Friday Update 6-6-14

Greetings faithful readers. The Senate Appropriations subcommittee markup happens next week. Let the negotiation and lobbying begin! Remember Network faithful, money (or lack thereof) can make organizations and advocates experience serious mission drift. Keep your eye on the prize folks! What better way to get ready for the money discussions then starting off with Pink Floyd performing their classic hit "Money."Close the door to your office and enjoy the groove. As soon as the blisters heal from the frenzied air guitar solo you performed while watching (c'mon, you know you did), get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week 

We are caregivers - A mother's story about her young adult son who lives with paranoid schizophrenia 
A heartfelt Morning Zen post by a mother of a young man with schizophrenia. Caregivers have a voice that needs to be heard. Melanie Jimenez writes, "Often the judgment comes down on us from those who don't have the first clue what it's like to be a caregiver. It's so easy for them to say what they would have done differently if THEY were the ones deciding the fate of our loved ones with schizophrenia. It's so easy for them yet it is one of our most difficult jobs and one that we pour our heart and soul into daily." This is a good read Network faithful! 

Parents of mentally ill adult children frustrated by privacy law 
An important story from Kaiser Health News and NPR. Some parents of adult children with mental illnesses fear that their child will go untreated, suffer, or, at worst, become violent. And often, as the people who care the most about them, many parents want the doctors, social workers and other providers to share protected patient information. There are families in anguish at the helplessness of having a child over the age of 18 with severe mental illness and not being able to intervene. Yes, the conversation about individual rights is a controversial topic, but it is one that we need to continue to have.

Elton John Aids Foundation seeks letters of intent from HIV/AIDS projects 
The Elton John Aids Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for HIV/AIDS-related research and civil rights projects. Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded for projects in the areas of improving health outcomes and advancing equal rights for African Americans; sexual health and rights of adolescents and young adults; syringe access and harm reduction; health and rights of people who are or have been recently incarcerated; and/or access to HIV treatment. To be eligible, applicants must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a proven relationship with a nonprofit organization acting as fiscal sponsor. Think outside the box on this one Network faithful and get to writin'! 

Georgetown Training Institutes – Get your hotel room now! 
Rooms are going fast, register now for the Training Institutes and book your room at the Gaylord National! Make your reservation to receive the Training Institutes' discounted rate. Don't forget to get the latest updates and connect online with the Training Institutes on Facebook and Twitter

New documentary to get young people, communities talking about mental health 
When the Mask Comes Off, produced by the youth media organization Generation Justice, is a video documentary featuring young people from New Mexico discussing their experiences of living with mental illness. Special thanks to Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon for reviewing the video for the Children's Mental Health Network! 

Youth M.O.V.E. National looking for new board members 
Speaking of the ever amazing Youth M.O.V.E., Youth M.O.V.E National is currently accepting applications to review for new Board Members. What an amazing way to connect and participate in directing the work of the youth MOVEment on the national level! The application date is June 15 so get busy. 

Senate Appropriations markup next week! 
Network faithful take note: Senate Appropriations subcommittee markup of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Fiscal Year 2015 bill will take place next Tuesday, June 10th, 2:30 p.m., in 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building. The audio of the markup will be live streamed at that time. Here we go! 

Navigating through the trials and tribulations of having bipolar while employed 
Another great webinar from our friends at the International Bipolar Foundation. Learn the pros and cons of informing your employer of your illness. This is a practical and timely webinar for anyone who is bipolar and in the workforce. Put June 25th on your calendar and register! 

What is MSCABH? 
Our friends in the Department of Child & Family Studies at the University of South Florida have launched a new degree program: the Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH). This program prepares professionals to serve in public and non-profit agencies and schools that work with diverse children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families. 

Keeping kids in school and out of court - great grant opportunity! 
OJJDP is partnering with the Department of Education and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement a multidisciplinary initiative to respond early and appropriately to student mental health and behavioral needs while avoiding referring students to law enforcement and juvenile justice as a disciplinary response. 

What goes on in the adolescent brain? 
In recognition of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 8, 2014, parents gathered at Suburban Hospital's auditorium in Bethesda, MD, to hear the National Institute of Mental Health's (NIMH) Jay N. Giedd, M.D., chief of the Unit on Brain Imaging in the Child Psychiatry Branch, talk about the developing adolescent brain. 

Unintended consequences of parity 
Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of NIMH, has written a thought-provoking blog post on the potential unintended consequences of parity.


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