Friday Update 7-4-14

Greetings faithful readers. Happy 4th of July for those in the states and Canada Day earlier this week for our friends to the North. Since we spent all week in Nova Scotia and completely fell in love with the land and the people, let's show a little international love and bask in the glory of "Oh Canada" sung during the ice hockey (what else?) gold medal ceremony at the 2010 Olympics. Nothin' like a victory on home ice to get your mojo workin' on this glorious Friday. Get ya some Tim Horton's coffee, grab yourself a big ole plate of poutine and get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week  

Suit charges Springfield, MA school warehouses students with mental health needs 
Students with mental health needs are being warehoused in a segregated Springfield school without educational opportunities or therapeutic supports, according to a class action lawsuit filed Friday in US District Court. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of a 15-year-old student who for the last four years has been consigned to the Public Day School, and the Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL), a statewide, grassroots family organization that advocates for improved access to services for children with mental health needs and their families.  Network Advisory Council member Lisa Lambert is Executive Director of PPAL, and is one of the most relentless, knowledgeable and tenacious advocates we know. The Children's Mental Health Network stands solidly in support of PPAL's efforts. Props to Lisa, PPAL, the Bazelon Center and everyone else involved with this effort. Family advocacy at work, folks!

New toolkit helps providers address mental health challenges of youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities 
Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are disproportionately affected by mental health challenges, a disparity that is heightened by too few mental health providers who are trained to serve this population. Check out the new tool kit designed to equip primary care practices in the United States to care for adults with IDD as they transition from their pediatrician's care (can be used for children with IDD as well). The toolkit was developed by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. 

IACP launches online training series on juvenile interviewing and interrogation 
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), in collaboration with OJJDP, has released a free, online training series on effective juvenile interviewing and interrogation techniques. This introductory-level series is targeted to law enforcement and legally authorized juvenile justice professionals who interview and interrogate youth. 

Cost of not caring: Stigma set in stone 
Liz Szabo of USA Today continues with her excellent series of articles profiling America's failing mental health system. 

It's not too late to register for the Georgetown Training Institutes or the Pre-Institutes Training. Heck, bring the family while your at it!
Want to take advantage of more training opportunities in children's mental health? See the Institutes agenda that has an array of sessions and cutting edge information. There are also 7 optional, two-day Pre-Institutes programs which are simply amazing. All sessions are eligible for continuing education credits. Remember to bring your family along as well. There are lots of fabulous things to enjoy in the Washington D.C. area and the Rock Star Youth Leadership Track is a great way to get youth involved. Check out the Institute website for more information for the family. There are still some rooms at the Gaylord National hotel; reserve now

Wondering how to keep track of everything going on at the institutes? 
Download the mobile app! Visit the Apple App Store or Google Play store and search GU Training Institutes 2014. I just downloaded the app and heck, if I can do it, anyone can do it. So get on it! 

How can young adults with mental health problems thrive in the real world? 
School. Jobs. Housing. These are some of the challenges identified by the young people featured at National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Now, what specifically can we do about it? Watch an amazing panel discuss the possibilities live at the Georgetown Training Institutes. Can't make it to the Institutes? No worries, you can watch it on KSOC-TV. The Oprah Network ain't got nuthin' on KSOC-TV... 

National data confirm cases of restraint and seclusion in public schools 
National Public Radio and Pro Publica teamed up to produce a disturbing report and news story on the continued use of seclusion and restraint in our nation's schools.

Addressing the needs of young adults in transition with justice system involvement 
Network partner in all things good - Creating Community Solutions - is offering a timely webinar that will focus on how communities can develop strategies to meet the needs of young adults in transition with justice system involvement. Network faithful Eric Lulow, SAMHSA and John Coppola, Maryland Healthy Transitions Initiative, are among a great panel of speakers. Don't miss it! 

New draft quality measure on antipsychotics available for comment 
A draft quality measure to assess the safe use of antipsychotics in children is online and available for public comment on AHRQ's United States Health Information Knowledgebase (USHIK) website. This is your chance to provide feedback Network faithful. Get on it! 

My path from mental illness patient to mental health activist 
The International Bipolar Foundation is out with another great webinar that you will not want to miss. Gabe Howard discusses his decision to be completely open and honest about everything he has gone through, including his decision to live openly. While some applaud his honesty, others question his decision to live so publicly. 

RWJ Foundation announces Culture of Health $25,000 cash prize 
Awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives, winning communities receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly. Worth a serious look!


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