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Friday Update 7-14-17

Greetings faithful readers. Hey, are you as "tweet exhausted" as much as I am? Whew! Seems to me we need to balance the tweet scale a bit and tweet about girl power that takes no prisoners – three sisters from Monterrey, Mexico who make up the rock band The Warning. Enjoy their cover of the Metallica song Atlas Rise, get your rock on, and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

Is SAMHSA Giving Up on Transition-Age Youth?
Given all of the conversation in Congress and the national press over the past few years about the need for evaluating the effectiveness of treatment approaches for young adults at risk of developing a serious mental illness, the idea of not completing an evaluation of a grant program focused on transition-age youth that is in the final, most important stage, seemed unthinkable to me. That was until I read in SAMHSA's FY18 budget justification that they were recommending just that. 

Consensus Statement on the Mental Health of Emerging Adults Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2017
Wondering what our neighbors to the north are doing around meeting the needs of emerging adults? The report identifies a number of foundational characteristics of a reformed system – one that is better able to meet the mental health and problematic substance use needs of emerging adults.

USF Looking for an Instructor for Their Online Master of Science Degree in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH) Program
The Department of Child and Family Studies in the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is seeking a twelve-month non-tenure earning Instructor I at .75 FTE for the fully online Master of Science Degree in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH) program.

Save the Dates!
Save the dates for the 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health: March 4 - 7, 2018 in Tampa, FL! Oh man, it's gonna be a good one. Call for Proposals opens August 15th!

New Healthcare Bill, Same Medicaid Caps/Cuts
From our colleagues at the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law - "Over the weekend, we need people to call and e-mail. Senators' mailboxes need to be filled up. Friday and Monday, we need people to show up at Senators' local offices. People should tell their stories and explain how the loss of Medicaid would hurt them. We need to ask all of these Senators to save the lives of people with disabilities and vote no on this bill." Okay Network faithful, study up and get on it!

Where Every Senator Stands on the Revised Health Care Bill
The revised health care bill released on Thursday by Senate Republican leaders still faces opposition from G.O.P. members. The bill needs at least 50 votes to pass, as Vice President Mike Pence could cast a tiebreaking vote. Check out this interactive feature on the New York Times website which is tracking where every senator stands on the bill so far, based on their statements and on news reports.

Expect the Unexpected: The Impact of Medicaid Caps
One of the most sweeping changes in the House-passed American Health Care Act and in the Senate’s draft bill, The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is the end to the federal government’s commitment to share all Medicaid costs with states. The House bill replaces that commitment with a cap that would limit—and significantly reduce—federal Medicaid spending. Cuts that result would be even greater, particularly toward the end of the next decade.  

Survey of Training Needs for Service Providers serving Youth and Young Adults with Mental Health Needs
Researchers at the Pathways Research and Training Center are collaborating with Youth MOVE National to do a national survey of training needs for improving services to young adults with mental health needs. Take the survey, share your voice, and score a $25.00 Amazon gift card!

Albuquerque Police Department First Law Enforcement Agency to Train Officers Through Videoconferencing with Psychiatrists
In 2016, Albuquerque Police Department (APD) became the first law enforcement agency in the Nation to train its officers through video conferencing with psychiatrists, based on the AHRQ-funded Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) learning model. Since then, there has been an increased focus on making mental health referrals instead of arrests, and an increasing number of agencies are participating in the project. 

Gender & Trauma Somatic Interventions for Girls in Juvenile Justice: Implications for Policy and Practice
A report by Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality calls for specialized yoga programs to be offered widely to girls in the juvenile justice system amidst growing evidence that they can help them overcome the harmful effects of pervasive childhood trauma.  

Percentage of Children and Teens Aged 4-17 Years Ever Diagnosed with ADHD, by Sex and Urbanization of County of Residence
During 2013−2015, the percentage of children and teens aged four to 17 years who had ever received a diagnosis of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was significantly higher among boys than among girls within all urbanization levels.

Advancing Best Practices in Behavioral Health for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Boys and Men
This report describes selected best practices in behavioral health for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander boys and young men. 

Pediatrics-based Brief Therapy Outdoes Referral for Youths with Anxiety and Depression; Striking Benefit Seen for Hispanic Youths
A streamlined behavioral therapy delivered in a pediatrics practice offered much greater benefit to youth with anxiety and depression than a more standard referral to mental health care with follow-up in a clinical trial comparing the two approaches. The benefit of the former approach in comparison with referral was especially striking in Hispanic youth, a finding that may help inform efforts to address disparities in care.  

Family Resilience and Traumatic Stress: A Fact Sheet for Mental Health Providers
Developed for mental health providers working with families who have experienced trauma, this fact sheet describes family resilience, defines the types of traumatic stress that can effect family functioning, shows how family resilience is related to individual resilience, delineates characteristics that contribute to family resilience, and recommends ways providers can support family resilience.  

Mental Health Annual Report 2014
This report presents results from the Mental Health Client-Level Data and Mental Health Treatment Episode Set for individuals receiving mental health treatment services in 2014 as well as selected data collection trends for such individuals from 2011 to 2014.  

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