Friday Update 5-16-14

Greetings faithful readers. We have a ton of great stuff to share this week, with much more in the queue for next week. Rather than be, ahem, late with Friday Update, we will hold off on commentary on the 5% set aside for First Episode Psychosis (FEP) programs, a new mental health bill from the Democrats, and our consternation at how competing bills are playing out with children and families being the ultimate losers. Okay, now you know what our weekend looks like. Let's start out with some great inspiration on ethnicity in a wonderful short film by Karen Lum. Watch the video, get super inspired about yet another amazing young person, and then get to readin' Friday Update! 

Most important reads for this week 

Congressman Murphy releases mental health report 
Congressman Tim Murphy, chairman of the Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee, has released the results of a 17-month look into the federal government's mental health resources and programs. The report gives insight into the development of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013 (HR 3717). Network faithful are encouraged to read the report. We will continue to dialogue with Congressman Murphy and members of the Committee on the importance of incorporating a family-driven, youth guided focus into whatever legislation ultimately transpires. 

The cost of not caring: Nowhere to go 
Over the next few months Liz Szabo of USA Today will be writing stories on America's failing mental health system. This looks like a worthy read! We are hopeful that future stories will give equal attention to children's mental health. 

Kevin Briggs: The bridge between suicide and life 
For many years Sergeant Kevin Briggs had a dark, unusual, at times strangely rewarding job: He patrolled the southern end of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, a popular site for suicide attempts. In a sobering, deeply personal talk Briggs shares stories from those he's spoken — and listened — to standing on the edge of life. He gives a powerful piece of advice to those with loved ones who might be contemplating suicide. Don't miss an insightful presentation by Sergeant Briggs at the Georgetown Training Institutes this July. 

Register for the Georgetown University Training Institutes 
Things in mental health are changing rapidly. Be at the forefront of this change by registering for the 2014 Georgetown Training Institutes. This year's Institutes will focus on innovative approaches, and how the system of care approach can guide efforts to improve children's mental health service delivery in a dramatically changing environment. Invest in your professional development by registering today. 

Trevor Project hosting a briefing to discuss suicide prevention among LGBTQ youth 
The Trevor Project will be hosting breakfast briefing on May 29 with Representatives Jackie Speier and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to discuss the issue of suicide prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and how family acceptance is a critical protective factor in promoting the health and well-being of LGBTQ people in adolescence and beyond. Suicidality is an especially critical issue for LGBTQ populations, especially youth and transgender populations. The Trevor Project and their partner organizations work hard to address the problem of LGBTQ youth suicide. If you are in DC on May 29th this would be a worthy meeting to attend! 

New publication focuses on funding for universal prevention and social/emotional learning activities 
A new guide written by education and mental health policy experts from the George Washington University presents federal education programs that could fund school-connected universal prevention and social and emotional learning activities. In addition to the guide, a revised annotated bibliography of significant research regarding the impacts of universal prevention and social and emotional learning on academic performance is also available. Glad to see GW is keepin' it in overdrive! 

Mind the Gap: Integrating physical & mental health care 
The Child Mind Institute continues celebrating awareness month with another Speak Up for Kids event in Chicago, IL. Speak Up for Kids Chicago panelists will discuss innovative approaches to improve the quality of care provided to youth and families of our country, and those of Chicago. They'll talk about the benefits they have seen from addressing mental and physical health conditions in a coordinated, collaborative manner. They'll also talk about the challenges with integrated care, and what is being done to address them. Looks like a good one Network faithful. No worries if you can't make it in person, you can also sign up to be notified as soon as the webcast is available.

Rethinking mental health care: The role of the church in recovery 
The International Bipolar Foundation is out with another great webinar. On May 28th, Dr. Matt Stanford will present on the role of the church in recovery. This webinar will present a balanced clinical and biblical perspective on mental illness. The foundational role of the church in the recovery process will be discussed along with practical steps for churches to effectively minister to those living with mental illness and their families. 

Making it Work: Family, Young Adult & Adult Peer Support -- Limitless Possibilities 
The Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health is offering a timely webinar on young adult and adult peer support. This webinar will provide consumers, administrators, managers and providers with an historical look at Peer Supports, examples of successful Peer Support implementation, and the latest communication from CMS regarding Medicaid reimbursement of these important supports. 



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