Friday Update 9-25-15

Greetings faithful readers. This is the week of letters to key researchers and politicians across the continuum of opinion about strategies for mental health reform, so what better way to begin than with Joe Cocker, belting out his version of "The Letter." Oh, and try, just try to tell me that Leon Russell is not the definition of cool in this video. Okay, get your growl on and then get to readin' Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Sneak peek for next week
Fixin' both Murphy bills – Not as difficult as one might think!

Most important reads for this week

Omega-3 prevents first episode psychosis - Will Representative Murphy, Drs. Torrey & Embry accept the challenge?
Sharing with CMHNetwork readers my Call to Action letter to Drs.Torrey, Embry and Representative Murphy on a very doable strategy for preventing first episode psychosis. We can make significant change – today. But we can only do this if these three individuals – two esteemed scientists, one from the treatment end of the continuum, one from the prevention end of the continuum and a member of Congress who has made mental health reform his mission – take the lead. This is what it will take to begin preventing first episode psychosis – today. Read the letter here.

What if ACEs (Adverse Childhood Events) were the basis of mental health treatment?
"What would happen if the mental health system fully recognized the pervasive and profound impacts of trauma on their clients? How might a deeper appreciation of the multi-faceted sequelae of childhood maltreatment and toxic stressors reshape mental health services? While the implementation of trauma-informed care in mental health programs has made significant inroads, the dominant bio-reductionist model continues to constrain and undermine progress." Read Wayne Munchel's Morning Zen post and let us know what you think!

Mental health reform debate heats up in October!
We are approaching the month of October; recess is over, and the Pope has completed his visit to Washington, DC. Heck, if we avoid a government shutdown, maybe we can roll our sleeves up and get busy with pending mental health legislation. In fact, mental health advocates on both sides of the mental health reform debate are picking up the pace, beginning with two important events taking place on October 7th.  Continue reading here.

New online masters program at USF capitalizes on behavioral health job growth in public & non-profit sector
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a 27% increase in behavioral health jobs in the U.S., or over 64,000 job openings by 2020. I figured that would get your attention! The fully online Master of Science (MS) Degree in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH) program at the University of South Florida 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. Learn more here.

Whatever happened to the Federation's role as David in the biblical tale of David and Goliath?
Dixie Jordan, an early shaper of, and longtime supporter of the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, asks some sharp questions regarding the advocacy focus of the National Federation. "Whatever happened to our role as David in the biblical tale of David and Goliath? We were small and without great weaponry, but we had right on our side and on the job learning about how to bring down a non-system of services for our children. Once we were expected to become more "professionalized," we were assigned a new and potentially equally important role - to carve up the beast from the inside. It was to be our responsibility to identify gaps in services and to build support for all families to place demands on the system so that it could become more responsive. Of course we were to be unfettered, and our voices, however strident, were to be honored. Is that not why parents were hired in the first place? There is an enormous disconnect between our one-time expectations and the reality of today." Read the full Morning Zen post here.

Ensuring Safe Child Care for Children Needing Medication: Building a High-Quality System of Medication Administration Training & Consultation
Finding a safe environment for children needing medication in child care settings can be difficult. Unfortunately, not all child care providers comply with State medication administration regulations designed to keep children safe. Read the Child Health and Development Institute's (CHDI) latest issue brief to see how Connecticut is addressing this problem. Yes, the issue brief is specific to Connecticut, but the way CHDI presents its information is so well done, we think it worthy of sharing across the country. Use it to create something similar for your state!

Children's Institute, Inc. (CII) 5th annual conference on trauma-informed care just around the corner!
Engaging Fathers in a Trauma-Informed Approach to Improve Outcomes for Children
is one of several featured workshop at CII's 5th annual national Annual Conference on Trauma-Informed Care and Provider Wellness. Alan-Michael Graves will introduce Project Fatherhood, an innovative, theoretically sound, evidence-informed model of practice  aim to reduce risks to children by engaging fathers in their care and development. CII always puts on a quality conference, so pack your bags already!

29th Annual Research & Policy Conference, March 13 - 16, 2016 – Proposals are rolling in!
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'!

New video on meditation
In this National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health video, viewers will learn the definition of meditation, its origins, and the evolution of its place in society from ancient times to today. Get your Ohm on here!

National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities Summer 2015 Newsletter
This issue features several NPA activities to raise community and practitioner awareness in unconscious bias, cultural competency, and inequities experienced by African Americans and tribes. Several kudos to the Regional Health Equity Councils who hosted webinars, listening sessions, and Twitter chats to raise consciousness about these issues. Read the online issue here.

Providing Psychosocial Support to Children and Families in the Aftermath of Disasters and Crises
Disasters have the potential to cause short- and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children. This clinical report provides practical suggestions on how to identify common adjustment difficulties in children in the aftermath of a disaster and to promote effective coping strategies to mitigate the impact of the disaster as well as any associated bereavement and secondary stressors. Download the report.

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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