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Friday update – 7-27-12

Greetings faithful readers. We have been knee deep in participating in the Georgetown University Training Institutes Conference at the beautiful Gaylord Hotel. We have backed up the truck and loaded it with great information from the website this week. If you are here with us at the conference, hop out of the pool and enjoy the essence of Friday Update on this beautiful Saturday morning.

Friday, Friday, everyday is Friday
We know, we know, it's Saturday and you are just getting Friday Update. But we have been so enamored with our new theme song we completely lost track of time. Turn up the speakers, click here and see what we mean.

Ouch! The impacts of the House Labor-HHS cuts
There's no other way to say it. If the House budget were to pass we would be in a world of hurt. Read more to learn the cold hard facts as the Labor-HHS committee is presenting them.

It's time to hold block grant administrators accountable in a time of funding cuts
We've got an update from last week on this issue and, yes, we will continue to keep the pressure on. To our great pleasure, we learned that the members of the Children, Youth and Families Division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors discussed this issue in their meeting at the Georgetown Training Institutes. Can't wait to see the fruits of their labor. Read more about our position here.

The trouble with third culture kids
Have you ever heard of third culture kids? This is a population that many of us in children's mental health don't know about, and we need to start learning. Third culture kids have significant challenges accessing mental health services but one amazing individual is doing something about it. Learn more about the work of Nina Sichel, who is co-editor of the collections Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids (2011) and Unrooted Childhoods: Memoirs of Growing Up Global (2004). Read her guest blog post in Morning Zen.

Massachusetts closing the disparity gap in health care
Network faithful know that we are quite concerned that the focus on racial and ethnic disparities will be lost in the rush to health care reform. We were pleased to learn about reports out of Massachusetts that make a strong case for successful reduction of racial and ethnic disparities and how one group, Community Catalyst, is speaking out to make a difference. Details here.

PCORI draft methodology report
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) today posted for public comment their landmark draft methodology report, which proposes standards for the conduct of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). The report is a significant step in guiding health care stakeholders towards the best and most appropriate methods for conducting PCOR. Details here.

Mississippi's winning approach
In January of 2012, Mississippi providers and advocates collaborated with Family & Youth Roundtable in the development of a continuing education process for family member Peer Support Specialists as well as a curriculum for transition-aged Peer Support Specialists. Read the article by Carly Graber here.

Tragedy in Colorado
At the Network we were devastated by the news of the shooting at the Aurora, Colorado movie theater. The incident brings up more questions than answers and forces us as a nation to take a hard look at some difficult issues. Read more.

Congress forces White House to detail sequester cuts
The Network was pleased to see that Congress is forcing President Obama to detail the cuts that will result from sequestration. Details here.

And the Expansion Planning Grant winners are...
SAMHSA awards up to $3.5 million in System of Care Expansion Planning Grants for Children and their Families. Find out who got the goods here.

If you are at the Gaylord, quit feeding the alligators and read the following instead...

Enter Social Media with a Spirit of Fun and Caution
House proposing to terminate AHRQ
HIV/AIDS Quiz
Sebelius assures governors that HHS will patch Medicaid gaps: Forum dates announced
Artists Offer Positive Youth Development, Mentoring in Snohomish County

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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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