Friday Update 2-14-14

Greetings faithful readers. Since many of us get inspired by Valentines Day (yikes, that's today!) I thought we should begin with an inspirational video on "Love" by the French philosopher Yann Dall'Aglio who explores the universal search for tenderness and connection in a world that's ever more focused on the individual. The TED talk is in French (couldn't resist) with English subtitles. Forget the flowers, watch the video, get inspired and  then get to readin' Friday Update! 

Most important reads for this week

Do your part to support a strong 302(b) allocation 
Network faithful take note. Please consider having your organization sign on to the Coalition for Health Funding letter encouraging support of strong 302(b) allocations for the House and Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittees. The bigger the allocations, the better our chances of securing funding for these agencies and programs; or in the current environment, preventing further cuts. Bottom line? If we don't get a strong 302(b) allocation, all of your efforts on behalf of your favorite individual discretionary program... well... ya might as well just cast some old bait wrapped around a rusty hook into your neighbor's overfished pond... 

Newspaper draws back the curtain on the state of (dis) affairs in the CA mental health delivery system - Why we link it to Parity 
A gut-wrenching story was just published in the California Sacramento Bee newspaper regarding the alarming trend in California showing an increase in hospitalizations of young people. For the CMHNetwork, this speaks directly to the challenge we see across the nation, as parity becomes a reality. Advocates must be brazen in ensuring that "parity" includes a full spectrum of services - not just inpatient and outpatient. It's not enough to get those "in the middle" services in place, we have to get them insurance codes and healthy reimbursement. Parity is important and to be celebrated but parity that does not include payment for services in-between the two extremes keeps us in the dark ages of mental health delivery. 

Harkin calls for end to inappropriate seclusion and restraint 
As we announced earlier this week, Senator Tom Harkin on Wednesday introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASA), vowing to push forward with this bill "either as a stand-alone piece of legislation or by incorporating it into a bigger bill." Make no mistake; getting the KASA bill through will be an uphill battle so your continued advocacy on this issue is important. Thanks to all Network faithful who responded to the call for testimonials! 

AHRQ seeking comment on questions to be used in proposed research on improving cultural competence to reduce health disparities for priority populations 
Please note that the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality( AHRQ) is seeking comment until February 26 on a set of key questions to be used in proposed research on Improving Cultural Competence to Reduce Health Disparities for Priority Populations. AHRQ says that key questions help ensure research stays focused on the findings that patients, clinicians, and health care policymakers need in order to make effective decisions. Public comment on proposed key questions helps researchers and experts think about what is most important to ask, so that their research is as useful as possible. Please take the time to offer your input! 

Agenda is posted for the 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference - Early registration ends today!  
The agenda for the conference is now available and we could not be more excited. Be sure to stop by the Children's Mental Health Network table when you get to the conference and show some serious Network love! The conference hotel is sold out but no worries, overflow options are available on the website. And don't forget to put your Raybans, Bermuda shorts and knee-high socks in your suitcase... Register today (surely you have registered already) and get ready for the best children's mental health research and policy conference our nation has to offer. See you in Tampa March 2 - 5, 2014. 

Georgetown University Training Institutes website has it all - so register already! 
Have you seen the Georgetown University Training Institutes website? Oh man, it seriously rocks with everything you need to get ready for an awesome conference taking place in Washington, DC July 16 – 20 in Washington, DC. So how about this to get you excited: 30 Institutes, 30 Workshops, 20 Professional Development Seminars, General Sessions with exciting featured speakers, and a RockStar Youth Leadership Track. See you in July! 

Creating a path to healing through the spirit of the horse 
Our System of Care friend Jon Eagle from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas has been using his own resources to create an innovative model to address youth issues within Indian Country. This model blends culturally modified equine therapy, wraparound, and system of care principles. Watch the video to learn more about the project and see how you can help make this important work a reality. 

World Bipolar Day is March 30 - Mark your calendars! 
Network faithful please take note of this announcement regarding World Bipolar Day from CMHNetwork Advisory Council member and founder of the International Bipolar Foundation, Muffy Walker. World Bipolar Day (WBD) will be celebrating its inaugural year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder. The vision of WBD is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and eliminate social stigma. Through international collaboration the goal of World Bipolar Day is to bring the world population information about bipolar disorders that will educate and improve sensitivity towards the illness. 

National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior: Supporting Young Children's Social/Emotional Development 
The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities (UCEDD) at the University of South Florida is hosting the 11th Annual National Training Institute on Effective Practices, an early childhood conference on positive social/emotional behavior. Anyone interested in learning more about the Pyramid Model framework, learning new strategies, and hearing about new research is encouraged to attend. The conference is April 23 – 25, 2014 (pre-con April 21-22) so register quick! Oh, did we mention it is in St. Petersburg, Florida? Sweet! 

Can Congress be any more polarized? Yep... 
The great political divide in Congress is only going to get wider. The National Journal recently rated this year's Congress as the most divided since they started tracking in 1982. According to their projections, next year will be even more divided. Take a bromo and once it has settled in, read on...  

Characters Unite! 
Nominate an unsung, community hero working to stop hate and discrimination for a 2014 Characters Unite Award. Ten honorees will be recognized on USA Network and receive a $5,000 grant to further their efforts to promote respect and acceptance. Go to www.charactersunite.com for details before the March 31st entry deadline! 

Healthy People 2020 progress review webinar: Detection, prevention & treatment of substance abuse & mental disorders 
Please join NIMH on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, from 12:30 to 2:00 pm ET for a Healthy People 2020 Progress Review Webinar on "Substance Use and Mental Disorders: Early Detection, Prevention, and Treatment." NIMH Deputy Director Philip Wang, M.D., Dr.P.H. will present on the state of science for mental health and mental disorders, with a focus on NIMH efforts related to suicide prevention and early detection of serious mental illness, including schizophrenia and related disorders. 

American Psychiatric Foundation announces new grant applications 
Grant Application Deadline: March 31, 2014—The American Psychiatric Foundation proudly announces the release of two grant applications under its Typical or Troubled?® program for those who work in or with two to ten middle schools and/or high schools. Typical or Troubled?® is a school mental health education program designed to educate teachers and other school staff on: warning signs of emotional and behavioral health issues in teens; how to talk to students who may be experiencing problems and engage family members; and help connect students to appropriate resources within the school or community.  To date, the program has been implemented in 35 states, educated more than 60,000 educators and other school personnel, reached over 2,000 schools and districts that connect with over a million students. 



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