Friday Update 5-30-14

Greetings faithful readers. Let's start this edition of Friday Update off with the ever popular Kid President, who has a few words of advice for President Obama.The two met in the Oval Office to discuss how kids and grown-ups can work together to change the world. This meeting is proof that dreams can come true, and ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Kinda sounds like the work Network faithful do each and every day. Enjoy the message and then get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week 

Basking in the aura that is Maya Angelou 
The country, and indeed the world, lost an iconic figure last week with the passing of Maya Angelou. I was fortunate to have had two encounters with this great lady, and both left an indelible mark on who I am as a writer and as a person today. Give yourself the gift of time to read this post and revel in the words of the amazing Maya Angelou.

America's mental health: a crisis in care 
The Guardian is running a series of articles on America's mental health system. In the description of the series they state "America's mental health system is in crisis. Despite Obamacare designating access to treatment on the same level as regular healthcare, there is no system to deliver it, with broad variations by state and county. The Guardian talked to families left to pick up the slack from this broken system." 

First they ignore you: Impressions from the recent hearing on H.R. 3717 
Leah Harris offers her reflections on the April 3, 2014 House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health hearing on the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 3717). Leah is Director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery and a vocal critic of HR 3717. What may surprise you is that she also is clear that individuals and family members on both sides of the issue need to find common ground. 

The Georgetown University Training Institutes will be here before you know it so register already! 
At this year's Georgetown Training Institutes hear the inspiring story of Kevin Hines, "Cracked, Not Broken." After attempting to take his own life - two years after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder - Kevin has become an international mental health advocate. Don't miss out, register today to attend the 2014 Georgetown Training Institutes and hear this inspirational speaker!

Need another reason to attend the 2014 Georgetown Training Institutes? 
Participants can earn up to 36 hours of continuing education credits! Learn more and register today to take advantage of this professional development opportunity. 

Debate Over Forced Treatment Of The Severely Mentally Ill 
Don't miss the Diane Rehm show on NPR this coming Monday at 10:06 am ET. The recent California shooting has led to renewed calls to make it easier for people to force a mentally ill family member to get help. Diane and her guests discuss balancing the rights of the mentally ill with public safety. 

SAMHSA - Making a difference in the lives of children, families and communities 
The Children's Mental Health Network recently featured a Morning Zen post by Liza Long (author of "I am Adam Lanza's Mother") titled "Where Art Thou SAMHSA?" The Zen post critiqued the work and focus of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In this morning Zen reply, Paolo del Vecchio, Director, Center for Mental Health Services, SAMHSA, offers some facts about SAMHSA and the programs and concepts it supports.

California Youth Connection encourages foster care youth to get coverage 
Thanks to our colleagues at Families USA for alerting us to this cool PSA from the California Youth Connection encouraging young people who were formerly in foster care to sign up for free Medi-Cal coverage. 

SNAP: A simple 4-step plan for preventing bipolar relapse 
Another great webinar sponsored by the good folks at the International Bipolar Foundation is just around the corner. SNAP - Sleep, Nutrition, Activity and People - uses scientifically-based strategies that address four key factors that influence bipolar symptoms. Using this plan, people with bipolar disorder learn to develop good sleep hygiene, eat a diet that promotes mental health, implement a plan for physical activity and learn to create and maintain healthy and supportive interpersonal relationships. 

Upcoming webinar - Young Veterans & Young Parents 
Learn evidence-based practices for addressing the unique behavioral health needs of young parents and young veterans age 18 to 25 by watching the latest KSOC-TV Webisode (Knowledge Network for Systems of Care TV) on June 3 at 2:00 pm EDT. Titled "Supporting Young Veterans and Young Parents," the Webisode will feature an expert panel discussion moderated by SAMHSA's Gary Blau that includes guests Captain Wanda Finch of Real Warriors, Aidan Bohlander of ZERO TO THREE, and young parent Jim Saintgermain, a peer support leader recently honored at National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. 

Webinar for potential Australian American Health Policy Fellowship  applicants
The Commonwealth Fund, in collaboration with the Australian Department of Health, invites you to a webinar on June 5, at 5 pm., ET, on the Australian-American Health Policy Fellowship. The fellowship provides a unique opportunity for outstanding, mid-career U.S. professionals (academics, government officials, clinical leaders, decision-makers in health care delivery systems and health care plans, and journalists) to enrich health policy thinking in both countries. Network faithful are encouraged to apply!

The power of youth development and recovery supports 
Here is a great webinar to put on your July calendar: This webinar will explore the principles of youth development, and what girls say they need for ongoing recovery. Participants will leave feeling inspired and motivated with new ideas and resources for empowering and supporting girls' in their recovery


EBCD training and education modules now available! 
The American Academy of Pediatrics Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD) Leadership Workgroup is pleased to announce the availability of 5 new training and education modules for pediatricians and other health care providers. 



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