Friday Update 12-18-15

Greetings faithful readers. Let's start off with the genius that is Adele. In a stripped-down three-song set at the NPR Music offices, the Grammy-winning U.K. pop star showcases her brilliant voice and seemingly effortless charisma. Give yourself the holiday gift of 15 minutes to be transported by the one and only Adele. I'm tellin' ya, it will be worth it. Enjoy the vibe and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Mental Health Courts are popular but effectiveness is still unproven
Mental health courts are popular in many communities, and it's easy to understand why. Rather than sending someone who's mentally ill to an overcrowded jail that is poorly equipped to manage his condition, mental health courts offer treatment and help with housing and other social services. The community saves on the cost of locking someone up and offenders get support to stay healthy and may have their charges expunged. Everybody wins, right? As with most discussions related to mental health, the reality is more complex.

29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 13 – 16, 2016
We will be posting the conference agenda online this coming Monday, December 21. Not to worry, we will send you a short email notice as soon as it is posted. The program looks fantastic!

Correction to recent post
In a recent post by Dennis Embry, an incorrect reference was made that Paul Gionfriddo's son Tim had passed away. The post has been corrected and we regret the error. Tim continues to live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I encourage Network faithful to read Paul Gionfriddo's moving story of how the health and education systems failed his son with schizophrenia. The book will give you insight into what motivates Paul in his advocacy role as President and CEO of Mental Health America.

Police-Youth Dialogues Toolkit
The Police-Youth Dialogues Toolkit is a resource for building relationships and trust between police officers and young people through facilitated conversations. The Center for Court Innovation and the US Department of Justice COPS Office developed this toolkit for communities hoping to foster conversations between young people and the police, enabling them to discuss their interactions and find common ground.

Patrick McGorry: mental health care to get fresh thinking
The government of Australia announced structural reforms to its mental health sector that stress the importance of prevention and early intervention. This article reflects on this announcement and the potential for applying the evidence-based early psychosis intervention model to youth mental health. Thanks to our friends at the Pathways RTC for sharing this article!

The SOC Approach
The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health is dedicated to increasing the capacity of Communities, States, Tribes, and Territories, to improve, sustain, and expand Systems of Care and the services and supports provided within them to improve the lives of children, youth, and young adults with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families. The SOC Approach Curriculum was developed to assist communities, states, tribes and territories understand the What, Why and How of System of Care Expansion.

Payoffs for California College Students and Taxpayers from Investing in Student Mental Health
A new report predicts that the increase in California college students receiving mental health treatment will lead to significant tax savings for the state due to increased graduation rates. Based on a benefit-cost analysis, the societal benefit of the increase in treatment and the corresponding decrease in dropouts is estimated to be as high as $56 million for each year of CalMHSA' investment in prevention and early intervention programs, a result of expected increased lifetime earnings for additional graduates.

 USF students are talking about the new MS degree in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
The fully online Master of Science Degree in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH) at the University of South Florida prepares professionals to serve in public and non-profit agencies and schools that work with diverse children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families. If you are looking for a degree that can train you to create change in mental health, then apply for this program. If you are an avid learner and want to take that love for improving the lives of those affected with mental health by becoming a director or supervisor, go for it!

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Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 

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