Friday Update 8-8-14  
Greetings faithful readers. I am taking a moment of personal privilege to celebrate the most-amazing woman who has been my light for the past 35 years. Happy birthday Ohana Girl! Network faithful are encouraged to take a moment to join me and celebrate the ones you love. Trust me, it's gonna make you feel warm and fuzzy all over! Enjoy the timeless music of Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), get your luv on, and then get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week 

Plans for AOT discussion coming together
The date for our "advocates conversation" on the use of Assisted Outpatient Treatment is set for August 25th. We are still working on location and a few other invited discussants. Look for our final plans to be announced next week. 

Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon models ground breaking approach to healing after school shooting 
Learn more about how Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon (YMO) is defining new innovative and positive-based approaches to addressing trauma in the aftermath of a school shooting. Innovator Martin Rafferty and his team at YMO have figured out how to combine Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift to design a Virtual Reality Ropes Course that offers students the healing opportunity to engage with their school in a positive and fun way. Rock on YMO! 

IACP releases summit report on juvenile justice reform 
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is pleased to announce the release of the report from the National Summit on Law Enforcement Leadership in Juvenile Justice. The report, Law Enforcement's Leadership Role in Juvenile Justice Reform: Actionable Recommendations for Practice & Policy, is the culmination of tireless dedication and commitment from professionals who believe law enforcement can make a significant impact in improving outcomes for young people. 

SAMHSA is seeking comment on their strategic plan for 2015-2018 
Okay, Network faithful,  quick reminder that 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! 

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. 

NASHP rolls out new CER tool for state policymakers 
Another great webinar from our friends at NASHP. Mark down August 14th on your calendar plan to attend their webinar to learn about A Roadmap for State Policymakers to Use Comparative Effectiveness and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research to Inform Decision Making. 

SAMHSA releases trauma-informed care tip sheet 
People who have experienced trauma—especially chronic or repeated trauma—are at an elevated risk for substance use disorders, mental illness, and physical disorders and conditions. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 57, Trauma-Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services, provides evidence-based and best practice information for behavioral health practitioners and administrators working with people who have experienced trauma. 

"A good four minutes." Amy Peterson shows how advocacy works 
Amy Peterson is a founding member of Action to Keep Students Safe and a fierce advocate for the rights of youth and families. Read her account of advocating on behalf of the Keeping All Students Safe Act in a town hall meeting with Senator Grassley last year. Her advice stands the test of time.


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