Friday Update 12-19-14 

Greetings faithful readers. As we approach the end of 2014, it seems only appropriate that we give ourselves the gift of a few moments of humorous and inspirational zen. Enjoy the genius of Jim Carrey, who gave a wonderfully heartfelt commencement speech at the 2014 Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. Carrey provided  the students with an important reminder about how to approach and conquer challenges in life. Enjoy this moment of zen and then get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week

RAISE study: medications for patients with first episode psychosis may not meet guidelines 
If you want just one good reason we think a stronger partnership between NIMH and SAMHSA is important, consider the work being done in the area of First Episode Psychosis. There is an important research paper just published that shows almost 40 percent of people with first-episode psychosis in community mental health clinics across the country might benefit from medication treatment changes. Forty percent! The study is among the first of several to report results from the Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project, which was developed by NIMH to examine first-episode psychosis before and after specialized treatment was offered in community settings in the United States.

Thank goodness NIMH is working closely with SAMHSA on the rollout of the FEP programs funded with the 5% community block grant setaside. The importance of closer ties between NIMH and SAMHSA is one talking point that we agree with Congressman Murphy on. Now don't get too excited, there is clearly a need for a moderation gene or two that needs to be included in the discussion about funding for SAMHSA vs. NIMH as proposed in the Murphy bill. However, there is no question that strengthening clinical partnerships between the two organizations is long overdue.

McSally defeats Barber in close congressional race 
Republican Martha McSally defeated Rep. Ron Barber Wednesday, after a protracted recount in the Tucson-based 2nd District reaffirmed her lead.

A personal thank you to Lauren Alfred, Deputy Chief of Staff to Representative Ron Barber 
We want to give a personal shoutout to Lauren Alfred, Deputy Chief of Staff & Legislative Director for Representative Barber. Lauren was instrumental in securing space at the House office buildings for our dialogue series. Best of luck to you Lauren. We know you will continue doing great things!

Let's work together to finally stop public and private systems from denying care and forcing our loved ones to go from crisis to crisis 
Over the past six months we have featured Zen posts by participants in our ongoing dialogue series on mental health reform, specifically on the issue of assisted outpatient treatment. True to the spirit of the Network, we have shared a wide range of opinion on the topic. Today is no different. Debbie Plotnick, Senior Director of State Policy, Mental Health America, shares her thoughts on this controversial issue. Worthy read, Network faithful. 

Senator Harkin bids farewell 
Take the time to honor a true champion in the United States Senate. Enjoy, and maybe even shed a tear or two, as this iconic Senator yields the floor for the last time...

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who have made a donation to help support the work of the Children's Mental Health Network!
We rely on your donations to ensure that the Network remains viable. So do what you do best, Network faithful, make a tax deductible donation at the level that works for you - $25.00 / $50.00 / $75.00 / $100.00$250.00 or more. Unable to make a contribution at this time? No worries, Friday Update will always be free, but give if you can. Thanks again to so many of you who are spreading the word. We are indeed a collective voice, and your support is greatly appreciated

28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health - Ortho adds intensive full day session!
Beginning with this issue of Friday Update we will feature a highlight from the upcoming 28th annual research and policy conference in Tampa, Florida. Basically, ya wanna get on down there for the finest conference on research and policy related to child, adolescent and young adult behavioral health.  This week, we take a look at one of the amazing pre-conference sessions, sponsored by the good folks from Ortho Psychiatry. 
The American Orthopsychiatric Association will be sponsoring an all-day intensive workshop entitled, "Ready for Change? Fostering Systems and Communities Responsive to the Behavioral Health Needs of the Next America." The workshop will detail the evidence for dramatic generational change in our society and the ways in which those changes manifest themselves in the mental health needs of the younger generation. Presenters include Paul Taylor, senior fellow at the Pew Research Center and author of The Next AmericaGary Melton professor of pediatrics and community and behavioral health at the University of Colorado and recipient of numerous national awards over the course of his illustrious career; and Mary Armstrong, University of South Florida, with a career spanning over 25 years at the forefront of reform efforts in children's mental health. Okay, Network faithful, get yourself registered for the conference and be sure to add this rare opportunity pre-conference session to your schedule. Note that there is a separate fee for this day-long session.

CMS clarifies "free care" policy 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a State Medicaid Director (SMD) letter clarifying Medicaid reimbursement policy for services available to the community at large.  The so-called "free care" policy has particularly important implications for seeking Medicaid reimbursement for certain services provided in school-based settings. 

SAMHSA releases report highlighting accomplishments 
SAMHSA has released the Leading Change Accomplishments Report. This report highlights some key accomplishments SAMHSA has achieved through its Strategic Initiatives. Download your copy of the report and let us know what you think! 

Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success State and Tribal Initiative 
Continuing the SAMHSA theme, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success cooperative agreements (SPF-PFS 2015). The SPF-PFS program is designed to address two of the nation's top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25. 

Neuroleader Master Class - 50% off for Friday Update readers! 
Heads up Network faithful - Zero Point Leadership is offering a 50% discount ($700.00 savings!) on their next leadership course to all amazingly passionate, dedicated children's mental health advocates who are avid readers of Friday Update (that be you!). Use the promo code CMHN-Holiday when you register. Oh man, we do love our faithful followers. So, if you have been thinking about honing your leadership skills, there is probably not a better time to take advantage of this opportunity. I just finished the course and was so impressed, I am now signed up for the advanced master class (heaven help us all). 

National Council unveils "Ignite" contest to share your passion at NATCON 
Leave it to the titans at the National Council to come up with an uber cool contest that will result in five "Ignite" speakers being featured at their national conference. Gotta eat your Wheaties before readin' this post! 

Recalibrate your holiday expectations - "Gems" from British Invasion! 
Whenever we hear from Network faithful British Invasion, our hearts swell with joy as we know we are in for a treat that will either put us in a blissful pretzel pose (yoga links) or help us create the most wonderful zen state (mindfulness links). Both are especially welcome during the hectic holiday season. So here you go–two tasty treats from our cultural ambassador from across the pond. Someday we will reveal the true identity of British Invasion, but not today–his (or her) super powers must remain strong. Enjoy! 

National Wraparound Implementation Academy 
Okay, all you wraparound devotees, put this one on your calendar!  The National Wraparound Implementation Center (the implementation support wing of the National Wraparound Initiative) is hosting a NATIONAL WRAPAROUND IMPLEMENTATION ACADEMY July 14-15 in beautiful Portland, Oregon. The Academy will focus on implementation of high-quality, research-based Wraparound care coordination and have tracks for program administrators, supervisors of parent peer support partners and wraparound facilitators, and research and evaluation staff. The Academy will also have a particularly cutting edge track on youth and young adult peer support. Slots will fill up quickly so get on it!

Free online wraparound learning community kicking into gear 
Speaking of wraparound, the good folks at Vroon VDB are looking to start a free wraparound learning community. If the idea of an online learning community appeals to you, let them know. They are eager to get started! 

National Foster Care Month initiative looking for stories 
Thanks to Network faithful Jim Wotring for sharing yet another good example of the work coming out of the Georgetown Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health. Check it out! 


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Scott Bryant-Comstock
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