Friday Update 6-19-15

Greetings faithful readers. Oh man, we have a special treat all the way from Mali for you to kick things off, since Friday Update is arriving on, ahem, Monday... Enjoy the mastery of Bassekou Kouyate, who is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. Get your ngoni on, overlook the fact the Friday Update is late, and then get to readin', cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Note: Our analysis of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act and the Including Families in Mental Health Recovery Act will be online June 26th.

Firearms availability and mental health
Kevin Dwyer offers common sense prevention approaches for addressing the bewildering insistence by America to continue providing easy access to firearms.

It's not about mental illness: The big lie that always follows mass shootings by white males
Arthur Chu calls out those who would invoke "mental illness" to the state of the young white male arrested for the horrific shooting spree in Charleston, SC.

Intake and three days into a psychiatric hospital stay through the eyes of Zoë Hooley, author of one of the essays in the book Writing Away the Stigma. Powerful read, Network faithful.

New book helps children cope with worry and anxiety
For any child who feels anxious or worried when facing everyday life circumstances, this charming picture book, "Just Breathe", helps children cope with the challenges by reminding them to take a moment to breathe and find one's inner calm. Annette Rivlin-Gutman's second book provides a positive and uplifting message, giving readers the sense that though they may have challenging moments, they can find their strength and serenity within.

Mental health advocates oppose Rep. Tim Murphy's Bill for promoting forced "treatment" over more effective and less expensive voluntary care
The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR)  shares their take on the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act.

Moving to Young Adult Life: A Legal Guide for Parents of Youth with Mental Health Needs
When their child transitions to adulthood, parents wonder about their new role.  Until now, they have done most of the decision-making. They knew their options, their legal role and where to seek help. This groundbreaking guide, Moving to Young Adult Life: A Legal Guide for Parents of Youth with Mental Health Needs, covers topics such as financial decisions, health care options, guardianship and transition from special education.

Getting to Work: Promoting Employment of People with Mental Illness
This report describes the need for supported employment services, how these services work, the successful outcomes they secure, the cost savings that they enable states to realize, and the legal obligations that they help states fulfill. It also offers recommendations for states interested in expanding the availability of supported employment services for people with serious mental illness.

Community and State Systems Change Associated with the Healthy Transitions Initiative
This article focuses on efforts to create systems change in communities that received grants under the federally funded Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI). This article also reviews the development of a measure to assess system change efforts and describes the findings that emerged when the measure was used to assess the change that occurred in the HTI sites.

Weapon Involvement in the Victimization of Children
Estimates from the Second National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence indicate that over 17.5 million youth in the United States have been exposed to violence involving a weapon in their lifetimes as witnesses or victims, or better than 1 in 4 children. More than 2 million youth in the United States (1 in 33) have been directly assaulted in incidents where the high lethality risk weapons of guns and knives were used. Findings add to the field's broadening conceptualization of youth victimization highlighting the potentially highly consequential risk factor of weapon exposure as a component of victimization experiences on the mental health of youth.

CMS eases IMD exclusion
The Obama administration is preparing to roll back a decades-old Medicaid ban on funding inpatient care for mental illness and substance abuse at psychiatric facilities — potentially providing greater access to specialty care and reducing the burden on hospitals as Medicaid rolls swell across the country.

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