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Friday Update 10-20-17

Greetings faithful readers. Let's start off this issue of Friday Update with some Girl Power! Get your dancin' shoes on, turn up the speakers on your favorite viewing and listening device and get your rock on with Melissa Etheridge, Orianthi and friends as they absolutely slay the Chuck Berry song Johnny B.-Goode, and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

The Complex Ethics of a Haunted House Starring Psychiatric Patients
A most important message from Rachael Baker-Wells about her mom, Pat Baker. Pat is a founding member of the Children's Mental Health Network and epitomizes the heart and soul of what the Network is all about.

My mom's career of making life better for families with kids with serious emotional and mental health issues makes her a hero. She fought for those who could not fight for themselves and gave voices to those who had no voice. Even more importantly, she helped those families find their own voices, their own strength, and their own power to change legislative policy. My mom was a family advocate for years - and man, did she shake some things up. She wasn't always pushing the popular opinion, but she DEMANDED kids with mental health issues, their families and the adults they grow into deserve respect, understanding and to be treated with dignity. This story of how she got an extremely popular haunted house run by patients & staff at the Utah State Hospital shut down is just a piece of her legacy. Pat Baker you are my hero. Your work changed lives. You changed lives. Thank you for the example and standard you set for us. 

George Bush Spirit of Liberty Speech
George W. Bush delivered an unexpected and rather eloquent speech against Trumpism and its offshoots on Thursday at a George W. Bush Institute event in New York. It marked the first time the former president seemed to weigh in at length on what has happened during Trump's brief tenure. And while a lot of the blows weren't totally direct, the target of the speech became clearer as it went on.

What's Next for CHIP, and for Millions of Children?
Congress’s deadline to reauthorize funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was September 30, yet lawmakers have still not guaranteed funding for coverage for the 9 million children in the state-administered program. In a new To the Point post, Sara Rosenbaum of George Washington University explains that states are now unsure whether they can enroll new children, or even continue to cover the children and pregnant women already in the program.

Fighting Not to Lose Ground
Lisa Lambert writes about the challenges all advocates face in these wearying times of political turmoil. "I find myself in an odd position these days. A position I couldn’t imagine even a few years ago. Instead of fighting for change, for improvements to the children’s mental health system, I am fighting simply not to lose ground. I think we all are."

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, 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!

Help for Kids the Education System Ignores
In this powerful TED Talk, Victor Rios, PhD, says to define students by what they contribute, not what they lack -- especially those with difficult upbringings. Interweaved with his personal tale of perseverance as an inner-city youth, Rios identifies three straightforward strategies to shift attitudes in education and calls for fellow educators to see "at-risk" students as "at-promise" individuals brimming with resilience, character, and grit. We are excited to announce that Dr. Rios is one of our featured Keynote Speakers at the 31st Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health. Register today!

Keep Those Proposals Coming In - One Week to Go! 
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? 

Webinar Alert: DREAMers Study: Undocumented College Students, Social Exclusion, and Psychological Distress
SPARC and the Transitions RTC at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry are offering a timely webinar on Wednesday, November 8th, from 12 PM to 1 PM.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Treatment and Services Research
A postdoctoral fellowship position is available for individuals interested in a career conducting treatment research and/or services (dissemination and implementation) research.

Gay rights groups feel they are under siege
Groups that advocate for LGBT rights increasingly feel that they are under assault from the Trump administration. The advocates say the administration is mounting a wide-ranging campaign against gay rights that is wiping away many of the policy gains they made under President Obama. 

2016 National Survey of Children’s Health Analysis
The analysis reveals that nearly half of American children under age 18 have had at least one out of nine types of ACEs and more than 20 percent of American children have had at least two ACEs. Children who have had multiple ACEs are at a significantly higher risk for issues affecting their development, learning and health, with cumulative impacts as they age into youth and adulthood.

Sesame Street in Communities Traumatic Experiences Initiative
Sesame Street has launched its first-ever comprehensive initiative designed to help children cope with traumatic experiences. The content—part of the broader Sesame Street in Communities initiative—features new, free, bilingual videos, storybooks and digital activities featuring the Muppets to help children feel safe and become more resilient in a range of situations, as well as give caring adults the tools they need to foster nurturing connections.


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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO

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