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In the wake of all the upsetting daily news,
please remember CHC is here for you and your family.

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Standing Up for Good

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
Like so many, we at CHC were stunned by the shocking displays of bigotry, hate and violence committed recently in Charlottesville and we know you were, too. We stand in solidarity with Charlottesville in opposing hatred and bigotry of any kind as we continue to work every day with our colleagues, friends and neighbors to realize a vision of hope for all. Read more ›

Standing Together. Delivering Hope.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that a 17-year-old Gunn High School student died by suicide this week and we know you are also. We all mourn the loss of another young person and empathize with the heartbreak facing his family and friends.  Read more ›

New Cycle of the Intensive Outpatient Program Begins August 7

CHC is now accepting referrals for our next cycle of the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), which begins on August 7, 2017.  
 
The 12-week Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is for high school teens (ages 14-18) struggling with moderate to severe anxiety and depression. The goals of the program are to help teens achieve improvement across all areas of life—academics, friendships, family dynamics, managing emotions and coping with stress, to reduce unsafe thoughts and behaviors and the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and to realize a life worth living.

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Parents Education Network and CHC Join Forces—Expands Best-in-Industry ADHD and Learning Differences Education and Support Services

Palo Alto, CA July 18, 2017—Renowned nonprofit agencies Parents Education Network (PEN) of San Francisco and CHC of Palo Alto have announced they will officially join forces on August 1, 2017. All of PEN’s signature programs will become part of CHC adding to its comprehensive range of education and mental health services to families across the Bay Area. PEN services include parent education, parent support groups, Student Advisors for Education (SAFE) and the EdRev Conference at AT&T Park in San Francisco in April. Read more ›

CHC Offers Executive Functioning Back to School Boot Camp for Middle and High School Students

This summer CHC is offering an Executive Functioning Back to School Boot Camp to provide the concrete strategies and executive function skills that enable middle and high school students to thrive at school, at home and in life.

Hallmark symptoms of executive functioning deficiencies include having difficulty with planning projects, time management, starting activities or tasks, telling stories in an organized, sequential way, memorizing and retrieving information, and managing emotions and monitoring thoughts in order to work more effectively.  Students with executive functioning challenges may find the demands of school to be stressful, and at times overwhelming. Read more ›

CHC’s Dr. Ramsey Khasho Takes New Role as Chief Clinical Officer

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Ramsey Khasho, Director of The Center at CHC, has been appointed to fill a new role at the agency: Chief Clinical Officer (CCO). As CHC continues to grow to meet the needs of a community faced with growing mental health concerns, it is important for an extraordinary leader to have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all clinical programs agency-wide. Read more ›

Announcing New Head of Sand Hill School: Jeff Kozlowski

We are very pleased to introduce our new Head of Sand Hill School, Jeff Kozlowski. Jeff has over twenty years as an educator and champion of students, families and teachers, and  extensive background in working with children with learning differences. Read more ›

CHC Teen Mental Health Committee Campaign — Speak Mindfully

Speak Mindfully is a campaign that was created by the Teen Mental Health Committee with the goal of raising awareness, reducing stigma, and educating teens on how to speak mindfully to avoid language that undermines people’s valid experiences with mental illness. Read more ›

13 Reasons Why: Important Update

Dear Friends of CHC:
 
Just as Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why was beginning to air in early April, we sent out a note of concern.

 One month later, we are learning that this is the most talked about show on social media and that it is more concerning than was originally thought. Two IOP teen therapists from CHC’s Adolescent Mental Health Services Department, Dr. Anna Parnes and Jennifer Leydecker advise, “If your kids have watched it or plan to watch it, it’s critical that you watch the program too so you are aware of the content.” For those of you who haven’t heard, the show is a fictional account of a teenage girl, Hannah, who dies by suicide and leaves behind audio tapes outlining the 13 people she blames for her death. We strongly suggest parent caution, monitoring and dialogue about the program and its topics of suicide, survivor guilt, sexual assault and bullying and shaming. 

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Partnering for Mental Health —The Conversation Continues: How CHC is Leveraging Community Partnerships to Address Teen Mental Health

Palo Alto, CA March 20, 2017– On March 16, 2017, Children’s Health Council (CHC)’s 4th Annual Breakfast showcased CHC partners who are successfully making strides to combat teen anxiety, depression and suicide.

