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Reflections on Policy, Process and the ISMICC

Posted on February 20, 2020
I am one of the new interns working for the Children’s Mental Health Network, and the topic I chose to…
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The Death Knell Has Been Sounded: New SAMHSA Technical Assistance Grant Guts the Values and Principles of Systems of Care

Posted on January 20, 2020
One of the hallmarks of the systems of care movement that helped frame the Child Mental Health Initiative (CMHI),…
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Posted on December 13, 2019
Beginning this week, we are publishing our very own SAMHSA Watch – a recurring feature that will focus on…
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SOCIAL GUARDIANS: The Shape Of The Things To Come

Posted on December 11, 2019
The Problem An alarming report released last week explained that millennial Americans are likely…
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It’s “Okay to Say™” That You or a Loved One Have a Mental Illness

Posted on November 25, 2019
This article originally appeared on the Understanding Houston Initiative website I wasn’t born in Texas, but I…
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Letter from Dr. Gary Blau to Building Bridges Initiative Stakeholders

Posted on October 20, 2019
Dear Building Bridges Colleagues, I am pleased to once again share my support for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), and…
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A Nation Burned Out: The Neurobiology of Finding Grace Under Pressure

Posted on October 11, 2019
It seems like wherever you go in this country most people you encounter are emotionally exhausted. Interestingly, emotional…
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Using Gold Standard Science to Prevent Violence & Shootings: Not Smart-Watch Profiling

Posted on October 05, 2019
Ah, Brave New World is upon us, with proposals to use computerized, Silicon…
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Pathways RTC Abruptly De-Funded by SAMHSA

Posted on September 30, 2019
TAKE ACTION NOW! (Updated with comments at the end of this post) I learned some alarming news this…