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Friday Update 2-26-16

Greetings faithful readers. Let's start things off with a poignant interview between Ellen DeGeneres and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey. As tough as Rousey is, she reminds us that even the toughest of the tough can have dark moments of despair and depression. A worthy watch, Network faithful. Enjoy the video and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

International Bipolar Foundation High School Essay Contest
The International Bipolar Foundation has opened the submission portal for the  2016 annual global essay contest to erase stigma associated with mental illness through education. The contest is part of the foundation's mission to address the impact of bipolar disorder and is open to all high school students. This contest is one of our favorites!

New App Helps Parents Talk to Kids About Disasters
Help Kids Cope, a new mobile phone application from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, will help parents talk to their kids about the disasters they may face and know how best to support them. Parents can learn what to do before, during, and after ten different types of disasters and know what to say "in the moment" to support kids of all ages.

Speaking of Apps... HHS Office for Civil Rights offers HIPAA Guidance on Mobile Apps
HHS's Office for Civil Rights today released guidance to help mobile app developers determine whether their products are subject to HIPAA. The 4-page document lists specific use cases and tells developers when they would be considered a business associate and subject to the rule. Generally, a developer falls under the privacy rule when it creates, receives, maintains or transmits protected health information on behalf of a covered entity. The guidance should "reduce some of the uncertainty that can be a barrier to innovation," the office said in a release.

Shortage Of Addiction Counselors Further Strained By Opioid Epidemic
As the drug-related death toll rises in the United States, communities are trying to open more treatment beds. But an ongoing labor shortage among drug treatment staff is slowing those efforts. Each year, roughly one of every four substance-abuse clinicians nationally choose to leave the job, according to recent research. And that's not just turnover — leaving one job for another in the same field. As an Institute of Medicine report documented in 2006, there's been a shortage of addiction workers for decades.

Latino Youth In California See Significant Rise In Psychiatric Hospitalizations
Psychiatric hospitalizations of Latino children and young adults in California are rising dramatically — at a much faster pace than among their white and black peers, according to state data. While mental health hospitalizations of young people of all ethnicities have climbed in recent years, Latino rates stand out.

Social Emotional Learning Requires Choosing "Best Practices"
In this Morning Zen Post, Kevin Dwyer reminds us of the importance of Social Emotional Learning in schools and encourages the integration of SEL into academic curriculums. We know how important it is to have highly proficient teachers and principals in our schools. We know that when those teachers and principals are supported by school system leadership with the necessary resources to do a fantastic job, our children succeed academically and socially.

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