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Friday Update 10-4-13

Greetings faithful readers. Oh my what a week it was. We got answers to the Healthy Transitions Initiative mystery, 52% of HHS staff are mowin' their lawns and pickin' dandelions this week, and members of Congress are playing a reckless game of chicken. However, we have some great items for you in this issue of Friday Update so all is not lost. Plus, we are excited to welcome our newest contingent of Network faithful from Spain. In honor of our new followers let's all enjoy the amazing artistry of Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia. Set your inner flamenco free, Network faithful! Hey, maybe Congress should take flamenco lessons to break the impasse...Okay, once you have finished dancing on the table, get to readin' Friday Update. We got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

We have news about the Healthy Transitions Initiative funding... and you're not gonna like it...
As faithful readers know, we have been sending correspondence to Senator Harkin of the Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies enquiring about the disappearance of the Healthy Transitions Initiative funding in the Senate Appropriations Bill. I want to extend a personal note of thanks to Subcommittee staffer Lisa Bernhardt for a candid and very helpful phone call yesterday that shed important light on what happened with the Healthy Transitions Initiative funding. You're gonna need a strong stomach for this one and I hope you are as disgusted as I am about the chronology of events leading up to the removal of the Healthy Transitions Initiative line item in the budget. Ringing our hands and lamenting is for losers. Let's do something about it.

Policymakers must stop proposing selective agency funding as a compromise solution
Network faithful are encouraged to share today's press release by the Children's Mental Health Network with colleagues. We must speak out against piecemeal agency funding as a compromise solution to the current government shutdown. Congress needs to pass a government-wide continuing resolution that ends sequestration's harmful cuts, once and for all.

CMHI TA Center announced
As most CMHI grantees know the Technical Assistance Center contract has been awarded to the Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (TA Network). We've got the text of the letter sent today to grantees.

Emerging Adult plenary and special track announced for 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference
The lineup for the 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference keeps getting stronger and stronger. We are thrilled to announce another great plenary session to go along with David Satcher and Thom Bornemann. Maryann Davis, Marsha Ellison, Nancy Koroloff and additional experts to be named soon, will present a plenary session on emerging adults. In addition to the plenary session focused on emerging adults the Transitions RTC is once again organizing a "track" on transition age youth and emerging adults. The Call for Proposals closes on October 31st so get your transition age youth proposals in quickly!

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.

Affordable Care Act vs. Obamacare - Which do you prefer?
If asked to pick between Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act, which would Americans choose? And would it matter to them that they are synonyms for the same thing? Jimmy Kimmel sent a crew out into the streets to find out just how misled and uninformed the American public is concerning the healthcare debate, and returned with some unfortunately unsurprising responses.

Speak Out: Let's bring HIV out of the closet
Greater Than AIDS, a leading national public information response to the domestic epidemic, today launched Speak Out, a new campaign developed locally with the San Francisco Department of Public Health to engage gay and bisexual men in response to HIV/AIDS and confront the silence and stigma that too often surrounds the disease. In "Let's Bring HIV Out of the Closet," an online signature video produced for the campaign, the men open up about how HIV has affected their lives and those around them. In this intimate and candid conversation, the men talk about the growing silence about HIV, the stigma that exists within the gay community around the disease and what needs to happen to address it.

Bush Foundation invites applications for 2014 Bush Fellowship Program
Network faithful in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography please take note. The Bush Foundation, which strives to be a catalyst in shaping vibrant communities, is accepting applications for the 2014 Bush Fellowship Program. The fellowship program is designed to provide an opportunity for individuals in the foundation's service area to increase their capacity for and improve their practice of leadership while working with others to solve tough problems in their communities.

Kentucky is getting it right with signing up for health care
CMHNetwork props to Kentucky for rockin' the opening of the health care enrollment process. So far it's gotten 118,000 unique visitors, pre-screened almost 109,000 people and started nearly 13,000 insurance applications. Of those, 3,505 are complete.

Building resilience in classrooms and schools
Frequent guest blogger Kevin Dwyer takes a look at resilience and how we can support proactive resilient social skills in school. Researchers have developed many "best-practices" that can be integrated into classrooms to enhance resilience. Several good guides for teachers and schools to use are available and no school should be without one since there are powerful connection between resilience and academic learning.

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health invites RFPs for Texas mental health policy projects
Hey Texas Network faithful, time to get out your number 2 pencils and get to writin'. The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has released a request for proposals for the Texas Mental Health Policy Projects Initiative. The grant program seeks proposals for projects with state, regional, or local significance that have the potential to positively influence mental health policies in Texas. Let's get on it folks. The deadline in October 16th!

HHS releases government shutdown contingency plans
For Network faithful just itchin' to know who is working at HHS during the shutdown and who is not, be sure to download the Contingency Staffing Plan for Operations in the Absence of Enacted Annual Appropriations for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It looks like 52% of staff are scheduled to be furloughed.

FREDLA seeking Executive Director
The Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) is looking to hire an Executive Director to lead this new professional association. If you are a dynamic leader who understands the importance of promoting and empowering Family Run Organizations to be strong, sustainable entities so they can make positive impacts for children and youth with mental and behavioral health care needs and their families, consider applying for this crucial leadership role!

National Council Awards of Excellence
The National Council is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Awards of Excellence. The Awards of Excellence include the Inspiring Hope Awards, the Advocacy Leadership Awards, and the Impact Awards. There is no entry fee and amounts ranging from five thousand to ten thousand dollars are donated to a nonprofit of the honoree's choosing.

Commonwealth unveils Marketplace Navigator
The Commonwealth Fund has produced an engaging tool to help consumers both understand and navigate the health insurance marketplace. The tool is intuitive and interactive, using the users' input to create scenarios showing information about subsidies available to defray costs, the different types of health plans, and steps to explore coverage options.

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
Tuesday, October 1 marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of bullying prevention awareness and best practices. Please join the Children's Mental Health Network, along with hundreds of other organizations across the country, in honoring those who are leading local efforts in their communities and promoting new resources to stop bullying before it starts.


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