Friday Update 1-24-14

January 29, 2014


Friday Update 1-24-14

Greetings faithful readers. What? Friday Update on Wednesday morning? Well, we could say we were waiting for the President’s State of the Union speech… and the Republican response… so here it is. But don’t read it after you finish Friday Update. Always best to be in the proper frame of mind when perusing political speeches… Speaking of proper moods, how about some compromise to get us all goin’ on this hump day and then get to readin’!

Most important reads for this week

Celebrating the life of Jan Markiewicz – a great system of care advocate 
The Children’s Mental Health Network community of families, providers, researchers and policy-makers lost a great advocate with the passing of Jan Markiewicz. Jan’s light burned bright in her tireless efforts to educate and train those who care deeply about improving the lives of youth with emotional challenges and their families. Always with a smile, Jan had a way of keeping the trials and tribulations of this work in perspective. I will always remember her positive can-do attitude and welcoming spirit. Through the sadness that comes with her passing I, like many others who had the opportunity to be touched by her grace, am blessed to have known her and benefited from her kind and gentle spirit. 

Over the age of 18 and have experienced restraint and seclusion? Your voice is needed 
I am working with a group of people (Action to Keep Students Safe) who are developing a campaign to support passage of the Keeping All Students Safe Act. This Act addresses the misuse of restraint and seclusion in our country’s schools. We urgently need to find 4-5 young adults who experienced restraint and seclusion while they were in school. They must be ages 18+ so they can speak of their own accord about their experience, although a family member may be present with them. This is a time sensitive request as we need to hear from them as soon as possible. If you know of a young adult who would be willing to discuss their experience with restraint and seclusion while in school please contact me or have the individual contact me for more information at

State-by-state summary of Health Insurance Exchange options now available 
The National Reach Coalition has been working on an extensive project to make useful information about the ACA available to the general public. Check out their state-by-state summary of information about Health Insurance Exchanges and Medicaid Expansion to make it easier for consumers to understand what is available in their locations. Props to CMHNetwork Advisory Council member Daniel Dawes for his instrumental contribution to this effort. 

Community Catalyst is hiring 
Heads up Network faithful who are looking for a job. Community Catalyst is hiring several positions so straighten the bow tie, slick back the cowlick and get to writin’ a killer resume… 

Register today for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference  
Sick of the cold, snow, ice & everything not so nice? How about you start dreaming of a warm Florida Research Conference? The 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference is only weeks away, March 2nd through 5th, and the full conference agenda will be posted on the website next week. So take a break from all that shivering and snow shoveling to make your hotel and conference reservations; just thinking of all that sunshine will warm you up! 

Family Law Institute for judges and lawyers 
This one is for all of our Network faithful who are lawyers and judges. We know that you have a most difficult job and are thrilled to make you aware of an upcoming Institute designed just for you. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is pleased to offer the Family Law Institute for Judges and Lawyers, scheduled March 2-5, 2014 in Monterey, Calif. Check it out. It looks like a winner. 

THRIVEcast – A voice for wellness and recovery 
Network faithful are encouraged to check out THRIVEcast, yet another inspirational effort spawned by the creative folks at the Family & Youth Roundtable in San Diego, California. THRIVEcast is a grassroots radio show that focuses on sharing inspirational stories of people who are successfully figuring out how to maximize self reliance and create a “life full of inspiration, tranquility, and independence.” Hard to argue with that! 

A discussion with families about the appropriate use of psychotropic drugs with children & youth 
Magellan Health Services invites family organizations and parents of children receiving behavioral health services to attend a national roundtable discussion on February 6th. Lots of good information on addressing the anxiety and confusion that can suround the prescription of these medications to children and adolescents. Great materials for you to download as well! 

Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The next transition 
Network faithful won’t want to miss this webinar offered by Pathways 2 Positive Futures that tells it like it is about the transition from youth advocate to advocate for youth. 

Improving care delivery for children: Leveraging the Medicaid Benefit for children and adolescents 
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is offering an important weinar on how states around the country are actively working to improve service delivery under the Medicaid benefit for children and adolescents (also known as the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment benefit or EPSDT), Medicaid’s comprehensive and preventive child health program for individuals under the age of 21. Note: One of the presenters is CMHNetwork faithful Glenace Edwall, Director of the Children’s Mental Health Division of Minnesota’s Department of Human Services so you know it is going to be good! 

National Advisory Committee on Children & Disasters seeking nominations 
The needs of children in disasters will be the focus of an advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters will provide expert advice and consultation to the HHS Secretary on comprehensive planning and policies to meet the needs of children before, during, and after a disaster or other public health emergency. The department is seeking nominations for committee members from the scientific, public health, and medical fields. Let’s get some Network faithful on this advisory committee, shall we? Read the notice and apply! 

Spirituality and a wellness based lifestyle with those who live with Bipolar Disorder 
Another great webinar from our partners at the International Bipolar Foundation. Check it out Network faithful! 

Call for Young Adult Leader/Family Leader nominations for Awareness Day 2014 
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2014 is getting closer and here is one of the ways for your community to participate this year! Do you know any young adults with mental health challenges that have valuable stories of resilience? Do you know any peer supporters who have helped these young adults with mental health challenges to make the transition into adulthood? If so, you can honor them and share their story of resilience and support. The Caring for Every Child Campaign is looking to you to nominate young adults with mental health challenges and family members of young adults with mental health challenge who are certified peer support specialists. 

Disparities resources and more from the NNED 
There are some great resources available from our partners at the NNED. Check them out Network faithful and show them some love! 

Nuts and bolts of applying for Federal grants 
Youth Catalytics is offering a webinar to help you hone your grant writing skills as you prepare for funding opportunities this coming year. Note that there is a charge of $65.00 for this webinar but if you are in need of some help to nudge you in a winning direction then you might want to take advantage of this opportunity. 

James Irvine Foundation invites nominations for 2015 Leadership Awards 
The James Irvine Foundation is accepting nominations for its 2015 Leadership Awards, which recognize individuals who are advancing innovative, effective solutions to significant issues in California. Nominees for the award can be working in any field in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. The foundation provides each award recipient with $125,000 to support his or her work benefiting the people of California. Recipients also receive assistance in sharing their promising approaches with policy makers and practitioners in their respective fields. Okay Network faithful living in the Golden State, get to applyin’! 

Using technology to help embrace mindfulness 
Props to Paul Savery, our favorite British ambassador of bringing mindfulness to the Children’s Mental Health Network, who reminds us of a most creative way to use technology to find our own chi. Kinda like if ya can’t beat ’em, use ’em to get what you need to get yourself centered. Check out these very cool apps to help you find your way.

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