Friday Update 1-8-16

Greetings faithful readers. Oh my, do we have a treat for you. Embrace the beautiful music from Naomi Wachira, a talented African Soul singer from Kenya. Enjoy her breathtaking performance of her hit single "African Girl", and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Youth peer support now part of the service array in Michigan - Young voices lead the way
It is always an honor to be able to share the voices of young adults who are establishing themselves as the "next generation" caretakers of the children's mental health movement. Our Morning Zen guest blog post this week is by Krissy Dristy, Youth Peer Support Statewide Coordinator for the Association for Children's Mental Health (ACMH). Krissy has been smack dab in the middle of an important and successful effort to get youth peer support included as part of the service array in the Pre-Paid Inpatient Health Plan/Community Mental Health Service Provider system for youth and families in Michigan. Keep on keepin' on Krissy. The mental health service delivery system needs more youth advocates like you!

Have you seen the agenda for the Tampa Research & Policy Conference?
Oh my, you have just got to take a look. A most impressive collection of passionate and dedicated researchers, policy makers, and advocates will be gathering in Tampa, Florida March 13 - 16, 2016, to advance the knowledge around sound research and policy related to children's mental health. The agenda for the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health is now available online. Give the agenda a read, get excited, and get registered! 

Mental health conversation about to crank up in the Senate
The Senate HELP Committee is planning to hold a legislative hearing on January 20th to discuss Sens. Chris Murphy and Bill Cassidy's mental health reform bill. Here we go!

Teen Pregnancy Prevention grantees need a Technical Assistance Provider
The HHS Office of Adolescent Health just released a new Funding Opportunity Announcement – Providing Capacity Building Assistance to OAH Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantees.
The goal of this FOA is to provide capacity building assistance to OAH-funded Teen Pregnancy Prevention grantees. OAH will fund a total of five cooperative agreements. Okay, TA providers, check this one out!

Everything you ever wanted to know about Mental Health First Aid but were afraid to ask
The National Council is out with a über cool infographic chronicling the history of Mental Health First Aid over the past decade. Today, more than 500,000 people across the U.S. have been trained in the potentially life-saving skills of Mental Health First Aid. Learn more about the Council's campaign to train 1 million people in Mental Health First Aid here. Council CEO Linda Rosenberg is on a mission to get Mental Health First Aid in every community across America. I guess decaf is out of the picture... Keep up the good work, National Council!

Surgeon General set to issue a report on substance use, addiction, and health
The notice in the Federal Register states, "The report will examine the health effects of drug and alcohol misuse from the perspectives of prevention, treatment, recovery, neurobiology and delivery of care." According to data from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, roughly 27 million people who are at least 12 years old were illicit drug users and 16.3 million were heavy drinkers. This report is long overdue!

E-cigarette ads are reaching middle and high school students
About 7 in 10 middle and high school students – more than 18 million young people – see e-cigarette advertising in stores, online, in newspapers and magazines, or on television and in movies, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. From 2011 to 2014, current e-cigarette use among high school students jumped from 1.5 percent to 13.4 percent, and among middle school students from 0.6 percent to 3.9 percent. Spending on e-cigarette advertising rose from $6.4 million in 2011 to an estimated $115 million in 2014. "The same advertising tactics the tobacco industry used years ago to get kids addicted to nicotine are now being used to entice a new generation of young people to use e-cigarettes," said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. "I hope all of us can agree that kids should not use e-cigarettes." The unrestricted marketing of e-cigarettes and dramatic increases in their use by youth could reverse decades of progress in preventing tobacco use among youth. Read more to learn what the CDC is doing about this.

Open for Public Comment: SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality invites you to provide feedback for the launch of a new endeavor at the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Your feedback will help NREPP identify and prioritize practices and programs to the mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment field. You can learn more about NREPP here.

New resources

CHDI recently expanded the Spanish language content on the www.kidsmentalhealthinfo.com website. - See more at http://www.cmhnetwork.org/resources/show?id=968#sthash.rkGw9kiE.dpuf

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