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Friday Update 11-25-16

Greetings faithful readers. A whole bunch of goodies to share in this edition of Friday Update, but first, let's honor Leonard Cohen, who left us recently to inspire the universe. Take a minute to watch Pentatonix sing his iconic song, "Hallelujah" and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Without Advocacy, We Cannot Change a Damn Thing
 
Lisa Lambert shares the story of the day her "inner advocate" was stirred to life. We all have an inner advocate, and now, more than ever, we need more advocates. Is it time for your inner advocate to awaken?

Still no word on the Cures/Mental Health Bill
Rumor has it that a version of the Senate (S.2680) and House (H.2464) mental health bills will be attached to the CURES package. No word yet, but if there is going to be a vote in the lame-duck session, the package will have to come out by Tuesday of next week. I like the position statements by both the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery. Both groups support moving forward the Senate version without changes. Do your homework, Network faithful!

Preliminary Agenda for Tampa Conference Now Online!
Proposals are in, and reviewers are finishing up their scoring. We will announce winning proposals on December 19th. For now, use the draft agenda for planning your trip. Remember to book your hotel room soon. The hotel sells out early!

Transformation in Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Care: A Canadian Perspective
Another exciting plenary for the 30th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health. Ian Manion and a youth partner will describe the state of Canadian research in youth and young adult mental health. A discussion will follow led by a response from Dr. Gary Blau, in which he will examine the implications of Canadian research and practice for the U.S. Don't miss it!
 

Reconciliation 101
"
Reconciliation" has become a buzzword, as key GOP leaders eye it as a potential mechanism to repeal the ACA and enact changes in tax and spending policies. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released two helpful primers to help you understand what the tool is and how it could be used to repeal the ACA.

Why the US Needs Medicaid
A new Commonwealth Fund essay on Medium examines the quality of Medicaid’s coverage and how it supports safety-net providers and state economies. 
 

Blueprint for a Healthier America
Trust for America's Health has released its Blueprint for a Healthier America
. The Blueprint features high-impact policies for the next Administration and Congress. The report calls for a new approach to health that prioritizes improving health and addressing major epidemics in the United States, and details pressing crises and how investments could yield positive returns on investment by adopting proven health strategies.

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
“Though media and advocacy efforts have largely focused on the extreme and intolerable abuse cases involving Black boys,” begins Monique W. Morris in the introduction to her recently published book, “a growing number of cases involving Black girls have surfaced to reveal what many of us have known for centuries: Black girls are also directly impacted by criminalizing policies and practices that render them vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, dehumanization, and, under the worst circumstances, death.”
 

Youth Voice: Growing Up Muslim in America

For many students in America, bullying is a daily reality that contributes to them feeling stressed, unsafe, and distracted from learning. Asian American and Pacific Islander students as well as Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian students can be bullied based on their religion, appearance, immigration status, language skills, and more. In honor of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, this blog post is highlighting the voice of Syeda Raza, who recounts her experience growing up Muslim in America. 

Conversations With White Trump Voters
Will people of color be welcomed and respected in Donald Trump’s America? After the presidential election, many African-Americans, Asians and Hispanics are fearful that the answer to that question is an unequivocal, “No.” That fear is bubbling up around kitchen tables, on college campuses, and on social media, where Samira Ahmed, a 45-year-old writer who is Muslim, echoed the fears of many when she described “the terror of being black, brown, an immigrant, Muslim, Jewish, LGBTQ, disabled... and knowing that half the country hates you.” Is that an accurate portrait of the Trump electorate? The New York Times "Race/Related" feature takes a closer look.

Forging a School-Police Relationship to Decrease Student Arrests
Bridgeport School Arrests, Suspensions Down” declared a July 2015 headline in the Connecticut Post. Communities across the United States are seeing similar results as they try to decrease “school exclusion” discipline methods such as school-based arrests, expulsions, and suspensions. But, how can such a decrease happen? A partnership between the Bridgeport, Connecticut, Police Department and the public schools in its jurisdiction has led to an evidence-based approach that helps to divert students from justice system involvement and brings down student arrests.

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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 
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