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Friday update – 6-8-12

Greetings faithful readers. Here is what's new on the Children's Mental Health Network website this week. Lots of funding opportunities to share, but we would be fibbin' if we didn't express our remorse at the lack of funding for the CMHI. Plus, great information for our research faithful, the community initiative-minded, and the ever-growing fervent social media crowd. The Network is nursing a cup of our favorite brew -  Cafe Femenino Guatemala - from Joe Van Gogh. So why not grab a cup yourself, join us at the table and savor the great additions to the website listed below.

Save the Child Mental Health Initiative - Act Now!
Reports from Capitol Hill indicate that the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee will begin consideration of the 2013 HHS budget with a markup on June 12. The bill will move on to consideration by the full Appropriations Committee on June 14. Many issues are at stake for children's mental health in the 2013 budget. A significant area of concern is the proposed 29 million dollar reduction in funding for the Child Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) in 2013. Traditionally, CMHI has been the main vehicle through which SAMHSA provides funds for children's mental health services. Without these funds from the federal government, states and communities will no longer have the means to provide children's mental health services that are informed by the system of care values and principles. Learn more here. Click here to take action now!

Funding opportunities galore from SAMHSA
Speaking of SAMHSA... What do Child Traumatic Stress Initiative grants, a National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Project LAUNCH and Addiction Technology Transfer Centers have in common? They are all getting a boost from SAMHSA. Deadlines range from June 20th to July 3rd so get on with it. Okay Network faithful, sharpen your pencils, get an extra eraser and a bit of whiteout... (oh wait, it's the 21st century) and get busy workin' on the host of funding opportunities just announced. Click here for the rundown.

Medicaid Director calls it as he sees it
Andy Allison, president of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, shares some sobering news about expanding coverage to the uninsured if the Supreme Court strikes down the health law in an interview with Kaiser Health News. This interview is part of KHN's video series Supreme Uncertainty: What's Next After The Court Rules, which solicits views from public officials and policy experts about the upcoming Supreme Court ruling on the health law and its implications for the future of health care. Watch it here.

Health reform panel announced for the Training Institutes
Just announced is an amazing panel of distinguished speakers for the plenary session on health care reform at the upcoming Georgetown Training Institutes in July. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from John O'Brien, Jim Wotring and Angela Kimball. And then be sure to register. You did register, right? Really? No worries, you can do it now, it's easy!

Emerging priorities in comparative effectiveness research:  Will the children's mental health community get on board?
A provocative post from Morning Zen guest blogger Elaine Slaton. In this guest column, Elaine untangles the previously absent opportunities for families, youth and other stakeholders in CER and what appears to be a promising development, posing  an important question - Are we really serious about being family-driven and youth-guided? Get your family-driven research zen on here.

"Seismic" changes ahead for states after the Supreme Court decision
Great post by Sonya Schwartz at Health Affairs Blog. In the post she looks at 14 states actively implementing the health care reform law and hypothesizes the impact of the pending Supreme Court decision on the ACA in terms of a Richter Scale. What will be the size of the quake and what will be the fallout? Find out here.

For those who have the time to enjoy an extra cup of Joe, check out the following:

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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