Friday Update 4-17-15
Greetings faithful readers. Man, I am a sucker for the magical sounds of the cello. Let's start off this, ahem, slightly delayed issue of Friday Update with the talented Kevin "K.O." Olusa, covering the Sam Smith song, "Stay with Me". Enjoy the magic that is K.O. and then  get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week   

Sandra Spencer and the National Federation of Families begin new chapters
Sandra Spencer, Executive Director of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, is moving on to new opportunities in her professional career. With this move, she closes one chapter and opens a new one for herself, which, knowing Sandra, will be most exciting.

Prevention science leads to success in school. Let's focus on what is behind the symptoms 
In this compelling Morning Zen post, Kevin Dwyer reminds us of what prevention science tells us about promoting positive mental wellness in schools. After years of development and discovery in prevention science, best practice is not adequately being tracked and recorded. Kevin challenges us to do better at effectively measuring our success and how universal that success is for our nation's children. Time to saddle up, Network faithful. Kevin's charge could not be timelier.

Global Day for Hope 
The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred) will host the Global Day for Hope on Saturday, May 2, 2015. The day will be filled with sunflower plantings worldwide to support the 350 million people living with the treatable disease of depression. People from all corners of the globe are invited to join the movement by planting sunflowers in their communities and unite on social media in an empowering, international symbol of hope. We will be planting sunflowers. Join us!

Youth M.O.V.E. National looking for board members
Youth M.O.V.E. National is opening up Board of Director recruitment effective immediately. Young adults under the age of 28, with lived systems experience, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Upcoming webinar - LGBT & Gender-Nonconforming Youth in Juvenile Justice 
Many juvenile justice systems don't know how many young people in their system identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or gender-nonconforming (LGBT/GNC). Juvenile justice providers often lack appropriate services and placements that meet the unique needs of LGBT/GNC youth. Learn more about new national data that found 20% of young people in detention are LGBT/GNC. Juvenile justice systems can take several steps to ensure that these youth are treated fairly and with respect.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
SAMHSA is hosting its 10th annual Awareness Day Thursday, May 7th. Partnering with SAMHSA is the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychiatric Foundation, the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, Clinton Foundation, and The Jed Foundation. The national event will highlight the needs of children, youth, and young adults with mental or substance use disorders and their families, while demonstrating how these needs can be best met through integrated care. Looks like a great celebration. 

Statewide Peer Networks for Recovery and Resiliency grants available 
SAMHSA is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Statewide Peer Networks for Recovery and Resiliency (Short Title: Statewide Peer Networks for R&R) grants. The purpose of this grant program is to create and/or enhance statewide networks that represent mental health and addictions recovery communities to improve access to and the quality of behavioral health systems, services, treatment and recovery supports statewide. Formal SAMHSA-funded networks already exist in many states for specific recovery and family communities; this program is designed specifically to bridge and unify recovery networks for mental health consumers, families of children with serious emotional disturbance and youth, as well as those in recovery from addictions.

Consultation for kids: Models of psychiatric consultation in pediatric primary care
In observance of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, SAMHSA and the Health Resources and Services Administration present this webinar for individuals to learn about the pediatric psychiatric consultation model.

How severe is the shortage of substance abuse specialists? 
The number of people with insurance coverage for alcohol and drug abuse disorders is about to explode at a time when there's already a severe shortage of trained behavioral health professionals in many states. Until now, there's been no data on just how severe the shortage is and where it's most dire. Jeff Zornitsky of the health care consulting firm Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) has developed the first measurement of how many behavioral health professionals are available to treat millions of adults with a substance use disorder, or SUD, in all 50 states. This article is a great read, network faithful!


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