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Friday Update 11-21-14 
Greetings faithful readers. Oh my, it is Monday, November 24th but it must be Friday, November 21st somewhere! We shall not be deterred. In honor of our 3rd dialogue on AOT this past Friday, let's start with an uplifting perspective on conflict. Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren't echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to disagree deeply. Enjoy the videoshow your appreciation for those participating in the CMHNetwork dialogue series, and then get to readin' Friday Update! 

Most important reads for this week

Advocates dialogue on Assisted Outpatient Treatment – Next steps 
We had an amazing dialogue this past Friday. Look for our summation of the great work done by a group of dedicated advocates in the next issue of Friday Update, just four short days away! Major props to all involved! 

AOT debate – Don't forget about this mom and this son 
Jammie Farish puts the debate about Assisted Outpatient Treatment in stark relief with a real-time recounting of 24 hours of agony, pain, and hope. She ends her Zen post with a poignant message for politicians and advocates alike. Must read, Network faithful. 

Sins of the Mother 
Why Blaming Nancy Lanza for Adam's Illness Is Easy (and Why We Need to Stop) 
The long-awaited report from the Connecticut's Office of the Child Advocate on the Sandy Hook tragedy was released on Friday. Network faithful are encouraged to read Liza Long's Morning Zen post. Liza puts squarely into perspective the continuing tendency for what is often the least path of resistance – blaming parents, for explaining something so incredibly complicated as mental illness. 

28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health 
A big thank you to the record number of proposal submissions for the conference. For those who submitted a proposal, decisions will be announced the second week of December. Be sure to visit the conference website to stay up to date on exciting developments. Oh, by the way, average Tampa, FL temperatures in March hover around 77 degrees. Just sayin'... 

Engaging youth and young adults through social media 
Hey, Network faithful, here is your chance to participate in a Pathways to Positive Futures webinar with Brittany Smith, the founder of Build Social. In this webinar, you will learn the latest research and statistics on how youth and young adults are using social media, and how your organization can strategically use social media to engage with youth and young adults. Brittany helped shape our social outreach in the early days of the Children's Mental Health Network, so we have a bit of a soft spot for her. Remember to eat your Wheaties before attending the webinar. Brittany packs a ton of information into her sessions in an engaging and energizing way. Zumba ain't got nuthin' on her! 

The Art of Yoga Project 
Because incarcerated teen girls warrant age-appropriate, gender-specific and culturally sensitive rehabilitative services, The Art of Yoga Project has developed an innovative gender-responsive intervention that combines yoga and creative art. Excellent integration of mindfulness and human services! 

Youth leaders meet in Seattle, WA to honor National Recovery month 
We are thrilled to feature our first in a series of "CMHNetwork reports from the field," featuring young writers who are deeply involved in the work of improving services and supports for youth with mental health challenges and their families. Enjoy! 

NIH Request for nominations for the Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee 
The NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee (TCAC) will provide a venue for tribal representatives and NIH staff to exchange information about NIH research policies and program priorities. NIH seeks nominations for 17 TCAC members: 12 area representatives and 5 national at-large members. The deadline for nomination is November 28, 2014. 

The Family Glitch 
A new Health Policy Brief from Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) looks at the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) so-called family glitch. Low-to-moderate-income families are eligible for a subsidy to purchase health insurance on the Marketplace if the cost of health coverage through their employers is more than 9.5 percent of their household income. However, this formula is based on individual-only coverage and does not account for the higher cost of a family insurance plan. 

Psychological and Medical Care of Gender Nonconforming Youth 
Gender nonconforming (GN) children and adolescents, collectively referred to as GN youth, may seek care to understand their internal gender identities, socially transition to their affirmed genders, and/or physically transition to their affirmed genders. Because general pediatricians are often the first point of contact with the health care system for GN youth, familiarity with the psychological and medical approaches to providing care for this population is crucial. 

Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 
http://cmhnetwork.org

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