Friday Update 7-18-14

Greetings faithful readers. We have been at the Georgetown Training Institutes all week and are basking in the glow of children's mental health advocates from around the country. Let's start this issue with a cornucopia of favorite videos over the past year for you to enjoy. And if you happen to be at the Institutes, put your headphones on, look studious so conference participants think you are concentrating really, really hard, and then watch these three classics from the CMHNetwork vault. First up - Slip of the tongue by Karen Lum. Then, enjoy a beautifully written and directed piece by Kim Ho - The language of love. And then finish it all off withHappy World Down Syndrome Day, where a collection of amazing people get their groove on to the popular Pharrell Williams viral hit "Happy." Enjoy the video love and then get to readin' a mixture of our most popular posts and current news in Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week 

Laura's Law: Innovative compromise proposed around assisted outpatient treatment 
An important read from our colleagues at No Health without Mental Health. As the debate about assisted outpatient treatment continues, San Francisco is exploring some innovative approaches to making it work in a way that addresses the need, is respectful of individual choice and includes family involvement. 

Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Hurt America's Health 
The Coalition for Health Funding has released a new report, Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Hurt America's Health. The report includes more than 20 testimonials and "shines a light on the eroding public health infrastructure, and the lost opportunities of continued fiscal austerity." A must read for Network faithful! 

The Danger of Doubt: The Ruthless and Frequently Misunderstood Logic of OCD
Don't miss Fletcher Wortmann's Morning Zen blog post where he relays a personal and painfully clear account of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Fletcher is a prolific author, whose book "Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," was named one of Booklist's "Top 10 Science & Health Books of 2012."  From the blog post – "OCD sufferers aren't straight-jacketed neurotics or treacherous psychopaths or lovable buffoon detectives. We are people who suffer, in a way that is familiar to almost everyone, but to a degree that no one should have to endure. I lost the first twenty years of my life to OCD, but I hope that, by continuing to spread awareness of the nature of the disorder, we can bring it out of the shadows and work to alleviate the suffering of so many." 

His name is Bill - and he is fighting against seclusion and restraint 
Read the story of one man's fight against the system to ensure that what happened to his daughter never happens to anyone else. Network faithful, this is one topic that you would do well to educate yourself on. Kids are being traumatized with the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint and that is a bottom-line that none of us want, regardless of whether you are a teacher, provider or family member.

Sesame Workshop Talk, Listen, Connect series focuses on military families 
Sesame Workshop has done it again with another top quality product in their Talk, Listen, Connect Toolkit for Military Families. Did you know that nearly 800,000 preschoolers are separated from a parent serving in the U.S. military? For these children and their families, Sesame Street provides much-needed support and practical education with Talk, Listen, Connect, a multiphase outreach initiative to help kids through deployments, combat-related injuries, and the death of a loved one. 

Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid 
The Council of Economic Advisers has released a report, Missed Opportunities: The Consequences of State Decisions Not to Expand Medicaid, which details the effects of state decisions regarding Medicaid expansion on access to care, financial security, overall health and well-being of residents, and state economies. 

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! 

We don't tell you and here's why 
"The best way to get help for your child with mental health issues is to talk about what's going on. But most of us don't, especially not at first. Adam Lanza's mother, Nancy, was reportedly quiet about his problems. She was happy to talk about gardening, the Red Sox and her hobbies. But she was quiet (publicly at least) about her son. I have been, too. We learn to be..."

Mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders are preventable - Letter to the Wall Street Journal signed by 23 leading prevention scientists 
This Morning Zen post, written by Dr. Dennis Embry, was originally sent to the Wall Street Journal as a response to an editorial that focused on HR 3717 – The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. The letter was signed by 23 leading scientists whose work has shown in gold-standard, randomized longitudinal control studies to prevent, avert, or reduce one or more than one mental illness, including members of the IOM Committee issuing the finding that mental illnesses are preventable. This is a worthy read Network faithful, and we are most happy to share it with you to continue the growth of knowledge about effective strategies for meeting the needs of youth with emotional challenges and their families. 

Nemours is seeking a Manager of Advocacy to join their Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy team in Washington, DC 
The Manager of Advocacy position resides within the Nemours Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy. The position's main focus will be leading advocacy efforts in the area of prevention, early care and education (ECE), healthy child development, child health research, quality and health outcomes and other child health issues supporting the Director, Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy. 


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