Friday Update 8-1-14 
Greetings faithful readers. We are excited about our upcoming "advocates conversation" on Assisted Outpatient Treatment, in the presence of congressional staff in Washington, DC. To celebrate, let's embrace the spirit of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Enjoy a 1985 performance of Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up On Love, play a little air guitar (no worries, no one is looking), and then get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week 

Plans for AOT discussion coming together
We hope to have an announcement next week solidifying our "advocates conversation" on the use of Assisted Outpatient Treatment. Plans and schedules are beginning to gel, and we are most excited!

SAMHSA is seeking comment on their strategic plan for 2015-2018 
Okay, Network faithful, we've got your reading assignment for the weekend. SAMHSA is seeking public comment on its Strategic Plan for 2015-2018. It is most important that advocates take the time to read the strategic plan and share your thoughts. We will be providing commentary, but you need to do so as well! 

NASHP webinar on using comparative effectiveness research to inform decision-making 
Join NASHP for a webinar introducing a new tool for state policymakers: A Roadmap for State Policymakers to Use Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research to Inform Decision Making (coming August 5, 2014). NASHP created this guide to assist states in making evidence-based policy decisions. Looks like another good one from our friends at NASHP. 

Global Network focuses on human development interventions 
The Human Development Intervention Network is a global network focused on collaboration and learning in the study of human development interventions in low- and middle-income countries. This network is designed to motivate, support and connect a diverse global group of scientists and interventionists at all stages of career development to advance human development research and interventions. Sounds like a tall order but intriguing enough to warrant checking out. 

USF Master of Science (MS) Degree in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health is online and accepting applications 
The University of South Florida continues to lead the way in preparing a knowledgeable workforce in children's mental health services. Be sure to check out their new Master of Science (MS) degree in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health. The degree 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. Educational opportunities include advancement to doctoral programs in public health and the behavioral and social sciences. Let's see… yep, the next step is to apply! This master's degree program looks to be a great educational opportunity for Network faithful. 

Just released - Healthy Transitions Initiative Toolkit  
New on the Pathways to Positive Futures website - HTI Toolkit - The Tool Kit displays documents used by Healthy Transition Initiative jurisdictions at both the state and community level. As an adaptable and versatile educational resource, this Tool Kit serves as a starting place for those states and communities who are beginning to plan for ways of better meeting the needs of young adults with mental health challenges. Nicely done, Pathways! 

SAMHSA Chief Medical Officer encourages increased Hepatitis C screening & testing for behavioral health clients 
Network faithful are encouraged to read the "Dear Colleague" letter from Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer, SAMHSA, which discusses the need for hepatitis C screening and testing in those with substance use and mental disorders. This letter describes the rationale for testing in the behavioral health population, discusses the recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force endorsement of hepatitis C screening, and provides contact information for state viral hepatitis prevention coordinators. 

Trauma: The Silent Storm that Impacts us ALL 
The Mississippi System of Care Initiatives are hosting what looks like a great conference focused on trauma. Check it out!

Native Nation Rebuilders program accepting applications 
The Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, is accepting applications for the Native Nation Rebuilders program. This training initiative is designed to strengthen leadership and nation-building skills for emerging or existing leaders in the twenty-three Native nations the foundation serves — those that share the same geography as Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Sharpen your pencils, Network faithful!

NCLR takes a close look at chronic disease among Hispanics in the United States 
NCLR (National Council of La Raza) examines the challenges faced by millions of Latinos who live with one or more chronic conditions that affect their daily lives in An Inside Look at Chronic Disease and Health Care among Hispanics in the United States. 

The ART Model for Increasing Engagement in Systems of Care: A 3-Step Brain-Based Model for Helping People Move from 'Resistant' to 'Engaged' 
The research in leadership and organizational change management demonstrates that our biggest obstacle to moving past the status quo in child and family-serving systems of care is engagement. A recent 2013 poll by Gallup demonstrated how disengaged American workers are. It showed that 70% of employees in America are disengaged. Read Laurie Ellington's Morning Zen post and learn how to get staff in your organization performing at their peak and achieve peak and optimal outcomes.


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