Featuring Project Leadership graduate Olga Maldonado
Mental health disorders affect as many as 1 in 5 U.S. children each year. The vast majority of mental health problems begin in adolescence, with depression being the most common. Many young people who need mental health treatment do not receive it. Sadly, even if mental health problems are identified, children often face challenges with stigma.
When Magaly was 11, her mother found suicide plans on her phone. Six years later, they continue to navigate the challenges of Magaly’s diagnosis of depression and psychosis. Their journey touches upon the importance of early identification, access to care and the struggles for support. Read their story
CANDLE Lights the Way for Improved Hospital Discharge Care
FFVCA will represent the interests of families on an Advisory Committee for the California-based Nurse-led Discharge Learning (CANDLE) Collaborative
, an 18-month initiative working to advance systems-level changes in discharge care for hospitalized children with complex health care needs. Led by the Institute for Nursing and Interprofessional Research (INIR) at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), the CANDLE
collaborative includes nurse leaders from children's hospitals in California and across the U.S. who develop and implement interventions designed to improve patient and family outcomes through intensive interdisciplinary collaboration.
New Grants Target Quality Standards, Transition, Complex Care
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health
announced new grants aimed at improving the system of care for children with special health care needs. Included are grants to assure quality standards, address transition to adult health care, intensive care management, complex care management and using Medicaid waivers to fund home and community-based care.