Friday Update

CMHNetwork Friday Update 10-9-20

October 09, 2020

Greetings, faithful readers. Let’s start with a cover of one of the most famous Beatles songs you likely have never heard. Be mesmerized by Josh Turner and friends’ as they cover the tune, And Your Bird Can Sing. Be sure to fan geek along with me at how Josh plays both George Harrison and Paul McCartney’s parts at the same time! Okay, Network faithful, enjoy the tune, align your chakra’s, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz, we got work to do!

Most Important Reads of the Week

Remembering the Indomitable Force for Good That Was Tessie Schweitzer
Tessie Schweitzer, former head of Mississippi Families as Allies and an incredible advocate, passed away last week. My heart is broken. Tessie meant so much to me in my formative development as an advocate. I thought I would be able to put my thoughts and remembrances on paper in time to publish this issue of Friday Update. As it is now 10:00 pm ET on Friday evening, I realize I need a bit more time to express my appreciation for this most amazing woman adequately. So, for now, hold Tessie, her family, and friends close to your heart. I will share my remembrances in proper Morning Zen style next week. Love ya, Tess!

New Podcast Episode – Unmask Your Feelings
Join host Scott Bryant-Comstock, as he conducts a fascinating conversation with three individuals involved with improving mental health services and supports for youth and young adults living in Broward County, Florida. Tiffany Lawrence, Latrice Richards, and Crysta Snyder working under the umbrella of the One Community Partnership 3 System of Care Grant, Broward Behavioral Health Care Coalition, have created an innovative social marketing campaign called, Unmask Your Feelings. In this episode, you will learn how this fantastic team helps youth and young adults learn to express their feelings through masks. Pretty darned relevant during this time of Pandemic when we are all wearing masks!

World Mental Health Day on October 10th to Highlight Urgent Need to Increase Investment in Chronically Underfunded Sector
On World Mental Health Day, October 10, the World Health Organization will, for the first time, host a global online advocacy event on mental health. At this event—the Big Event for Mental Health—world leaders, mental health experts, and celebrity guests will join WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to tell the world what we can all do to improve our mental health and how we can help make sure that quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it.

COVID-19 Disrupting Mental Health Services in Most Countries, WHO Survey
According to a new WHO survey, the COVID-19 Pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing. The survey of 130 countries provides the first global data showing the devastating impact of COVID-19 on access to mental health services and underscores the urgent need for increased funding.

Childhood Stress: The Ultimate Guide for Parents
In honor of World Mental Health Day, We The Parents has posted a new infographic and accompanying article on child stress. Keep up the good work, Neve and Keane!

A Message for SAMHSA System of Care Grantees
Come to an Open House and meet your NTTAC Team!
The new SAMHSA-funded National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth, and Family Mental Health (NTTAC) has officially launched! NTTAC will continue to provide TTA services at no cost to the field, including individual support, diverse learning opportunities, and resource development. Be sure to attend one of their Open House dates to learn more about the new TA Center and how they are approaching supporting the field in the important work of building, expanding, and sustaining systems of care.

And speaking of new TA Centers…

Youth MOVE National Wins Consumer TA Center Grant – And is Ready to Assist SAMHSA Grantees!
Across the country, recovery-oriented services and consumer-run organizations, including youth and family-run organizations, are increasingly seen as vital supports within the mental health service array. Youth MOVE National’s (YMN) Consumer Peer Center was established in July 2020, with grant funding support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. As a youth-run peer organization, YMN honors lived experience and recognizes the value of both traditional and non-traditional supports. Learn more here.

NEW Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Substance Use Recovery Support Services at Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC)
OSLC has a new two-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in substance use recovery support services. Potential for future employment as an OSLC Research Scientist is contingent upon performance and availability of funding. The fellow will work directly with Drs. Ashli Sheidow and Michael McCart in achieving the aims of NIH-, foundation-, and state-funded research projects. The fellow will primarily work on a NIDA-funded Initiative (R24DA051950) focused on two populations: (1) emerging adults and (2) adults of any age involved with the justice system. Including individuals with lived experiences (i.e., in recovery from substance use and/or formerly involved with the adult or juvenile justice system) is a high priority for all Initiative activities. Beyond the Initiative activities, integration into other projects will be based on the fellow’s interests and training needs. Apply today!

ICE Must Stop Enforcement During the Pandemic
On March 18, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced it would largely be halting immigration enforcement in response to the spread of COVID-19 and noted that immigrants should not avoid seeking health care for fear of deportation. Despite the very damaging threats to public health, ICE resumed immigration enforcement in mid-July. Just last month, ICE arrested Alicia Flores Gonzalez, a mother of four U.S. citizen children, and within 24 hours, ICE deported her from the country. Ms. Flores was apprehended by immigration enforcement after dropping her daughter off at child care and going to work.

Educating Students With Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned From Commerce Independent School District
As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many school districts have moved from brick-and-mortar instruction to remote instruction with little planning time and limited resources. Rural localities, already facing barriers and hardships, attempted to provide special education and related services in accordance with rapidly changing state and federal guidelines. Despite funding difficulties and challenges with serving students eligible for special education during a pandemic, some districts leveraged rural communities’ strengths to meet student and family needs.

When Things Aren’t OK With a Child’s Mental Health
Everyone is stressed and anxious now. We have to find and help the children who are hurting most.

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