Friday Update 6-12-15

Greetings faithful readers. We are entering a season that will be full of discussion about mental health reform. The focus will be primarily on adults and youth transitioning to adulthood. Let's not forget just how important it is to pay attention to developing resilience in our youngest citizens, the critical importance of prevention, and the cost benefits of nurturing self-determination. Enjoy this inspiring video from Thailand on a mother's strategy for teaching independence and critical thinking to her daughter, and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Good intentions, sense, science, and dollars: Improving the new Murphy Bill
Great read in Morning Zen by Dennis Embry -
"The Murphy bill contains honorable and hopeful aspirations, yet evokes a quote from Thomas Edison that merits mindfulness: "A good intention, with a bad approach, often leads to a poor result." So here is the Murphy bill, full of good intentions. When you consider the sense, science, and dollars, the bill will almost certainly lead to a bad result… There are better ways to achieve the good intentions of all the parties, with better sense, science, and dollar value. I wish we could have that adult discussion: millions of lives hang in the balance."

A letter from the heart
Much Network love to Laura Humphries, for sharing so deeply about her journey with mental illness, keeping the demons in check, recognizing boundaries, and not being a victim. Laura is a mental health advocate in Cambridgeshire, UK. We love our United Kingdom Network faithful!

CMHNetwork 'walks the walk' on the Alternatives Conference
The Alternatives Conference, now entering its 29th year, was at the center of controversy last year in the often heated debate around the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Comments about the conference were often vitriolic, and the name 'Alternatives' was highlighted as an example of wasteful spending by SAMHSA. Join us as we attend the conference this year to see what all the fuss was about. Who knows, we may even learn something!

Matsui brings rationality and common sense to the HIPAA conversation
Big time props to Representative Doris Matsui for her level-headed approach to addressing the challenge many families face when trying to share information with providers who are treating their adult child who may be living at home. We were thrilled to read Representative Matsui's bill that provides much needed clarifying language around HIPAA regulations. Most important, the bill provides $30 million over seven years to create model training programs for educating health care providers on what health information can be shared and in which scenarios. Thank you, Representative Matsui!

Representative Tonko Statement on H.R. 2646
Representative Paul Tonko (NY) makes salient points in discussing his reactions to the recently released Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646). We are appreciative of his recognition of the challenges inherent in carrying out some of the key recommendations in the bill. Here is one example, from his statement:

Solutions to chronic school absenteeism
Once again, Kevin Dwyer calls it the way it is. What we love most about Kevin is that he provides clear strategies for improvement. 

GAO report - SAMHSA must do better on grant reporting
The latest GAO report on SAMHSA is now available.

We were happy to see that HHS concurred with this recommendation!

'Prevention science' can improve Baltimore's future
Read and share this Op-ed piece by Diana Fishbein. We must continue to beat the drum for prevention science.

Are You Running for President?
Okay all you fence-sitters. The National Journal is going to help you make a decision about whether or not you should be the next candidate to rule the free world... Answer a few questions and the Journal's super-advanced algorithm will determine if you're a candidate for 2016.

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