Friday Update 7-8-16

Greetings faithful readers. Such senseless tragedy this week. Take a moment to watch President Obama's remarks after the mass killing in Dallas last night, and his remarks a few days earlier after the senseless killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. 

Most important reads for this week 

Martin Rafferty Defines 'Next Generation Advocacy' Leadership for Mental Health Reform

Change in approach to mental health advocacy is coming and it is embodied by Next Generation Advocates like Martin Rafferty, CEO of Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon (YMO). Learn more about how Martin and the amazing team from YMO are rewriting the definition of peer support and setting the stage for Next Generation Advocacy.

A Potpourri of Perspectives on H.R. 2646

With the passage of H.R. 2646 in the House this week, I thought it would be good to include a sampling of perspectives on the bill that have been featured on the Children's Mental Health Network website. We pride ourselves on being a collective voice, and the perspectives below certainly stretch the boundaries of 'collective'! Politicians come and go but advocates remain, and it is so important that we continue to listen to each other. Heck, who knows, ya might even learn somethin'! 

Note: Most of these posts were written before the passage of H.R. 2646 in the House, so the various calls to action won't reflect the most recent events. The selections  include a brief reflection from me about H.R. 2646 excerpted from a post on Next Generation Advocacy; a call to support H.R. 2646 from Dottie Pacharis, parent, advocate and author of Mind on the Run – A Bipolar Chronicle;  a call to defeat H.R. 2646 from Val Marsh, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery; and a call to advocates to celebrate the positives in H.R. 2646 from Debbie Plotnick, Vice President, Mental Health and Systems Advocacy, Mental Health America.

Enjoy the different reads and allow yourself the gift of critical thinking. Ultimately, you must decide what is the right thing to do as the legislative process moves forward.

Call for Abstracts: Integrating Evidence-Based Practice and Implementation Science in Academic and Field Curricula
The Child and Family Evidence Based Practice Consortium encourages you to submit an abstract for a special issue of the Journal of Social Work Education that focuses upon a key conceptual next step in professional workforce development: How to integrate evidence based practice and implementation science in academic and field curricula. Note the July 31, 2016 submission deadline.

Daniel Dawes Appears on the Tom Joyner Morning Show
Oh man, the cool factor of the CMHNetwork Advisory Council has just gone through the roof as Council member extraordinaire Daniel Dawes made an appearance on the Tom Joyner Morning Show to talk about the Affordable Care Act. Check it out! 

Choices is hiring!
Two 'Choice' jobs are available at the Choices location in Illinois. Check it out, job hunters!

Dates Announced for the Tampa Conference
Okay, go ahead and mark down March 5 - 8, 2017 on your calendar, pack some sun screen and get ready for the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health. Details on submitting proposals for the conference will be posted soon. For now, order an extra pair of Bermuda's and get ready!


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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 

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