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Friday update – 8-10-12

Greetings faithful readers. What a week! Pizza threats, mandated transparancy, tools you can use and great information for therapists and families alike. So you know what to do - pull out the eight track tape player (kinda like a cd player for you youngins'), crank up a little Steve Miller to remind yourself that we are committed to making the children's mental health world turn around, and embrace the good offerings posted on the website this week...

CMHNetwork Sign of the Apocalypse
In a recent shareholder meeting, Papa John's CEO and founder John Schnatter said that the new health care law would raise pizza prices. Uh, can I have that pizza without pepperoni? I'm on a budget...

Block grant update makes our head hurt
We continue to dig into the conundrum known as the block grants. We have been reviewing two helpful sites with much state level data about how block grant dollars are distributed. The challenge is that it raises more questions for us than providing answers. So, we are resisting the urge to provide Network faithful with a more robust list of recommended comments to SAMHSA (Due September 13) until we can do some more homework Hang in there with us. We want our commentary to be as comprehensive as possible. Read more here if you want to review the state specific data.

Sequestration transparency coming not a moment too soon
The month of August is important for Network faithful. President Obama has signed the Sequestration Transparency Act which requires his administration to detail just how painful the sequester's cut will be and has a deadline of September 6. The bill requires the President to detail the specifics about the $1.2 trillion in cuts to domestic and defense programs that will take place at the start of 2013 if Congress is unable to agree on another deficit-reduction plan before the end of the year. We've got a very cool sequestration tool kit to help you rattle some cages during the month of August. Check it out here.

2014 Medicaid Eligibility Transition Toolkit – Gotta have it!
Great news from State Reforum. The 2014 Medicaid Eligibility Transition Toolkit is now available and is designed to assist states in systematically identifying issues and decisions they will face as they convert to 2014. The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has updated the toolkit to be applicable to any state and to reflect the final Medicaid eligibility rules. Details here.

Articles sought covering the unique health needs of military children and families
The protracted wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, associated with multiple deployments and post-combat physical and psychological sequelae, have had a tremendous impact on the behavioral health of military children and families. The American Psychological Association is producing an upcoming newsletter that will include articles addressing the impact of deployment and trauma on military children and families, their unique social-emotional-behavioral needs, strategies to build resiliency and coping in this population, and programs to address their unique challenges. They need our help! Details here.

Oh no! Massachusetts gets an F
The Massachusetts Children's Mental Health Campaign just completed a report on children's mental health care in Massachusetts and the findings are not good. In a nutshell, there is a paucity of outcome data for mental health care. How do we make a case for the types of services we know work for children and families if we don't have the data to back it up? Are you listening researchers and funding administrators? Read more here.

Do outreach strategies related to ACA work for the African Heritage community?
The National Leadership Council on African American Behavioral Health is interested in learning about outreach and engagement strategies related to affordable healthcare to better inform HHS. Network faithful can help out by taking a brief survey here.

THRIVE offering trauma-informed webinar trainings
The Network is a huge fan of the Thrive Initiative, who consistently does stellar work in the area of trauma-informed care. Check out their webinar series and take advantage of what they have been offering to colleagues in Maine - why should the Mainers get all the good stuff, right? Details here.

Loss of a strong youth advocate
It is a sad day for the children's mental health movement as Tricialouise Millard (Gurley) has passed away unexpectedly. Words cannot express our sadness. We at the Network will miss her dearly and want to share with you the message sent out  from the Youth M.O.V.E. National Board and staff. Read the heartfelt comments here.

Goodness, that was a lot for one week. But wait, there's more! Tape the Olympics so you don't miss a thing and keep reading!

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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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