Legislative briefing on children’s mental health features APA member Tony Mannarino, PhD
In support of this year’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, APA member Tony Mannarino, PhD, joined others in the mental health community at a legislative briefing on Capitol Hill on May 7. The briefing focused on improving the lives of children and adolescents, including older teens and young adults who have behavioral or mental health issues. Mannarino also discussed his work with the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, which he co-directs at the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Joining Mannarino on the briefing’s panel were JoAnne M. Malloy, PhD, clinical assistant professor at the Institute of Disability at the University of New Hampshire; Kana Enomoto, principal deputy administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and Dylan Zimdahl of Savannah, Ga. Each expert offered perspectives on how traumatic events affect a child’s development, how to better coordinate care and services and what treatment options exist for mentally ill children through the public health system.