logo

Friday Update 12-26-14 

Greetings faithful readers. The year was 1970, and I was a dripping wet 14 years old, just a kid. But not too young to hitch a ride with a couple of friends from Hayward across the bridge to San Francisco for my first rock concert. The venue was Winterland, and on the bill was Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, the Stonemans, and the Brotherhood Of Light. Joe Cocker awakened something in me I didn't know was there - raw, unfettered soul. Watching Joe perform was a bit of a puzzlement - his arms flailed in wildly spastic, seemingly uncontrollable gyrations. But his voice - now that was the real deal. Joe Cocker's voice had the ability to grab you by the spine and instantly transport you with him to whatever universe he decided to travel to in that particular moment. Joe Cocker passed away this week, so allow a bit of personal privilege, and indulge in a nostalgic look back at an amazing artist, who despite early challenges, loved and embraced his gift. And ain't that ultimately what it is all about, Network faithful? Gotta love and embrace your gifts, cuz each and every one of you has them. Now groove to Joe's version of the Beatles hit, "With a little help from my friends", and then get to readin' Friday Update! Note:Yes, the AOT summary is coming to you later today, so place your bets on when it arrives, and be on the lookout!

Most important reads for this week

How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them 
Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how. 

Still time to make your year-end tax deductible donation to help support the work of the Children's Mental Health Network!
We rely on your donations to ensure that the Network remains viable. So do what you do best, Network faithful, make a tax-deductible donation at the level that works for you - $25.00 / $50.00 / $75.00 / $100.00$250.00 or more. Thanks again to so many of you who are spreading the word. We are indeed a collective voice, and your support is greatly appreciated

28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health 
If you submitted a proposal and have not received notification of the decision from the conference committee, contact me at scott@cmhnetwork.org. We hope to have the complete agenda online the second week of January. Here is your weekly peek at an example of the type of presentation that will take place at the conference. Since we have been focusing on wraparound the past few editions of Friday Update, here is one presentation that we know you will not want to miss:

C'mon now, get registered, buy some extra SPF 15 and load up the suitcase with your designer sunglasses and finest sandals. You want to be stylin' for sunny Tampa, Florida in March! 

SAMHSA recruiting young emerging leaders 
SAMHSA is recruiting young emerging leaders in the field of behavioral health for the 2015 Behavioral Health Leadership Development Program (BHLDP), a component of its Project LIFT (Leadership Initiatives for Tomorrow).  BHLDP is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of emerging leaders in the behavioral health field. This looks like a great opportunity for Network faithful between 20 and 30 years old. Ah yes, I remember those days like they were only yesterday… Just think if we had Project LIFT back in the Dark Ages! 

Regulating a single gene may alter addiction and stress responses 
Researchers have now used genetically engineered DNA binding proteins to target specific processes within a gene - located within a brain reward center in the mouse. By regulating the activity of this specific gene, the scientists found they were able to alter gene expression and behaviors related to addiction and stress. This technique may lead to new treatments for substance use and mental disorders. 

NIDA seeks input on 2016–2020 strategic plan 
NIDA is revitalizing its Strategic Plan to provide a framework for the research it will support over the next five years.The current NIDA Strategic Plan was published in 2010. Since that time, there have been major advances in the science of drug abuse and addiction. Therefore, the Institute has begun a planning process to develop a revitalized Strategic Plan for 2016–2020. NIDA invites input from researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public. To ensure consideration, responses must be received by January 30, 2015. 

Briefing paper supports discussing race to address racial discipline disparities 
The Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative has released You Can't Fix What You Don't Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Racial Discipline Disparities. This briefing paper highlights recommendations for school administrators and educators for facilitating conversations about race to address racial discipline disparities.

Resources:

Is Friday Update workin' for ya? 

We love feedback so let us know how we can improve the website to better meet your needs. Contact us here. We rely on your donations to ensure that the Network remains viable. So do what you do best, Network faithful, make a tax-deductible donation at the level that works for you - $25.00 / $50.00 / $75.00 / $100.00$250.00 or more. Thanks again to so many of you who are spreading the word. We are indeed a collective voice, and your support is greatly appreciated

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

  • Sign Up Now
  • Take Action
  • Contribute