What's new on the Network for the week of 3-30-12

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Friday update - 3-30-12

Greetings faithful readers. Here is what's new on the Children's Mental Health Network website this week. It's a lot, so grab a cup of coffee and settle in...

A Guide to the Supreme Court's Review of the ACA
Ah yes, it seems like only yesterday (Monday actually) that we were devouring every word of the consistently excellent review by the Kaiser Family Foundation of what was ahead for this dizzying week of Supreme Court drama. What a difference a week makes! At any rate, if you want to separate yourself from the multitude of references to broccoli, stammering and what felt a bit like a circus, the brief prepared by Kaiser providing an overview of the case and the accompanying report examining the Medicaid arguments in the case in more detail is a most worthy read. Read more here.

And then... watch the Kaiser Family Foundation webcast replay: Deconstructing The Supreme Court's Historic Health Law Arguments
Who can not get enough of this historic week with the Supremes? We can't, for one, and major props to Kaiser for doing such an amazing job with this rapidly moving train known as health care reform. Click here to watch the webcast.

Implementing Health Reform in the States
Now that you have devoured the information about the case, its time to explore what it all means for implementation in the states. The Alliance for Health Reform, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Association of Health Care Journalists sponsored a live webinar on March 27, 2012, to take a look at what's happening in the states with implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Learn more here.

MTV ain't got nothin' on the National Council
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare  just released a musical invitation to Stephen Colbert to come to their Public Policy Institute and Hill Day, June 25-26 in Washington, DC. Props to you National Council. Heck, the video was so good we are probably gonna go to Hill Day just to see what else you have cooked up! Watch it here.

Brittany Holt Wins VOICE Award
Brittany Holt, North Carolina Families United, Youth M.O.V.E. North Carolina, was announced as the winner of the 2012 VOICE Award for the Young Adult Consumer category. The Voice Awards honor consumer/peer leaders who have played a vital role in raising awareness and understanding of behavioral health problems. The awards also recognize TV and film writers and producers who have given a voice to people with behavioral health problems by incorporating dignified, respectful, and accurate portrayals of these individuals into their scripts, programs, and productions. This is a wonderful way to honor some amazing individuals. Congratulations Brittany and kudos to SAMHSA for honoring voices of youth. Learn more here.

Being more than that...
A beautifully written poetic "must read" by a young leader of Youth M.O.V.E. Massachusetts, Chandra Watts writes movingly about her own experiences with stigma. Studies on resilience show that a strong bond with a caring adult can lessen the impact of negative events and help a young person grow into a confident, competent adult.  For Chandra, this bond was with her parents.  They counseled her that she was more than her diagnosis and helped change her view of herself and her future. If you want to be inspired by yet another eloquent Youth M.O.V.E. member, read this post.

Eliminating Health Care Disparities: Implementing the National Call to Action

A recent article published in American Medical News provides an excellent review of a report about hospitals that have reduced health disparities through collecting data, expanding cultural competence training programs, and diversifying health leadership. Read more here. Straight out of the system of care wheelhouse folks. For those of you doing work around disparities in system of care communities, note that the ACA will provide numerous opportunities for individuals with cultural and linguistic competence experience to contribute to an improved health care workforce. We will be tracking opportunities so you can benefit and contribute!

Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations
SAMHSA has released Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit. This publication shows a welcome commitment by SAMHSA to creating awareness of the needs, experiences, and health status of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans and to addressing behavioral health disparities. Learn more here.

Medicaid Emergency Psychiatric Demonstration - Update
A few weeks ago we noted the announcement of 11 states and the District of Columbia who would be participating 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. At that time we encouraged Network members to pay close attention to this Demonstration, paying particular attention to the needs of young adults.

In a Kaiser Health News post this week discussing this Demonstration, Chris Koyanagi, policy director at the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, is quoted saying "it is unclear that substituting federal dollars for state dollars would help patients, especially if state savings aren't invested in community-based services for this population." Network followers take note. We know that for a system of care approach to be effective there must be a strong emphasis on developing community-based services. For this demonstration we anticipate a critical need to ensure a clear and robust transition plan to the community for individuals involved. This Demonstration highlights exactly why the important work that SAMHSA has championed through the Child Mental Health Initiative (developing robust community-based services and supports) must continue. For any "demonstration" in an institution setting to be effective it must include a strong linkage to transitioning back to community services. Will this Demonstration project do that? We will continue to watch.

Autism on the rise in the U.S.
A new report from CDC estimates that 1 in 88 children in the United States has been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), an increase of more than 20 percent from 2006 to 2008. The report, Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 14 Sites, United States, 2008, provides autism prevalence estimates from 14 areas. Read the report 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? Send in a photo of you holding up your question and help us get on step closer to our goa! Click here to get started.

Speaking of campaigns...

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is May 9th, 2012

The Network has signed on as a supporter of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. We are hard at work in the back end of the website loading it up with tons of great resources for you to use to have a most successful Awareness Day. If you love the Network (and we know you do!) and you have Awareness Day materials that you think are spot on, send them to us and tell us what you are doing. We will share your good work with our ever growing collective voice and will promote your efforts far and wide. Now that's a great deal! While waiting for fellow Network members to send in materials please be sure to visit the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign website which is chock-full of great Awareness Day resources.

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.

And now, on to conferences...

Second National Latino Mental Health Conference April 22-24

The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health (NRCHMH) will host its second national Latino Mental Health conference on April 22-24, 2012 in Miami, Florida. Registration deadline is April 6 so make your plans soon! Download the conference agenda here. Visit the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health here.

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.

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