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Growing Mental Health Access Through Systems Change

Char RivetteOctober 21, 2016
Case Study
Six years ago, I sat in a room in Chicago with some of my staff, a funder, and a group of mental health providers, contemplating the dilemma we were facing and decided enough was enough. Since the opening of our Children’s Advocacy Center in 2001, we saw a persistent problem: there simply wasn’t enough mental health provider capacity to meet the needs of the children coming through ChicagoCAC for sexual abuse investigations.We had always had...Continue

Going "All In" While Enforcing the Law

dbetz@nca-online.orgOctober 18, 2016
Insights
What does it mean for law enforcement serving at Children’s Advocacy Centers to go “all in”?  This question comes up often when I’m meeting with or presenting to law enforcement officers (LEOs) or multidisciplinary teams (MDTs). We all have our roles in the MDT response to child abuse allegations, but what about going beyond our traditional roles?  What does it truly mean to conduct a collaborative, team investigation?  It...Continue

The Aftermath of Sextortion

David FinkelhorSeptember 29, 2016
Research Into Practice
Co-authored by Janis Wolak, Senior Researcher, University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research CenterSextortion—threats to expose sexual images—can spark life-altering crises in the lives of young people. A new report we authored for University of New Hampshire’s Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC) aims to shed some light on this new phenomenon and its consequences. Those consequences are far-reaching: One-in-fo...Continue

On Staying the Course (of Treatment)

Michelle MillerSeptember 27, 2016
Research into Practice
Before I joined the NCA staff, I served as director of a Children’s Advocacy Center, as well as the Director of Behavioral Health for the umbrella agency which was a primary care clinic. As part of my duties to manage the treatment of children suffering from traumatic stress symptoms, I frequently conducted chart audits, and one of the measures looked at the number of therapy sessions clients were receiving—an important measure to consider wh...Continue