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! 

Advocates dialogue on Assisted Outpatient Treatment – Defining the "T" in AOT 
During this past year two proposed bills (HR 3717 and HR 4574) have been introduced to committee and have received much coverage in the press and among mental health advocacy groups. While we applaud the focus on mental health services, the Children's Mental Health Network is concerned that advocacy groups and the public at large have become entrenched in their public positions on a key issue in HR 3717 – the use of Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT). This entrenchment has led to a lack of constructive dialogue and understanding of the intricacies of the AOT process and the spotlight it shines on what is needed to improve mental health services and supports for young adults and their families. If you are in Washington, DC on Monday, September 29th, you are invited to join the Children's Mental Health Network for the second in a series of ongoing dialogues, with a focus during this dialogue on the specific processes involved in decision-making and treatment options available as part of the AOT process. As the dialogue series evolves we will find ourselves getting much deeper into the complexities involved with the actual provision of service, which is important for congressional staff to understand if they are to write legislation that effectively highlights what is needed to help families and their young adult children in crisis. As always, our overriding goal is to open lines of communication among advocates and providers with divergent views, and to model for legislative staff that constructive dialogue can occur.  

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! 


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Scott Bryant-Comstock
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