Friday Update 11-14-14 
Greetings faithful readers. Oh man, we've got our AOT dialogue coming up this week and if there ever was a time to channel our inner collaboration it is now. Get out the pyrex plates, oil, food coloring, and the overhead projector you got from your high school history teacher in 1969 (serious old school light show shoutout) and get inspired about working together with the iconic Canned Heat. Now that you have set your positive intentions for the week, get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week

Countdown to the Advocates Dialogue on Assisted Outpatient Treatment – Friday, November 21st 
We are loving the energy brewing around our upcoming dialogue on Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), November 21st, in Washington, DC. Look for a special announcement this coming Wednesday introducing you to the participants in this dialogue. We are assembling a nice group of advocates across the opinion spectrum on the topic of Assisted Outpatient Treatment. Stay tuned, and if you are in the Washington, DC area, come join us! 

New online tool focused on trauma informed care 
The Georgetown University, National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health and JBS International, Inc. recently completed a free online tool entitled, Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources. Warning - This resource is highly engaging, comprehensive and adaptable to a wide range of audiences. Users should plan on immersing themselves in some pretty remarkable content. Kick your shoes off and stay awhile - it is that good! 

Failing schools or failing paradigm? 
Network faithful Daun Kauffman provides a thought provoking wake up call about the need to address trauma in the classroom.

Got your attention yet, Network faithful? This one is a really good read!

Advancing the knowledge about the cultural competence of "front-line" treatment professionals 
Hey Network faithful, if you are a front-line professional, are friends with one, and heck, maybe even related to one, take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to help out Megan Gandy, a loyal Network faithful doctoral student. She is conducting a survey designed to expand the knowledge base about how staff members view lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) issues in youth. Get on it Network faithful. Time to pay it forward! 

28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health 
A big thank you to the record number of proposal submissions for the conference. For those who submitted a proposal, decisions will be announced the second week of December. Be sure to visit the conference website to stay up to date on exciting developments. Oh, by the way, average Tampa, FL temperatures in March hover around 77 degrees. Just sayin'...

CMS awards $3.9 million to improve access to quality health care services for American Indian and Alaska Native Children 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded $3.9 million for outreach and enrollment efforts aimed at American Indian and Alaska Native children eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The grant awards will fund activities to engage schools and tribal agencies in Medicaid and CHIP outreach and enrollment activities. 

If physical diseases were treated like mental illness... 
And now, a brief interlude for some welcome humor… We thought this cartoon summed up perfectly the glaring inequality in America about how we view physical health versus mental health! 

How mindful are we? 
Hey, Network faithful, I hope you are paying attention to the subtle but dramatic shift taking place in America. Slowly but surely, more and more of us are becoming increasingly mindful. Now this is not the tambourine shaking, levitating, chanting mindfulness that I practiced in my college days... Well, it kind of is, but so much more, and solidly based in scientific research. My goodness - A left and right brain marriage made in heaven! 

Heroin, Let's have the conversation! 
The National Family Dialogue has just confirmed Peter Gaumond, Chief, of the Recovery Branch,  Executive Offices of the White House's National Drug Control Policy, as their special keynote speaker. Dang, Shannon Crossbear and Sharon LeGore, founders of the National Family Dialogue, are on fire with great offerings they continue to offer month after month. Be sure to sign up for this one, Network faithful! 

Annual Fatherhood Solutions conference seeking proposals 
Our Network faithful colleagues at the Children's Institute invite you to submit a workshop proposal for their Annual Fatherhood Solutions Conference, scheduled for Friday, June 19, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to providing professionals with the latest research, best practices and innovations, there is a designated track for fathers to help them gain knowledge and practical parenting skills. 

Reaching eligible families through Community Partners 
Pencil in this upcoming Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign webinar on December 11th to learn more about potential partnerships and strategies to reach and enroll more eligible children and parents in Medicaid and CHIP. 

MACPAC requests comments on children's health care coverage 
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) is interested in learning the views of stakeholder organizations on policies to help ensure affordable and adequate health care coverage for children. 

NIMH 2015 Srategic Plan 
NIMH has posted a draft of its 2015 Strategic Plan for public comment. The 30-day comment period ends December 11th. 

Make your mark at the 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health 
Want to know a great way to showcase your organization and help support the continued focus on research and policy in children's mental health? Participate as a Sponsor or with an Exhibit table at the 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health. Many wonderful sponsorship opportunities are available!


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Scott Bryant-Comstock
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