Friday Update 8-22-14 
Greetings faithful readers. Be sure to send some big time love to DC for the wonderful advocates who will be in dialogue on Monday. To help you channel your vibe, put on a tinfoil hat and turn the dial to Bob Sinclair's "Love Generation" and then get to readin'
' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week 

Dialogue on Assisted Outpatient Treatment set for Monday morning!
We are all set and excited for what will be an amazing dialogue on Monday morning. For those of you who are located in DC and have requested to come, please know that during the dialogue from 9:00 am to 10:30 am, the observation seats are available for congressional staff only. Once the eight advocates finish their dialogue, all are welcome to enter the meeting room for informal "after the dialogue" conversation, questions, and the opportunity to meet the most amazing group of advocates who have taken the risk to be part of this first meeting. Send me an email if you would like to join us at 10:30. We have the room until noon. Please note that by design, the participants in the dialogue never include more than eight people, so we had to turn away many of you who requested to participate. However, no worries. These dialogues will take place once a month, and there will be plenty of opportunities to join in. 
Learn more about our strategy for conducting a dialogue among advocates on Assisted Outpatient Treatment  

Not happy with the CMHNetwork approach on the topic of Assisted Outpatient Treatment? 
No worries, we get it. Assisted Outpatient Treatment is a highly charged issue. We have received praise and condemnation from folks on both sides of the issue. Try not to cancel your subscription to Friday Update just yet. Hang in there and let the process unfold. Your voice is just as important as anyone else's, and we need you to keep sharing your thoughts and opinions, for that is what ultimately makes the collective voice stronger. And for those of you who have unsubscribed, please know that you are always welcome at the table. The emotion behind passion most always comes from the validity of personal experience. We honor that and always will. 

Implementing Triple P - Positive Parenting Program at the Local Level 
Important webinar on the Triple P this coming Monday. – Clear your afternoon calendar and plan to participate! What is Triple P? Only one of most promising approaches to integrating primary care with behavioral health… Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is an evidence-based system of interventions that enhance parental knowledge, skills, and confidence to prevent and address behavioral, emotional, and developmental problems in children. The Triple P Implementation Project is a multiyear initiative of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Health officials are hoping to learn how the Triple P system can be implemented and coordinated at the community level through partnerships between local health departments and federally qualified health centers (FQHC).  

"Tampa Conference" Call for proposals opens next week! 
Known widely as "The Tampa Conference," this annual gathering of more than 500 researchers, evaluators, policy-makers, administrators, parents, and advocates is sponsored by the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, in partnership with the Children's Mental Health Network, the National Wraparound Initiative, Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health, and the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. The call for proposals online application process opens August 29th, so be sure to rummage through your closet and find your Bermuda shorts, knee-high socks and a bit of zinc oxide to help motivate you to write a winning proposal to present your best work at the conference March 22 - 25, 2015. Oh, did we mention that the average temperature for Tampa, Florida in March is in the high 70's? 

Methamphetamine and suicide prevention initiative 
A project of the Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health, the Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative is a nationally coordinated demonstration project providing methamphetamine and suicide prevention and intervention resources for Indian Country. This initiative promotes the use and development of evidence-based and practice-based models that represent culturally appropriate prevention and treatment approaches to methamphetamine abuse and suicide prevention from a community-driven context.

Whisper launches "YourVoice" website for emotional health 
On confessional sites like Whisper, Yik Yak and Secret, where everything from gossip to flirting flourishes under the cover of anonymity, sometimes users feel comfortable confessing their darkest secrets. For site managers, the toughest to handle are the ones about suicide. With a $1 million donation from Whisper founders Michael Heyward and Brad Brooks, the company has just launched a nonprofit website for emotional help, called YourVoice.

Three Out of Four Children with Mental Health Needs in California Do Not Receive Treatment Despite Having Health Care Coverage 
This policy brief identifies children at risk for mental health needs and highlights some barriers to their receiving mental health services. More than 300,000 California children ages 4 to 11 have mental health needs, yet only one-fourth of them received mental health care in 2007 and 2009. Health insurance coverage and a usual source of care typically facilitate mental health service use; however, this is not the case for children with mental health needs. 

Clinical and Functional Outcomes After 2 Years in the Early Detection and Intervention for the Prevention of Psychosis Multisite Effectiveness Trial 
A peer-reviewed study published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin found that young people undergoing the treatment at six sites around the country were more likely to be in school or working than adolescents who were not in the program. Proponents do not claim to be preventing schizophrenia. But they say the treatment helps patients remain functioning members of society and avoid chronic disability. 

Promising new approach helps curb early schizophrenia in teens, young adults 
A new approach is being used around the country to find and treat teens and young adults with very early signs of schizophrenia. Excellent article for Network faithful to read! 

Community Catalyst has a job opening tailor-made for Network faithful! 
Do you have a passion for health justice? Are you knowledgeable about drug and alcohol addiction? Are you a self-starter who thrives on building relationships and movements?  Then, this job is for you. Community Catalyst is seeking a state advocacy manager to help drive national initiatives to reduce addiction though policy and organizing campaigns. The successful candidate will join a dynamic, growing organization at the forefront of health care advocacy that is building on 15 years of success. Get on it, Network faithful! 

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