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Friday morning update – 2-8-13

Greetings faithful readers - So much good stuff to celebrate this week! And of course, a few things to wring our hands about. So let's start this issue with some singin' and dancin' to the late great Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks singing Celebrate. Then, read the rest of Friday Update and get to work, cuz this issue requires you to take action in a number of important areas.

Congratulations to a most amazing family advocate - Barbara Huff
The Children's Mental Health Network was thrilled to learn that Barbara Huff has been selected as the co-recipient of the Blanche F. Ittleson Award for 2013. The American Orthopsychiatric Association gives this award annually, and we can't think of a more deserving family advocate. Read our personal reflection in Morning Zen about this most amazing family advocate. Read our tribute to Barbara in Morning Zen.

I Believe... and you should too!
Props to one of our newest Network followers, Rachel Lynn Bell, aka RLB, for her inspirational spoken word reading - "I Believe." Listen to the words, folks. Now, more than ever, we need to believe that all of our hard work and advocacy on behalf of children and families is worth it - and it is! So if the whirlwind of politics and fighting for what is right is getting you down, give a listen.

That's Not Cool! Stopping digital dating abuse in its tracks
But ThatsNotCool.com really is cool... The website does a wonderful job raising awareness about digital dating abuse and stopping it before it gets worse. Addressing new and complicated problems between people who are dating or hooking up, like constant and controlling texting, pressuring for nude pictures and breaking into someone's e-mail or social networking page. The main page is a must see. Heck, the whole dang site is a must see, so see it here!

Let's put an end to inappropriate seclusion and restraint - Sign the White House petition! 
Still time to sign the petition folks. Many of you will remember the Morning Zen piece we did on Bill Lichtenstein, parent of a beautiful daughter who experienced the horror of the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint ("His name is Bill - and he is fighting against seclusion and restraint"). After Bill wrote an article about his experience for the New York Times and we featured the story on the CMHNetwork website, he was, and continues to be, flooded with emails from parents who have had similar experiences. In talking with Bill I shared with him the dilemma parents have expressed to the CMHNetwork about speaking out for fear of reprisal - much like what happened to him with the school board when the Times article hit the streets. As the stories of heartache continued to mount, Bill called me and said, "We've got to do something to help these kids and parents." So we will. And so must you. Make a difference. Click here to take action.

Broad representation from HHS at the 26th Annual "Tampa Conference." Full agenda now available online! It was exciting to see that Gary Blau, PhD, Chief, Child, Adolescent and Family Brand for the Center for Mental Health Services encouraged system of care grantees to participate in the Tampa Conference. It is an approved training activity for all grantees funded as part of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program. Plan to be in beautiful, sunny Tampa March 3 - 6, 2013. (It's in the 70's today - so leave the mittens at home!) Early-Bird Conference Registration Fee ends February 15, 2013. There will be broad HHS representation for the 2013 conference, including: David Mineta, Deputy Director of Demand Reduction for the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House - presenting as part of a panel on the "Quality Chasm in the Behavioral Health Treatment for America's youth, and Families"; Larke Huang, Director, Office of Behavioral Health Equity, SAMHSA, - presenting on the topic of "Effective Approaches to Serving Children with Mental Health Challenges and Their Families"; and Suzanne Fields, Senior Advisory to the SAMHSA Administrator on Health Care Financing, - presenting on "Health Reform: Opportunities to Sustain and Promote Mental Health and Substance Use Services and Supports to Children and Their Families." Plus, the agenda is now online. So take a look, get excited, and register already!

NIH study finds missed opportunities for underage alcohol screening
Physicians often fail to ask high school-aged patients about alcohol use and to advise young people to reduce or stop drinking, according to a study led by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. Details here.

1.5 trillion in discretionary cuts over the past 10 years – Say what?
Oh boy, this one will make you take notice. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee released a report on the effects of discretionary cuts to date (pre-sequestration). If cuts of discretionary spending by $1.5 trillion dollars over 10 years doesn't grab you by the toenails, we are not sure anything will. And remember, that's before any talk of sequestration! You are going to need a double shot espresso for this one. Details here.

