state budget crises, state governments and local communities can invest in a full array of mental health services, including home and community-based services for children.

Crisis Intervention in Schools (3:45 pm.)

Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) can help schools, mental health providers, police and the juvenile justice system provide safer, more effective help to youth experiencing psychiatric crises.

Understanding and Treating Kids’ Behavior Challenges (7:30 p.m.)

Ross Greene, Ph.D., author of The Explosive Child, will discuss “why challenging kids are challenging,” child behavior as development delays and how caregivers improve relations and communications through collaborative problem-solving.

Saturday, July 3

StrengthofUs: A Social Networking Community for Young Adults (8:45 a.m.)

Learn about StrengthofUs.org, NAMI’s new online resource center and social networking website for young adults working to overcome mental health issues.

“Ask the Doctor Session” on Children and Adolescents (3:15 pm.) with Michael Houston, M.D.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

http://www.nami.org

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Kitzhaber to Address Health Care Reform at Oct. 14 City Club Forum

Kitzhaber to Address Health Care Reform at Oct. 14 City Club Forum










Portland, OR (PRWEB) October 1, 2005

At its weekly Friday Forum luncheon on Oct. 14, City Club of Portland presents “On the Road to Revolution: Fear and Loathing in the U.S. Health Care System,” featuring guest speaker former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, M.D.

Past efforts to reform the U.S. health care system have taken place largely around the structure of Medicare, Medicaid and employment-based health insurance coverage without examining the assumptions and premises on which these structures were built. These assumptions and premises, says former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, reflect the realities of the 1950s and 1960s, thus shackling the structure of our system to a point in the mid-20th century, while the clinical, demographic and economic environment in which the system operates has changed dramatically. Kitzhaber says that resolving the crisis in our health care system requires the courage to move beyond simply defending programs and antiquated structures toward a critical examination of the outdated operating system that both shapes and constrains the way in which we finance and deliver health care in America today. Join us Oct. 14 to learn more about Kitzhaber’s vision of the future of our health care systems.

City Club’s Friday Forum, which is open to the public, will be held in the Governor Hotel (614 SW 11th Ave.). Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Program begins at 12:15 p.m. and concludes at 1:15 p.m. Luncheon reservations must be made online at http://www.pdxcityclub.org or by calling 503-228-7231, ext. 102, by 2 p.m. Wed., Oct. 12 (members only may call 503-241-9242). Luncheon tickets are $ 20 ($ 16 for members of City Club). Coffee/tea table tickets are $ 5 at the door. General seating, available at the door, is $ 5 (free for members of City Club).

A NOTE TO MEDIA

Media are encouraged to attend and are invited to sit in general seating. Please sign in at the registration table on the day of the forum. For broadcast media, an audio press patch will be available, and a riser for videotaping can be provided with advance notice. Contact Tim Krause at 503-228-7231, ext. 102.

ABOUT CITY CLUB OF PORTLAND

City Club of Portland is a nonprofit, nonpartisan civic affairs organization that promotes civic engagement and active citizenship to build a stronger community. Through unbiased research and compelling programs, City Club connects citizens with ideas and issues that affect our community. City Club is open to everyone who wants to interact with other citizens and shape the future of our city and state. For more information about City Club of Portland, visit http://www.pdxcityclub.org or call 503-228-7231.

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