Show Me Bright Futures
The Missouri Departments of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and Mental Health began Show Me Bright Futures to address mental health issues using a public health approach focused on prevention, early recognition, and de-stigmatization as identified by surveillance data. The initiative emerged from Bright Futures in Practice: Mental Health resources that foster the development of leadership teams involving regional staff from mental health, public health and education to build community capacity to implement the public health approach to mental health. Missouri Show Me Bright Futures is a population based approach being introduced in three communities; Rolla, Moberly, and Joplin. The three local teams are developing strategic plans to use a public health approach (assessment/surveillance, planning and policy development, and assurance) to address children's mental health issues.
The Show Me Bright Futures initiative represents the first known state-driven initiative to train communities in the public health model and its applicability to the mental health system. In general, in our nation, mental health systems are focused on severely emotionally disturbed individuals and upon service delivery to those individuals, including children and adolescents. There is limited funding or focus on prevention, health promotion, identification of risk, and protective factors or early identification of children at risk. However, there is a growing interest, from the federal level (for example from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA), in exploring the public health model and its applicability to the mental health field. The public health model promotes three core functions: assessment/surveillance, planning and policy development, and assurance. These core functions work synergistically to propel systems planning and development toward prevention, health promotion, the identification of risk and protective factors, and the deployment of service delivery strategies based upon community and state-wide surveillance results. This represents a significant paradigm shift for the entire spectrum of the mental health system – including the state mental health authority, mental health service providers and practitioners, consumers and family members, and the community
What is the
"Community Issues Management (CIM) website"
Community Issues Management (CIM), is a website capable of creating geo-maps, integrating community assessment data, archiving progress, and facilitating cross-stakeholder work. CIM provides a collaborative tool for the three pilot communities to managing issues by using, maintaining, archiving, and sharing information within communities and across communities. Each pilot community maintains a series of electronic “Issue Notebooks” to manage their SMBF activities. The series of notebooks are organized along topics, including
(1) Archives ,which houses minutes, links to resources, agendas, etc. that chronicle the work of the team,
2) Strategic Plan which contains the documents and resources related to the ongoing development and monitoring of the team’s strategic plan, and
(3) Projects which is the repository for assessment maps, reports, multimedia links, presentations, and the library of materials used to create and implement specific projects for SMBF.
In March, 2011 a training designed to help teams use CIM and apply it to their community projects was held. Importantly, the training focused teams on a product of a power point presentation tailored to each community to use to organize their second projects in a step-by-step fashion using the public health concepts and to serve as a local social marketing tool to explain their work to other community policy makers and stakeholders. In addition to administering the SMBF CIM website, the CARES’ staff host a monthly webinar to provide ongoing administration, training, and technical assistance to support the teams in applying CIM to manage local projects and issues
Click here to visit the Show Me Bright Futures Community Issues Management (CIM) site
Instructions for navigating the SMBF-CIM website
Click on the Show Me Bright Futures CIM link above and then scroll to the bottom of the page to find the “Help” option. Click on “Help” and a new page appears with a “Help Menu”. Once you see the “Help Menu” then you can click on “Tutorials” to learn how to navigate and use CIM.
If you want to use CIM on a routine basis then you can “Register” from the home page to create your own personal login account.