Friday Update 4-11-14
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
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.
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!
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!
- Building Consensus on Residential Measures: Recommendations for Outcome and Performance Measures
- StopBullying.gov updates image gallery
Take Action! Please take time to familiarize yourselves with these bills and share your thoughts with your elected officials.
- Keeping All Student's Safe Act!
Senator Tom Harkin has introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act (KASA), vowing to push forward with this bill "either as a stand-alone piece of legislation or by incorporating it into a bigger bill." The bill puts the contentious issue back on the front burner in Congress after the House passed a similar bill in 2010 and a previous Senate bill stalled. Make no mistake; getting the KASA bill through will be an uphill battle so your continued advocacy on this issue is important. While we think the introduction and passage of this proposed bill should be a no-brainer, much more public support is needed. And that means you! We have made it super easy for you to do so take 5 minutes and let your voice be heard.
- Prohibiting Detention of Youth Status Offenders Act of 2014
H.R. 4123, the Prohibiting Detention of Youth Status Offenders Act of 2014 would eliminate locked confinement of status offenders. Under the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA), youth who have committed a status offense such as running away from home or skipping school, cannot be placed in locked confinement unless their behavior violates a valid court order. Rep. Cardenas' bill, gets rid of this exception. The bill requires all states, within one year of the legislation's passage, to stop using the valid court order (VCO) exception. States can be granted an additional 12 months to eliminate their use of VCOs if they are able to show hardship. Status offenders do not belong behind bars as overwhelming evidence indicates that once in the prison system the likelihood of repeat incarcerations increases. Efforts need to be addressed to alternative treatment strategies that do not involve incarceration.
- Protecting Youth From Solitary Confinement Act
H.R. 4124, the Protecting Youth From Solitary Confinement Act prohibits solitary confinement of individuals who are being held in juvenile facilities, and are under federal custody. The bill further requires that the Director of the Board of Prisons compile and present annual data on the number of juveniles who are placed in solitary confinement at their facilities. The report will include demographic information, and data on why and how long the youth was placed in solitary. H.R. 4124, was sent to the Judiciary Committee for their review.
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