Friday Update 1-11-19

Greetings faithful readers. I want to start this issue off with a special shout out to my mom, who left this earth some years ago. One of the gifts she left me that I cherish most is my love of all types of music. We didn’t have money, but dang, mom baked the love of diverse musical experience into our soul. One of our favorite rituals was going to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco every year to see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. It was so important to her that we experienced jazz, and pay homage to the New Orleans artists who comprised the group in the early ’60s. So here ya go mom, riding on whatever star you chose when you left, this one’s for you. And for the rest of ya, the lyrics of the song “They All Laughed” should resonate. In your advocacy work, people will laugh and scoff at your creative and innovative approaches to getting your message across. Let ’em. As the song says, “Ho, ho, ho, who’s got the last laugh now?” Ha! Enjoy the tune and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

The Draft Agenda for the Tampa Conference is Here!
We are doing final edits for the program this week and then will turn it over to our design team to make it look amazing. Feel free to take a sneak peek at the stripped down version showing the confirmed sessions this year, and get excited! Note: If you have already bookmarked the agenda page, be sure to refresh your browser to see the latest version!

Overflow Hotels for the Tampa Conference
Good news, we have added three overflow hotels for the Tampa Conference. Act quickly, as the rooms are going fast!

LGBTQ Youth Most at Risk to Suffer from Mental Health Issues
What happens when you use peer support to improve outcomes for LGBTQ youth? Des Bansile, a mentor at Youth ERA, provides perspective about the needs of LGBTQ youth and her personal experience as an LGBTQ young adult. Peer support is creating safe community spaces, programming, and culturally responsive support to change the lives of these young people. Note: Youth ERA will have an exhibit table at the Tampa Conference. Be sure to stop by and learn more about the innovative youth programming efforts they are implementing across the nation.

Studying Drivers of Risk and Needs Assessment Instrument Implementation in Juvenile Justice
Check out the latest OJJPD Bulletin which describes OJJDP supported research findings on factors that promote effective implementation of risk and needs assessment instruments in the juvenile justice system. Props to iSPARC researcher, Gina Vincent, for her role as lead author of this edition. We think iSPARC is top drawer!

Youth and the Opioid Epidemic
Sharon Levy takes a deep dive look at the current epidemic of opioid addiction. The country has embarked on a public health response, including increasing access to addiction treatment. However, the treatment infrastructure, which was initially created in the 1970s, is ill-equipped for meeting the needs of adolescents and young adults, who are often cared for in pediatric primary care. In this article, Dr. Levy reviews the development of the current treatment system, examines shortfalls concerning youth-specific needs, and proposes suggestions for addressing the current crisis while simultaneously preparing to address future epidemics of addiction by enabling pediatricians to manage substance use disorders in primary care better.

Documenting Hate
The 2016 election left many in America afraid – of intolerance and the violence it can inspire. The need for accurate facts on the details and frequency of hate crimes and other incidents born of prejudice has never been more urgent. There is simply no reliable national data on hate crimes. And no government agency documents lower-level incidents of harassment and intimidation, such as online or real-life bullying. Understanding and documenting incidents like these – from hate-inspired murders to anti-Semitic graffiti to racist online trolling – requires new approaches. That’s why Pro Publica has marshaled a national coalition of news organizations intent on reporting the nature and scope of hate crimes and bias incidents in the United States. Learn more about this important project!

Health and Mental Health Needs of Children in US Military Families
Children in US military families share common experiences and unique challenges, including parental deployment and frequent relocation. Although some of the stressors of military life have been associated with higher rates of mental health disorders and increased health care use among family members, various factors and interventions have been found to promote resilience. Military children often live on or near military installations, where they may attend Department of Defense–sponsored child care programs and schools and receive medical care through military treatment facilities. However, many families live in remote communities without access to these services. Because of this wide geographic distribution, military children are cared for in both military and civilian medical practices. This clinical report provides a background to military culture and offers practical guidance to assist civilian and military pediatricians caring for military children.

PCORI Announces New Funding for Clinical Studies on Treating Anxiety in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults
The goal of this announcement is to fund high-quality clinical studies that compare the effectiveness of evidence-based clinical strategies to treat anxiety disorder in children, adolescents, and young adults.

Up to $20 million in total costs is available through this funding announcement. The maximum budget per project is $5 million in direct costs, with a maximum project duration of 3.5 years. Be sure to register

for the town hall on January 22, 2019; 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET.

Belly Breathe
You know what Common, Colbie Caillat, and Elmo have in common? They all practice mindful breathing, and it sure does make a difference. Okay Network faithful, take 3 minutes to do some mindful breathing with Elmo. C’mon, it’s Elmo! No one can resist Elmo!!

New Gun Policy Research Funding
Are you interested in conducting rigorous research on gun policy or gun violence? In January 2019, the nonpartisan National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research will issue the first of four annual requests for proposals, with $20 million to $50 million to be awarded over five years. Up to $10 million in research grant funding and dissertation research awards will be available in the first round. The deadline for letters of interest is February 4, 2019.

Pathways Transition Training Video Briefs
Pathways Transition Training Partnership has created five new online Pathways Transition Training Video Briefs on skills for working with youth, young adults, and families affected by mental health challenges.

The 5-minute video briefs feature presentations by service providers and youth advocates and are accompanied by practice-oriented discussion questions and links to relevant resources for further learning. These video briefs focus on trauma-informed care, youth cultures, engaging youth in treatment, promoting family support, and shared decision making. Check it out! 

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About the Author

Scott Bryant-Comstock

My passion is helping to shape policy and practice in children’s mental health. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum for the exchange of ideas on how to continually improve children’s mental health research, policy and practice.

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