Over 300 parents, professionals and community members attended the event, held at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park. The program was moderated by Ramsey Khasho, PsyD, Director of The Center at CHC, and featured three of CHC’s many partners: Nancy Lublin, Founder & CEO, Crisis Text Line; Jayne Appel, NBA star and Bring Change 2 Mind Ambassador; and Dr. James B. Everitt, Director, Office of Mission Initiatives & Institutional Planning, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. Each shared their personal motives for raising awareness about teen anxiety, depression and suicide, and touted the critical role partnerships play in building solutions. Read more ›

CHC to Open First Intensive Outpatient Program in Palo Alto for Teens, Spring 2017

Media Contact:
Micaelia Randolph, 707.933.7332, mrandolph@chconline.org
Yvonne Wolters, 650.867.7929, gbheron@mac.com
 
PALO ALTO, CA, February 14, 2017 —Thanks to the outstanding philanthropic leadership of an anonymous Palo Alto resident, CHC is moving forward with plans to launch Palo Alto’s first Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) this spring, filling a critical gap in teen mental health services. The IOP, located on CHC’s campus, will address the needs of teens between the ages of 14-18 with significant anxiety, depression, and/or suicidal thoughts. Read more ›

CHC’s Dr. Glen Elliott Named a Bay Area Top Doctor for 2017

CHC is pleased to announce that Dr. Glen Elliott has been selected by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd as a Top Doctor for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the San Francisco Bay Area region.

Since 1991, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a healthcare research and information company, has identified top doctors, both nationally and regionally, based on an extensive nominations process open to all licensed physicians in America. The Castle Connolly physician-led research team reviews and screens all nominated physicians before selecting those regarded as the most outstanding healthcare providers to be Top Doctors. Read more ›

CHC Holiday Closure and Resources If You Need Help

Winter wishes to you!

So we can better serve children, teens and families in 2017, our staff is enjoying some well-deserved downtime with family and friends this holiday season. Therefore, our offices will be closed from December 24, 2016 through January 2, 2017. CHC will reopen on January 3, 2017.

CHC hopes you will enjoy the week off from school and work, as this can be a wonderful time for rest, relaxation, fun and family.

Strategies to Help with Stress

We know too that the week can be stressful!  Here are some strategies to help! Read more ›

CHC Rocktoberfest Rocks Out For Kids and Teens, Raising Funds For Affordable Teen Mental Health and CHC Programs

Media Contact: Micaelia Randolph, 707.933.7332, mrandolph@chconline.org
Yvonne Wolters, 650.867.7929, gbheron@mac.com

PALO ALTO, CA, October 24, 2016 —On Saturday, October 15th CHC hosted more than 350 community leaders, parents, professionals, and philanthropists at its Fourth Annual CHC Rocktoberfest fundraiser, held at NCEFT in Woodside. The benefit celebration and dance raised funds to expand affordable teen mental health services and to support CHC programs in Silicon Valley.

CHC Rocktoberfest, co-chaired by well-known community volunteers Calla Griffith and Anne-Marie Gambelin, has become one of the hottest tickets around, known for it’s fun mix of Oktoberfest with a California twist. Featuring farm-to-table food, and over 20 fine artisan wines and craft beers, as well as rock n’ roll, courtesy of the band LoveFool, guests were treated to a first-class evening out. Read more ›

CHC Announces Expanded, Affordable Teen Therapy Services Hires Psychiatrist Dr. Lynette Hsu

Media Contact: Micaelia Randolph, 707.933.7332, mrandolph@chconline.org
Yvonne Wolters, 650.867.7929, gbheron@mac.com

As part of its ongoing Teen Mental Health Initiative, CHC has announced the expansion of affordable teen therapy services under the leadership of Dr. Lynette Hsu. Dr. Hsu’s work will focus on medication assessment and management with a strong focus on anxiety and depression. “We are extremely pleased to add Dr. Hsu to our team at CHC and to be able to provide specialized, affordable and accessible services for teens in our community,” says Dr. Ramsey Khasho, Director of The Center at CHC. “The need is great.” Call 650.688.3625 or visit help@chconline.org. Read more ›

CHC Launches Mental Health Initiative for Teens — Expands Affordable Teen Therapy, Community Education and Engagement

Media Contact: 

Micaelia Randolph, 707-933-7332, mrandolph@chconline.org
Yvonne Wolters, 650-867-7929, gbheron@mac.com

Palo Alto, CA July 29, 2016 — Children’s Health Council (CHC) today launches the CHC Teen Mental Health Initiative, focused on teen anxiety, depression and suicide. The CHC Teen Mental Health Initiative is an integrated program of community engagement, mental health education and affordable teen therapy, all aimed at preventing teen suicides and increasing the mental wellness of teens. The CHC Teen Mental Health Initiative will include comprehensive mental health education for parents, teens and schools to raise awareness of mental health issues, remove the stigma around discussing them, and educate the community about signs and symptoms of anxiety, depression and suicide for earlier identification and intervention. Read more ›

CHC Breakfast to Focus on Teens In Crisis and What We Can Do About It

Media Contact:   

