Friday Update 11-7-14 
Greetings faithful readers. Take six minutes out of your day to watch this floor speech in the 2014 North Carolina General Assembly by State Senator Jeff Jackson on what is wrong with the current political process. At the 3:47 mark, he turns the tables on the traditional rhetoric between Democrats and Republicans with a surprising twist. It doesn't matter if you are Republican or Democrat, Network faithful. We have got to show through our actions that partisan divide is no longer acceptable, no longer "the way things are done," and no longer something advocates should be silent about. Okay, get yourself fired up and then get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week

Countdown to the Advocates Dialogue on Assisted Outpatient Treatment – 14 days to go! 
We are loving the energy brewing around our upcoming dialogue on Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT), November 21st, in Washington, DC. A special thank you to families from North Carolina and Pennsylvania who are making the trip to DC to be able to attend the dialogue and then meet with their representatives to talk about the importance of meaningful, collaborative mental health reform. Come join us! 

Dear Claire Dunphy: About your 'Insane Asylum of Horror' 
Modern Family is one of our favorite shows here at the CMHNetwork compound, but their portrayal of an "Insane Asylum of Horror" in the Halloween episode triggered strong reaction from mental health advocates across the country. Per usual, Network faithful Liza Long captures what many felt after watching the show. 

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! 

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!

SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation seeks communities to participate in trauma-informed trainings 
SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is soliciting applications from communities interested in its How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses training. The target audiences for this training are community-based criminal justice system professionals, including police, community corrections (probation, parole, and pre-trial services officers), court personnel, and other human service providers. 

National Council accepting nominations for 2015 Advocacy Leadership Award 
Hey Network faithful, take note – the National Behavioral Health Council is accepting nominations for the 2015 Advocacy Leadership Awards to recognize individuals and organizations for their achievements in community, state and federal advocacy and their public policy successes to expand access to services and supports for persons with mental illnesses and addictions. Last year, Network Advisory Council member and founder of the International Bipolar Foundation, Muffy Walker, was one of the esteemed recipients of the Advocacy Leadership Award. Look around Network faithful, we are a collection of amazing advocates. Let's keep the Network love flowing at full throttle. The deadline for nominations is November 19th so get out the old #2 pencil and start to scribblin'! 

Understanding the continuum of informal and formal youth & young adult peer support 
The Georgetown National TA Center is launching an exciting webinar series called "Building the Foundation for a Youth MOVEment of Peer Support." This series will cover important fundamental strategies to create better outcomes for young adults with behavioral health concerns. Check it out Network faithful! 

Know It 2 Own It: Teaching and learning about disability rights 
ED launched the Know It 2 Own It campaign to encourage Americans to learn more about the disability rights movement and history that led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July of 1990.  

HRSA awards $51.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support mental health and substance abuse treatment 
This year, more than 400 Health Centers nationwide have received HHS funding to add or expand access to mental health and substance abuse services. 

SAMHSA provides up to $747 million to promote youth mental and substance use disorder prevention programs 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded up to $747 million in funding to programs for preventing mental and substance use disorders among children and youth. Get up to speed on your SAMHSA funding knowledge here! 

Straightjacket Memories 
The International Bipolar Foundation is out with another great webinar that is coming up soon. Jonathan Nelson describes his journey with bipolar, using a faith-based perspective on the disorder and how it affects people of faith. 

National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families announces research fellowship program 
The goal of this program is to attract, develop, and expand the pool of emerging scholars focused on studying issues concerning low-income and vulnerable Hispanic children and families across three priority areas—(1) poverty reduction and self-sufficiency, (2) healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and (3) early care and education. This fellowship looks like a great opportunity for advanced Ph.D. students!  

2015 Open Enrollment season begins in 8 days! 
Are you involved with efforts to assist Americans in enrolling in health care coverage? If so, this CMS webinar is for you!


  • Health Literacy Website 
    CDC's new health literacy website offers content intended for health and communication professionals, as well as the general public. 
  • Primary Care Provider Curriculum
    This five-part curriculum is designed to inform primary care professionals working in public mental health settings about the unique aspects of behavioral health settings, the people they serve, as well as the opportunities and roles that primary care professionals play in helping to improve the whole health of individuals with serious mental illnesses.

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