Friday Update 4-11-14

Greetings faithful readers. World Down Syndrome Day was held last month but we think the video produced to celebrate the day to the music of Pharrell Williams "Happy" is a perfect tonic for what ails ya. Clap along, remind yourself why you put in the tireless hours you do on behalf of children and families and then get to readin' Friday Update! 

Most important reads for this week

Healthy Transitions grant opportunity announced 
Network faithful should sharpen their pencils and get to writin'. The Healthy Transitions grant announcement has been released! Woo hoo for transition-age youth! Please note that the name of the grant program has been changed to "Now is the Time" Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with, or at Risk for, Serious Mental Health Conditions (Short Title, NITT-Healthy Transitions (NITT-HT). Get busy Network faithful - your hard work paid off on this one...

Props to Network Faithful Amy Lewyn
We were delighted to have Network faithful Amy Lewyn of the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC visit Valhalla (that would be Durham, North Carolina) to see where Friday Update is conceptualized and written. Sort of like watching sausage being made we know, but we were happy to host her and her colleagues. So that's why Friday Update is late this week..At any rate, it was great to have Network faithful visit the CMHNetwork compound so be sure to send Children's National some Network love!

In-school planning centers a success in Cleveland 
In August 2013 we featured a Morning Zen post with Kevin Dwyer who focused on systemic, preventive alternatives to suspension, expulsion, seclusion and restraint. One of the strategies mentioned was the use of in-school planning centers. Network faithful are encourage to watch a recent news story on how the Cleveland School District has successfully implemented planning centers in their schools.

Upcoming webinar on preventing suicide among justice-involved youth 
This webinar will describe new resources from the Action Alliance's Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System Task Force. The presentation will summarize the work of the Juvenile Justice Task Force and include in-depth discussion of the research findings and recommendations.

Poster Session announced for the Georgetown Training Institutes 
The Training Institutes' Poster Session on Friday, July 18th is a great opportunity for informal networking and learning on an informal basis with lots of great desserts!  We are still accepting Poster Proposals, so sign up already! 

Learning community established to examine the implementation of the National CLAS Standards in Behavioral Health Systems 
The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University is seeking 20 individuals from state, territorial, and tribal level behavioral health systems who are committed to making a difference by implementing cultural and linguistic competency. Get in on this one quick!

Linda Rosenberg, National Council President & CEO gives thanks to "extraordinary people" for passage of Excellence in Mental Health Act 
A really nice letter from National Council CEO Linda Rosenberg congratulating folks for helping to get the Excellence in Mental Health Act passed. Props to the National Council for their relentless efforts to improve mental health services for those who need it most. 

Announcing the 2014 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program 
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy, the Juvenile Law Center (JLC), and the National League of Cities (NLC) are pleased to announce that the application window for the 2014 Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program is now open through May 30, 2014.  The program, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will run September 8-10, 2014 at Georgetown University. The Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program presents an excellent opportunity for prosecutors, probation officers, law enforcement officials, and other juvenile justice leaders to obtain in-depth training, education, and guidance on juvenile diversion policies, practices and programs.

Starting and supporting family advisory groups: A "How-To" webinar 
Join the National Center for Medical Home Implementation for a webinar that will provide a detailed "How-To" description of starting and supporting family advisory groups, examples of best practices, and insights from parent partners.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! 
As many as one in four children from birth to age 5 is at risk of developmental delay or behavioral challenges. To promote healthy development and early identification of these issues, several agencies within HHS (including SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Education have partnered to launch a public outreach campaign highlighting the importance of universal developmental and behavioral screening, and support for young children.

The Ryan budget: Who wins, who loses... Who's got a better idea? 
The House of Representatives just passed a budget plan for FY 2015 drafted by Paul Ryan, Chair of the House Budget Committee. It is called "The Path to Prosperity," but only a select few get to go down that road. Attend this webinar to learn the actual about the budget plan, including concrete estimates of the impacts on health care, nutrition, housing, education, and more.  

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, Week and Day - Celebrations abound! 
CMHNetwork Children's Mental Health Awareness Week 
In partnership with Characters Unite and Creating Community Solutions the Children's Mental Health Network is offering two great activities that you can use as stand-alone activities during Children's Mental Health Week or can incorporate into your existing plans to enhance what we are sure is already a great program. Our focus this year is Battling Stigma and Disparities in Children's Mental Health. Creating Community Solutions is making all of their resources available so that you can hold meaningful dialogues in your community about the importance of battling stigma and disparities in children's mental health. Characters Unite has given us the idea of both joining their "I won't stand for" campaign and creating one of our own for you to participate in. Check it out Network faithful and get ready for a great Children's Mental Health Awareness week. These activities can be incorporated into any of the great opportunities listed below! 

Speak up for kids! 
The Child Mind Institute has put together a comprehensive array of resources to help you raise awareness about the needs of children and youth with mental health challenges during the month of May. Their campaign is called "Speak Up for Kids" and per usual, there is a tremendous amount of great information for you to use.

Details on National Federation activities for Children's Mental Health Awareness Week 
The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health is selling green ribbons, lapel pins, stickers and more to help you prepare for Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. Also announced - The Federation is partnering with the Bazelon Center and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on a legislative briefing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 8th. 

Mental Health America celebrates "May is Mental Health Month" 
Mental Health America encourages you to download the 2014 May is Mental Health Month toolkit and use the material to spread the word about Mental Health Month and the importance of mental health to overall health. The toolkit includes an overview with key messages and statistics, sample Twitter and Facebook posts, a logo, Facebook cover photos, banner ads and buttons, and fact sheets.

If you know of other Children's Mental Health Awareness Month, Week or Day activities, let us know!


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