Friday Update 7-11-14

Greetings faithful readers. We are in a season of change about advocacy on behalf of children, adolescents and young adults with mental health challenges and their families. An inevitable part of transition is moving on from old established approaches to the work that just don't fit as well today. And ya know what? Change is good for the soul, so let's celebrate not stayin' stuck in advocacy models of the past. What better way to get your engine runnin' than with Mike Ness of Social Distortion doin' a killer performance of Bob Dylan's classic Don't think twice to get us in the mood for change. Get your punk rock on and then get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week 

An inconvenient truth that needs to be addressed in a Murphy/Barber compromise: Assisted Outpatient Treatment versus individual choice 
We were pleased to learn that a bipartisan group in the House of Representatives has been meeting to look for some common ground on two mental health bills introduced this Congress -  HR 3717 (Rep. Murphy, PA) and HR 4574 (Rep Barber, AZ). However, in the spirit of compromise, we hope our elected officials will not shy away from one of the most contentious elements of the Murphy bill that is not in the Barber bill – Assisted Outpatient Treatment. The "inconvenient truth" is that there are families with young adult children in deep crisis who need help now. Representative Murphy, Representative Barber, please do not shy away from this issue. It is real; it is uncomfortable, it is not politically correct, but it may be the most important area of focus you could embark on.  

Familias moving forward on mental health  
Mayra E Alvarez, Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health and Human Services blogs about the challenges many Hispanic families face in talking about mental health issues. To encourage conversations in the Hispanic community and across the country about mental health challenges, and how to address them, she encourages readers to visit mentalhealth.gov and take a look at the Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health (Diálogos comunitarios acerca de la salud mental). The toolkit is a great resource for starting and facilitating community conversations about mental health. 

Beyond the Screening: Treatment Services under the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents 
Looks like a great webinar sponsored by our friends at NASHP on how EPSDT can be used to its maximum benefit for children with physical and behavioral health conditions. Mark it down folks! 

National Council offers webinar on gender and trauma 
When it comes to healing trauma, gender matters. Traumatic experiences do not discriminate based on gender, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomics. Trauma impacts the brain similarly, no matter the person.  What is different is how a person approaches and responds to services. Once again the National Council is flyin' ahead of the curve and offering a timely webinar on this most important topic.

It's not too late to register for the Georgetown Training Institutes 
This is a great opportunity to hear prominent featured speakers share their incredible experiences:

Don't forget your Georgetown Training Institutes App 
Since we are on the topic of the Institutes, ya gotta get your gadget on! Just think, an entire weeks worth of great workshops, seminars and plenary sessions plus access to all of the social media events taking place at the conference - all in the palm of your hand. Charge up your phone,download the app and get your game on for next week!

Medicaid & CHIP fact sheets help consumers understand the basics 
The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) has made available a set of Medicaid Fact Sheets aimed at helping consumers understand the basics:  Who is eligible for Medicaid and CHIP? What benefits do the programs provide?  How can individuals enroll? These fact sheets are available in English and Spanish. Share with clients, family and friends! 

CDC teen pregnancy prevention website gets a refresh 
The CDC Division of Reproductive Health has spiffed up their Teen Pregnancy Prevention website with a new web page especially for teens, designed with input from teens. 


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