Micaelia Randolph, 707-933-7332, mrandolph@chconline.org
Yvonne Wolters, 650-867-7929, gbheron@mac.com

Palo Alto, CA, January 5, 2016 — Each year, Children’s Health Council (CHC) hosts a breakfast and panel discussion on a topic of interest to parents and the community. These events bring together well-known speakers, writers and professionals whose insights can help with the critical job of raising our children and teens. The 3rd CHC Breakfast in this series will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at the Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club, Menlo Park from 8:30am – 11:00am. Tickets are $100 per person, and will include breakfast and an interactive panel discussion on the serious issue of teen anxiety and depression in our community and what we can do about it. The event is hosted by Co-Chairs Calla Griffith and Catherine Harvey, CHC, and its Board of Directors, with 100% of event proceeds going toward CHC’s Teen Initiative.

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Children’s Health Council’s 3rd Annual Rocktoberfest Gala Brings the Community Together to Support the Promise and Potential of Every Child

Media Contact:    Sydnee Brooks, 650.617.3818, sbrooks@chconline.org
Yvonne Wolters, 650.867.7929, gbheron@mac.com

PALO ALTO, CA, October 22, 2015 — On Saturday, October 17th, Children’s Health Council (CHC), the well-known peninsula agency that believes in the promise and potential of every child and teen, hosted more than 450 community leaders, professionals, and philanthropists at its third annual Rocktoberfest gala. The benefit dinner and dance raised over $300,000, 100% of which will benefit CHC’s financial aid to kids and families and programs that remove barriers to learning, helping kids and families facing ADHD, Learning Differences, Anxiety & Depression, and Autism become resilient, happy, and successful at home, at school, and in life.

“I am humbled by the remarkable community support shown at Rocktoberfest,” said Dr. Rosalie Whitlock, Read more ›

CHC Breakfast: The Mask You Live In with Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Join Children’s Health Council and The Representation Project’s founder and film director Jennifer Siebel Newsom for a discussion and viewing of the documentary: The Mask You Live In. CHC and The Mask You Live In ask: As a community, how are we failing our boys and what can we do to help them? Take part in the conversation.

Early Support Program for Autism Connects Families to Autism Resources

A free program offered by Stanford Children’s Health and the Children’s Health Council connects families of recently diagnosed autism patients with Bay Area treatment resources. Read more ›

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Autism Specialist Dr. Nicole Hess Joins The Center Staff

The Center at CHC is pleased to welcome child psychologist Dr. Nicole Hess to The Center staff. Dr. Hess specializes in assessing and diagnosing autism and spent several years working with early intervention and therapy for children aged 0-3. She believes in working with children’s strengths to support their areas of need, and she helps parents understand autism so they can be strong advocates for their children. Dr. Hess is married, has a young daughter, and enjoys running, reading, and music. She tells us she is a long-time fan of Pearl Jam. Welcome Dr. Nicole Hess!

Children’s Health Council Awarded $270,000 to Help Families Facing ADHD and Learning Challenges from The David & Lucile Packard Foundation

(January 8, 2013) – Palo Alto families with children facing ADHD, autism, learning disabilities or anxiety and depression will have a new source of support and information, thanks to a grant awarded to the Children’s Health Council (CHC).  The Center at CHC was awarded $270,000 from The David & Lucile Packard Foundation to build new programs supporting families impacted by learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, or anxiety and depression. The Center will lead the effort by using the grant to conduct a community needs assessment and develop new services and programs for children such as afterschool programs. Read more ›

Children’s Health Council to Focus on Challenges to Learning Success

PALO ALTO, CA (June 5, 2012) Children’s Health Council (CHC) announces a new vision for the agency, with a focus on learning success for children.

CHC has provided a broad range of mental health, developmental and educational services to the community for 59 years. “When Dr. Esther B. Clark founded CHC, she created an agency that would be responsive to the needs of our local children,” states Rosalie Whitlock, Ph.D., Executive Director of CHC. “Today we are continuing the vision of our founder by responding to a profound and nearly universal community need to support children’s educational success.” Read more ›

New School Offers Place for Struggling Students to Thrive

PALO ALTO, CA (January 6, 2011)  Children’s Health Council announces the opening of Sand Hill School, a new private school for kindergarten through third grade children who are bright but who are struggling in a conventional classroom.

When children start to show signs that school is not working for them in preschool, kindergarten or first grade, parents typically think, “Maybe he’ll grow out of it.” But Rosalie Whitlock, educational specialist and executive director of Children’s Health Council, advises, “Act now to relax later.” While acting early may be counterintuitive for parents, early support can change a child’s entire self-perspective and his outlook on school, especially as academic challenges grow. Read more ›