Friday Update 12-26-14
Friday Update 12-26-14
Greetings faithful readers. The year was 1970, and I was a dripping wet 14 years old, just a kid. But not too young to hitch a ride with a couple of friends from Hayward across the bridge to San Francisco for my first rock concert. The venue was Winterland, and on the bill was Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, the Stonemans, and the Brotherhood Of Light. Joe Cocker awakened something in me I didn't know was there - raw, unfettered soul. Watching Joe perform was a bit of a puzzlement - his arms flailed in wildly spastic, seemingly uncontrollable gyrations. But his voice - now that was the real deal. Joe Cocker's voice had the ability to grab you by the spine and instantly transport you with him to whatever universe he decided to travel to in that particular moment. Joe Cocker passed away this week, so allow a bit of personal privilege, and indulge in a nostalgic look back at an amazing artist, who despite early challenges, loved and embraced his gift. And ain't that ultimately what it is all about, Network faithful? Gotta love and embrace your gifts, cuz each and every one of you has them. Now groove to Joe's version of the Beatles hit, "With a little help from my friends", and then get to readin' Friday Update! Note:Yes, the AOT summary is coming to you later today, so place your bets on when it arrives, and be on the lookout!
Most important reads for this week
How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them
Our biases can be dangerous, even deadly — as we've seen in the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner, in Staten Island, New York. Diversity advocate Vernā Myers looks closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward out-groups. She makes a plea to all people: Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable. In a funny, impassioned, important talk, she shows us how.
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28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health
If you submitted a proposal and have not received notification of the decision from the conference committee, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to have the complete agenda online the second week of January. Here is your weekly peek at an example of the type of presentation that will take place at the conference. Since we have been focusing on wraparound the past few editions of Friday Update, here is one presentation that we know you will not want to miss:
- Advances in Wraparound Fidelity Monitoring
Wraparound fidelity monitoring has made great strides in the past decade—with the creation and adoption of the several standardized tools included in the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS) at numerous sites around the country and the development of quality improvement feedback mechanisms to make use of the data. As more Wraparound initiatives utilize the fidelity assessment system, and the Wraparound model continues to become more codified, the work to refine existing tools and develop new methods to meet the needs of the field continues. This symposium will focus on recent efforts by the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) in this area.
Learn more about the work of the National Wraparound Initiative here.
C'mon now, get registered, buy some extra SPF 15 and load up the suitcase with your designer sunglasses and finest sandals. You want to be stylin' for sunny Tampa, Florida in March!
SAMHSA recruiting young emerging leaders
SAMHSA is recruiting young emerging leaders in the field of behavioral health for the 2015 Behavioral Health Leadership Development Program (BHLDP), a component of its Project LIFT (Leadership Initiatives for Tomorrow). BHLDP is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of emerging leaders in the behavioral health field. This looks like a great opportunity for Network faithful between 20 and 30 years old. Ah yes, I remember those days like they were only yesterday… Just think if we had Project LIFT back in the Dark Ages!
Regulating a single gene may alter addiction and stress responses
Researchers have now used genetically engineered DNA binding proteins to target specific processes within a gene - located within a brain reward center in the mouse. By regulating the activity of this specific gene, the scientists found they were able to alter gene expression and behaviors related to addiction and stress. This technique may lead to new treatments for substance use and mental disorders.
NIDA seeks input on 2016–2020 strategic plan
NIDA is revitalizing its Strategic Plan to provide a framework for the research it will support over the next five years.The current NIDA Strategic Plan was published in 2010. Since that time, there have been major advances in the science of drug abuse and addiction. Therefore, the Institute has begun a planning process to develop a revitalized Strategic Plan for 2016–2020. NIDA invites input from researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public. To ensure consideration, responses must be received by January 30, 2015.
Briefing paper supports discussing race to address racial discipline disparities
The Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative has released You Can't Fix What You Don't Look At: Acknowledging Race in Addressing Racial Discipline Disparities. This briefing paper highlights recommendations for school administrators and educators for facilitating conversations about race to address racial discipline disparities.
Your Life Matters!
Your Life Matters! is an opportunity for every faith community in the United States, regardless of creed, to focus one Sabbath each year on the characteristics common to most faiths that also help prevent suicides. Your Life Matters! is an initiative of the Faith Communities Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
- An Introduction to Co-Occurring Borderline Personality Disorders and Substance Use Disorders
This resource introduces professional care providers to borderline personality disorder. It covers signs and symptoms, with or without co-occurring substance use disorder; monitoring clients for self-harm and suicide; and referrals to treatment.
- Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Assistance for LGBT Communities
This resource guides health professionals in helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people understand health insurance options, particularly mental health and substance abuse benefits and services, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and enroll in plans.
- Average Annual Rate of Emergency Department Visits for Bipolar Disorder Among Persons Aged 15 Years and Older
During 2010 to 2011, approximately 468,000 emergency department visits were made each year by persons aged 15 years and older with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, an overall rate of 3.8 visits per 1,000 persons per year. The visit rate declined significantly as age increased. Persons aged 15 to 24 years had the highest rate (6.5 per 1,000), which was nearly three times the rate for persons aged 50 years and older (2.2 per 1,000).
- Teen Dating Violence: How Peers Can Affect Risk and Protective Factors
This National Institute of Justice brief explores the latest research on teen dating relationships to uncover how peers can encourage or hinder help-seeking behavior after violence.
- Departments of Justice, Education Release Correctional Education Guidance Package for Serving Juvenile Justice System-Involved Youth
Developed through a partnership between the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, this correction education guidance package is designed to inform the efforts of states, school districts, and juvenile justice facilities that serve system-involved youth. The package includes recommendations and federal requirements for ensuring that youth in confinement receive an education comparable to those provided in traditional public school settings.
- Prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
This issue of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) FASD in Review examines a new article in the journal Pediatrics that the prevalence of FASD among school children may be significantly higher than previous estimates. The review summarizes the findings and discussions their implications for the FASD field.
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