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Friday Update 8-26-16
Greetings faithful readers. Let's start off this edition of Friday Update with the raw power and energy of Jalikunda's djembe drumming that riveted the attention and delighted the crowd that attended the 1st African Music Festival on the tiny Island of Montserrat in the Caribbean in 2013. Get your drummin' on and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

The Good Wife

Be sure to read this heartfelt story by Mim Schwartz, as she lets us in for a brief glimpse into the world of she and her husband, who is battling severe OCD. Another excellent contribution from Lee Gutkind's workshop - Writing Away the Stigma.

Share Your Thoughts on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity
The Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force wants to hear about your experience with mental health and substance use disorder treatment services. The comment period is open until Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

The Troubled-Teen Industry Has Been a Disaster For Decades. And It's Still Not Fixed
Sebastian Murdock takes us inside the dark corners of the "Troubled Teen Industry." This story is a "must read" for children's mental health advocates.

Exciting news for the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 5 - 8, 2017, in beautiful Tampa Florida!

  • Sponsorship options are waiting for you!
    Participating as a Sponsor at the 30th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference is an excellent opportunity for organizations to receive marketing exposure in addition to gathering knowledge and networking with key researchers, administrators, policymakers, family members, youth, clinicians, and other stakeholders. Sponsorship slots go quickly!
  • Call For Proposals Now Open! 
    Okay, the time for pencil sharpening is over. It’s time to start writing a winning proposal. The 30th Annual Conference is one you will not want to miss! 
  • Whew! And we are just getting started with identifying high-level speakers for the conference. Be sure to bookmark http://cmhconference.com to keep informed of conference developments.
The Psychiatric Question: Is It Fair to Analyze Donald Trump From Afar?
In the midst of a deeply divisive presidential campaign, more than 1,000 psychiatrists declared the Republican candidate unfit for the office, citing severe personality defects, including paranoia, a grandiose manner, and a Godlike self-image. One doctor called him “a dangerous lunatic.” But is it ethical to diagnose public figures?

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National
Youth M.O.V.E. National is pleased to offer the Robert Wood Johnson Award for Health Equity presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National. Youth M.O.V.E. National has partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to honor and reward excellence in promoting health equity and systems transformation work. There is a $3,000 prize, so get to nominatin'!

Nominations Open for 2016 RockStar Awards
Speakin' of Youth M.O.V.E. National, the deadline for their annual RockStar Award is fast approaching. RockStars are individuals and/or organizations who make an outstanding contribution to the improvement of youth, services and systems that support positive growth and development of young people who have lived experience in various child-serving systems including, but not limited to, mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. C'mon, we know you have a RockStar in your life, so get to nominatin'!
 
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Promote Mental Health Awareness
Gotta love the amazing work The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are doing with their Heads Together campaign to end the stigma around mental health. Check out the latest video from the campaign.

Guide to School-Based Outreach for Health Coverage Enrollment
Be sure to read the Center on Budget and Policy Priority’s Guide to School-Based Outreach for Health Coverage Enrollment, which shares successful strategies and lessons learned for conducting school-based outreach. 

Children’s Institute Subject of MDRC Study on Improving Service Delivery for Children Affected By Trauma
Check out the recently released report on the Los Angeles-based organization Children’s Institute, Inc., (CII) titled “Improving Service Delivery for Children Affected by Trauma.” A long-time proponent of strengthening the system of care in Los Angeles, this report points out what we have known for a long - time - The Children's Institute lives and breathes high-quality, evidence-based practice to serve some of Los Angeles's most challenged communities.

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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 
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