Friday Update 10-31-14 (coming to you on November 3rd!)
Greetings faithful readers. Ah yes, another seasoned edition of Friday Update coming to you on a Monday morning. Since tomorrow is an important election day for all of us, let's start off with #TURNOUTFORWHAT starring Lil Jon. Take a few minutes to watch this video. You will be glad you did. Now that you are all pumped up, get your vote on, find your polling place here, and do your American duty on November 4th. Youth with mental health challenges and their families are depending on us. But you can't vote until tomorrow, so cancel those meetings you had scheduled for today and 
get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week


Advocates dialogue on Assisted Outpatient Treatment – Next steps 
All Network faithful are invited to attend our next dialogue on Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), November 21st, in Washington, DC. Back in August, when we first conceptualized the idea of the dialogue series, it was in large part based on the encouragement from a Politico article in June that stated that a bipartisan group of House lawmakers were looking for compromise mental health legislation between the two bills in the House (HR 3717 & HR 4574). In the Politico article, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) expressed hope that common ground could be found on his Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, which he introduced late last year. And Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) expressed similar optimism for his bill, which was introduced six months after Murphy's. According to news reports, the negotiations would begin during the July recess. Of significant concern to the Children's Mental Health Network was the fact there was very little discussion of the impact of these two bills on the children's mental health community (including emerging adults up to the age of 26). This vacuum in the conversation about children's mental health reform encouraged us to begin a dialogue with advocates, families and providers, figuring that if members of Congress were going to do it, we should as well. 

Well, guess what? Recess is over and, as we shared in Friday Update two weeks ago, there does not appear to have been any discussion between the offices of Representatives Murphy and Barber. If we are not careful, the narrowly focused rhetoric on both sides of the aisle will pick up right where it left off before Congress went into recess. We must not let that happen.


Colorado Coalition for the Homeless: A Model of Supportive Housing 
Oh, Network faithful, don't you just love it when the science catches up with what folk in the trenches already know? If you have been following our dialogue series on Assisted Outpatient Treatment you will know that providers (the folks who are actually doing the work) are telling us that one of the most important services/supports for those involved in the AOT process is housing. Be sure to check out this excellent report from our friends at the Commonwealth Fund that validates what we know. Now all we need to do is help our elected officials better understand the science behind effectively serving individuals with serious mental illness. It takes a broad spectrum of services and supports to meet the needs of those with serious mental health challenges  – something that should be front and center in any mental health legislation being crafted by members of Congress.

Investing in the health and well-being of young adults 
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released an important report on strategies for developing and enhancing policies and programs to improve young adults health, safety and well-being. From the report – "Young adults may be unemployed and homeless, lack access to health care, suffer from behavioral health issues (i.e. mental health or substance abuse issues) or other chronic health conditions, or engage in binge drinking, illicit drug use, or driving under the influence. Young adults are moving out of the services and systems that supported them as children and adolescents, but adult services and systems—for example, adult behavioral health care systems, the labor market, and the justice system—may not be well suited to supporting their needs." 

What a joyous report this is! As Congress reconvenes, advocates need to beat the drum of inclusiveness that this report reflects. Shout out from the rooftops that current offerings in the adult behavioral health system may not necessarily be the best fit for meeting the needs of emerging adults. This report is chock full of important findings that will help you in your advocacy efforts with your elected officials.

But wait, there is more! 

IOM Report featured at 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference
Don't miss the opportunity to hear from authors of the IOM report at the 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference, March 22 - 25, 2014.  The conference will provide a wonderful opportunity to further your knowledge of policy, research and practice approaches to better understanding the needs of emerging adults. 


NeuroLeader Master Class - nurture your prefrontal and tame the limbic! 
We are now three weeks into the NeuroLeader Master Class being conducted by the effervescent duo of Paul McFadden and Laurie Ellington of Zero Point LeadershipI have to say that if they are successful in getting me to change my behavior, well, then, they ought to get a medal or somethin'. The vexing part of this neuroleader course is that Paul and Laurie keep throwing in these pesky cutting edge brain studies that point out in graphic detail what happens to the brain when we don't take care of it. In other words, all of the leadership courses you and I have taken up to this point, aren't worth a hill of beans if we aren't taking care of the hard-wired system that is "us." I have included a clip from the Big Bang Theory television show to help you better understand the magic of brain science.


Preparing for 2015 open enrollment - Reaching special populations 
CMS is offering an important webinar - Preparing for 2015 Open Enrollment-Reaching Special Populations, on Wednesday, November 5th.  Speakers from the CMS Office of Communications will be providing tips and resources on how to reach special populations  - such as Hispanic; African American; Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders; and people with disabilities. 

Amazing lineup of plenary speakers for the 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference 
Our list of plenary speakers is not complete, but we're off to an exciting start! This year's line-up includes: 
The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative, Co-Founder, One Mind for Research & Founder, Kennedy Forum; Lucille Eber, Ed.D., Director of the Midwest PBIS Network, and a partner with the National PBIS Technical Assistance Center; and IOM report discussants Maryann Davis, Ph.D., John Schulenberg, Ph.D., Mark Courtney, Ph.D. and Jennifer Collins. Seriously folks, time to register! 

From Ebola researchers, an anthem of hope 
We are sharing this post from the NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins. It is a poignant reminder for all of us to say thank you to the thousands of health career workers who put themselves on the front line each and every day. Enjoy! 

Denial, acceptance, recovery; what stage of Bipolar are you in? 
Network faithful take note - Another wonderful webinar from our colleagues at the International Bipolar Foundation. Christine F. Anderson, Author of Forever Different: A Memoir of One Woman's Journey Living with Bipolar Disorder will be discussing the three stages of Bipolar Disorder, Denial, Acceptance and Recovery. She will describe her first-hand experience with each of those stages and will put into perspective what loved ones and caretakers can do to be supportive. 



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