Friday Update 3-20-15

Greetings faithful readers. This week has been full of joy, excitement, and the overall super-charged energy required to get ready for a national conference. Wouldn't have it any other way. Let's start off this edition of Friday Update with the Black Eyed Peas and get pumped up! But once you settle down, get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

We're in Tampa! 
The Children's Mental Health Network is in Tampa for the 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference. Keep up at #CMHtampaconference2015.

The Anatomy of NIMH Funding 
A few weeks ago I shared some forthright thoughts on the importance of SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde leading the way on educating both Congress and the American public on what SAMHSA does. I just finished reading a great example of organizational transparency in a white paper written by NIMH Director, Thomas Insel. This white paper would be a great example for SAMHSA to emulate. If something like the "Anatomy of NIMH funding" already exists in the SAMHSA vault, share it again. If it doesn't, please write it! The more people know about the purpose of SAMHSA, what they do, and how they make funding decisions, the more likely they will be to show support. 

On Losing My Darling Natalie - Doris Fuller 
Doris Fuller, Executive Director, Treatment Advocacy Center shares a heartbreaking, yet loving testimony about her daughter Natalie, who died by suicide last week. We are sharing her letter, with permission, as her ability to write with eloquence in a time of great sadness, will speak to many. 

IACP releases publication on the effects of adolescent development on policing 
The IACP has just released a new resource brief for law enforcement titled,The Effects of Adolescent Development on Policing, which was developed with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The brief provides an overview of adolescent brain development, impact on youth/police communications, strategies to improve law enforcement interactions with youth, and tips to foster positive youth development. 

Youth M.O.V.E. National & Georgetown launch community of practice for young adults 
Georgetown University's National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health and Youth M.O.V.E. National are excited to announce the launch of a Community of Practice to specifically support young professionals who are utilizing their personal lived experience in social systems in the workplace. This growing group of young professionals can find a national network to share ideas, build resources and find support, both personally and professionally. Get on it!

Announcing the 2015 Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program 
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that the application window for the 2015 Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program is now open through May 15, 2015. The Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program, held August 3-7, 2015, is an intensive training designed to support local jurisdictions in their efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in their juvenile justice systems. 

Early team-based treatment for people with psychotic symptoms: The RAISE-Early Treatment Program experience 
This webinar hosted by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation on April 14 from 2:00-3:00 PM ET will feature Nina Schooler, Ph.D., of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, one of the NIMH (Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode) researchers. She will discuss how early psychosis clinics are employing methodologies developed for the NIMH RAISE research studies. 

Changing the story about mental health in America 
The Campaign to Change Direction is a nationwide effort to raise awareness around mental health in America. Spearheaded by Give an Hour and co-sponsored by SAMHSA, the campaign is designed to change the story of mental health across the nation by urging all Americans to learn the five signs that someone might be in distress. 

Transition to ICD-10: What it Entails and Why It's Important to Behavioral Health Providers 
This resource assists mental health and substance abuse services providers in making the transition to the new International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) code sets. It answers common questions about ICD-10, including preparation for implementation. 

Safe Space, Safe Places: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Environments for Traumatized LGBT Youth 
SAMHSA's National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Child Sexual Abuse Committee launched a new video which highlights the effect of trauma on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth; how bias impedes optimal care, and practical steps for creating safe and welcoming environments for traumatized LGBTQ youth. 

Suicide Trends Among Persons Aged 10-24 years 
Previous reports have noted that trends in suicide rates vary by mechanism and age group in the U.S., with increasing rates of suffocation suicides among young persons. To test whether this increase is continuing and to determine whether it varies by demographic subgroups among persons aged 10 to 24 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) mortality data for the period 1994 to 2012. 

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