Friday Update 9-26-14
Friday Update 9-26-14
Greetings faithful readers. Well, the wood in the back of the truck has been split and stacked, which means there is tons of room for Network goodness and positive energy to join us on the long trek up I-95 to host the second dialogue with providers and advocates on meaningful mental health reform. Since the CMHNetwork truck tops out at 65 miles per hour, there will be plenty of time for rockin' to Bon Jovi and gettin' the chakras aligned for a great dialogue in the "Peoples House." Take a moment to feel some of the goodness that fuels my soul on these long trips to our Nation's Capitol and then get to readin' Friday Update!
Most important reads for this week
NeuroLeader Master Class begins October 6th
Heads up Network faithful, there is still time to join Scott Bryant-Comstock of the Children's Mental Health Network on an eight-week leadership journey with the wonderfully talented crew at ZeroPoint Leadership. The eight-week online leadership, coaching and development program begins October 6th. Scott will be there. Will you? Read the description below and get involved! Take Note – ZeroPoint Leadership is offering a 50% discount on the cost of enrollment to change leaders who work in a child and family service organization. Yowzers!
Exercising restraint in schools
In the two years since Bill Lichtenstein wrote his groundbreaking TNew York Times story, the controversy surrounding the use of physical restraints and seclusion rooms in schools has exploded and resonated across the country from Hawaii to Massachusetts, fueled by a powerful combination of concerned parents and enterprising journalists intent on exposing these practices when and where they occur. Many schools deny the accusations and parents continue to be attacked, but this journalist refuses to back down.
"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. We are lovin' the proposals coming in so early! Looks like the makings of a bumper crop this year. 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.
Webinar: Got Coverage? Next Steps in Using Your Health Insurance
Many people now have health insurance but may not know how to use it. This webinar and conference call will discuss how to read an insurance card, how to find a doctor, what one needs to know in making an appointment, and what to do in case of a health emergency. Key terms will be discussed as well as recommended health screenings. Great webinar for peer helpers!
California To broaden Autism coverage for kids through Medicaid
Kaiser Health News staff writer Daniela Hernandez reports: "A new initiative seeks to help level the playing field. Earlier this month,
AHRQ looking for feedback on "Strategies to improve Mental Health for Children and Adolescents"
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Effective Health Care (EHC) Program is developing a systematic review on "Strategies to improve Mental Health for Children and Adolescents." AHRQ is looking for feedback from stakeholders during the public comment periods to help them improve the relevance of their systematic reviews for healthcare decisionmaking. Get on it Network faithful!
The Affordable Care Act's first report card
The Commonwealth Fund "mid-term" report card on the Affordable Care Act is out. David Blumenthal and Sara Collins say we now have solid evidence for some initial assessments of the health coverage expansions. They offer grades on those benchmark measures–and add a few more for extra credit.
Join the "Karaoke Challenge" for children's mental health!
Keep singin' folks, the Karaoke Challenge is picking up steam and has eclipsed 4,000 views on Facebook. Major props to Network faithful Linette Murphy for spearheading the "Karaoke Challenge" to raise awareness and funds for the Children's Mental Health Network. Get your inner air guitar out and take that Freddy Mercury solo out of the shower and on YouTube and get involved!
- The Five Most Costly Children's Conditions, 2011: Estimates for U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Children, Ages 0-17
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