$50,000 to five young PeaceMakers!
Here is a hot tip from our friends at the Family & Youth Roundtable - Prize to Award $50,000 to Five Young PeaceMakers! The Peace First Prize is a new awards program designed to recognize and support young leaders in the United States who have demonstrated compassion, courage, and the power to create collaborative change in their schools, neighborhoods, and/or communities and "have confronted injustice, crossed lines of difference, and had the courage & compassion to create lasting change."  So what are you waiting for?

4th Annual Conference on Stigma, Discrimination and Disparities in Children's Services is next week in sunny San Diego!
Speaking of the Family & Youth Roundtable, Click here to register today for the 4th Annual Conference on Stigma, Discrimination and Disparities in Children's Services!  Details here.

Youth MOVE National is now accepting nominations to the National Young Leaders Network
The National Young Leaders Network (NYLN), consists of youth leaders and advocates (ages 14 - 29) that have passion and experience to provoke positive change within youth serving social systems utilizing authentic youth voice. Sounds pretty darned good to us, so get on it.

Health literacy is the future - and the future is now
Network faithful are encouraged to check out the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy located at the University of Maryland. Health literacy is the wave of the future folks, so check it out here.

ACA to-do list for advocates
Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act must be fully implemented, which means the coming year will be critical in ensuring not only states' readiness for 2014, but that the law is implemented in the most effective and consumer-friendly way possible. To help you in this work, Families USA has released some great resources. Details here.

Break down the 113th Congress by demographics
Okay, this news item fits in the category of "Things to do when you want to avoid working but will feel better if there is some semblance of seriousness involved...." So with that, you are just gonna have to click the link.

New infographic: What Governors are saying about Medicaid expansion
State Refor(u)m just keeps turning out amazing infographics and they don't disappoint with their latest one. Since it is the season  for "State of the State" addresses, State Refor(u)m is following these speeches for governors' statements on expanding Medicaid. Details here.

Bring mental illness out of the shadows
The Children's Mental Health Network was pleased to read the text of the remarks made by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services. Give it a close read and let your Congressional representatives know you want to be involved in the national discussion about mental health. Details here.

Crisis in healthcare workforce
Ah yes, it seems like yesterday (2010 actually), that we were thrilled that the GAO announced appointments to a National Health Care Workforce Commission, a panel charged with helping devise solutions to the nation's health care workforce crisis - an issue so important now that we are moving full-tilt into health care reform. Only one problem. The Commission has never been funded and it has never met. Whoops... Oh heck, this is complicated but important, so read on.

C'mon, it's Friday, that report can wait. Check out these additional gems!

Is Friday Update workin' for ya? A big THANK YOU for reading and participating in Friday Update each and every week. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to improve and expand our coverage of pertinent issues for children's mental health advocates, families, policy makers and just plain folk who care about making our communities stronger. So, in the spirit of innovation and change, what would you do to improve Friday Update for 2013? Send us your ideas. We are grateful for any and all feedback, especially for ideas of how we can improve upon what we offer you. Not signed up yet to receive Friday Update every week? Sign up now and get the latest information you need to help you improve services for children and families. Forward a copy of this Update to a colleague and be a part of spreading the love about children's mental health far and wide. Just be sure to give us a wee bit of credit, okay?

Let us know what you need from the Network!   We love feedback so let us know how we can improve the website to better meet your needs. Contact us here. We run this operation on your donations. 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 with your tax-deductible donation. Thanks again to so many of you who are spreading the word. We are indeed a collective voice and your support is greatly appreciated.

Is Friday Update workin' for ya?
A big THANK YOU for reading and participating in Friday Update each and every week. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to improve and expand our coverage of pertinent issues for children's mental health advocates, families, policy makers and just plain folk who care about making our communities stronger. So, in the spirit of innovation and change, what would you do to improve Friday Update for 2013? Send us your ideas. We are grateful for any and all feedback, especially for ideas of how we can improve upon what we offer you. Not signed up yet to receive Friday Update every week? Sign up now and get the latest information you need to help you improve services for children and families. Forward a copy of this Update to a colleague and be a part of spreading the love about children's mental health far and wide. Just be sure to give us a wee bit of credit, okay?

Let us know what you need from the Network!  
We love feedback so let us know how we can improve the website to better meet your needs. Contact us here. We run this operation on your donations. 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 with your tax-deductible donation. Thanks again to so many of you who are spreading the word. We are indeed a collective voice and your support is greatly appreciated.

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

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