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SAMHSA, MacArthur collaborate to improve how juvenile justice system responds to the behavioral health needs of youth.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are collaborating on a $1 million effort targeting the behavioral health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system.  The project is aimed at diverting youth with behavioral health conditions from the juvenile justice system to community-based programs and services. Under this initiative, up to eight states will be selected competitively to participate in a Policy Academy to learn about effective interventions and the latest research, and the MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change Action Network strategy, which supports and links teams working on similar innovations in policy and practice. 

Like so many new initiatives coming out of SAMHSA, the underlying approach of these efforts are straight out of the system of care playbook, so for those of you thinking of how to continue with a system of care approach even though funding for the Child Mental Health Initiative is dramatically decreasing, this is one of several opportunities within SAMHSA for you to contribute your expertise in a new and different way. Read the full announcement here and get involved with your state leadership team!

Bringing Families Together: Models of Hope and Recovery
Discover how communities are strengthening linkages among child welfare, mental health services, substance use treatment, and the court systems to improve outcomes for children and families. This video features the 10-Element Framework: Elements of System Linkages, developed by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) to help states and tribal and local communities overcome barriers and identify strategies to facilitate effective partnerships between mental health services, substance use treatment, child welfare, and family courts. Watch the video here.

Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration - Transition Watch!
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that 11 States and the District of Columbia will participate in the Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration, established under the Affordable Care Act to test whether Medicaid beneficiaries who are experiencing a psychiatric emergency get more immediate, appropriate care when institutions for mental diseases (IMDs) receive Medicaid reimbursement. The focus is on Medicaid enrollees 21 - 64. For the Network, we are most interested that there is a comprehensive understanding of the needs of transition-age or emerging adults with emotional or behavioral challenges. Hoping our friends at the two Transition RTC Centers (Pathways & Transitions) are watching this and weighing in on how it unfolds. Read more here.

Teens on IEP's
Speaking of transition-age youth - Really nice tip sheet developed by the Transitions RTC to help teens identify specific transition services that should be included in their IEP. A "must have" for anyone working with transition-age youth. Check it out here.

Whiteboard Campaign for Children's Mental Health!
The Network is committed to shaping the story of what an improved children's mental health service delivery system could and should look like. In order to do this, we need to hear from you. What are your questions that need to be asked to help us develop a comprehensive strategy for improving children's mental health? We have set a modest goal of collecting 100,000 questions (with photos of course!). No, that is not a typo - 100,000 questions. So the choice for you is really pretty simple. You can shake your head and say "There they go again..." or you can send in a photo of you holding up your question and help us get on step closer to our goal. What makes the Children's Mental Health Network strong is the fact that we are a collective and diverse voice – and that means we need to hear from you so that your voice is part of the discussion, part of the action, and part of the solution! Click here to get started.

Speaking of campaigns...

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week is May 6 - 12, 2012
The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health declares the first full week in May as National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. This week is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the triumphs and challenges in children's mental health and emphasizing the importance of family and youth involvement in the children's mental health movement! Click here to learn more and get involved.

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is May 9th, 2012
Smack dab in the middle of Awareness Week is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, which is a key strategy of the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign, which is part of the Public Awareness and Support Strategic Initiative by SAMHSA. Tons of great information available to help you participate in a successful Awareness Day activity on their website.

And finally, for this update, one of our favorite conferences...

The Training Institutes are coming this summer - July 25 - 29, 2012
Register now for the 2012 Georgetown University Training Institutes on Improving Children's Mental Health Care in an Era of Change, Challenge, and Innovation: The Role of the System of Care Approach.  The 2012 Training Institutes will focus on innovative approaches, and how lessons learned from systems of care can guide efforts to improve children's mental health service delivery in a dramatically changing environment. Details here.

Let us know what you need from the Network!
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As always, thank you for your continued support of the Children's Mental Health Network,

Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO

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