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Friday Update 11-20-15

Greetings faithful readers. Now is an important time for prayers, reflection, and sending much love to our friends in France. I encourage all of you to take a few moments to watch our video of the week - French singer Juliette performing the classic Jacques Brel song, Ne me quitte pas. Fill your spirit, and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Disproportional rise in student suspensions among Black and Latino students and students with disabilities - Time for a wake-up call
Kevin Dwyer provides a wake-up call to all about the disturbing increase in school suspensions among African-American and Latino students and students with disabilities. Worthy read, Network faithful.

Integrating behavioral health with primary care for timely access gets results
George Patrin tackles a recent report on integrating care for mental health and substance use problems within primary medical care for children and adolescents. Patrin says, "We needed a meta-analysis for this? Really?" Leave it to Dr. Patrin to challenge the platitudes and call for action instead of spending money on research that focuses on the obvious.

Student speaks out about new Masters in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health program at USF
USF continues to be a trendsetter in ensuring an emerging workforce in the children's mental health arena that has access to quality training and education at the masters degree level. Check out this interview with  Christine Gitch, a student in the Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health masters program. Get inspired and consider applying for the masters program yourself!

Great job opportunity in Indianapolis
Choices Coordinated Care Solutions, a non-profit care management organization headquartered in Indianapolis, IN is seeking a Director/Vice President of Quality. Get on it, Network faithful!

Applications being accepted for the 2016 National Center for Child Traumatic Stress grant
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, is accepting applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS) grant. The purpose of the NCCTS is to develop and maintain a collaborative network structure, support resource and policy development and dissemination, and coordinate the network's national child trauma education and training efforts.

Urban Institute looking for examples of evidence-based family intervention strategies
The Urban Institute and Child Trends have been contracted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) to identify evidence-based, evidence-informed, and promising practices that exist for family intervention. Family leaders take note!

Policy and Community Level Strategies for Integrating Children's Behavioral Health Services
The Child, Health & Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc. (CHDI) is out with another stellar issue brief, outlining Connecticut's efforts to more effectively and efficiently support children with complex behavioral health needs and their families. As always, the information in this brief is useful for all, no matter what state you live in.

HHS Seeks new Members for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council
The HHS Office of Minority Health is currently recruiting to fill several vacancies on the HHS American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC) which addresses health disparities in Indian County. This looks like an important opportunity for your voice to be heard.

Health Observance: National Homeless Youth Awareness Month
In support of National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, SAMHSA's National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is providing resources to help communities, families, educators, mental health, and child welfare professionals and policymakers and advocates better understand and deal with homeless youth.

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