Friday Update 8-19-16

Greetings faithful readers. In anticipation of our upcoming sojourn to Vietnam, I thought it would be welcoming to introduce readers to Pham Duc Thanh, a world-renowned musician known for his masterful ability on the Đàn bầu, a Vietnamese one-stringed instrument. Enjoy Pham Duc Thanh's rendition of Scarborough Fair and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

An Alternative Form of Mental Health Care Gains a Foothold
Great read about alternative forms of mental health care. Options and choices do exist!

"Some of the voices inside Caroline White’s head have been a lifelong comfort, as protective as a favorite aunt. It was the others — “you’re nothing, they’re out to get you, to kill you” — that led her down a rabbit hole of failed treatments and over a decade of hospitalizations, therapy and medications, all aimed at silencing those internal threats."

NOWHERE TO HIDE “the elephant in the [class]room”
For 16 years now, Daun Kauffman has lived, walked, taught, hurt, grieved, cried and even occasionally laughed with trauma-impacted children. They have shared days in the classroom and evenings and nights in the neighborhood, where the children have “Nowhere to Hide” when they leave school for the day. Daun’s journey into their worlds began after a life-changing rebirth as a public school teacher, from out of executive suites. It began with reassessing his own life and then going back to school to earn a Master’s degree in Education at Temple University.  Kauffman’s MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business had been an asset in the prior 17 years in business, leading a variety of consumer packaged goods brands. Now, in public school classrooms, it would not be much help.

Study Finds Group Drumming Bangs Away at Anxiety and Depression
Researchers in London have found evidence of a surprisingly effective treatment for anxiety and depression, one that even alters the inflammatory immune responses that may underlie these disorders. Prozac? Actually, percussion. An “exploratory examination” found ten weeks of group drumming provided significant benefits for a group of people who had sought help for mental-health issues. What’s more, the improvements persisted for at least three months after the sessions concluded.

Resources for Young Parents & Children Experiencing Homelessness
Practitioners, policymakers, and young parents can use this database to find resources about programs, guidance, practices, and supports available to young parents experiencing homelessness, as well as for their children.

Exciting news for the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 5 - 8, 2017, in beautiful Tampa Florida!

Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8
This report makes recommendations directed at an array of stakeholders, for promoting the wide-scale adoption of effective programs and services for parents and on areas that warrant further research to inform policy and practice. It is meant to serve as a roadmap for the future of parenting policy, research, and practice in the United States.

Approaches in Implementing the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act: Best Practices from the States
This report identifies best practices used by states in implementing and monitoring compliance with the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA or “parity”). California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island were interviewed about their experiences with implementing the parity law. Download the report and learn what they had to say!

Behavioral Health Coverage Under MHPAEA: A Nationwide Expansion
Do you have questions about what your health insurance covers for mental health or substance use disorder services? Download these resources about parity for mental health and substance use disorder benefits.

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