Friday update – 8-17-12

Greetings faithful readers. Okay, full disclosure – Friday Update must be on steroids this week cuz it is seriously bulked up. You might as well tell the boss you are comin' down with somethin', head back home, change back into your PJ's, get under the covers and curl up with a fabulous array of really great additions to the website. I mean, what more could you want than continued Medicaid madness, military family insights, the usual cornucopia of useful tools for you to use, and cheesecake for goodness sakes...

CMHNetwork sign of the Apocalypse
Maine is considering dropping Medicaid for 19 – 20 year olds… Huh? In the words of Paul Simon - "You know the nearer your destination, the more you slip sliding away". You can read about it in the SAMHSA Financing Newsletter. Really Maine? It is very important that Network faithful pay attention to the chiseling of Medicaid that is going on in a number of areas. Heavy sigh full of details here.

Block Grant recommendations coming next week
Ooh, we can't wait! You can read our previous post on this topic here.

Autism through a sibling's eyes
Props to Network supporter, poet and writer Faith Jegede for an excellent TED Talk where she draws on her experiences growing up with two autistic brothers in order to spread awareness and understanding about this increasingly common diagnosis. Check it out here.

It's all about the cheesecake
You've got to hand it to Atul Gawande of the New Yorker for breaking down health care reform to it's simplest form - cheesecake. In an unabashed love affair with the Cheesecake Factory restaurant chain, Gawande compares the restaurants amazing ability to combine quality control, cost control and innovation to produce perfect products that are driven by customer feedback. Lessons for us here? Read more.

What a find! Check out Kidswell
KidsWell is a state and national advocacy and organizing campaign to ensure successful implementation of health care reform on behalf of children. Check out their website here.

Two new resources to help you understand Medicaid - and why it is important
Families USA
(we are in love, let's face it) has put together two new resources to help you better understand the impact of decisions being discussed regarding the future of Medicaid and what advocates can do. A worthy read no matter what your position is on Medicaid (and Network faithful are made up of folks on both sides - that's why we love the collective voice). One thing we know for sure - families will feel the impact. Details here.

States crack down on mental health prescriptions
It seems these days everywhere you turn when discussing Medicaid you face the Medicaid conundrum. Sure, fraud and waste exist and need to be eradicated, but does that mean you make blanket edicts that could have significant impact on youth and families? Here is the latest wrinkle to the Medicaid debate - restricting mental health prescriptions. Read more here.

Integrating best practice with evidence-based treatment
Our post-Olympic withdrawal reading included an article by Dr. Richard Cohen recently published in the Zero to Three Journal. In the article, Dr. Cohen reports on interviews with three people involved in different aspects of early childhood mental health. Good food for thought.

For military reservists - we don't need more "research" to discover what services are needed, just ask the end-users themselves...right now
Don't miss this "to the point” commentary on a recent paper in the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health that discusses mental health threats related to deployment and therefore separation of active duty troops from their family members to life-threatening locations.. As usual, Advisory Council member Colonel George Patrin (Ret) pulls no punches about what is needed. Details here.

Mr. Poe and Friends Discuss Reunion After Deployment
Check out this great video series for military families, those who serve them, and friends and neighbors. Details here.

Okay, for those of you reading this on your smart phone, trust us, ya gotta keep scrolling. It's great aerobic exercise for your thumbs and you're gonna be able to own the next office discussion about hot topics in children's mental health…

Fotonovela for families!
The Latino Leadership Council recently produced a fotonovela in English and Spanish that addresses some of the issues that their promotores and promotoras see with the families with whom they work. Great information worth checking out.

HHS commits to taking on transgender discrimination under ACA
Great job HHS for stepping it up and taking a stand on transgender discrimination. HHS has released a memo stating that discrimination based on "gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity" is illegal under the Affordable Care Act. Details here.

Heading for a fiscal cliff?
Okay Network faithful, knowledge is power. It is important that you get as many opportunities as possible to hear what your elected officials are thinking and what is driving their decision-making. The Coalition on Human Needs is holding a fascinating webinar with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) who will explain the critical issues Congress will return to in September, in a post-election session, and beyond. Details here.

Youth guide on psychotropic medications
Pretty cool new product from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). They have collaborated with a number of agencies, including SAMHSA, to create a Youth Guide on Psychotropic Medications that is now available. Check it out here.

Sequestration - yep, we're reminding you again and again...
It wouldn't be Friday if we didn't remind faithful readers about the three-headed monster known as sequestration. For those who would like to urge Washington to take bipartisan action toward fighting sequestration—and the loss of as many as two million jobs and the elimination of many critical services—be sure to access the Sequestration Tool Kit and read the recently released report, "Under Threat: Sequestration's Impact on Non-defense Jobs and Services,” which provides data by state on the impact of sequestration. Details here.

Hear from CMS about the implementation of the Health Exchanges. Now this should be fun and informative!
Hey Network faithful, here is a great opportunity to learn about the latest on the implementation of the Health Exchanges directly from CMS staff. Sign up here.

Okay, the Facts of Life marathon doesn't start for another hour (Natalie will forgive you) so you have time to read these additional great additions to the website this week.

So wadda ya think of Friday Update?
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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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