Help Physically Uninjured Survivors Attend 10th Anniversary of Virginia Tech Shooting

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Note: The Children's Mental Health Network, as a rule, does not post requests for money for various causes. However, we are making an exception for this one. The 10 year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting is coming up and Virgina Tech is funding travel expenses for those who were physically injured to be able to attend the 10 year anniversary events. No assistance is being directed to the twenty survivors who were not shot. The trauma for those students who were not physically injured during the shooting rampage 10 years ago is just as severe as for those who were shot. 

I am raising funds for my Virginia Tech classmates and myself to attend the events of the ten-year anniversary of the tragic shooting that took place on April 16, 2007.

The anniversary events will take place April 14 – 16, 2017 in Blacksburg, Virginia. The funding would go towards travel and hotel costs to make our reunion possible.

When I found out that Virginia Tech was paying for the hotel stay for physically injured survivors to attend the ten year anniversary events this upcoming April in Blacksburg, I wrote a letter to the university asking them to fund the hotel stay for myself and the other physically uninjured survivors of the VT Shooting. Unfortunately, VT won't fund our hotel stay for the weekend. I don't understand why and it really upsets me.

My classmates and I were in one of the five classrooms that were attacked on April 16, 2007. There were eleven survivors in my classroom (room 205).  We were sitting in class when the gunman tried to enter our classroom. We built a barricade with desks and chairs to keep the shooter from entering our classroom through his multiple attempts.  He shot at the door and tried to kick it down while we laid on the floor inside our classroom pushing against it.

We haven’t seen each other since that week.  Here is a picture of us a few days after shooting. This was the only time we have gotten together since the shooting.

I am interested in attending the ten year anniversary and reuniting with my classmates. I’ve reached out to my classmates and 7 of them are interested in attending the upcoming anniversary events.

I’ve calculated the costs as follows:

$3350 – 2 nights hotel stay for 8 rooms at the Virginia Tech Inn
$2000 – travel cost (an average of $250 for travel per person)
$5350 – total cost for room 205 survivors

If I raise over $5350, I would spend the additional funds on hotel and travel costs for other uninjured survivors from other classrooms to attend the ten year anniversary events. To my knowledge, there were 9 uninjured survivors from the other attacked rooms (rooms 204, 206, and 207). The hotel and travel cost for an additional 9 uninjured survivors would be $6020 (using the same assumptions above), for a total cost of $11,370.

Thank you in advance for your donation!

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hampLisa Hamp is a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting. Lisa has dedicated herself to sharing her personal experience so that she can encourage others who have experienced trauma and may be having similar feelings. Learn more about Lisa and the work she is doing by visiting her website

Intersecting Identities: Improving Health Outcomes for LGBTQI2-S Youth of Color

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On Thursday, January 26, at 2 p.m. EST, a panel of experts will share evidence-based strategies for helping LGBTQI2-S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Two-Spirit) youth of color. The panel includes:

  • Brian Altman, director, Division of Policy Innovation, SAMHSA
  • Jerry Peterson, executive director, Ruth Ellis Center
  • Jackie Malstrom, (Akimel O’odham/Yaqui) youth engagement specialist, National Indian Child Welfare Association
  • Laurin Mayeno, Laurin Mayeno Consulting, founder, Out Proud Families
  • Stephanie Dukes, Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign (moderator)

The panel will discuss some issues affecting LGBTQI2-S youth of color and share ways to help providers, afterschool program facilitators, families, and youth understand the intersection of identities and the challenges associated with trauma, suicide, and resilience. 

Participants will learn strategies to address behavioral health challenges and facilitate healing among children, youth, and families. State and local community leaders, health care providers, child- and youth-serving agencies, schools, LGBTQI2-S supporting organizations, and caregivers are encouraged to watch and participate in the webisode. 

KSOC-TV live, interactive webisode “Intersecting Identities: Improving Health Outcomes for LGBTQI2-S Youth of Color”

Thursday, January 26, 2017
2-3 p.m. EST

Participate online as we webcast live. Bookmark this link for January 26:

Mark your calendars and join the live Q&A by tweeting questions using the hashtag #KSOCTV. Be sure to share with your social networks and spread the word!

