Friday Update 8-7-15

Greetings faithful readers. Oh my, what a video musical treat we have for you. Give yourself the gift of 10 minutes to watch this video and embrace the visual, musical and spiritual message of humanity from Brulé. "We are all related. One heart, one mind, and one body." Okay Network faithful, get your spiritual mojo workin' (can't help but dance), and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Reviewing the (Murphy / Cassidy) Senate mental health reform bill - Oh my goodness, it's taking us longer than we thought it would...
Looks like we will have this for you next week, Network faithful. It is more important that we get it right than get you something rushed and not carefully thought out. Hang in there with us!

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde to step down
After nearly six years of service, Pam Hyde will be stepping down as the Administrator at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on August 21. Read her farewell message in the SAMHSA Headlines online newsletter.

We will provide our thoughts on this significant SAMHSA leadership change next week.

Forgive me
Caroline Wolff describes the quiet agony of second-guessing a decision to intervene with someone with mental illness. Her short essay speaks directly to the internal conflict when making the decision to hospitalize a friend or loved one with a mental illness.

9th World Congress just around the corner
Registration for the 9th World Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders is open!  Join your colleagues from all over the world to promote local change through global knowledge exchange!

NIH joins with women's organization to debut postpartum depression video
A new video about postpartum depression marks the launch of a mental health education collaboration by two National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutes and one of the nation's largest African-American women's organizations.

Teen pregnancy prevention up close and personal
The HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) announced the release of two new video series that reflect on what works for teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) and the impact of TPP programs on the lives of adolescents across the United States.

The Price of Silence released in paperback
Congratulations to Liza Long, Network faithful and author of "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother" on the paperback release of her latest book, The Price of Silence. If you don't have a copy already, check it out and give it a read!

Advocates say mental health 'Parity' Law is not fulfilling its promise
When Michael Kamins opened the letter from his insurer, he was enraged. His 20-year old son recently had been hospitalized twice with bipolar disorder and rescued from the brink of suicide, he said. Now, the insurer said he had improved and it was no longer medically necessary for the young man to see his psychiatrist two times a week.  The company would pay for two visits per month. "There was steam coming out of my ears," Kamins recalled, his face reddening at the memory of that day in June 2012.  "This is my kid's life!"

NIH seeking comments and suggestions on a framework for the NIH-wide Strategic Plan
In response to a request from Congress, NIH is developing a 5-year NIH-wide Strategic Plan to advance its mission to support research in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems, and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce illness and disability. Senior leadership and staff from all 27 Institutes, Centers, and Offices (ICOs) are contributing to the proposed direction and content of the Strategic Plan, with input from the Advisory Committee to the Director, NIH. This RFI seeks input from stakeholders throughout the scientific research community and the general public regarding the proposed framework for the NIH-wide Strategic Plan.

Developing a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System
This issue brief from the Administration for Children and Families discusses the steps that may be necessary to create a child welfare system that is more sensitive and responsive to trauma.

NIH joins public-private partnership to fund research on autism biomarkers 
Government, non-profit, and other private partners will fund a multi-year project to develop and improve clinical research tools for studying autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Options for Low-Income Adults to Receive Behavioral health Treatment in Selected States
The Government Accountability Office was asked to provide information about access to behavioral health treatment for low-income, uninsured, and Medicaid-enrolled adults. The study found that nationwide estimates using 2008-2013 data indicated that approximately 17 percent of low-income, uninsured adults had a behavioral health condition, defined as a serious mental illness, a substance use condition, or both. Underlying these national estimates is considerable variation at the state level.

Mindfulness as effective as pills for treating recurrent depression
Study suggests that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be as good as pills at stopping people relapsing after recovering from major bouts of depression.

Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. Approximately 1.5 percent of boys ages 10-18 received an antipsychotic prescription in 2010, although the percentage falls by nearly half after age 19. Among antipsychotic users with mental disorder diagnoses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was the most common among youth ages 1-18, while depression was the most common diagnosis among young adults ages 19-24 receiving antipsychotics. - See more at: http://www.cmhnetwork.org/resources/show?id=909#sthash.DQfNZxVs.dpuf





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