Friday Update 8-29-14  
Greetings faithful readers. A very important week as a group of advocates traveled to Washington, DC for the first of many dialogues on assisted outpatient treatment. Read the reflections of those who participated and you will be forced to challenge assumptions of "us versus them." Given the tenor of Friday Update this week, what better way to start off than with Prince Royal singing the classic Ben E. King song Stand by Me. Get your groove on, align your chakras, and then get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week 

Advocates dialogue for meaningful mental health reform, pure and simple 
The advocates dialogue on assisted outpatient treatment held earlier this week was a defining moment for the Children's Mental Health Network. At the heart of the Network is the determination to be a "collective voice" of those dedicated to improving services and supports for children, adolescents, young adults and their families. This dialogue was that and more, and is emblematic of who we are as a movement. Network faithful should be proud. Read each and every one of the reflections of dialogue participants and discover the commonality of those with widely diverse opinion. The message we are giving Congress with our actions is that we are not going away, we will not stay silent, and we will bring civility and compromise back to the national dialogue to improve mental health services in America.

"Tampa Conference" Call for proposals is now open! 
The 28th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health invites you to submit proposals for research benefiting children, youth and their families. The deadline for submissions is October 24, 2014. 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. 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? Just sayin...

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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