RWJ Foundation announces Culture of Health $25,000 cash prize

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) 2015 Culture of Health Prize is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. 

Applications are due September 17, 2014. This looks like a good one Network faithful!

Cost of not caring: Stigma set in stone

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Liz Szabo of USA Today continues with her excellent series of articles profiling America's failing mental health system. This is a worthy read!

  • Stigma against the mentally ill is so powerful that it's been codified for 50 years into federal law, and few outside the mental health system even realize it.

    This systemic discrimination, embedded in Medicaid and Medicare laws, has accelerated the emptying of state psychiatric hospitals, leaving many of the sickest and most vulnerable patients with nowhere to turn.

    Advocates and experts who spoke with USA TODAY describe a system in shambles, starved of funding while neglecting millions of people across the country each year.

    The failure to provide treatment and supportive services to people with mental illness – both in the community and in hospitals – has overburdened emergency rooms, crowded state and local jails and left untreated patients to fend for themselves on city streets, says Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island who has fought to provide better care for the mentally ill.

    The USA routinely fails to provide the most basic services for people with mental illness -- something the country would never tolerate for patients with cancer or other physical disorders, Kennedy says.

Medicaid & CHIP fact sheets help consumers understand the basics

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Throughout the nation, efforts to enroll eligible individuals in health insurance are moving forward.  Millions are eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – in many states, more people than ever before -- and still need to be connected to the vital health benefits these programs provide.  Medicaid and CHIP enrollment is year-round and is not subject to an open enrollment period.  Eligible individuals can enroll at any time and get coverage right away.

To help support outreach and enrollment efforts, the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) is offering a set of Medicaid Fact Sheets that are aimed at helping consumers understand the basics:  Who is eligible for Medicaid and CHIP? What benefits do the programs provide?  How can individuals enroll?

These fact sheets feature a variety of images and are available in English and Spanish.  One set of fact sheets are tailored for states that have expanded Medicaid and another set for states that have not expanded.  We also are offering materials for use in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, where it is important to discuss specific protections for applicants and beneficiaries.

  • You can find the full set of fact sheets here.

National data confirm cases of restraint and seclusion in public schools.

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National Public Radio and Pro Publica teamed up to produce a disturbing report and news story on the continued use of seclusion and restraint in our nation's schools.

My path from mental illness patient to mental health activist

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The International Bipolar Foundation is out with another great webinar that you will not want to miss.

  • Webinar: My path from mental illness patient to mental health activist 
  • Presenter: Gabe Howard
  • When:July 9th 2014 at 9:00 am PDT
  • Space is limited, reserve your webinar seat now

In this "tell-all" webinar, Gabe Howard discusses his decision to be completely open and honest about everything he has gone through, including his decision to live openly. While some applaud his honesty, others question his decision to live so publicly. Gabe holds nothing back as he candidly discusses all aspects of his life. From hyper-sexuality, two divorces, substance abuse, psychiatric hospitalization, job loss, family alienation, suicidal idealization, along with all of the discrimination and stigma he faces daily, there isn't much he hasn't experienced while living openly with bipolar disorder. Gabe covers his life from before diagnosis to the present and focuses on how his choice to "go public" has affected him personally, professionally, and mentally. 


Gabe Howard is a motivational speaker, mental illness blogger and writer, and award-winning advocate who lives with severe mental illness. Realizing that ignorance was a direct cause of the fear, discrimination, and stigmatization faced by people with mental illness, he has made it his mission to increase people's understanding  about these disorders.

How can young adults with mental health problems thrive in the real world?

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School. Jobs. Housing. These are some of the challenges identified by the young people featured at National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. Now, what specifically can we do about it? 

  • What: LIVE technical assistance on children’s mental health - 
    KSOC-TV Episode #3 “The REAL, Real World: Helping Young People on Their Journey to Adulthood” 
  • When: July 17, 10:30 am EDT 
  • Where: Participate online as we webcast LIVE from the Georgetown University 2014 Training Institutesinstitutes
  • Can't be there in person? No worries, you can watch it here.
  • Featuring: Moderator - Gary Blau, Ph.D., SAMHSA 
  • Panelists include: 
    • Raphaelle Alexander, Director, Resource and Development, Youth MOVE National 
    • Brandon Ha, Founder and Mental Health Advocate, Break Yo Stigma and Ending the Silence Coordinator, National Alliance for Mental Illness Santa Clara County 
    • Maryann Davis, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Center for Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood, Center for Medical Health Services Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School 
    • Marqus Butler, M.H.R., Project Manager Cross System Collaboration, Community Based Services – Systems of Care, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 
  • Mark your calendars, and join the LIVE Q&A with #KSOCTV. And be sure to share with your social networks and spread the word! 
  • For a sample of KSOC-TV, check out Episode #2!

IACP launches online training series on juvenile interviewing and interrogation

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The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with OJJDP, has released a free, online training series on effective juvenile interviewing and interrogation techniques. This introductory-level series is targeted to law enforcement and legally authorized juvenile justice professionals who interview and/or interrogate youth. Courses include analyzing juvenile behavior, developing rapport with youth, juvenile interviewing techniques, and juvenile interrogation techniques.

This online series was developed under IACP’s Improving Law Enforcement Responses to Youth Training and Technical Assistance Program, funded through OJJDP, and is based on the IACP/OJJDP classroom training “Introduction to Juvenile Interview and Interrogation Techniques.”

CDC teen pregnancy prevention website gets a refresh!

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The CDC Division of Reproductive Health has spiffed up their Teen Pregnancy Prevention website with a new web page especially for teens, designed with input from teens!

Other additions to the page for Health Care Providers include:

  • Revised teen-friendly clinic graphic available for download, printing and distribution.
  • Video with CDC’s Dr. Denise Jamieson discussing how health care professionals can help further reduce teen pregnancy rates. 
  • Final 2012 teen birth data are now available on the About Teen Pregnancy Web page. 
  • Updated Data & Stats Feature: Teen Birth Rates Drop, but Disparities Persist.

New grant opportunity focuses on collaborative strategies for meeting the emotional needs of youth and families in child welfare

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The Children’s Bureau recently awarded  a cooperative agreement for the National  Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare to the University of  Maryland, School of Social Work, Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children.

The goal of this 5-year project is to provide opportunities for local jurisdictions to have a coordinated and supported strategy to effectively and collaboratively address the emotional and behavioral needs of children, youth, and families served in the child welfare system.

Child welfare systems in states, tribes, and the District of Columbia are invited to apply jointly with their State public mental health system (child and adolescent division). Implementing sites can be a single city or region. The RFA will provide in-depth information about organizational support for sites, content for the integrated learning tracks, participant expectations, and site selection processes.

The Request for Applications (RFA) will be issued in late June and posted on the National Center website. An informational webinar will be held in mid-July 2014. 

Best practice treatment program grants available for Southeast Michigan

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Hey Michigan Network faithful, this funding opportunity is for you!

The Ethel & James Flinn Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations  that provide mental health care and services in southeast Michigan.

Two-year grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded for the implementation of best-practice treatment programs in the region. Priority will be given to programs implemented in collaboration with the court and justice systems to divert youth or adults with behavioral health issues from detention into effective treatment and support services;  best-practice integrated physical and behavioral health delivery models that provide standardized screening, assessment, and mental health treatment; and bestpractice psychotherapy and/or medication treatment programs.

To be eligible, applicants must be a governmental agency or an organization that provides mental health care and services in southeast Michigan (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and/or Washtenaw counties) and is considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

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