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Friday Update 10-13-17

Greetings faithful readers. With the seemingly weekly attacks on efforts to promote positive mental health, sometimes ya just need an uplifting reminder of the importance of not giving up and to keep fighting. Get inspired by Rachel Platten's "Fight Song" and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Advocacy Toolkit
Congress failed to extend funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) before it expired on September 30. This missed deadline has real implications for real children and families across the country. It is critical that Congress acts immediately to extend funding for the program for five years. With every day that passes after the deadline, millions of children, pregnant women and families are left with more uncertainty about whether or not they will be able to access the health care they rely on. This is unacceptable. Right now, we need as many voices coming together as possible to tell Congress to extend funding for the program without delay. The American Academy of Pediatrics is encouraging advocates to use the resources and information in this toolkit to amplify the message that Congress cannot wait any longer to take action. Please feel free to share this information far and wide within your networks.  

Keynote Speakers Announced for the Tampa Conference
We are thrilled to announce several keynote speakers for the 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 4-7, 2018. We have more announcements to make about keynote speakers in the next two weeks, but for now, enjoy knowing that headlining the conference are former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Dr. Victor Rios, creator of Project GRIT (Generating Resilience to Inspire Transformation), and Dr. Larke Huang, Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity, SAMHSA. The conference is shaping up to be our best yet. Can't wait to see you there!

Keep Those Proposals Coming In - Deadline to Submit is October 27th! 
for the 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 4 - 7, 2018, in beautiful Tampa Florida! Okay, the time for pencil sharpening is over. It’s time to start writing a winning proposal. The 31st Annual Conference is one you will not want to miss! 

Become a Sponsor for the Tampa Conference! 
The 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held March 4-7, 2018 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. Each year, participants hear an outstanding line-up of speakers who are leading researchers and advocates in the field. Sponsorship is a great opportunity to show your organizations support and gain national visibility in the behavioral health field. What are ya' waitin' for? 

Here are Twelve Ways Trump Is Undermining Obamacare
The Trump administration continues to take action that could weaken the Affordable Care Act and curtail enrollment in coverage under the law. So while mental health advocates may have celebrated the non-passage of repeal and replace efforts in the Senate, here is how the Trump Administration is eroding the Affordable Care Act from within. Kiss your essential benefits goodbye.

Trump Order Could Destabilize Health Insurance Markets, Hurt Those With Pre-Existing Conditions
President Trump’s new executive order could destabilize the health insurance markets where millions of individuals and small businesses get their coverage and undermine protections for people with pre-existing health conditions. 

Changes in 2017 Federal Navigator Funding 
A new Kaiser Family Foundation survey reveals Obamacare enrollment groups are expecting to lay off staff, cut back outreach and limit their geographic footprint after the Trump administration sharply curtailed their federal funding. The Kaiser survey also raises questions about the Trump administration's explanation for the funding cuts. Roughly half the organizations surveyed said the federal government did not provide a rationale for their funding decreases, and another 40 percent said the reasoning was unclear.

Psychiatrists Can’t Stop Mass Killers
In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, politicians are once again promoting the politically expedient notion that better mental health care could stop such mass killings. Paul D. Ryan, the speaker of the House, said last week that “mental health reform is a critical ingredient to making sure that we can try and prevent some of these things from happening in the past.” Ryan could not be more wrong.

The One Thing Jimmy Kimmel Got Wrong in His Monologue About the Las Vegas Shooting
Sometimes the news isn’t as straightforward as it’s made to seem. Sarah Schuster, The Mighty’s mental health editor, explains what to keep in mind if you see this topic or similar stories in your newsfeed. 

Nemours Children’s Health System is hiring a Manager of Policy and Advocacy in its Washington, DC Office
Nemours Children’s Health System is hiring a Manager of Policy and Advocacy in its Washington, DC office. The position’s main focus will be leading policy and advocacy efforts in designated areas to support Nemours’ mission of helping every child grow up healthy. Key portfolio areas may include, but not be limited to, child health and well-being, children's health coverage, mental health, federal appropriations, parenting, population health, value-based payment and other issues impacting children's hospitals.  

Rachele Espiritu for Denver Kids
Network faithful Rachele Espiritu is running for the Denver Public School's Board of Education. Readers may know that Rachele is one of Change Matrix's founding partners and a great advocate for children and families. She was appointed to complete a term last year and is running her first campaign. Please take a moment and watch her campaign video and send her some Network love. Only five more weeks until Election Day.

It Screams Love
Amazing live performance by David Sylvester Jr. of his original song "It Screams Love" - with a special heartwarming intro about his troubles as a youth and how his mom never gave up on him.

Upcoming Webinar on Assessing Youth/Young Adult Voice in Agency-Level Decision Making
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 10am – 11am PT / 1pm – 2pm ET
Increasingly, agencies and organizations that serve youth and young adults are seeking to partner with young people as they work to make their services more engaging and responsive. However, agencies often lack information about best practices for involving young people in these efforts. This webinar will describe the development and validation of the Youth/Young Adult Voice at the Agency Level (Y-VAL) assessment. 

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Treatment and Services Research, Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) & OSLC Developments, Inc.
A postdoctoral fellowship position is available for individuals interested in a career conducting treatment research and/or services (dissemination and implementation) research. The fellow will work directly with Drs. Ashli Sheidow and Michael McCart, two accomplished clinically-trained investigators, in achieving the aims of NIH-, foundation-, and state-funded research projects.

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