An Evidence-Based Strategy for Bringing Everyone Together

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Impact of the Affordable Care Act in All 50 States

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Today is likely the last full day to download any  reports, fact sheets, testimony, presentations, etc. on issues, programs or policies we care about from both the White House (Council of Economic Advisors, National Economic Council, Domestic Policy Council, OMB, etc.) and federal agencies.

Here are state by state fact sheets on ACA from the Department of Health and Human Services:


Last Week, Congress Moved Closer to a Reckless Repeal of the Affordable Care Act

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But that is only one battle in the fight to #ProtectOurCare. Here's the latest from Families USA: 

3 Things to Know about the Campaign to Defend the Affordable Care Act 
Here's what to expect and what you can do.

In Their Own Words: Republican Governors Support Medicaid Expansion 
On Thursday, GOP governors head to Capitol Hill to discuss Medicaid expansion. We’ve compiled quotes by many of these governors with arguments they’ve used to promote and celebrate the success of Medicaid expansion in their states.

Future Medical Professionals Group Delivers Petitions to Congress
Last Monday in Washington, D.C., a rally of nearly 70 future medical professionals representing 50 states and more than 150 medical institutions gathered to tell Congress not to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Repealing the ACA Would Wipe Out a Year's Worth of Job Growth
What can kill nearly 3 million jobs? Repealing the ACA without a sound replacement plan in place. The Commonwealth Fund and George Washington University released a report detailing the economic and employment consequences.

House v. Burwell Case Threatens Health Care for Millions
Besides the threat posed by Republican plans to repeal the federal health reform law, there’s another threat to the Affordable Care Act looming in February. A legal case, House v. Burwell, now before the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, challenges part of the ACA that gives people financial assistance to pay for health insurance

Conference Hotel is Almost Full!

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Conference Hotel is Almost Full!
The 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel located at 211 N. Tampa Street, Tampa, Florida 33602. (813) 204-3000.

Register online
If you make your hotel registration via phone, please be sure to mention the name of the conference to ensure you receive the special conference pricing of $185 + tax Single/Double Occupancy.

NOTE: The Hilton Tampa Downtown is sold out on certain nights. Overflow hotel rooms still available, but not for long! If you were unable to get a room at the conference hotel, we have two overflow hotel options for you below.

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center
    513 S Florida Avenue
    Tampa, FL 33602
    Phone: 813-769-8300
    Online link for booking your room

  • The Embassy Suites is a short 5-minute walk to our conference hotel - the Hilton Downtown. The Embassy Suites offers a Full Cooked to Order Breakfast Buffet and 2-hour Evening Reception. All rooms are spacious two room Suites. Please use the group name CMH Research & Policy Conference (Group code – CMH) when calling to receive the following group rate:
    Single/Double Occupancy: $219.00 per night plus tax.
    Triple Occupancy: $229.00 per night plus tax.
    Quad Occupancy: $239.00 per night plus tax.

  • Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown

    102 East Cass Street
    Tampa, FL 33602
    Phone: 813-229-1100
    Online link for booking your room 

    The Courtyard Marriott is located just minutes from the conference hotel and rooms are available now to our conference attendees. Please use the group name CMH Research & Policy Conference when calling to receive the following group rate:
    Single/Double Occupancy: $179.00 per night plus tax. 

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Uniting to Protect Behavioral Health

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On Wednesday, January 18th at 3PM ET the National Council will kick off its Uniting to Protect Behavioral Health: Advocacy Webinar Series. With numerous threats to Medicaid and behavioral health services now circulating Capitol Hill, these biweekly policy webinars will keep advocates updated on the latest news and advocacy opportunities out of Washington.

  • Register for the first webinar here!

Defending Health Care in 2017: What Is at Stake in Each State

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With a new president and Congress, the health care gains made throughout the last six years face their greatest threat yet. Congress has voted more than 60 times to roll back the historic progress that has been made to expand health coverage to millions of people in this country and to improve coverage for those who already had it. These proposed changes will put the health—and lives—of Americans at risk.

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