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Friday update - 5-25-12

Greetings faithful readers. Here is what's new on the Children's Mental Health Network website this week. Another week of funding opportunities, reflections, and research, research and more research. So get an extra shot of vanilla in your latte, make sure your chi is squared, and settle in...

Celebrating the Life of Katie Beckett
We start this Friday Update with the celebration of the life of Katie Beckett, whose struggles with childhood disease and the challenges of federal bureaucracy led to changes to the federal-state Medicaid program resulting in children with disabilities being able to live at home. Take a moment to read the reflections of Guest Morning Zen blogger Frank Rider.      

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Seeks Applications to Fund $120 Million in Comparative Clinical Effectiveness Research in 2012
Important announcement from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) about a new round of funding to support comparative clinical effectiveness research. Yo, System of Care researchers - we need you to get involved! Details here.

PCORI National Priorities and Research Agenda
PCORI's National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda are a framework to guide the funding of comparative clinical effectiveness research that will give patients and those who care for them the ability to make better-informed health decisions. Everything you ever wanted to know about PCORI is right here... and trust me, you want to know!

ECCO Recognition Program Reception Highlighted at the Training Institutes
What's an ECCO you say? Only the premier award for CMHI communities who definitely know how to strut their stuff. For those of you making plans to attend the Georgetown Training Institutes in July, be sure to participate in the Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Recognition Program Reception on Thursday, July 26th. Sponsored by SAMHSA's Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign, this popular recognition program highlights outstanding social marketing and communications achievements in system of care communities across the country. Details here.

Realigning Health with Care
We just downloaded our very own copy of the Summer issue of the Stanford Innovation Review. This issue has a great article by Rebecca Onie, Paul Farmer, & Heidi Behforouz called Realigning Health with Care. In the article the authors make the case that "through expanding the scope of health care, the place where it is delivered, and the workforce that provides it, the US health care system could significantly improve health outcomes and reduce inefficiencies." Sounds like a system of care approach to me! It's a great read. Check it out here.

Univision Offers Great Resource for Connecting With Hispanic Voters
Political campaigns share a lot with marketing campaigns. They must quickly and effectively get their message out and reach their target audience in order to win market share or in this case, elections. But what marketers have known, and been doing now for several decades, is still new to the political arena: connecting with Latino audiences. Univision is changing all of that. Read more here.

Oregon Communities Jump into Health Care Reform by Figuring Out Coordinated Care Organizations
Oregon is definitely on our radar as a state to watch in the coming year. Network readers will enjoy this enlightening opinion piece by Doug Riggs at Oregonlive.com. Doug Riggs is executive director of CCO Oregon, a group of leaders from health plans, hospitals, provider groups, community health centers, mental health providers, nonprofits and others formed to educate communities about health reforms. Get inspired here.

The Summer 2012 Issue of Focal Point is Out and it's a Winner!
Pathways RTC's
latest issue of Focal Point has just come out. This issue of Focal Point focuses on the recognition that mental health and physical health should not be considered separately; it addresses how the mind and body impact each other, and how we can strive to achieve balance within ourselves. Chock full of great information - and the Network is feelin' the Zen. Details here.

SAMHSA Disaster TA Center Looking for Feedback From Parents and Teachers
SAMHSA is interested in getting feedback from parents and educators on a guide they have developed around talking to children about trauma and disasters. This is a great opportunity for Network members to weigh in on the development of this important publication. Okay parents and educators, click here and share your voice!

How is the Affordable Care Act Leading to Changes in Medicaid Today? State Adoption of Five New Options
A new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured examines how states in every region have responded to five key opportunities available under the health reform law to help them prepare for the significant expansion of Medicaid in 2014. The options covered in the brief include incentives for states to get an early start on the Medicaid coverage expansion; increased federal funding to upgrade Medicaid eligibility systems; money to improve care for beneficiaries with chronic conditions by providing "health home” services; special funding for chronic disease prevention; and help in developing service delivery and payment models that integrate care for beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. A must read.

Exchange Guidance Released--Tell the Administration What You Think!
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued two guidance documents to advance the process of exchange implementation as part of the Affordable Care Act. Comments are due on June 18th so please take this opportunity to review these guidance documents and provide us your feedback so that we can include your comments in our analysis. We will be providing our collective recommendations in early June. Read more here.

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.

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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