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Friday Update 1-27-17

Greetings faithful readers. No better video to start off with than Patti Smith's "People Have the Power."

My senses newly opened / I awakened to the cry 
that the people / have the power 
to redeem / the work of fools 
upon the meek / the graces shower 
it's decreed / the people rule

Get inspired and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!


Most important reads for this week 

Mental Health Advocates Must Take a Stand Regarding the Devos Nomination for Education Secretary
For mental health advocates, regardless of political party affiliation, the confirmation of Betsy Devos as Education Secretary should be quite concerning. In her confirmation hearing, Devos was, at best, vague, in stating whether or not disabled children were entitled to federal protections in education. She was very clear, however, that states should be able to decide what services to provide children with disabilities. In the interchange with Senator Kaine, Devos used the example of a Florida program that encourages parents of children with disabilities to sign away their IDEA rights in exchange for a voucher for a private school.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Take a stand. And then ask your advocacy organization leaders to take a stand on the Devos nomination. Your organization may take a position that is different from the one I have laid out in this post. That's okay. What is not okay is for them to sit silently on the sidelines. You may find that they have well-articulated positions on the Devos nomination. If so, excellent. Share them, discuss them, but by all means, do not sit silently. And if your advocacy organization of choice has not yet done so, tell the leadership to take a stand. Nothing could be easier, or more important.The days of quiet servitude to the "powers that be" must end.

Donald Trump's First Major Interview as President Continues the Spread of False Claims - Mental Health Advocates Take Note
Donald Trump's first interview as president aired Wednesday night on ABC News. Readers are encouraged to read the transcript before watching the video. Reading the text of the President's comments will give you the opportunity to more fully grasp the intent of his words and his thought process. The references to building a wall, DACA, and torture, among the many scandalous and false claims made in this interview, should give all mental health advocates, regardless of party affiliation, plenty of incentive to rise up and make your voice heard.

Senator Rand Paul ACA Replacement Plan Has Flaws That Should Concern All Mental Health Advocates
Senator Paul deserves props for at least publicizing a replacement approach for the ACA that can help start a dialogue. But his plan and likely many of the alternative plans to the ACA that will emerge over the next few days have some significant flaws that should concern all mental health advocates, regardless of political affiliation.

Register for the 30th Annual Research and Policy Conference by February 10th to Take Advantage of Early Bird Rates - Save $50.00!
Register for the 30th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health by February 10th to take advantage of the early bird discount! Looking forward to seeing you in sunny Tampa in March!

Speaking of the Conference... Time to Get Social!
The 30th Annual “Tampa Conference” is getting social. Check out the Facebook page for the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health. You can also get social about the conference by including #CMHConference2017 across your social media platforms. Get connected and stay connected on up-to-date information as we countdown to the kickoff of this year’s anniversary event!


Everything You Need To Know About Block Grants — The Heart Of GOP’s Medicaid Plans
President Donald Trump’s administration made explicit this weekend its commitment to an old GOP strategy for managing Medicaid, the federal-state insurance plan that covers low-income people — turning control of the program to states and capping what the federal government spends on it each year. It’s called “block granting.” Read this great article to understand how block granting works. 

Call Congress Today at 866-426-2631 and Say "Protect Our Health Care!"
You'll enter your zip code and in seconds you'll be connected to your member of Congress. Tell their office to reject efforts to upend our health care system and to act in the best interest of American citizens.

Share Your Story About the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act has touched the lives of every single American—in ways both big and small—since its passage in 2010. It is important for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle understand what’s at stake for millions of Americans. We can’t wait—congressional leaders and the president-elect have already said they will take swift action in 2017. Families USA is asking you to take a minute to share your story and to share what’s at stake for you and your family.

Clarke and Dawe - News in the Post-election World
Thanks to the "Northwest Innovation Disruptor" for sharing this humorous look at the role of news in the post-election world from a couple of mates from Down Under.

Leveraging Medicaid to Fund Youth and Young Adult Peer Support
Across child and adult serving systems, there is interest among communities and organizations to provide transitional support to young adults with a strong focus on youth peer support (YPS). Youth MOVE National is excited to be releasing "Providing Youth and Young Adult Peer Support through Medicaid," which explores the role of Medicaid and key considerations, and provides point-in-time snapshots of states and communities leveraging Medicaid to fund YPS.


Teens Called on Tackle Opioid Crisis Through a Nationwide Peer-to- Peer Video Competition
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education are launching the Operation Prevention Video Challenge that gives students the power to send a message to their peers about the dangers of opioid misuse. The challenge invites teens across the country to create a unique 30-60 second public service announcement, aimed at reaching other teens about this widespread issue. Teens can register and submit their entries through March 28, 2017. 
 

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Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 

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