Friday Update 10-31-14
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
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.
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.
- Forever Different A Memoir of One Woman's Journey Living with Bipolar Disorder
An uncut, raw and gripping story of one woman's life struggle with the extreme highs and lows of Bipolar I Disorder.
- Delivery Opportunities for Individuals with a Substance Use Disorder
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) to improve care, improve health, and reduce costs.
- In Focus: Using Housing to Improve Health and Reduce the Costs of Caring for the Homeless
Supportive housing programs that offer shelter to the homeless and a variety of medical and social services have had a dramatic impact on health outcomes and costs in communities that have implemented them.
- HIPAA Privacy Rule and Provider to Provider Communication
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Academy of Pediatrics have developed a new resource on HIPAA as it relates to behavioral health.
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