Friday Update 9-5-14 
Greetings faithful readers. We are gearing up for our second dialogue in Washington, DC and can't wait to peel the onion on the Assisted Outpatient Treatment debate to show congressional staff what a comprehensive 360-degree assessment truly looks like. Time to roll up your sleeves, dive into an already hot kitchen, and get started on cookin' up some meaningful mental health reform. Get fired up with the Black Eyed Peas, call your congressional representatives and tell them to attend our next dialogue, and then, oh yea, get to readin' Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week 

Advocates Assisted Outpatient Treatment dialogue #2 set for September 29th! 
Plans are coming together for the second advocates dialogue on Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT). We stand committed to moving beyond the rhetoric of "for" or "against" AOT. We are clear that we need a rational dialogue that focuses on the specifics of the AOT process, trigger points for advocates on both sides of the issue, and the larger impact a decision by Congress either for or against would have on emerging adults and their families. In this second dialogue, we will begin to explore what no one seems to be talking about - exactly how the process of AOT works in the real world beyond an emotionally charged theoretical construct. Our task is to identify the benefits and challenges associated with AOT, and maybe most important, clarify what services and supports need to be in place for this process to be an effective strategy that respects individual choice along with family and community responsibility. I want to stress that the goal for this second dialogue is to continue the process of identifying and clarifying assumptions on both sides of the debate, not to come to a conclusion. We will use the same fishbowl process that we used in the first dialogue. We need to model a rational approach to problem-solving - something that has been woefully lacking in the year-long debate about mental health reform that has centered around HR 3717. Network faithful - please encourage congressional staff to attend. The dialogue will take place on September 29th from 9 am - noon. We should have the location identified by next Friday. Need to get up to speed on the dialogue process? Click here and get your read on. The message we are giving Congress with our actions is that we are not going away, we will not stay silent, and we will bring civility and compromise back to the national dialogue to improve mental health services in America. 

Trevor Project launches Ask for Help 2014 
"Whatever it is, Ask for Help." That's the message The Trevor Project is sharing this September during National Suicide Prevention Month. For the month of September, the Children's Mental Health Network will be promoting the Trevor Project's life campaign during National Suicide Prevention Month. Get involved, Network faithful. The Trevor Project does amazing work on behalf of LGBTQ young people! 

Suicide prevention for Alaska Native communities 
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), announces a webinar on effective practices in suicide prevention for Alaska Native communities. 

"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. 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. 

Wrestling with a Texas county's mental health system 
Don't miss this great read on the leadership of Leon Evans in San Antonio, Texas. Leon heads up the Bexar County mental health system that has become a model for other cities across the country -- one that has saved $50 million over the past five years. 

Care coordination under the Medicaid Benefit for children and adolescents 
Don't miss this important webinar from our friends at the National Academy for State Health Policy on care coordination under the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents. Presenters from North Carolina and Oregon will share their strategies. 

Use of selected non-medication mental health services by adolescent boys and girls with serious emotional or behavioral difficulties 
This Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics report describes differences between boys and girls in the use of non-medication mental health services in various school and non-school settings among adolescents aged 12–17 with serious emotional or behavioral difficulties. 

Over 100 genetic sites tied to schizophrenia 
An international research team found 108 genetic regions linked to schizophrenia, including 83 that were previously unrecognized. The findings confirm suspected molecular pathways and point to new avenues for potential schizophrenia treatments. 

National survey of child and adolescent well being 
The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well Being explores the functioning, service needs, and service use of children who encounter the child welfare system. This Administration for Children and Families (ACF) blog post describes recent publications from the survey which focus on the sexual activity of teenage girls, domestic violence among mothers of children reported for maltreatment, and outcomes for children 36 months after a maltreatment report. 

Behavioral health integration: Approaches from the field 
Profiles of health systems that are working to integrate behavioral health services into primary and specialty care practices, emergency departments, and hospital units in an attempt to improve outcomes and reduce costs. 

The current and ideal state of mental health training: Pediatric program director perspectives 
PDs acknowledged that MH training is not emphasized, leading to deficiencies in their residents' knowledge and skills in MH care. The receptivity of PDs suggests the need for targeted dissemination of national guidelines or curriculum. Integrated models of care may be one way to improve resident competencies, but this deserves further study. 

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