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Friday Update 9-19-14 
Greetings faithful readers. Oh my goodness, Friday Update on a Monday morning? No one can better explain the "seasoning" of Friday Update this week better than the legendary Missippi John Hurt – "I woke up this mornin' with the Monday mornin' blues..." Okay Network faithful, close the office door, put the ear buds in and get your soul tuned with "Monday Morning Blues" by Missippi John Hurt. And then get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week 

Evidence-supported early psychosis intervention as a community standard of care for all adolescents and young adults 
In Oregon, a small group of advocates, their families, and State and Local Government became strange bedfellows and formed what became the first statewide attempt to implement evidence-supported early psychosis intervention as a community standard of care for all adolescents and young adults. Oregon's Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) began as a regional initiative and spread through a series of intentional strategies to the state level. EASA remains true to its origins with a focus on youth voice, young adult engagement, family involvement and empowering the person to have success in their care. The authors of this Morning Zen piece state that "By sharing our successes in these areas, all early psychosis programs in the U.S. can benefit from solutions others have found." 

Morning Zen guest author hopes HR 3717 will lead to treatment before tragedy 
Dottie Pacharis shares the anguish of her son's mental illness and argues for increased family involvement in decision-making about mentally ill loved ones. "Serious psychiatric disorders, such as bipolar, schizophrenia and severe depression, require medical intervention. They are treatable. They do not have to result in suicide or mass shootings. Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis is the most comprehensive mental-health-reform legislation to be introduced in 51 years. It will lead to treatment before tragedy." It is important to hear all sides of the debate on HR 3717, Network faithful. Read Dottie's Morning Zen post and then catch up to speed on our ongoing dialogue series on developing meaningful mental health legislation.

"Tampa Conference" Call for proposals is now open! 
The 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health invites you to submit proposals for research benefiting children, youth and their families. We are lovin' the proposals coming in so early! Looks like the makings of a bumper crop this year. The deadline for submissions is October 24, 2014. Known widely as "The Tampa Conference," this annual gathering of more than 500 researchers, evaluators, policy-makers, administrators, parents, and advocates is sponsored by the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, in partnership with the Children's Mental Health Network, the National Wraparound Initiative, Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health, and the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. 

Unsung Heroes of Public Health 
Nominations openNominations are being accepted for the Campaign for Public Health Foundation's 5th Annual Unsung Heroes of Public Health Awards 

Mental illness, violence, and guns: The importance of early intervention 
The International Bipolar Foundation is out with another timely webinar. Plan to join Dr. Mark Komrad as he underscores the importance of early intervention when discussing the link between mental illness and violence. Dr. Komrad is recipient of the National Exemplary Psychiatrist Award and named Mental Health Professional of the Year in 2013 by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). 

Join the "Karaoke Challenge" for children's mental health! 
Keep singin' folks, the Karaoke Challenge is picking up steam. Major props to Network faithful Linette Murphy for spearheading the "Karaoke Challenge" to raise awareness and funds for the Children's Mental Health Network. Get your inner air guitar out and take that Freddy Mercury solo out of the shower and on YouTube and get involved! 

BECOMING conference a great success 
Durham, NC was the scene of a great "mental health happening" last week. BECOMING, the Durham System of Care SAMHSA grantee, welcomed over 300 agency personnel, family partners and youth to the first ever statewide conference  focusing on the transition age youth population. Investing Today in Tomorrow's Adults featured nearly 40 workshops and three keynote speakers.
 "We are thrilled with the participation and synergy from this statewide conference," said Ann Oshel, BECOMING's Principal Investigator. "Communities across NC and the country struggle with creating effective programs, supports and systems that meet the unique developmental needs of transition age youth. This conference was able to highlight some successful programs and partnerships and raise awareness about what it takes to bring about sustainable change." 

17th Annual Family Café seeking presentation proposals 
Speaking of conferences, Presentation proposals are now being accepted for the 17th Annual Family Café, to be held June 5-7, 2015. This conference brings together families across the spectrum of awesomeness when dealing with mental or physical challenges. Plus, the conference is held in Orlando, Florida, so definitely an opportunity to get your "Mickey Ears" on!

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