Friday Update 2-26-16
Friday Update 2-26-16
Greetings faithful readers. Let's start things off with a poignant interview between Ellen DeGeneres and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey. As tough as Rousey is, she reminds us that even the toughest of the tough can have dark moments of despair and depression. A worthy watch, Network faithful. Enjoy the video and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!
Most important reads for this week
International Bipolar Foundation High School Essay Contest
The International Bipolar Foundation has opened the submission portal for the 2016 annual global essay contest to erase stigma associated with mental illness through education. The contest is part of the foundation's mission to address the impact of bipolar disorder and is open to all high school students. This contest is one of our favorites!
New App Helps Parents Talk to Kids About Disasters
Help Kids Cope, a new mobile phone application from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, will help parents talk to their kids about the disasters they may face and know how best to support them. Parents can learn what to do before, during, and after ten different types of disasters and know what to say "in the moment" to support kids of all ages.
Speaking of Apps... HHS Office for Civil Rights offers HIPAA Guidance on Mobile Apps
HHS's Office for Civil Rights today released guidance to help mobile app developers determine whether their products are subject to HIPAA. The 4-page document lists specific use cases and tells developers when they would be considered a business associate and subject to the rule. Generally, a developer falls under the privacy rule when it creates, receives, maintains or transmits protected health information on behalf of a covered entity. The guidance should "reduce some of the uncertainty that can be a barrier to innovation," the office said in a release.
Shortage Of Addiction Counselors Further Strained By Opioid Epidemic
As the drug-related death toll rises in the United States, communities are trying to open more treatment beds. But an ongoing labor shortage among drug treatment staff is slowing those efforts. Each year, roughly one of every four substance-abuse clinicians nationally choose to leave the job, according to recent research. And that's not just turnover — leaving one job for another in the same field. As an Institute of Medicine report documented in 2006, there's been a shortage of addiction workers for decades.
Latino Youth In California See Significant Rise In Psychiatric Hospitalizations
Psychiatric hospitalizations of Latino children and young adults in California are rising dramatically — at a much faster pace than among their white and black peers, according to state data. While mental health hospitalizations of young people of all ethnicities have climbed in recent years, Latino rates stand out.
Social Emotional Learning Requires Choosing "Best Practices"
In this Morning Zen Post, Kevin Dwyer reminds us of the importance of Social Emotional Learning in schools and encourages the integration of SEL into academic curriculums. We know how important it is to have highly proficient teachers and principals in our schools. We know that when those teachers and principals are supported by school system leadership with the necessary resources to do a fantastic job, our children succeed academically and socially.
- The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS): An Effective Treatment for Children in Connecticut
Schools are increasingly called upon to address children's behavioral health needs. However, many have limited training and resources. Supporting schools to answer this call with more effective behavioral health services, including trauma-informed, evidence-based interventions helps produce healthier children and stronger schools and communities. CHDI's latest Issue Brief discusses how an evidence-based trauma-focused intervention is helping children and schools in Connecticut.
- Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Children and Adolescents at High Risk: Foundations of a Model
Magellan Health Care is out with a new monograph that provides a research-based description of the issues and barriers involved in the treatment of children and youth. With a focus on holistic treatment, it guides a model of care for serving children, youth and their families that is comprehensive and adaptable to complex circumstances.
- Parity of Mental Health and Substance Use Benefits with Other Benefits: Using Your Employer-Sponsored Health Plan to Cover Services
This document examines what the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act means for people with employer-sponsored health plans who need treatment for substance abuse or mental illness. Discusses key elements of health care legislation particularly as it relates to filing a claim, denial of a claim, and the appeals process.
- Strengthening Our Future: Key Elements To Developing a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Diversion Program for Youth With Behavioral Health Conditions
SAMHSA just released Strengthening Our Future: Key Elements To Developing a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Diversion Program for Youth With Behavioral Health Conditions. The document was developed by SAMHSA's partners as part of the 2014–2015 Policy Academy Action Network Initiative.
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