National Federation Capitol Hill reception honors advancements in mental health

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The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is hosting a reception on Capitol Hill, November 19th. If you are in Washington, DC that week attending the Federation conference, this would be a great gathering to attend.

Here are the details:

  • This Year Policy Day will feature a reception on Capitol Hill, honoring the advancements made to mental health services and supports over the last 25 years.  Please Invite your Senators and Representative to this reception.  They will be given the opportunity to say a few words about their efforts to address issues pertaining to our nation’s mental health and our nation’s children. 
  • Here is a sample script you may use when reaching out to legislators: 
    Please attend a reception, hosted by Congresswoman Napolitano (D-CA) and The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, honoring the advancements made to mental health services and supports over the last 25 years.  One in every four Americans will be affected by mental illness in their lifetime.  Mental health is an essential component to overall health.  It is important that we shed light on these issues.  We hope that you will take a stand with us and show commitment to supporting families who deal with mental health challenges by attending this reception. 
  • Date: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 
    Time: 4:30 pm  - 6:30 pm 
    Location: Rayburn House Office Building Room B-369 
  • You can find the contact information for your Senators and Representative by visiting:

Trauma-informed approaches to caring for every child's mental health

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Be sure to mark your calendars for Monday, October 27 from 2:00pm-3:00pm ET to watch the latest KSOC-TV webisode on Trauma-Informed Approaches to Caring for Every Child's Mental Health!

The webisode will explore the principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions designed to address the consequences of trauma among children, youth and families.

  • When: October 27, 2014 - 2:00pm-3:00pm ET
  • The link to watch this webisode on October 27 is   

Panelists include:  

  • Larke Huang, PhD, Director, Office of Behavioral Health Equity at SAMHSA
  • Kay Connors, LCSW-C, Program Director, Taghi Modarressi Center for Infant Study, FITT Center Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Che Bullock, young adult trauma survivor

Listening session: Improving community mental health services

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Mark your calendar for an upcoming SAMHSA listening session on November 12, 2014, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm about criteria development for the Demonstration Programs to Improve Community Mental Health Services (Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014). Participants can attend in person or via webcast. Section 223 seeks to create certified community behavioral health clinics. The clinics will focus on improving outcomes by increasing access to community-based behavioral healthcare, expanding the availability and array of services, and improving the quality of care delivered to people with mental and/or substance use disorders.

International resiliency experts come together at Wisconsin conference

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Hey, Network faithful, let's talk - When will you ever get the chance to interact with two internationally recognized experts on resiliency in one place? If you are interested in cutting edge resiliency work, you may want to check out the Children Come First conference, November 10 - 11, 2014. The conference features Nan Henderson of Resiliency in Action and Christian Moore, founder of the WhyTry program among many others. Here is the description.

  • About the conference:
    The Children Come First Conference is for those caring for, working with, or concerned with well-being of children and young adults with social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.  For the 25th year, this conference will bring together professionals, educators and families, with national experts in the field of children's mental health. This year the Children Come First Conference is 'Fostering Resilience'! Joins us for 34 workshops, 3 keynote speakers and 2 days of networking, discovery and fun. November 10 -11, 2014. 
  • The conference is close to being sold out so act quickly! Click here for details
  • Download the conference brochure
  • Registration for the conference is $185.00. Now that's a deal! 

Survey gives parents and caregivers an opportunity to speak out on children's mental health

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The most important people in the life of children are their parents. Parents play an important role in securing the safety and welfare of their children. This often includes seeking good medical treatment. In the world of medicine, parents are given countless treatment options to combat illnesses ranging from the common cold to severe chronic illnesses. The question is - Does this hold true in the mental health treatment field? 

The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH), together with the REACH Institute, would like to know more about your experience as the parent of a child who has received mental health services. Are you given a full range of treatment options? Do you know what type of treatment your child is receiving? 

Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey. The information gathered will be used to develop strategies for helping families get the best mental health treatment for their children. We believe that parents need to be fully informed about the type of treatment their childParents need to be fully informed about the type of treatment their child is receiving so that they can make informed decisions on the effectiveness of that treatment.

Check out the "Let's Get Ready" app from Sesame Street

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Prepare your family for the unexpected with Sesame Street’s Let Get Ready app! This engaging, interactive app helps families prepare for emergencies in simple ways, as children learn basic information to help them stay safe and make them proud to be prepared!

Let’s Get Ready was developed by Sesame Workshop in partnership with PSEG. The bilingual (English and Spanish), research-based, multimedia initiative provides a variety of resources to help families prepare for emergencies together.

Sesame Street in Communities brings free video content of everyone's favorite, furry Muppet friends as they help children and the adults in their lives reach their highest potential. Grover and the gang will tackle a variety of topics that face children in the areas of health and well-being, school readiness, and emotional well-being. Some of the content and topics presented are more sensitive, so you should preview these videos before sharing with a child. For free resources and tips, check out the Sesame Street in Communities Facebook page.

Sesame Street is a production of Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit educational organization. The Workshop produces Sesame Street programs, seen in over 150 countries, and other acclaimed shows, including The Electric Company. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy and numeracy, emotional well-being, health and wellness, and respect and understanding. Learn more at

Join a tweet chat on the Affordable Care Act and Latino health coverage

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From our colleagues at The Commonwealth Fund

commonwealthThe Commonwealth Fund will host a one-hour tweet chat on October 16 at 1:00 p.m., E.T., to discuss the health insurance gains made by Latinos under the Affordable Care Act and the challenges they still face. The chat participants will discuss which Latino groups are getting covered at the highest rates—and which groups are lagging on enrollment. 

Join us for this free event and help us to examine outreach models and states’ roles in boosting Latino coverage. Special guests will include Mayra E. Alvarez, Director of the State Exchange Group for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, and Annette Raveneau, National Latino Press Secretary and Regional Communications Director at Enroll America. Moderators will be The Commonwealth Fund's Michelle Doty and Sara R. Collins, coauthors, with Petra Rasmussen, of Catching Up: Latino Health Coverage Gains and Challenges Under the Affordable Care Act.

Please join us on Twitter by following along and tweeting with #LatinosHC.

  • What: The Affordable Care Act and Latino Health Coverage
  • When: Thursday, October 16, at 1 p.m., E.T.
  • Register now

Speak out about Bipolar Disorder - "Say it Forward"

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When it comes to mental health conditions, silence is not golden. Silence breeds stigma, and stigma hurts. It prevents people from seeking life-saving treatment and support. The Children's Mental Health Network is proud to join the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF) in their groundbreaking campaign to educate and inspire people to learn the facts about mental illness and break the barrier of stigma. 

Let's work together to help the International Bipolar Foundation achieve the goal of reaching 50,000 people this year with their Say it Forward campaign, October 6-12. It's easy. The IBPF has gathered a number of truths about mental illness to help you educate your friends, family, and colleagues. They will be tracking how many people the campaign reaches and educates about mental health conditions during the week leading up to Bipolar Awareness day. The IBPF has put together an ingenious strategy to make it easy for you to Say it Forward to family and friends through Email, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Choose the most convenient way to Say It Forward, or try all four to reach as many individuals as you can!

Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on November 15, 2014

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Does your child need health insurance coverage?

Even if your child has been denied health insurance coverage in the past – your child can no longer be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition.  If your child has been treated for an emotional or behavioral problem in the past he or she can not be denied coverage based on this treatment.

  • Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on November 15, 2014.
  • Please visit for additional information. You and your child may be eligible for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program or a private health plan offered through the Marketplace! 
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