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Friday Update 10-6-17

Greetings faithful readers. Oh boy, what a week. I think we should start off thinking about redemption, so how about a bit of Bob Marley, singing the Redemption Song. Get your Marley on and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

Inside Tim Murphy's Reign of Terror
As you may know by now, Congressman Tim Murphy (PA) has resigned from office, effective October 21. Murphy's name has been synonymous with mental health reform efforts over the past five years. Politico has posted a comprehensive article that details the allegations of abuse and impropriety that led to his resignation, hence the dramatic title of the article - "Inside Tim Murphy's Reign of Terror."

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 
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? 

Hot Job Tip
The Center for Social Innovation (C4) is seeking a Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Manager II to provide subject matter expertise and serve as the team leader of project teams. The BRSS TACS Manager II will lead project teams to provide training and technical assistance that is tailored to assist states, counties, and other health systems officials to promote the adoption of recovery supports. 

News From Across the Pond – Stress and Social Media Fuel Mental Health Crisis Among Girls
Girls and young women are experiencing a “gathering crisis” in their mental health linked to conflict with friends, fears about their body image and pressures created by social media, experts have warned.NHS data shows 68% rise in hospital admissions because of self-harm among girls under 17 in past decade.

Report Reveals That About 1 in 8 Children Lived With at Least One Parent Who had a Past Year Substance Use Disorder
About 1 in 8 children aged 17 or younger lived in households with at least one parent who had a past year substance use disorder (SUD), according to a new SAMHSA report. SUDs are characterized by the recurrent use of alcohol or other drugs (or both) that results in significant impairment. In addition, the report shows that about 1 in 10 children lived in households with at least one parent who had a past year alcohol use disorder and about 1 in 35 children lived in households with at least one parent who had an illicit drug use disorder in the past year. 

Not Drinking or Driving, Teens Increasingly Put Off Traditional Markers of Adulthood
They are in good company, according to a new study showing that teenagers are increasingly delaying activities that had long been seen as rites of passage into adulthood. The study, published Tuesday in the journal Child Development, found that the percentage of adolescents in the United States who have a driver’s license, who have tried alcohol, who date and who work for pay has plummeted since 1976, with the most precipitous decreases in the past decade.

Medicine Safety for Children and Teens: We All Play a Role 
The nation is in the midst of an opioid crisis. One of the ways to address it is to advise families not to stockpile their medications. The AAP has recently developed a poster on safe storage and disposal of medications.

No Tattoo Shop Would Help Teen Who Self-Harmed, Then Artist Saw Her Scars & Stepped In
A wonderful example of how tattoo artists are helping people who have struggled with self-harm.

Infographic: Play to Learn
This infographic from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development provides tips for parents to encourage play and learning. A healthy balance between children playing on their own and having structured play with parents is important for early learning and development.

Mental Health on College Campuses: Investments, Accommodations Needed to Address Student Needs
This National Council on Disability report examines and assesses the status of college mental health services and policies in the U.S., and provides recommendations for Congress, federal agencies, and colleges to improve college mental health services and post-educational outcomes for students with mental health disabilities. 

 

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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO

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