Friday Update 5-22-15

Greetings faithful readers. This week marks the passing of the musical legend, B.B. King. What was most amazing for me about King's artistry was his love for simplicity. While other guitarists showed off their prowess by jamming as many notes as possible into a musical phrase, B.B. would smoke 'em and achieve an even more soulful effect with just a few notes. Watch this video of B.B. King playing "The Thrill is Gone" and you will see what I mean. B.B. took his time, sparingly and carefully choosing notes that brought out the subtlety and power of the message in his music. So many parallels for us at the Network as we enter a new political season that will be full of bluster and promises. Choose your words carefully, Network faithful. Families and youth deserve nothing but the best from us. Relish in the simplicity and power of B.B. King, think of how his artistry applies to your everyday work, and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Currently marinating in the fridge...
Oh my, so much to share, so few hours in the day. Here are just a few of the things we are prepping for upcoming issues of Friday Update:

Yep, gonna be a busy summer...

This week we are sharing another powerful essay from Lee Gutkind's book, Writing Away the Stigma. Tahirah Alexander Green writes from the perspective of a nineteen-year-old college student who has "lost her shit." Tahirah goes through a psychiatric assessment, ponders the happy dance known as Celexa, and reflects on stigma. This essay is a powerful read Network faithful.

Hey, congressional staffers – don't skip over this Zen post. Ya gotta read this stuff to let the complexities of mental health reform sink in. There are no quick fixes, so stifle the feel-good sound bites and dig deep.

8th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference- Register today!
It's time again for the Children's Institute's Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference. This conference provides a great opportunity to join a distinguished lineup of speakers and experts in the field of parenting and fatherhood. Explore vital issues. Come away with new knowledge and resources. This year's theme reflects the importance fathers play in their children's, families' and communities' daily lives. We here at the Network are huge fans!

No Letting Go
Okay, Network faithful, let's help Randi Silverman get her movie, No Letting Go, distributed far and wide. If you are a loyal reader of Friday Update, then you know we do whatever we can to support the collective voice that focuses on children's mental health. Randi is a loyal reader; you are loyal readers... my goodness, a match made in heaven!

Trends in the Five Most Costly Conditions among the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002 and 2012
About 45 million Americans received mental health care services totaling $84 billion in 2012, an increase from 2002 when 31 million Americans received services for mental health care totaling $59 billion. Those receiving mental health care paid the highest out-of-pocket share of expenses (roughly 20 percent) while those treated for cancer paid the lowest out-of-pocket share (about 6 percent) in 2002 and 2012. Parity anyone?

CMS proposes mental health parity rule for Medicaid and CHIP
Speaking of parity, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a 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 proposal applies certain provisions of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 to Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Act ensures that mental health and substance use disorder benefits are no more restrictive than medical and surgical services. The deadline for providing comment on proposed rule is June 9th, so get to readin'. We will share our recommendations next week.

NCTSN unveils new resource page on community disparities
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a new resource page on community disparities. The page features resources for parents and providers living in areas where there has been community unrest, advice regarding media coverage of these events, guidance on helping children and adolescents who have been exposed to multiple traumas and more.

Focal Point 2015 dedicated toTrauma-Informed Care
Understanding the pervasiveness of trauma and the harm it causes presents new opportunities for those who work with and care for youth and young adults. Focal Point 2015 is dedicated to Trauma-Informed Care – from neurobiology to public policy – and it is available to read online today. Be sure to sign up for the print mailing list to receive future issues in hard copy.

Vroon VDB High Fidelity Wraparound textbooks now available
After years of researching, writing, editing, and testing, Vroon VDB, LLC has just announced the unveiling their High Fidelity Wraparound textbooks.

Franklin County, Ohio: A County Justice and Behavioral Health Systems Improvement Project
The work being done in Franklin County, the leadership that the Franklin County Criminal Justice Planning Board has demonstrated, and the findings emerging from the data analysis presented in this report are instructive for counties everywhere that are "stepping up" to reduce the numbers of people with mental illnesses in their jails.

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