Friday Update 1-23-15
Greetings faithful readers. The old pickup truck is packed to the gills with Network goodness in preparation for a busy week in Washington, DC. I will be workin' the halls of Congress all of next week on behalf of Network Nation, spreadin' the word about comprehensive mental health reform. To help set the groove for the week, let's start off this edition of Friday Update with a little retro pop, Cambodian style. Take six minutes to fall in love with the soulful and unique sound of Dengue Fever, and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Assisted Outpatient Treatment community dialogue confirmed 
Good news, Network faithful - plans for our visit to a community that utilizes the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) hearing process are in the final stages, and we could not be more excited. Why is the Children's Mental Health Network organizing a community dialogue on AOT, you ask? Even though AOT is only a small part of the overall Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, it is the component most often cited and linked to other elements of the bill, specifically the reorganization of SAMHSA and redirection of federal dollars - i.e., "If HR 3717 was in place, this tragedy would not have happened, we need to shift focus of federal investment." If we are going to be constructive in our approach to this bill, we need to touch, see and feel one of the more controversial components. Let's make no mistake folks - for dialogue participants who choose to participate, this visit will likely make them uncomfortable, regardless of their position on AOT. Participating in this visit is not for the faint of heart. But what other choice do we have? If we are not willing to risk public critique, then we might as well stay home and twiddle our thumbs, and let decisions about mental health reform be made without our input. It's time to hitch up our britches and move this dialogue forward.

Why is sleep important? 
Why is sleep important to you? An estimated 35 percent of U.S. adults report less than seven hours of sleep during a typical 24 hour period. Recent findings suggest that investing in sleep health contributes to maintaining brain health, and ultimately protecting cognitive functions necessary for aging-in-place. Recognizing and addressing sleep health issues presents opportunities for enhancing public health and improving the well-being of all people. 

28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health - The draft agenda is now online! 
Oh man, the draft agenda for the Tampa conference is now online, and it is a beauty! Check it out Network faithful, pack you bags and gas up the RV for the trip to Florida. Okay, what are you waiting for? Get yourself registered for the conference!  

The Paul G. Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Prize 
The stories of those who have attempted suicide or experienced persistent suicidal ideation have, for too long, remained untold. Due to stigma and taboo, the world has been denied important educational narratives. The purpose of the Quinnett Lived Experience Writing Prize is to encourage the publication of these stories of survival, hope, recovery, and renewal. Important opportunity, Network faithful! 

The PAX Good Behavior Game is changing classroom culture and fostering lasting life skills 
Don't miss this engaging article on the power of the PAX Good Behavior Game, an evidence-based classroom management program that is implemented by elementary school teachers. In the Good Behavior Game, teachers and students work together to define classroom rules. The children create a word map of things they think they should see, hear, do and feel more or less of in their ideal classroom. Behaviors the class would benefit from, like offering compliments or following directions, are called PAX. Things that should happen less, like interrupting or name-calling, are called Spleems. Give it a read to learn more about how the game works.

Outreach and Enrollment Strategies in Latino Communities 
A vast majority of uninsured Latino children, an estimated 1.7 million, are eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program, but not enrolled. Closing the coverage gap for these children requires unique, culturally-competent outreach strategies to connect eligible families with health coverage. This Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign webinar will feature experts discussing the challenges and opportunities to conduct outreach and enrollment in the Latino community. 

The court's role in solving mental health issues in the criminal justice system 
Individuals with mental illness enter the criminal justice system on a repeat basis. What are courts doing to stop the cycle? Should courts get into the business of coordinating mental health treatment for those involved in the criminal justice system? The presenter in this webinar sponsored by the National Center for State Courts, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the U.S Department of Justice Clearinghouse will discuss these questions in the context of the multitude of mental health court models in operation across the country. 

FDA warns on powdered pure caffeine 
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning about powdered pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers and recommends avoiding these products. In particular, FDA is concerned about powdered pure caffeine sold in bulk bags over the internet. Pure caffeine is a powerful stimulant, and very small amounts may cause accidental overdose. Parents should be aware that these products may be attractive to young people. 

Upcoming NWI webinar on EBT's within wraparound 
Check out this webinar to better understand the relevance and alignment of Evidence Based Practices (EBTs) to wraparound care coordination and systems of care more broadly. Lot's of research-based examples in this one folks. 


The bully-sexual violence pathway in early adolescence 
This information brief highlights the early findings from a three-year study aimed at examining the overlap between bullying and sexual violence victimization and perpetration in five middle schools in a Midwest state. 

Investing in the health and well-being of young adults 
Health and Well-Being of Young Adults, offers federal, state, and local policy-makers and program leaders, as well as employers, nonprofit organizations, and other community partners' guidance in developing and enhancing policies and programs to improve young adults' health, safety, and well-being. In addition, the report suggests priorities for research to inform policies and programs for young adults. 

NIDA science spotlight: Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications put teens at risk 
Teens prescribed anxiety or sleep medications are more likely to abuse them later (compared to those who had never had a prescription). Teens reported they used these medications to self-treat insomnia or anxiety, or to get "high." This research, the first longitudinal study to examine nonmedical use and medical misuse of anxiety and sleep medications among adolescents, was conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan and funded by NIDA and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The findings highlight the need for prevention strategies targeting youth who may be at risk for prescription medication abuse.  

Testifying in court about trauma: The court hearing 
This fact sheet from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) helps clinicians prepare for testifying in court. In ad­dition to a case example, it depicts what clinicians can expect in court. 

Fact sheets - teens' healthy relationships, mental health, physical health, reproductive health, and substance abuse 
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) updated its fact sheets on teens' healthy relationships, mental health, physical health, reproductive health, and substance abuse. Based on new federal data, these fact sheets enable visitors to see the health status of adolescents across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam. We are unabashed fans of OAH! 

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Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 

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