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Friday morning update – 12-07-12

Greetings faithful readers. Happy Friday to you (coming to you on Sunday morning). In our continuing quest to get Democrats and Republicans talking to each other we are offering yet another inspirational video. We know that something has got to get them talkin' so we will keep tryin'. Watch the video and let us know what you think. Better than last week's entry?Okay, enjoy a leisurely version of Friday Update on this beautiful (depending where you are) Sunday morning. Just remember to flip the french toast before it burns...

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And now, the December fundraising pitch...
Dear Network faithful:
We are the small non-profit that has what we think is the largest readership in the children's mental health universe. We reach close to 150,000 readers per week and, thanks to you, continue to grow. We have costs like any other top site: servers, power, rent, and staff. The Children's Mental Health Network is pretty darned special. It is a collective voice of an incredibly diverse audience of providers, policy makers, families, youth and just plain folk who care about kids and families. It is the place you go when you want to find out what's going on in children's mental health but also other areas related to children's mental health that end up surprising you and causing you to say "hmmm... I hadn't thought of that connection." Every time we get an email from someone making a statement like that we know we are on the right track. We cherish our independence and ability to speak with a clear voice. For that reason, we do not take federal funds. We run on donations that average between $25.00 to $50.00. If everyone reading this took a moment to give just $25.00 our fundraiser would end today. If you find Friday Update useful and the resources we alert you to on our website useful, take one minute to keep us going for another year. We hate fundraising but it is a necessary activity, and we only do it during the month of December. We sure would like to make this fundraising drive as short as possible so please help us out. Thanks again to so many of you who are spreading the word. We are indeed a collective voice and your support is greatly appreciated.

What Obama and Boehner would really like to say
Great article in Politico on what Obama and Boehner would really like to say to each other... a must read for Network faithful and elementary school teachers workin' recess on the playground… cuz that's what this article feels like.

Now is the time to ACT! Join the NDDay of Action on December 10
Monday, December 10th is the day to speak out about the fiscal challenges facing our nation. Remember that we have moved away from just saying, "avoid sequestration." Please revise your message to say, "Avoid continued cuts." This helps promote the message to policymakers that nondefense discretionary (NDD) programs have already been cut enough. The key message: we need a balanced approach to deficit reduction that does not include further cuts to NDD programs. These programs have already contributed to deficit reduction through the bipartisan Budget Control Act (BCA) and prior spending cuts. Get all the details and links to great resources here. Thank you for your help promoting this effort. Go get 'em Network faithful!

Four strategies to slow the rise in health costs
Network faithful - Here is what we are reading this weekend. The Rand Corporation has produced what looks to be an interesting read on specific strategies to slow the rise in health costs. Looks like raking the leaves will need to wait till next week... Read on Network faithful.

Tampa conference - New developments! 
Oh man, we are seriously excited. Presentation proposals have been picked and the winners are letting us know they are coming as you read this. The agenda will be available at the end of the month and it rocks. We are so pleased to be able to announce that Larke Huang and Suzanne Fields of SAMHSA will be giving the Federal update plenary. Want to know how SAMHSA is approaching health reform? Don't miss this plenary! More plenary announcements next week. Registration is in full swing for the Tampa conference so register already! Check out the conference website here.

Ross Greene presenting at Stigma conference
Speaking of conferences, the Children's Mental Health Network is looking forward to attending the 4th annual Stigma, Discrimination, and Disparities in Children's Services Conference February 13 - 15, 2013 in San Diego, CA, hosted by the Family and Youth Roundtable (a Network favorite). One of the many great speakers they have lined up is Dr. Ross Greene, author of The Explosive Child and Lost at School, and originator of the Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach. Check out the details herel

Webinar alert: Asking Families: How Data from Families can Inform Policy and Practice
Don't miss this important Community Solutions webinar coming up on December 19, 2012. Join Lisa Lambert, Executive Director of PPAL and Network Advisory Council member and learn about strategies to increase parent response and participation, collect essential parent data and use the principles of family driven research.  Data will drive policy decisions in this new age of health reform. This webinar will help you better prepare families to be at the center of that decision-making process. Details here.

Heads up - AHRQ funding opportunities are on the way, so get ready
Heads up Network faithful -
AHRQ intends to promote several new initiatives by publishing Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to solicit applications for research on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR). These projects will support PCOR efforts in many areas, including health care interventions in real world settings, advanced use of the research findings by diverse populations, development of effective patient registries and training and career development for the next generation of researchers. C'mon, you know what we are going to say – "Get on it!” Time to prepare for when the dollars begin to flow.

Asperger's dropped from revised diagnosis manual
The now familiar term "Asperger's disorder" is being dropped. And abnormally bad and frequent temper tantrums will be given a scientific-sounding diagnosis called DMDD. But "dyslexia" and other learning disorders remain. The revisions come in the first major rewrite in nearly 20 years of the diagnostic guide used by the nation's psychiatrists. Full details of all the revisions will come next May when the American Psychiatric Association's new diagnostic manual is published, but the impact will be huge, affecting millions of children and adults worldwide. Read more here.

Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide now in Norwegian
Props to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD for expanding languages for the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide. Check out the great work they are doing here.

The squeeze is on in California for low-income children
Troubling sign of the times as California is looking to shut down the Healthy Families insurance program for low-income children on January 1st. More than 850,000 kids will be shifted over the course of the year into HMOs that participate in Medi-Cal, California's version of the federally subsidized Medicaid program. Read the editorial in the LA Times here.

Champions for Change recognizes and encourages inspirational Native youth
Network faithful are encouraged to take a look at this great offer for young Native Americans across Indian Country. The Champions for Change (CFC) program, a spin-off of a White House initiative, recognizes and encourages inspirational Native youth (ages 14 to 24) working in their tribal or urban Indian communities to promote hope and make a positive impact. Details here.

CSAT seeks young people in recovery
More good news for young people. The federal government's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) will be hosting a meeting of young people in recovery in Spring 2013.  They'll be convening a diverse group of young people (18-25 years old) in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs and are looking for people from around the country to come together, collaborate, and strategize on developing best-practices for educating America's youth on addiction and recovery. Details here.

NC youth-driven program takes a holistic approach to adolescent health
And if you really want to read about some amazing youth driven work you will definitely want to check this out. We were recently made aware of the YES! program, a youth-driven organization in North Carolina that we think it is a winner. This is a great example of a holistic approach to adolescent health and community development. Check it out!

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As always, thank you for your continued support of the Children's Mental Health Network,

Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO
http://cmhnetwork.org

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