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Friday Update 10-11-13

Greetings faithful readers. Another incredibly eventful week. Thanks to all who responded to our action alert about the debt ceiling yesterday. Network faithful brought the call system to its knees. So for the flood of emails that came in saying that the system wasn't working, just think of it like the health care signup opening day... We kinda enjoy it when Network faithful break things with their advocacy spirit. No worries, read our first story for how to keep the calls coming in today. In fact, here is a special video for all of you rabid Network faithful to get you pumped for calling today. Jimmy Kimmel polls Americans about how much they know about Congress - priceless! Okay, watch the video, get your chuckle on and then get to readin' Friday Update. We got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Take 5 minutes to tell Congress: End the shutdown
News you've probably been seeing about meetings between the President and House members underscore how important it is that House members hear from constituents, calling on them to vote for continued government funding and for authority to borrow - with no strings attached.
Remember, the Children's Mental Health Network is made up of Republicans, Democrats, Independents and others. This call is not about one political party being right and one being wrong. It is about ensuring that the fragile safety net for families and communities remains intact. Regardless of political affiliation, driving Americans over the cliff of the debt ceiling deadline of October 17 helps no one.

Track the votes for a clean CR
The Washington Post has a nifty live blog update that tracks Congressional support for a clean Continuing Resolution (CR). Stay up to date with the spinning plates!

Healthy Transitions Initiative funding... now is not the time to throw in the towel!
As faithful readers know, we now have a better sense of what happened to the funding for the Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI). Keep sending your letters in to us to help build our case for focusing attention on healthy approaches to meeting the needs of transition-age youth with mental health challenges. Since sharing our conversation with Senate staff about the HTI funding we have received many emails expressing a variety of opinions about the process used for deciding whether or not to include HTI in the budget. There are a few key points to keep in mind as we move forward. Youth-led organizations should pay special attention to this Morning Zen post. Do we really want a scenario where the only initiatives funded for emerging adults address a small minority of youth in transition?

27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference - Call for proposals closes October 31st
Hey, you can carve the pumpkin later. Right now you gotta get on it and finish up your proposal for the 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference. We have a great lineup of speakers including the 16th Surgeon General David Satcher, Carter Center Mental Health Director Thom Bornemann, an amazing plenary on youth in transition and a few more that should be announced in the next few weeks. Sharpen those #2 pencils and get to writin'!

Georgetown Training Institutes - Call for Proposals now open!
Speaking of great conferences, the 2014 Georgetown University Training Institutes on improving services and supports for children, adolescents, and young adults with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families will be here before you know it. Time to be thinking of a winning proposal that you can write so that you can be an integral part of this wonderful conference.

Bringing accountable care to the Safety Net
A coalition of 10 community health centers in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area recently formed one of the nation's first safety-net accountable care organizations—the Federally Qualified Health Center Urban Health Network, or FUHN, which seeks to provide higher-quality, lower-cost care to some 23,000 Medicaid beneficiaries.

Health key to classroom success
As featured in a USA Today op-ed, and reported yesterday in the Wall Street Journal, a research study just released by Children's Health Fund identifies widespread health issues that are impeding the school success of low-income New York City elementary and middle school students. This is a worthy read and worth sharing!

Families USA releases story collection tool for ACA
Families USA has a new story collection tool to collect stories of people who have gotten covered because of the Affordable Care Act. Millions of Americans are enrolling in new health care coverage over the next six months. One of the best ways to talk about the Affordable Care Act is through the stories of people who have been helped. 

Inside Mind/Game: The unquiet journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
Inspiring story about Chamique Holdsclaw, women's basketball phenom who has been at the pinnacle of success and the depths of depression, as told through the lens of Rick Goldsmith, an independent filmmaker from Berkeley, Calif. Rick is a 2013-2014 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism.

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