Friday Update 5-9-14

Greetings faithful readers. Graduation, Mother's Day and an amazing birthday extended Friday Update to, ahem, Wednesday... But no worries, it is an action-packed edition and we will be back on schedule in just a few days from now. Let's see... that should be Friday, right? Okay, gotta go old school to remind us of Friday so enjoy the iconic Rebecca Black (c'mon, you know you love it) and then get to readin' Friday Update! 

Most important reads for this week

Positive first meeting with Congressman Murphy to discuss HR 3717 - Every negotiation begins with a starting point, and this was ours 
The Children's Mental Health Network had a productive meeting last week with Congressman Tim Murphy to discuss the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 3717). Joining me in the meeting was Advisory Council member Lisa Lambert, Executive Director of the Parent Professional Advocacy League, Boston, MA, Ruth Fox, Executive Director, and Maria Silva of the Allegheny Family Network, Pittsburgh, PA. Serious props to Congressman Murphy for not only being willing to listen to our perspective but also willing to take the additional step of meeting with families from the Allegheny Family Network. Small steps Network faithful – We talk a lot about the disappointment in the most polarized Congress since Reconstruction. If our actions mirror that polarization then we are no better. The Children's Mental Health Network cannot let that happen and we count on you Network faithful to keep us focused on our guiding mission of being a collective voice for children's mental health.

Oh SAMHSA, Where Art Thou? 
What did Newtown mean, if we can't get help for children and families in mental health crisis? Over the past six months we have featured several posts related to HR 3717 the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. This week, we feature Liza Long, aka the Anarchist Soccer Mom, who speaks out about her disappointment in SAMHSA and her support of HR 3717. It is important for Network faithful to explore all sides of this issue.

CMHNetwork Children's Mental Health Awareness Week 
Special thanks to all who participated in the CMHNetwork Children's Mental Health Awareness Week activities. We teamed up this year with Characters Unite and Creating Community Solutions to provide wonderful opportunities for communities for groups and communities to enhance their Awareness Week activities. Check out the pictures. We are up to 785 with more coming in daily! 

Georgetown University Training Institutes – Make your hotel reservations now! 
The Georgetown Training Institutes will be at the beautiful Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center, a waterfront destination set along the Potomac River. Make your reservation before the hotel fills up, and join us for the premier training on children's mental health. Check the website for complete information about the Institutes and details about the sessions and topics. Keep an eye out for the Institute conference app where all conference information will be on your mobile device, allowing you to interact with attendees and faculty!

Cops in Conn. train in mental health 101 
With the current debate about Assisted Outpatient Treatment it is important to look at some of the effective tools police officers are increasingly employing when needing to determine quickly the difference between someone who needs to be taken to jail and someone who needs to be taken to the hospital. This article focuses on how police departments are training officers to be a part of crisis intervention teams (CIT) to broaden their options when dealing with individuals in distress. Only around 2,700 agencies in the US have had CIT training. There are close to 20,000 police and sheriff's offices/departments in the United States so we have a long way to go! 

Report finds mental health challenges among older adolescents and young adults 
A new SAMHSA report shows that older adolescents and young adults with emotional and behavioral health conditions are much more likely to have significant problems with school performance, employment, and housing stability.

Upcoming webinar: Risk and Vulnerability for Mood Disorders in Teens 
The International Bipolar Foundation is out with another timely webinar. This presentation will discuss normative brain changes that occur during adolescent development that may predispose toward the development of mood disorder during this critical period in vulnerable individuals. 

Mental Health Month messages: Recovery includes medical treatment 
SAMHSA/CMHS Director Paolo del Vecchio is releasing a series of blogs that discuss important issues for the behavioral health community and the nation. The first blog focuses on the importance of the concept of recovery and hope, how treatment is included in this concept, and features a powerful personal story. 

Certified Peer Specialists in mental health care
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) just released the May 7 issue of theHealth Care Innovations Exchange. The featured Innovations describe two programs that expanded mental health services through the use of trained and certified peer specialists.

Three more exciting Speak Up for Kids events scheduled for May 
Speak Up for Kids 2014 is in full swing and showing no signs of slowing down. There are three more exciting Speak Up for Kids events scheduled this month so be sure to mark them down on your calendar:


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