Friday Update 11-14-14
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.
- "Instead of explicitly confronting childhood trauma from the start, we wring our hands and make noise about suspension rates, parents, school violence and dropout rates at the other end. We are going the exact wrong direction. We are ignoring the key variable. If we want children to become healthy, learn and succeed, we need to address their trauma injuries first. It doesn't matter how adequate the funding, or how good the curriculum or teachers if the children can't engage. They can't efficiently engage in ANY process while struggling with trauma and related defenses that impair cognition. They need trauma-competent systems to engage productively. Meanwhile, we all focus obliviously on managing financial budgets around academic processes with a gaping trauma-hole in the bottom."
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'...
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!
- Military Veterans' Experiences with Suicidal Ideation: Implications for Intervention and Prevention
This article in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior is one of the first to firmly highlight the "military culture" as the main culprit behind the suicide rate and why the military is no longer 'protective.'
- Hooray for Our Heroes!
Super Grover knows that heroes don't always wear capes. This month, celebrate our nation's strong, resilient veteran families with a printable Sesame shout-out!
- Minority Children More Likely to Live In Unhealthy Neighborhoods
Dolores Acevedo-Garcia of Brandeis University and colleagues developed a surveillance system, coined the "Child Opportunity Index." The authors say that the index could inform collaborations between the health care sector and community development programs that seek improved child health equity.
- Expenditures for Treatment of Mental Health Disorders among Children
Expenditures for Treatment of Mental Health Disorders among Children presents estimates on the use of expenditures for all medical care, inpatient stays, ambulatory care (office-based provider and hospital outpatient visits), and prescribed medicines to treat mental health disorders among school-age children in the U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population.
- Fourth Annual Report to Congress on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services
In this report, the USPSTF has prioritized evidence gaps related to the care of children and adolescents. More research in these areas would result in important new knowledge that may improve the health and health care of young Americans, with lasting benefits through adulthood.
- Developing the will and the way to address persistent poverty in America
In this article, Congressman James E. Clyburn discusses the history of our nation's efforts to address chronic poverty and lays out the case for broadly implementing the 10-20-30 amendment with bipartisan support.
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