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Friday Update 4-10-15 
Greetings faithful readers. This week we celebrate the love and joy that defines the CMHNetwork through the wonderful eyes of COL-Ret George Patrin, MD, healthcare advocate, advisor to the Children's Mental Health Network, and globe-trotting clown. You can learn more about George and the work he is doing with Patch Adams below, but first - let's get serious and learn from Dr. Patch Adams on the use of medical technology in clinical practice. Watch and learn from the good doctor, enjoy the video, get your clown nose on, and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week   

Seriously Scott? Another couple of days before the Assisted Outpatient Treatment community visit writeup?
Oh Network faithful, you are a most patient group. And Congressman Murphy and fellow members of the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, no worries, I promise our analysis of AOT will be in your inbox Monday morning. Get ready, cuz you got some homework to do!

Leaders as clowns, sans nose 
In his latest Morning Zen post, Dr. Col. (RET) George Patrin, singing clown, advocate, and Children's Mental Health Network Advisory Council member, offers a view of the benefits of clowning for those in leadership positions. George's story is amazing, heartfelt and full of the compassion we come to expect from Network faithful. Enjoy the journey. 

Colonel George Patrin teams up with Patch Adams & the Gesundheit! Institute to study benefits of clowning with vets 
Speaking of the amazing George Patrin… he is collaborating with Patch Adams and the Gesundheit! Institute to conduct a clown trip with Veterans to assess the numerous positive benefits of clowning. Over the past two years they have written a research protocol with the Chicago VA to arrange for Veterans currently in therapy due to any number of conditions - PTSD, TBI, depression, addictions, anxiety and/or suicidal ideation - to attend a clowning workshop in Guatemala. The trip is scheduled for October 10-18, 2015.  This first trip can take only 10 Vets, but they will start a waiting list for future trips, should this prototype trip have the results expected for the first ten selected. Get the details! 

Closing the Gap: Research on the Impact of Creative Arts in Military Populations 
In this National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) blog post, Dr. Emmeline Edwards shares insights about the recent national summit on advancing research in the arts for health in the military. So many important examples of the effective use of alternative approaches for working with individuals with serious mental health challenges. Share this one with your favorite member of Congress! 

Being transgender in a transphobic society leads to moments of sheer desperation 
Wonderful article on the Guardian website by Meredith Talusan on the lack of mental health intervention options for transgender people. Meredith Talusan is a transgender writer and photographer based in New York. Her work has appeared in The Nation, The American Prospect, and is upcoming in Vice. Meredith is a writer worthy of paying closer attention to. 

Text, Talk, Act - Because mental health matters 
Sharing the amazing campaign put on every year by our friends at Creating Community Solutions. Text, Talk, Act is a creative way to stimulate dialogue around mental health - nothin' better than that! 

NIDA looking for feedback on CME activities that address adolescent substance abuse 
NIDA is supporting the development of continuing medical education (CME) activities that address adolescent substance use. NIDA is seeking feedback to help identify the information that would be most useful to medical professionals regarding early intervention for substance use with adolescent patients and their parents. 

FFCMH kicks off Children's Mental Health Awareness Week campaign 
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week is the National Federation's yearly event to raise awareness of the issues and causes integral to the children's mental health field in each of the communities across the country. This year's celebration will begin on Sunday, May 3rd and will continue through Saturday May 9th, 2015. 

Youth suicide prevention and early intervention grants available 
SAMHSA is offering grants to support states and tribes (including Alaska Villages and urban Indian organizations) in developing and implementing statewide or tribal youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies, grounded in public/private collaboration.  Such efforts must involve public/private collaboration among youth-serving institutions and agencies and should include schools, educational institutions, juvenile justice systems, foster care systems, substance abuse and mental health programs, and other child and youth supporting organizations. 

DEA Issues nationwide alert on Fentanyl as threat to health and public safety 
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues/compounds. Fentanyl is commonly laced in heroin, causing significant problems across the country, particularly as heroin abuse has increased.


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