Friday Update 1-22-16

January 22, 2016


Friday Update 1-22-16

Greetings faithful readers. Let’s start off with something guaranteed to warm the bones as many of us embrace the first big winter storm of the season. Grab a blanket, curl up on the sofa and enjoy Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaels as they perform “Winter Song.” But no noddin’ off. Ya gotta straighten up and get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon launches nationwide technical assistance program
Since 2009, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon (YMO) has been operating peer-based drop-in centers for youth and young adults. Over the last six years, the organization has trained over 26,000 people in 24 states. YMO provides more than 7,500 hours of peer support to young adults each year. After much anticipation and a growing call across the country for technical assistance focused on developing youth-led peer support organizations, YMO announced this week that their TA program – Youth ProgramBuilder, is now available nationwide. I encourage you to take the time to explore the Youth ProgramBuilder website and learn more. Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon continues to set the gold standard for youth-driven peer support work for young adults.

America’s adolescents profiled on OAH website
Adolescents are generally healthy; however, they face challenges to their health and well-being that are different from those of children and adults. The HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) has a new feature, America’s Adolescents, which profiles who America’s adolescents are, what they do, and what health issues they face. OAH continues to set the standard for how to effectively reach communities across America with timely information.

Stop the whining, please!
With the winter conditions keeping so many families inside today, what could be better than a visit with the Go To Mom, Kimberley Clayton Blaine, to discuss the time-honored tradition of “whining.” Grab a hot cup of cocoa and enjoy the video!

APA seeking nominations for early & mid-career child psychologists
The Committee on Children, Youth and Families (CYF) invites nominations for the APA annual award for early career and mid-career psychologists whose contributions benefit the psychological functioning or well-being of children, youth, and families. The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in science, policy and practice that benefit the psychological functioning or well-being of children, youth, and families. Time to nominate your favorite child psychologist!

Wisconsin mental health system under scrutiny
Wisconsin ranks among the worst states for rates of youth depression, youth suicide, and shortages of care providers. A team of 25 journalists throughout the state have spent months reporting on the topic and are beginning to write about what they found. Featured in the series are advocates from Wisconsin Family Ties, including Network faithful parent peer specialists Nicole Weigel, Toni Chambers, and executive director Hugh Davis. Give ’em heck, Hugh! Here’s hoping that more newspapers follow suit and take the time to do a thorough review of mental health services in communities across America.

Not to be missed! – Webinar on early intervention in psychosis, featuring the EASA Connections Project
Dr. Ryan Melton and Tamara Sale of Pathways’ EASA Connections project are scheduled to present “Implementing Early Psychosis (EP) Intervention in the Real World.” This webinar will provide an introduction to EP history, practices and resources while addressing common implementation challenges and effective strategies. Participants will also learn about ongoing opportunities for collaborative learning.

FYI – Tamara Sales will be a part of a plenary panel at the Research & Policy Conference that will be discussing cutting edge developments in treatment and research on First Episode Psychosis. Dang, if you haven’t yet signed up you should!

Speaking of the Tampa Research & Policy Conference
Oh my, you have just got to take a look. A most impressive collection of passionate and dedicated researchers, policy makers, and advocates will be gathering in Tampa, Florida March 13 – 16, 2016, to advance the knowledge around sound research and policy related to children’s mental health. The agenda for the 29th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health is now available online. Give the agenda a read, get excited, and get registered. The conference hotel is filling up quickly, so book your room soon!

New Factsheets on Using Protective Factors for ACYF Populations
A new series of factsheets for practitioners reviews current research linking protective factors to well-being for five at-risk populations served by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF). These factsheets explore topics such as individual skills and capacities that can improve the well-being of children and youth; how parents, guardians, and others can contribute to the well-being of these children; and strategies for practitioners.

OJJDP FY 2016 Second Chance Act: Implementing Statewide Plans To Improve Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for the Second Chance Act: Implementing Statewide Plans To Improve Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System Program. Applications are due by March 8, 2016!  

Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers, Young Mothers, and Their Children
This initiative will provide funding to support the successful transition for young fathers and mothers as they return to their families and communities from detention, out-of-home placement, or incarceration. Applications are due by March 3, 2016!  

CHDI recently expanded the Spanish language content on the website. – See more at

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