Friday Update

Friday Update 1-13-17

January 15, 2017


Friday Update 1-13-17

Greetings faithful readers. There is no better way to start off this edition of Friday Update than with a message from Kid President, who says ”Once upon a time, there was a man named Martin Luther King, Jr. He taught us that things won’t always be awesome, but your response can be. Remember, things don’t always have to be they are. We can change them! Kids can change them. This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, celebrate the promise of change with Kid President.” Okay Network faithful, you heard the Prez, get inspired by his address to the nation, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Join Us on January 17th for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation
Eight years ago, many Americans were lulled into believing that our country had become a “post-racial” society with the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President. It’s now clear that such talk was premature. Racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and sexism remain powerful social and political forces that continue to divide us and keep us from achieving greatness as a nation. Join us on January 17th for a National Day of Racial Healing. 

30th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health is Just Around the Corner!
The conference hotel is almost sold out, but no worries, we have backup hotels for you! Remember to secure your conference registration by February 10th to take advantage of early registration rates. I am latherin’ up with SP 50, polishin’ my Ray Ban’s and packin’ my Bermuda’s. Looking forward to seeing you in sunny Tampa in March!

The Election is Over but You can Still Sign Up for Health Coverage
Sign up through January 31, 2017, to get health coverage through your health insurance marketplace! 

Seven Questions About Health Reform
Last week, Donald J. Trump said he wanted Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act right away and replace it with a new plan “very shortly thereafter.” But before they abandon all the work that has gone into the health care law since 2010, President-elect Trump and Republicans in Congress owe Americans a detailed explanation of how they plan to replace it. 

Defending Health Care in 2017: What Is at Stake in Each State
With a new president and Congress, the health care gains made throughout the last six years face their greatest threat yet. Congress has voted more than 60 times to roll back the historic progress that has been made to expand health coverage to millions of people in this country and to improve coverage for those who already had it. These proposed changes will put the health—and lives—of Americans at risk.

Share Your Story About the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act has touched the lives of every single American—in ways both big and small—since its passage in 2010. It is important for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle understand what’s at stake for millions of Americans. We can’t wait—congressional leaders and the president-elect have already said they will take swift action in 2017. Families USA is asking you to take a minute to share your story and to share what’s at stake for you and your family.

Call Congress Today at 866-426-2631 and Say “Protect Our Health Care!”
You’ll enter your zip code and in seconds you’ll be connected to your member of Congress. Tell their office to reject efforts to upend our health care system and to act in the best interest of American citizens.

Repealing the ACA with No Replacement a Dangerous Strategy
This message from Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer includes several links to important reads about the challenges of repealing the ACA without a clear plan for replacement. CMHNetwork readers take note: This is no longer a Republican vs. Democrat issue. The impact of repealing the ACA without a clear replacement will have a direct impact on families (of all party affiliations) involved with the behavioral health system.

President Barack Obama Talks About Obamacare
Vox’s Ezra Klein and Sarah Kliff sat down with President Obama to talk Obamacare. They asked the president about what he thinks the law has achieved so far, where it’s fallen short, what lessons he’s learned, and the challenges Republicans will face as they make their own attempt to reform the health care system.

In Case You Missed It

President Obama delivers his farewell address to the nation.

Uniting to Protect Behavioral Health
On Wednesday, January 18th at 3 PM ET the National Council will kick off its Uniting to Protect Behavioral Health: Advocacy Webinar Series. With numerous threats to Medicaid and behavioral health services now circulating Capitol Hill, these biweekly policy webinars will keep advocates updated on the latest news and advocacy opportunities out of Washington. Looks like a worthwhile webinar series.

Tell Your Representative Why Protecting Medicaid is Important! Another gem from the National Council
Sharing this Call to Action from our colleagues at the National Council for Behavioral Health. Full of great tips on ways to make your voice heard about why protecting Medicaid is critically important.  

All Are Welcome – Hate Has No Business Here
The Main Street Alliance has a great poster you can post in the waiting room of your organization. “All Are Welcome Here”. Here is their message – Good stuff!

The member businesses of the Main Street Alliance and our fellow small business owners throughout the country are deeply disturbed by hateful rhetoric and violence aimed at our Muslim and Arab community members, at refugees fleeing violence, at immigrants, at women and at people of color in our communities. This swell of hate and fear permeating our national dialogue both during and after the most recent election is dangerous. We believe it must be met head-on with clear statements of principle from local business owners because we are leaders in our communities. 

America must be a place where people from all nations, races, genders, and creeds seeking freedom and opportunity feel welcome and can build safe, prosperous lives for themselves and their families. When politicians and pundits target people in our communities for political gain, when they fan the flames of hatred and fear, when they attack our neighbors, friends, family members, fellow business owners, employees, and customers, we must stand up and make our voices and our values heard loud and clear: 

  • We stand with our Muslim community members and we stand with refugees and immigrants in our community. We respect women and we value Black lives. We welcome everyone. There is no place for hate in our businesses, our homes, or in our country.

CHDI Issue Brief on Childhood Obesity Lays Out a Plan for State Improvement
In a story this week, WNPR highlighted Connecticut’s high rates of obesity in young, low-income children and linked to CHDI’s most recent Issue Brief about how Connecticut can catch up to other states. Be sure to listen to the story and read the latest Issue Brief from CHDI: Ensuring Young Children Grow Up at a Healthy Weight: How Connecticut Can Catch Up to Other States

Read the Constitution!
In case you need a refresher…

Funding Available for Indigenous Project LAUNCH
SAMHSA is accepting applications for FY 2017 Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health in American Indian/Alaskan (AI/AN) Native Communities and U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions Cooperative Agreements (Short title:  Indigenous Project LAUNCH).  The purpose of this program is to promote the wellness of young children from birth to eight years within tribes, territories, and Pacific Island jurisdictions by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development.  

Youth MOVE National Needs Your Feedback on the Use of Antipsychotics in Foster Care
Youth MOVE National is working with Rutgers University on a research project aimed at learning more about how states are monitoring the use of antipsychotic medications for youth in the foster care system. An important aspect of this project involves learning about the experiences and preferences of young people who were prescribed antipsychotic medications during their time in foster care. Share your voice!

A Peer Recovery Coach Walks The Frontlines Of The Opioid Epidemic
Charlie Oen’s battle with addiction started when he was 16 and his family moved to Lima, Ohio. It was the last stop in a string of moves his military family made — from Panama to North Carolina, Kentucky,
Texas and Germany. Listen to his story and be inspired by his growth toward becoming a Peer Recovery Coach. Peer support works!

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood Invites Letters of Intent
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports innovative, creative projects and programs with the potential to significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, and/or quality of life of children from birth through five years of age. Looks like a great funding opportunity!  

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