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Friday update 4-5-13

Greetings faithful readers - Happy "post" Friday to you. After spending a few days in our Nation's Capital I can think of no better way to start off Friday Update then with this provocative TED Talk by Lawrence Lessig, author of Lesterland: The Corruption of Congress and How to End It. Enjoy the video Network faithful and be inspired to question, question, question. And then read the great offerings we have on the website for you this week.

Most important reads for this week

Put Training and Talent Together. Get in on the NNED training for evidence-based and culturally appropriate clinical and consumer practice. SAMHSA scholarships available!
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to expand your knowledge and leadership around evidence-supported and culturally appropriate clinical and consumer practices. With health reform taking shape quickly it is imperative that we grow both culturally responsive leaders and front-line staff who work with youth and families. But wait, there's more good news. Our dearly beloved SAMHSA is providing scholarships to cover the costs of training, travel, and lodging for NNEDLearn 2013 participants. Network faithful know how much we simultaneously love and are annoyed by SAMHSA as we continue to be concerned about the focus on children with emotional challenges and their families (we wait to see how things roll out after the President's budget is announced). But then they do something really great like this and we fall in love again. This is an important opportunity, Network faithful. SAMHSA recognizes that building knowledge and leadership in evidence-supported and culturally appropriate clinical and consumer practices is critically important and the NNED is providing the forum to do that in. Get in on this quick; the deadline to apply is April 9th. Dang, we are in love with SAMHSA again – so perplexing…

Comment period for Navigator standards is open
CMS published a proposed rule on April 5th that outlines the training and meaningful access standards for navigators and others who will help educate and guide consumers through the health care exchanges. We will be reviewing the proposed rule and preparing comment over the next few weeks. This is a critical component of health reform implementation and has significant impact for those in the Navigator role, and even more important for those receiving Navigator services. Don't fall asleep at the switch on this one folks. Details here.

Hey, turn on Sesame Street! Plus, download a way cool infographic...
Young children are sponges for learning. From birth to age five, they're making giant developmental strides, more than at any other time in life. In fact, the brain forms as many as 700 neural connections per second before the age of five.1 It's a lot easier to influence the developing brain than it is to rewire it later.

Journalist provides the questions to ask when analyzing health insurance exchanges
Great advice from journalist Trudy Lieberman on the questions to ask when reviewing state health insurance exchanges in her post in the Columbia Journalism Review's "The Second Opinion." While written for journalists, this primer is excellent for advocates as well. Study up, Network faithful!

AAP offers new resources during Autism Awareness Month
The American Academy of Pediatrics joins with other child health organizations in recognizing April as Autism Awareness Month. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 1 in 88 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The AAP has some great new resources this year to add to its full range of autism-related information for pediatricians and families.

Advancing Behavioral Health Equity Through Health Reform: What Every Champion Should Know
The TA Partnership is offering a "must attend" webinar featuring Daniel Dawes, one of the more knowledgeable sources of information regarding the health reform law and behavioral health equity. Network faithful are encouraged to carve out some time on your calendars for this one on April 9th.

Girls in Society project
Youth Catalytics has just unveiled their Girls in Society project, which addresses the early sexualization of girls ─ a phenomenon that, coupled with the hyper-sexualized Internet culture, is linked to the exploitation of girls and young women.

Props to Exceptional Parents Unlimited for a great PSA
Big props to Network faithful Exceptional Parents Unlimited for their recent video PSA, produced with support from Fresno Coin Gallery and Channel 30 in Fresno, California. Check them out and get inspired to create a PSA for your organization.

Hey, don't stop now. We got some great links below plus a host of newly posted resources. Check out Matisyahu and his reggae and alternative rock beat (you won't regret it) while enjoying the rest of Friday Update. Keep reading!

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New resource postings to the CMHNetwork website this week

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