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Friday Update 9-29-17

Greetings faithful readers. Let's start this edition of Friday Update with a stripped down acoustic performance by Andra Day, singing her megahit "Rise Up." No fake news here. Andra is the real deal.Give a listen, get inspired and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

Systems of Care Champion Judith Meyers Transitions From Leadership Role at CHDI
Policy-makers, providers, families, youth, and advocates for improving services and supports for children with mental health challenges and their families are witnessing a significant transition in leadership this week at one of the most active statewide organizations focused on improving the health and well-being of children. Judith Meyers, Founding Chief Executive Officer of the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI), is stepping down from her duties as President & CEO at the end of September. With eloquence, grace, and clarity, Judith articulates what it means to be a systems of care champion. Good on ya', Judith. Your contribution to children's mental health is unparalleled.

The Trump Administration Is Pulling Out Of Obamacare Enrollment Events
Yes, the non-vote on Graham-Cassidy was a victory for mental health advocates, but make no mistake, the Trump Administration is doing its best to dismantle the Affordable Care Act from within. Here is the latest assault - The Department of Health and Human Services has told states that for the first time, it will not be sending its regional directors to help states with planning for the upcoming open enrollment period. In an article on the BuzzFeed website, department press secretary Caitlin Oakley is quoted as saying "As Obamacare continues to collapse, HHS is carefully evaluating how we can best serve the American people who continue to be harmed by Obamacare’s failures.” Administration officials couldn't be clearer about their disdain for the law of the land. Ouch!

Expanding Access to Care: The Future of Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment
Mental health treatments have come a long way in the last fifty years. During this time, researchers have developed hundreds of evidence-based mental health treatments. There now exist evidence-based treatments for most common children’s mental health problems. But how accessible are these interventions for those who need them?

Senate Labor-HHS Bill Includes Last Year of Funding for Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI) - Time to Convince the House!
Way to go Network faithful. Your advocacy helped! However, your work is not done. It's time to go back to your representatives in the House and remind them that the Healthy Transitions grant program and the accompanying national evaluation is SAMHSA’s first large-scale effort to address the many challenges to providing services to young adults at risk for or experiencing serious mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction. What we can learn in this final year of funding is too important to walk away from! Encourage your representatives to agree with their Senate counterparts to include final year funding for HTI.

Explaining Anxiety to People Who Don't Have Anxiety
Sometimes it's hard for others to understand how the mind of a person with an anxiety disorder works, so here's a little metaphor that Sophie Carlson devised to explain what it's like. Enjoy!

Call for Proposals in Full Swing. Deadline for Submissions is October 27th!
The 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held March 4-7, 2018 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. Each year, participants hear an outstanding line-up of speakers who are leading researchers and advocates in the field. The Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for research benefiting children, youth, and their families. So what are ya' waitin' for? 

Become a Sponsor for the Tampa Conference! 
The 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held March 4-7, 2018 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. Each year, participants hear an outstanding line-up of speakers who are leading researchers and advocates in the field. Sponsorship is a great opportunity to show your organizations support and gain national visibility in the behavioral health field. What are ya' waitin' for? 

DVD's Related to Children's Mental Health for Waiting Room?
Okay Network faithful, we have a request for recommendations of suitable DVD's related to children's mental health that could be shown in the waiting room of a behavioral health center. If you have recommendations, please let us know

Remember Your Oath, Senator
Wisconsin Family Ties showing how to hold Senators responsible for Repeal & Replace votes. Read their open letter to Senator Ron Johnson (WI). Sometimes ya gotta just tell it like it is...

Back-and-Forth on DACA Leaves Young Immigrants ‘Just Dangling’
Over the next two years — unless Congress finds a solution — DACA holders, who are often called Dreamers, will lose their work permits and driver’s licenses. Many are sole providers for their families; they fear their parents will be deported or they, too, will be sent back to a country they do not know.

Apply Now for a Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy
The Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy is pleased to announce a Call for Applications for the 2018–2019 year. Based at Harvard Medical School, the full-time, degree-granting program offers intensive study in health policy, public health, and management for physicians committed to transforming health care delivery systems for vulnerable populations. Applications are now being accepted for the yearlong fellowships beginning July 2018.

Extending the Children’s Health Insurance Program: High Stakes for Families and States
George Washington University’s Sara Rosenbaum and colleagues review CHIP’s important role in providing low-income families with access to health care and examine the potential effects of altering federal funding. 

School Success Kit for Kids With Sensory Processing Issues
Going back to school is an exciting time, but for kids with sensory processing issues, it can be overwhelming. The Child Mind Institute is offering a few tips and strategies to help your child (and you!) feel calm, comfortable and confident this year.

New Podcasts on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
Learn about podcasts and webinars on important topics related to infant and early childhood mental health consultation. 

New from CDC – Antidepressant Use Among Persons Aged 12 and over: U.S., 2011-2014
This brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides the most recent estimates of antidepressant use in the U.S. noninstitutionalized population, including prevalence of use by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin, and length of use. This report also describes trends in the prevalence of antidepressant use from 1999-2002 to 2011-2014. 

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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
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