Friday Update 1-19-18

Greetings faithful readers. Just when we need it most, here is a reminder from Beyoncé to inspire people all over the world to do something good, no matter how big or small, for someone else. Pay homage to the Queen and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

Five Senators Request Answers from Assistant Secretary McCance-Katz about Next Steps for NREPP
Senators Hassan, Blumenthal, Feinstein, Warren, and Shaheen wrote a letter to Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz asking a series of questions about the decision to suspend updates to the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) website. This letter is a "must read" for all behavioral health researchers, practitioners and advocates. The questions posed in the letter frame an important focus for our next-steps advocacy efforts to ensure a comprehensive culturally inclusive approach to identifying effective, evidence-based interventions related to mental health and substance use disorders.

Changing the Digital Climate: How Climate Change Web Content is Being Censored Under the Trump Administration
Speaking of websites, I know climate change is a bit far afield from children's mental health, but for those interested in preserving the integrity of behavioral health information on federal websites, this report from the Environmental Data and Government Initiative might be a worthy read. They have found that in the first year of the Trump administration, there have been numerous alterations to many federal agency Web resources about climate change. Although there is no evidence of any removals of climate data, they have documented overhauls and removals of documents, webpages, and entire websites, as well as significant language shifts. The recommendations in this report have relevance to recommendations we may make to SAMHSA regarding behavioral health research as they move forward with NREPP website redesign efforts.

Clackamas Youth Center Leader Relates to Kids' Struggles 
A huge shoutout to Network faithful Maria Hermsen, program manager for Clackamas Drop, which is part of Youth ERA, one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking youth organizations in the nation. Congrats Maria, a recognition well deserved. You can learn more about Youth ERA here. 

Check Out the Agenda for the 31st Annual Research and Policy Conference on Children, Youth, and Young Adult Behavioral Health!
Oh man, have we got a great agenda chock full of amazing presenters lined up for for the 31st annual "Tampa Conference", March 4 - 7. Did I mention that the conference was in warm and sunny Tampa, Florida? 

Early Registration for the Tampa Conference Closes on February 16th!
Remember to secure your conference registration by February 16th to take advantage of early registration rates. I am latherin' up with SP 50, polishin' my Ray Ban's and packin' my Bermuda's. Looking forward to seeing you in sunny Tampa in March!

Become a Sponsor of the Tampa Conference! 
Sponsorships are going fast, but there are still a few left. Supporting the conference through sponsorship is a great opportunity to show your organizations support and gain national visibility in the behavioral health field. What are ya' waitin' for? 

Speaking of conferences...
Call for Papers Deadline for the University of Maryland Training Institutes (July 25 - 28, 2018) Extended to January 29th
The 2018 Training Institutes will address data-driven policy, system design and implementation, and evidence-informed approaches relevant to Medicaid, mental health, substance use, child welfare, juvenile justice, early intervention, and prevention stakeholders and practitioners. If you have not submitted your proposal yet, take advantage of a little extra time to get 'er done! 

How to Help Your Depressed Teenager 
Helpful read from our colleagues at the Child Mind Institue - "When kids are young, parents are used to swooping in and rescuing them whenever they need help. As your kids get older and their problems become more complex, you have to transition into more of a supporting role, and that can be difficult. This is especially true with teens who are struggling with depression. They need help to get better, but first, they have to want that help."

PAX Tools for Parent Peer Specialists
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 12:00:00 PM EST - 1:00:00 PM EST
With the PAX Good Behavior Game (PAX for short), Children and adults who care about them in school, at home, and in the community are the heroes of making the world 
better, and bettering themselves. The PAX Good Behavior Game is based on multiple “gold standard” studies of classrooms and teachers in the US, Canada, and Europe. PAX GBG may be the most effective strategy a teacher can currently use in his or her classroom to protect children from lifetime mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders while also increasing lifetime academic success.

The Children’s Mental Health Network is Supporting Sandy Hook Promise’s Start With Hello Week this February 5 – 9
Start With Hello Week is an initiative of Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization led by several family members who lost loved ones at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012. During the week of February 5 – 9, schools and youth organizations from across the country are encouraged to participate in Start With Hello Week, which is focused on raising awareness and educating students and the community through Start With Hello 
trainings, advertising, activities, public proclamations, media events, contests, and awards. Hundreds of schools across the country will participate and take part in activities throughout the week that aim to build connectedness and combat social isolation. Sign up your school today!

PCORI Accepting Applications
PCORI is now in the process of accepting applications and nominations for new members for four of these panels: Healthcare Delivery and Disparities Research, Patient Engagement, Clinical Trials, and Rare Disease. If you are interested in serving, or would like to nominate someone else to do so, applications and nominations are being accepted until Friday, March 3. Read the message from Director Selby and get involved!

Inside a Suicide Hotline in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico’s only suicide prevention hotline is busy. Since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, public health officials say there are signs of a mental health crisis emerging. New York Times reporters met the counselors who are fielding the calls.

Asian American Women Have Tough Time Seeking Help for Eating Disorders
Insightful post from our colleagues at the NNED - "Young Asian American women tend to have cultural and family influences that discourage them from seeking help for eating disorders, according to new research led by Yuying Tsong. The study is one of few in eating disorder literature to examine Asian Americans in particular, Tsong said; most focus on white Americans. But what research there is indicates that while Asian Americans are at equal risk for eating disorders, they are often misdiagnosed or under-diagnosed."

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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
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