Monthly Archives: March 2018

15 Mar

Jim Mason Visits Congress to Discuss Opioid Epidemic

Jim Mason, Beech Acres Parenting Center President & CEO was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, March 14, to present to members of Congress and their staffs about the impact the opioid epidemic is having on the children, families, foster parents and organizations who make up the larger child welfare system. He shared specific recommendations to stem the rising tide of children whose futures are at risk due to the largest epidemic of its kind in our nation’s history. “We need an integrated...

01 Mar

American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Recommendations for Mental Health Screenings

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended today that children ages 10-21 are screened annually for signs of depression. This new recommendation is the first major update to their guidelines in 10 years. Previously, the recommendation was for screenings to begin at age 12. One in five adolescents 13-18 have or will have a serious mental illness. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin at just 14....