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Friday Update 1-20-17

January 20, 2017


Friday Update 1-20-17

Greetings faithful readers. No better way to start off this Inaugural Friday than by listening carefully to the words of the song “This Train,” sung by the incomparable Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Get inspired by this traditional American gospel song, no matter your religious affiliation, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Here Is My “Go to” Speech for This Inauguration Day 
In 1940, the movie “The Great Dictator” was released starring Charlie Chaplin (who also wrote the film) about a poor Jewish barber who is mistaken for a dictator of a similar appearance and takes his place. In his rejection of the position, he ends up giving one of the most inspirational speeches ever recorded. 

Impact of the Affordable Care Act in All 50 States
Today is likely the last full day to download any reports, fact sheets, testimony, presentations, etc. on issues, programs or policies we care about from both the White House (Council of Economic Advisors, National Economic Council, Domestic Policy Council, OMB, etc.) and federal agencies. We burned the midnight oil last night and rescued the state by state fact sheets on the Affordable Care Act from the Department of Health and Human Services.  

Obamacare vs. Affordable Care Act #2
Once again, Jimmy Kimmel takes to the streets to ask the profound question, “Which is better, Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act? The answers are funny, but also frightening. Kimmel gives us an important reminder of how little Americans understand about the Affordable Care Act. The Children’s Mental Health Network will continue to promote the positive aspects of the Affordable Care Act and we hope you will as well. Hold your representative’s feet to the fire when it comes to “Repeal Without Replace,” especially as it concerns access to behavioral health services. 

An Evidence-Based Strategy for Bringing Everyone Together
Anthony Biglan provides a look forward to the year 2020 and provides inspiration for how people of goodwillI can rally together, even in the darkest of times, to create stronger communities. Note: Anthony Biglan will be one of the Keynote Speakers at the 30th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health. Hope to see you there! 

30th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health is Just Around the Corner!
Speaking of the conference, 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! 

Help Physically Uninjured Survivors Attend 10th Anniversary of Virginia Tech Shooting
The Children’s Mental Health Network, as a rule, does not post requests for money for various causes. However, we are making an exception for this one. The 10 year anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting is coming up and Virgina Tech is funding travel expenses for those who were physically injured to be able to attend the ten year anniversary events. No assistance is being directed to the twenty survivors who were not shot. The trauma for those students who were not physically injured during the shooting rampage ten years ago is just as severe as for those who were shot. Lisa Hamp, one of the Virginia Tech shooting survivors, wants to ensure that all survivors are able to attend the anniversary events.

Intersecting Identities: Improving Health Outcomes for LGBTQI2-S Youth of Color
On Thursday, January 26, at 2 p.m. EST, a panel of experts will share evidence-based strategies for helping LGBTQI2-S (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Two-Spirit) youth of color. Looks like another good KSOC-TV episode!

Last Week, Congress Moved Closer to a Reckless Repeal of the Affordable Care Act
But that is only one battle in the fight to #ProtectOurCare. Here’s the latest from Families USA. 

Health Insurance Coverage for Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act
The Department of Health and Human Services has released a new report on pre-existing conditions found that “Between 2010 and 2014, the share of Americans with pre-existing conditions who went without health insurance all year fell by 22 percent, meaning 3.6 million fewer people with pre-existing conditions went uninsured.”

HHS Selects Eight States for New Demonstration Program to Improve Access to High-Quality Behavioral Health Services 
HHS announced the selection of eight states for participation in a two-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program designed to improve behavioral health services in their communities. This demonstration is part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care, increase consistent use of evidence-based practices, and improve access to high-quality care for people with mental and substance use disorders. 

Home-Visit Program in Child Maltreatment Cases Strengthens Parent-Child Interaction
A home-visit program for parents previously investigated for child abuse dramatically reduced the percentage of young children who were removed from their homes and placed in foster care, according to an NIH-funded study. Central to the program are videotaped segments of parent-child play sessions. A trained specialist then gives parents feedback on the interaction, encouraging parents to reflect on their children’s social or emotional needs. 

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Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO

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