Friday Update 11-13-15
Greetings faithful readers. Let's start off this edition of Friday Update with a great song and a great message about celebrating difference. Enjoy Eric Church as he sings Mr. Misunderstood. Feel empowered, and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week
RAISE-ing some Questions

All the media hubbub surrounding the recent publication of the RAISE study has been somewhat confusing. A sampler of headlines includes; Game Changer? (HuffPo); New Approach Advised to Treat Schizophrenia (New York Times); New York Times Issues Correction on RAISE Study Report; Landmark Study Recommends More Therapy etc…

What is one to make of all the fanfare and conflicting commentary? One of the central conclusions from the study is that providing personalized medication management, family education, recovery-oriented talk therapy and supported employment and education produced modestly better outcomes than treatment as usual (TAU) in a two-year period. This is not exactly a hold the phone!, stop the presses! kind of revelation. The deflated response from many providers in psychiatric rehabilitation and Recovery model programs has been; "now we know what we already knew". Connecting with people experiencing psychosis, helping them to find hope and meaningful roles at work, school, and the community is what we've been doing for the past 25 years. It's nice to be validated and to have research dollars focused on non-medical interventions. The Recovery model has long recognized that symptom-reduction and meds alone seldom result in recovery. Continue reading Wayne Munchel's Morning Zen post.

Pete Early website features opposing positions on HR 2646
This past week, Pete Early asked two advocates on different sides of the HR 2646 debate to write a guest blog post. The posts, from Leah Harris and DJ Jaffe, are worthy reads for those following the developments surrounding the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015. If you want to understand better the divergent perspectives on this bill, these two posts will help give you a sense of the issues at play.

Plenaries announced for the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health
The plenaries have been announced for the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference, March 13-16, 2016, in sunny Tampa, FL! We have a great lineup this year and are most excited to have you attend. Details here!

National Prevention Science Coalition hosts briefing on reducing poverty via evidence-based prevention science
The National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives (NPSC) is hosting a briefing on December 2nd with nationally recognized experts on poverty. Briefing speakers will focus on evidence-based prevention practices shown to a) improve individual and family economic security, b) lessen the negative effects of poverty (e.g., poor child development, academic failure, mental illness), and c) break the cycle of poverty across multiple generations. With all of the talk about evidence-based practice in the halls of Congress these days, it is refreshing to see a focus on prevention science.

RWJF Announces RFP for high-value innovations from low-resource communities
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for projects that support the identification and evaluation of promising innovations that improve health and healthcare quality — without increasing costs — in low-resource communities.

NREPP accepting submission for more programs and practices
The National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) has recently been enhanced to include more programs and practices. Spread the word that NREPP will be accepting submissions from November 23, 2015, to January 26, 2016. Note: In case you missed it, read Dennis Embry's Morning Zen post from last week - NREPP is a primary focus.

Making a business case for telebehavioral health in children's systems of care
For the month of November, the TA Network will be releasing "The Business Case for Telebehavioral Health in Children's Systems of Care" presented by John Gale, M.S. and David Lambert, Ph.D. from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. The webinar explores terminology, reimbursement, and business issues, and provides examples from the field in the development of telebehavioral health (TBH) services.

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