Mental illness is an increasingly common condition among California’s children, yet the state lacks a coherent system of care. In 2018, the California Children’s Hospital Association (CCHA) convened a workgroup to discuss this emerging crisis, and now has released a report offering recommendations for action. CCHA President & CEO Ann-Louise Kuhns, discusses the report and what needs to be done.
Family participation is essential for creating the policies and programs that shape the services children and families receive. Family Voices has created the Family Engagement in Systems Assessment Tool (FESAT) and Family Engagement in Systems (FES) Toolkit. Organizations can use these family-created tools to assess how well they engage families; improve family engagement over time; and guide the design of systems-level activities to ensure family engagement.