Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

LGBTQ Youth in the Commonwealth - The Kids are NOT Alright!

February 28, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speaker: Christopher Bellonci, M.D., FAACAP, Vice President of Policy and Practice, Chief Medical Officer, Judge Baker Children’s Center

Webinar Description
More than 25 years ago, the Commonwealth led the nation in developing services and supports to meet the behavioral health needs of LGBTQ Youth. Recognizing that a result of societal and familial rejection, these youth were at increased risk of depression, suicide and substance use amongst other negative life outcomes, the Commonwealth has been investing in meeting the needs of our LGBTQ Youth. Yet, we are still seeing disparities in negative outcomes for this population. Please join us for a discussion about what the current data shows and how we can improve outcomes for this vulnerable population.

About the Speaker
Dr. Bellonci brings 25+ years of experience as a Board Certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist working directly with children and families in outpatient, inpatient and residential settings. He has consulted with state and federal child welfare and mental health agencies, helping those agencies develop best practices and service systems to identify, prevent, treat and support children with behavioral health needs and their families. His expertise has led to Congressional testimony and recently advising the Senate Finance Committee regarding the Family First Prevention Services Act. 

Dr. Bellonci is a leader in the field of children’s mental health best practices. He served on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACAP) Quality Issues Committee responsible for developing the field’s clinical practice guidelines defining best practices in treating behavioral health conditions. He also serves on AACAP’s Community-based Systems of Care Committee. 

Dr. Bellonci has led or participated in numerous quality collaboratives and training and technical assistance initiatives. He served as the Medical Director of the National Training and Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health funded by SAMHSA. He is a clinical consultant to a Children’s Bureau Quality Improvement Collaborative developing best practices to support LGBTQ youth in the child welfare system. He also led a nine site national quality collaborative developing best practices for the use of psychotropic medications in residential treatment settings. 

Dr. Bellonci is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Vice President of Policy and Practice/Chief Medical Officer at Judge Baker Children’s Center. He has several research initiatives underway including a practice parameter on deprescribing in child psychiatry and a systematic review of polypharmacy trials for children.

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Slides available here.

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PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

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Christopher Bellonci, M.D.

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