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Friday Update 11-10-17

Greetings faithful readers. Another dizzying week in America. Let's start off with some inspiration from Kelly Clarkson and her song, "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger." Enjoy the message, stand tall, and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

The Secret Life of a Soccer Mom
More than 5 million U.S. children have had a parent in jail or prison at some point in their lives. The incarceration of a parent can have as much impact on a child’s well-being as abuse or domestic violence. Rachel Mascarenas Ford shares the experience of her husband's incarceration and the impact it has had on the entire family in this riveting Morning Zen post. "While those who experience incarceration of a loved one all do so under varying circumstances one thing remains constant, like the woman’s dream, we will all face the option to pull to the side of the road and turn around, or we can choose to continue through the journey already chosen for us. I’m so proud and humbled that my family chose to continue our journey. as a wife and mother."

Keynote Speakers Announced for the Tampa Conference
Check out our full slate of keynote speakers for the 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 4-7, 2018. Man, what a lineup! The conference is shaping up to be our best yet. Can't wait to see you there!

Become a Sponsor of 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 an excellent opportunity to show your organizations support and gain national visibility in the behavioral health field. What are ya' waitin' for?

Becoming Thoughtful About Our Children’s Futures
Check out Dennis Embry's debut of a new weekly series of posts about children and mental illness. Here is a taste - "If it’s genes causing all these mental illnesses, then what on evolutionary or creation story would be the cause of 1-out-of-2 children to have had DSM disorder by age 18? If it is some widespread “biochemical imbalance,” then what is the biological cause of more than 50% of all children in America receiving at least one psychotropic script for a DSM disorder in 2009 documented by the Wall Street Journal?" Oh boy, hang on to your hats and enjoy the ride. Dennis is gonna make you think!

Are Mass Murderers Insane? Usually Not, Researchers Say
“I think that mental health is your problem here,” President Trump told reporters after the horrific mass murder at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs last week. Sadly, mental health advocates know this to be false, and it is incumbent upon us to provide clarity around this common misconception whenever we can. Read this New York Times article and share widely.

Predicting Intimate Partner Violence for At-Risk Young Adults and Their Romantic Partners
This research moves beyond over-simplistic single cause explanations to test multiple cause and developmental pathways to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) from childhood to young adulthood. This work increases our understanding of developmental risks and pathways to multiple types of IPV (e.g., physical, sexual, verbal abuse) and provides key information for the development of effective IPV prevention programs. 

Programmatic and Financial Information Regarding CHIP in a Federal Funding Shortfall
Thanks to Network Faithful, Frank Rider for sharing this CMS Update - CMS issued the informational bulletin yesterday to guide states about their options in light of the current failure of Congress to extend appropriations for the CHIP program beyond the end of September 2017.

JED + The Steve Fund Launch Equity in Mental Health Framework
The JED Foundation and The Steve Fund have teamed together to launch the Equity in Mental Health Framework that provides colleges and universities with ten recommendations and key implementation strategies to help inform and strengthen their mental health supports and programs for students of color.

Virtual Learning Lab: State Suicide Prevention
SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Resource Center launched this new interactive online tool, which helps state and community leaders build strategic partnerships and improve their suicide prevention efforts. The Virtual Learning Lab explains how strategic partnerships and relationship building are essential to effective state and community suicide prevention efforts, and offers strategies to overcome common challenges. It also contains in-depth activities, worksheets, and examples.

Exposure to Substance Use Prevention Messages Among Adolescents
This report examines adolescents' exposure to substance use prevention messages using data from the 2002-2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In 2015, about three out of four adolescents aged 12 to 17 were exposed to substance use prevention messages in the media or at school, and about one out of two adolescents talked with their parents about substance use.

Report Focuses on Single State Agencies for Substance Abuse Services and State Mental Health Agencies
This report highlights the structure, responsibilities, policies, services, and financing of single state agencies and state mental health agencies. The report includes discussion of efforts to integrate physical and behavioral health, and efforts by state agencies to address opioid abuse and misuse. 

Pathways Between Child Maltreatment and Adult Criminal Involvement
Child abuse and neglect have been shown to increase the risk of later forms of antisocial behavior, including violence perpetration and crime in adulthood; however, the processes through which child abuse leads to subsequent antisocial and criminal behavior are not well understood. New findings from NIJ-funded research help to address this gap in knowledge by identifying factors that explain the link between child maltreatment and adulthood criminal behavior. 


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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
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