Friday Update (for) 2-21-14

Greetings faithful readers. Okay, okay, it's Monday morning, no denying it. So you can feel what we feel let's start off with the great Mississippi John Hurt singin' his classic Monday Morning Blues. Once you get your Monday morning blues out of the way, 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 - we are running this article again cuz it is danged important! 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... 

Network partners with Enroll America 
We are excited to announce our partnership with Enroll America to help make it easier for you and those you work with to sign up for health insurance. It is as simple as typing in your zip code and voila! –An instant listing of navigator resources near you. You can get free help with your health insurance application — either in-person or over the phone. Experts will answer your questions and guide you through the process. 

Coming Out As You: The Guide 
Hey Network faithful, the Trevor Project has a most awesome resource to help young people think through the decision to come out, be a straight ally to a friend, or, as the guide is titled, just plain "Coming Out As You." In typical Trevor Project fashion, the Coming Out As You guide is comprehensive, non-judgmental and incredibly affirming. 

NIMH Twitter chat on eating disorders 
In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is hosting a Twitter chat on eating disorders. Have your smart phone ready and join the discussion on Friday, February 28, 2014, from 3 to 4 pm ET, with expert Mark Chavez, Ph.D., who is chief of the Eating Disorders Research Program at NIMH. Dr. Chavez will be on hand to discuss the topic and answer your questions. Please use the hashtag #NIMHchats to follow and participate in the Twitter chat. Get your twitter on Network faithful! 

Grant Foundation launches new research initiative on inequality in youth development 
Network research faithful who focus on emerging adults take note - the William T. Grant Foundation has launched a new research initiative to support projects that advance understanding in the area of inequality in youth development. Through its new Understanding Inequality program, the foundation will award grants of up to $600,000 in support of research that focuses on ways to reduce disparities in the academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes among youth. Priority will be given to projects related to inequality on the basis of economic, racial/ethnic, and language backgrounds; research that explores other areas of inequality will be considered based on a compelling case for its impact. Need we say more? Transition-age researchers should be all over this one! 

Time to catch the Greyhound bus headed for the 27th Annual Children's Mental Health Research & Policy Conference!  
Time to start packin' for the best research conference around. Be sure to stop by the Children's Mental Health Network exhibit in the conference hall after you settle in at the conference hotel. We can't wait to see you! Once again, our amazing partners at Sesame Workshop are providing some of their most popular resources for families with young children dealing with difficult situations. Grab a kit or two for your clinical colleagues and family advocates back home - they will love you for it. Last year when we offered these resources it was like a Black Friday run on Walmart so be sure to get your kits early! See you in Tampa March 2 - 5, 2014. 

Georgetown University Training Institutes website has it all - so register already! 
Speaking of conferences, keep the learning going by registering for the Georgetown University Training Institutes taking place in Washington, DC July 16 – 20 in Washington, DC. Highlights include 30 Institutes, 30 Workshops, 20 Professional Development Seminars, General Sessions with exciting featured speakers, and a RockStar Youth Leadership Track. See you in July!

Winter 2014 Legislative Agenda: An America that Works 
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the Republican Winter 2014 Legislative Agenda on February 21, 2014. This memo will give you insight into the Republican priorities and legislative agenda. 

SAMHSA grants - go get 'em! 
SAMHSA has just released announcements for several grant-funding opportunities that will definitely be of interest to Network faithful: Project Launch, Circles of Care, Recovery Statewide Network and Drug-Free Communities Support Program grants top the list. Cancel your appointments today and get to writin'. 

Emergency Medical Services Corps – Providing an opportunity for young men to become competent and successful health care providers 
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation consistently takes the concept of a system of care approach one step further in the work of their grantees. Take time to watch an inspiring video about how the Alameda County Public Health Department's EMS Corps program is helping local health care providers expand and diversify their workforce by training young men and women from the community to be emergency medical professionals. 

Time to Act: Investing in the Health of Our Children and Communities 
Speaking of the RWJ Foundation, the recent convening of the Commission to Build a Healthier America—a national, nonpartisan group of leaders from both the public and private sectors—has released a report that tackles immensely complex matters that underlie profound differences in the health of Americans: experiences in early childhood; opportunities that communities provide for people to make healthy choices; and the mission and incentives of health professionals and health care institutions. 

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health seeks applicants for 2014 Policy Fellowships 
Network faithful in Texas take note – The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is inviting nonprofit organizations in Texas, governmental agencies, and academic institutions to apply for 2014 Hogg Foundation Mental Health Policy Fellowship grants. The annual program is designed to increase the number of individuals and organizations effectively participating in mental health policy analysis, development, implementation, and evaluation. 

Father Involvement - It's a Game Changer! 
It is no secret that the CMHNetwork is a huge fan of just about everything the Children's Institute in California does. One thing they have been particularly strong in is their longstanding commitment to providing high-quality training events around the issue of fatherhood involvement. If you work with fathers, are a father, or care about fathers strengthening the bond between them and their children then you should consider attending the upcoming one-day conference sponsored by the Children's Institute. Their seventh annual Fatherhood Solution Conference will be held on June 13th, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. 


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