What's new on the Network for the week of 4-20-12

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Friday update - 4-20-12
Greetings faithful readers. Here is what's new on the Children's Mental Health Network website this week.

New poll splits the difference on ACA
According to a new poll released Friday by Quinnipiac University almost half of American voters think the Supreme Court should overturn President Barack Obama's health care law. The poll, taken two weeks after the Supreme Court oral arguments on health reform, found that 49 percent of registered voters surveyed said the entire law should be struck down, while 38 percent wanted the court to support it.

Network members take note: Oh how we wish pollsters would dig a little deeper to find out what people are basing their opinions on. One of the things we love about the Network is that we come from all walks of life (and that includes political affiliations). What we share in common is a passion for improving services and supports for youth with emotional challenges and their families. Click here to read what we think is important to consider and where you can do some homework. The more informed you are the easier it is to make a decision about the merits of the ACA!

A glimpse at the leadership at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is "where it's at" in the coming years, especially for children's mental health researchers. The AHRQ provides numerous opportunities for involvement by stakeholder groups. This recent address by Agency Director, Carolyn Clancy, will give you a helpful sense of the leadership of the AHRQ and the direction this agency is taking. Click here to read the full text of the speech.

Network members take note: This is not a quick read so give yourself some time and let Dr. Clancy's vision for the agency marinate. There are numerous opportunities calling out for stakeholder input. Read the speech, allow yourself to imagine all of the AHRQ activities that could benefit from your knowledge and expertise as a researcher, consumer, family member or advocate - and then get involved! Click here to read the full text of the speech.

Executive Director position open at the Early Childhood Data Collaborative
Attention early childhood folks. We see a lot of job announcements come our way (check out our way cool job finder), but yesterday we saw one that looks, well, way cool! The Early Childhood Data Collaborative is advertising for their very first Executive Director and we think someone from the Network has got to be the perfect person - so get busy polishing that résumé and send it in! Click here for details.

The Challenge of Trauma: Innovative Strategies for Systems of Care - Featured plenary presentation at the Georgetown Training Institutes in July!
Don't miss this important opportunity to hear from four leading experts about innovative system of care strategies for addressing trauma. Bryan Samuels, Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Judith Cohen, M.D., Medical Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, Ernestine Briggs-King, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center, and Brianne Masselli, Director of Training and Continuous Quality Improvement for THRIVE, promise an engaging and informative plenary session at the Georgetown Training Institutes. We will be there. Hope to see you there too! Details here.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Financing Reform and Innovations (CFRI) Health Reform Learning Collaborative
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Financing Reform and Innovations (CFRI) is now inviting state mental health and substance use consumer and peer organizations, recovery community organizations, family member organizations, provider organizations, and other behavioral health stakeholder organizations to participate in the 2012 Learning Collaborative on Health Systems Reform.  There is no federal monetary award that is connected with this project.  The only states eligible to apply are Arizona, California, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, and Vermont. We are notifying you late in the game, as the deadline is Monday, but we thought this too important to not let you know, and besides, it's easy - you just need to send an email indicating your interest in participating. So if you fit the criteria and are in one of those states mentioned, get on with it! Details here.

Health Care Reform: A Bridge to Health Equity
Community Solutions at USF is offering a wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn about what it took to accomplish a health equity agenda in health reform, hear discussions on some of the critical provisions of the health reform law that address the impact and reduction of health disparities among vulnerable populations, and on the current challenges implementing many of these provisions. Check out this amazing webinar, delivered by Daniel Dawes. 

Daniel E. Dawes, Esq. is an attorney and the Executive Director of government relations, health policy, and external affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine. During health reform negotiations, he founded and chaired the National Working Group on Health Disparities and Health Reform - a group comprising over 300 national organizations and coalitions - to advocate and ensure that health reform legislation included health equity provisions to reduce disparities in health status and health care among vulnerable populations. Learn more about the webinar here.

SAMHSA makes understanding health insurance enrollment a bit easier
We were pleased to see the addition of an easy-to-navigate webpage on the SAMHSA website devoted to health insurance enrollment. The webpage does a really nice job of laying out information about insurance coverage and researching what other States are doing to improve enrollment processes. Ya done good on this one SAMHSA! Learn more here.

Development of the Young Brain
For more than twenty years, National Institute of Mental Health neuroscientist Dr. Jay Giedd has studied the development of the adolescent brain. Decades of imaging work have led to remarkable insight and a more than a few surprises. Click here to watch the video.

Campaigns and more campaigns... Ya want campaigns? We know of a bunch of them. Click here to review what's coming up in May.

Let us know what you need from the Network!
We love feedback so let us know how we can improve the website to better meet your needs. Contact us here.

As always, thank you for your continued support of the Children's Mental Health Network,

Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO


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