Friday Update 1-31-14

February 03, 2014


Friday Update 1-31-14

Greetings faithful readers. Since the Super Bowl is underway… well… we just have to show a Super Bowl-related video or two, right? So let’s begin with a wonderful tribute to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Children’s Hospital. Regardless of which team you root for you will shed a tear or two over this one. And then a  Super Bowl muppet commercial to get us in the mood for an extra helping of goodness in Friday Update. Get your groove on with the muppet crew and then get to readin’!

Most important reads for this week

New Statewide Family Network grants get the ax… what you should know and what you should do 
SAMHSA announced last week that the proposed funding for up to six new Statewide Family Network grants would not be made available due to budgetary constraints. Our phones have been ringing off the hook about this, as have the phones of a number of other children’s mental health advocacy groups. Amidst the angst of realizing that the proposed size of the grants for 2014 had been raised to 98 thousand per year (for a lucky five recipients) only to see those dreams dashed due to the need to trim the budget, it is important to keep several factors in perspective. As the advocacy community moves forward with planning efforts to raise awareness about the importance of Statewide Family Networks there are realities that need to be addressed and factored in to any planning efforts. 

Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) announces new Executive Director 
Big news from FREDLA – Jane Walker has been hired as Executive Director. Jane has a long history of strong family advocacy in Maryland as well as critical involvement with the early formation of the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (back in the day when we were all youngins’). We at the Network couldn’t think of a better choice to help move FREDLA into national prominence as the voice for Executive Directors of family organizations across the country. Reminisce with us as we have posted a picture of Jane leading a session at the Next Steps conference in 1988. This was the meeting that kicked off the early thinking about a national family organization that became known as the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health. She was a leader then and she is a leader now. Welcome Jane! 

SAMHSA, MacArthur renew commitment to justice-involved youth with behavioral health needs 
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the MacArthur Foundation are collaborating on an effort targeting the behavioral health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Propelled by the success of the collaboration’s previous two-year project to divert youth with behavioral health conditions from the juvenile justice system to community-based programs and services, the new initiative will continue to advance such reform. This is an initiative worth checking out. 

Register today for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference  
The agenda for the conference is oh so close to being posted. You are gonna love it. Here is a sneak peek for you - Dr. Thomas Bornemann’s presentation, “Children’s Mental Health in a Time of Dynamic Policy Change,” will discuss access to children’s mental health resources in the context of rapidly evolving public health policy. He will highlight the Affordable Care Act and its implications for children’s mental health. Additionally, his discussion will note current successes and positive changes, as well as cover challenges to ensuring children’s access to quality mental health care. So much more in store for you when you join us in sunny Tampa, Florida March 2nd through 5th. Hotel rooms are going quickly so make your reservations soon. 

Guidelines for training, coaching and supervision of Wraparound Facilitators 
Network faithful who are interested in furthering their knowledge about wraparound will be interested in attending an upcoming webinar sponsored by the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI). During 2013, NWI engaged its expert advisors in creating guidelines that reflect the kinds of training, coaching and supervision that are a core implementation component of high quality wraparound. Presenters will review the guidelines, and then present an example of how the Institute for Innovation and Implementation supports states and local agencies/communities in developing structures and procedures that meet the guidelines. Get “wrapped up” and sign up already! 

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Accomplishments, Challenges, and Policy Recommendations 
The purpose of this document is to review the features of CHIP as it has evolved over the 16 years of its existence; to summarize what is known about the effects that the program has had on coverage, access, health status, and disparities among participants; to identify challenges that remain with respect to insuring this group of vulnerable children, including the impact that provisions of the new Affordable Card Act will have on the issue of health insurance coverage for near-poor children after 2015; and to offer recommendations on how to expand and strengthen the national commitment to provide health insurance to all children regardless of means. 

LGBT Populations: A Dialogue on Advancing Opportunities for Recovery from Addictions and Mental Health Problems: Building Bridges 
This report recaps a meeting to identify factors that promote or hinder recovery from mental illness or substance abuse for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) individuals and to gain an understanding of their perspectives and experiences in advancing recovery. Note: The document is free but must be ordered from the SAMHSA website.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Resources 
In any given year, approximately one million children come to the attention of the US child welfare system. Many are victims of abuse or neglect, live with caregivers who are impaired, and/or deal with school and community violence as a fact of life. Identifying these traumas and providing early intervention are crucial to assisting children traumatized by maltreatment and other stressors. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has developed tools and materials for building skills and increasing knowledge about childhood trauma to help child welfare administrators, caseworkers, frontline staff, other mental health personnel, and caregivers understand and respond to the needs of traumatized children. Check out their website – full of great resources.

Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide 
This document presents research-based principles of adolescent substance use disorder treatment; covers treatment for a variety of drugs including, illicit and prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; presents settings and evidence-based approaches unique to treating adolescents.

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