Friday Update 4-24-15
Greetings faithful readers. Our synopsis of the CMHNetwork visit to a community that utilizes the Assisted Outpatient Treatment process is now online. Suffice to say, as with most things, there is more to the AOT debate than meets the eye. So what better way to get motivated to read an action-packed edition of Friday Update than by enjoying French singer-songwriter Yodelice sing More than Meets the Eye. Get your Visine out, check your vision and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week   

"For" or "against" AOT—Are we asking the wrong question?
After our visit to Butler County, Ohio to visit a community that utilizes the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) process, a reporter asked me, "So now that you have seen AOT, does it change your mind? Are you for or against AOT?" "Neither," I said. "For or against is the wrong question. The question you should be asking is, 'Does this community have in place what it needs to protect and promote recovery for individuals with serious mental illness?' My answer to that question would be – 'They are well on their way.'"

We don't have time to wait
Please read this important message from Michael Botticelli, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, CDC Director. Georgia, along with 21 other states and the District of Columbia, has legal protections in place that shield people possessing drugs from criminal liability if they're helping someone having an overdose. This simple piece of information could save a life.

William T. Grant Foundation accepting nominations for 2015 Scholars Program
The William T. Grant Foundation's Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers from diverse disciplines who have demonstrated success in conducting high-quality research and are seeking to further develop and broaden their expertise. Proposed research projects must be focused on youth between the ages of 5 of 25 in the United States and aim to improve our understanding of programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, as well as the use of research evidence in policy and practice. Get on it, Network faithful!

Write an essay, change the world
Big news Network faithful! The International Bipolar Foundation is once again holding their worldwide essay contest for high school and middle school students. The deadline is May 1st, so get on it!

AHRQ releases resources to improve the integration of behavioral health and primary care
Two new resources to help reduce fragmentation of care through integration are available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

W.K. Kellogg Foundation is looking for a Planning, Evaluation and Research Officer
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading philanthropic force helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive and the nation's fifth largest foundation, is seeking nominations and applications for Officer in the area of Planning, Evaluation and Research (PER). Looks like a great opportunity for research oriented Network faithful.

Momentary Healing
Wynne Lee, 17, struggled with depression and cultural expectations for several years. The teen from Diamond Bar, California, is like many kids from Asian American families who often have trouble finding appropriate treatment. Watch and listen to her tell her story in this video from the Kaiser Foundation.

CMS proposes mental health parity rule for Medicaid and CHIP
Comments are being accepted on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed rule to align mental health and substance use disorder benefits for low-income Americans with benefits required of private health plans and insurance. The deadline to submit comments is June 9, 2015. 

SAMHSA is looking for feedback on core competencies for peer workers
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has identified and drafted a document that describes the foundational and essential core competencies required by a range of peer workers within behavioral health services. This is your chance to review and provide comment.

Using Health Tech to Help Children in Poverty
A new white paper by the Samsung Innovation Center at Children's Health Fund looks at the "growing health gap" for children who live in poverty and what difference health technology might make in improving their access to timely quality care. The paper, released today, makes five specific recommendations. Among them: New technologies must be designed for or adapted to the needs of children, and CMS should create a special fund to incentivize the development of technologies to improve health care access and quality for medically underserved kids.

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