Friday Update 9-11-15

Greetings faithful readers. Well, there is no denying it - we are all about the fish oil. Get your brain cells lubricated with the one pound fish guy. Hey, this video has close to 28 million views, so you know ya gotta watch it! Get your fish on and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Dr. Dennis Embry answers the Network's call to promote the use of Omega-3 to prevent First-Episode Psychosis. Will Congressman Murphy and Dr. Torrey do the same?
Last month, I wrote about the Amminger study that showed the promise of Omega-3 as a preventive measure against First-Episode Psychosis. I called on Dr. E. Fuller Torrey (funder of the study), Dr. Dennis Embry (Omega-3 advocate) and Congressman Tim Murphy (proponent of evidence-based approaches for preventing First-Episode Psychosis) to get behind this study and take concrete action. I encourage Network faithful to read this Morning Zen post by Dr. Embry, in which he answers the CMHNetwork challenge with the presentation of a nationwide plan to test the effectiveness of Omega-3. Dr. Torrey and Congressman Murphy – I know your staff are faithful readers of Friday Update and will get this message to you. Will you join Dr. Embry in his proposal to implement a plan for testing First-Episode Psychosis prevention strategies? Embry's implementation plan is the perfect opportunity to bring important thought leaders from diverse perspectives to do something NOW to prevent the onset of First-Episode Psychosis. Read Dr. Embry's proposal here.

OxyContin for kids? Senator Manchin says, "Just say no!"
Senator Joe Manchin and a bipartisan group of eight colleagues are urging the HELP Committee leadership to examine the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recent decision to approve a frequently abused prescription opioid painkiller known as OxyContin for use by children as young as 11 years old. Should there be any doubt about what should be done, Network faithful? We think not! Read Senator Manchin's letter here.

Institute for Translational Research seeking Scholars
Interested in research? Enjoy hands-on learning in the real world? Want to make a positive difference in your community? If yes, then consider applying to become a scholar at the Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health. C'mon, you know you want to, so get on it! Continue reading… 

29th Annual Research & Policy Conference, March 13 - 16, 2016 – Call for Proposals is now open!
Since 1988, this annual conference has been a leader in promoting the development of the research base essential to improved service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. In the context of a rapidly diversifying population, this conference continues to expand to include topics related to substance abuse service systems and research, as well as pressing behavioral health topics associated with mental health reform legislation being discussed in Congress. The call for proposals is now open so get those pencils sharpened and get to writin'!

Project ABC launches "Toddlers Know What They Want" campaign
On September 28, 2015, Project ABC will launch the new "Toddlers Know What They Want" PSA to expand conversations that help strengthen relationships between young children and their adults. You are invited to be a part of the campaign! Continue reading

Sheriffs back effective adult and juvenile sentencing and corrections policies
The National Sheriffs Association (NSA) has adopted two resolutions to support the use of data-driven policies in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. The organization, which represents more than 3,000 sheriffs in all 50 states, endorsed reforms that prioritize costly incarceration for serious offenders while expanding alternatives for lower-level offenders. Both resolutions are aimed at getting a better public safety return on taxpayer dollars. On policies for juvenile offenders, the sheriffs said research "has shown that, in general, neither out-of-home placements nor longer lengths of stay in residential facilities reduce recidivism better than other interventions or sanctions." They also noted that "approaches that effectively address behaviors of juvenile status and delinquent offenders by increasing options for community-based programs can improve outcomes while reducing the use and cost of court resources and out-of-home facilities." Continue reading

Mental Health Service Needs in the Prison Boom: The Case of Children of Incarcerated Mothers
This study identifies the factors related to mental health service use among children of incarcerated mothers. Results indicate that children involved in child protective services (CPS) and children cared for by grandparents are more likely to receive mental health services, whereas children of Native American mothers and children who have been exposed to violence are less likely to receive services for their mental health needs. These findings have important implications for correctional policy regarding the intake screening of female inmates and suggest that criminal justice agencies communicate more closely with CPS and community-based services to ensure children's mental health needs are addressed while their mothers are in prison. Download the study here.

No Letting Go' set to premiere at the 11th Annual NYC Mental Health Film Festival 
Faithful readers will remember our request back in May for some serious Network love for Randi Silverman's film, No Letting Go. Well, we now have exciting news to share. The film Randi has worked so hard on is going to premier in September at the 11th Annual NYC Mental Health Film Festival! No Letting Go has been chosen as the featured full-length narrative film and will screen at 1:30 on Saturday, September 26, 2015. If you are in New York City on September 26th, we hope you will attend (let's sell out the house!). Learn more here.

Report highlights direct discrimination, as perceived by children of immigrants
Discrimination—simply defined as harmful actions toward others because of their ethnicity, nationality, language ability and accent, or immigration status—may take place at an institutional or individual level, and can have considerable consequences for the developmental outcomes of young children. This report focuses on incidents of direct discrimination, as perceived and noticed by the child—incidents with identifiable educational, psychological, physical, and social repercussions. Continue reading...

Bright Futures website gets an update!
The Bright Futures National Center has launched their newly redesigned and reorganized website, and it's a beauty! Along with the new look, they have added animated video, family-friendly resources, and tips and tools created to support the implementation of Bright Futures into clinical practice, state or community health program. Our friends at the American Academy of Pediatrics are steppin' up their game! Continue reading...

A prevention prescription for improving health and health care in America
In 2014, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) convened a Prevention Task Force to focus on opportunities for investing in prevention as a way to improve health outcomes and reduce health care costs. The task force included a diverse group of experts to review the evidence on prevention and to frame a strategy for better integrating prevention in the nation's approach to health and health care. Listen up, Network faithful. It is imperative that you educate your elected officials about the importance of prevention. Start your education here.

Youth Efficacy/Empowerment - Mental Health Scale & Youth Participation in Planning Scale
An online, introductory packet of the Youth Efficacy/Empowerment Scale-Mental Health (YES-MH) and Youth Participation in Planning (YPP) Scale is now available in English and Spanish. The packet contains a brief introduction, a summary of the development process and preview versions of each measure. Both Spanish and English versions can be obtained at no charge with permission. Thank you, Janet Walker of Portland State University, for your generosity in sharing these important resources. Download the English version here.

Spanish version - Youth Efficacy/Empowerment Scale-Mental Health (YES-MH) and Youth Participation in Planning (YPP) Scale

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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