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Friday Update 10-14-16

October 14, 2016

Friday Update 10-14-16

Greetings faithful readers. Let’s celebrate the beauty of Thai music this week in honor of the passing of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Give a listen to เพลง สวรรค์แม่น้ำมูล เวียร์@จุ๋ย and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Regardless of your opinion about who should be President, if you are a mental health advocate, there are points from both campaigns that bear a closer look. When it comes to ensuring effective services and supports for families who have loved ones with mental health challenges, politics should take a back seat to getting what is best for families.

A School Shooting Survivor’s Story: Lessons Learned
Lisa Hamp is a survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre. She shares her story in Morning Zen in hopes of encouraging others who have experienced trauma and may be having similar feelings. She writes, “Mental health illnesses are nothing to be ashamed about. Seeking counseling isn’t for the weak, but for the brave. The shooting lasted from 9:40 AM to 9:52 AM on April 16, 2007. While 9:52 AM marked the end of the shooting, it was just the beginning of a long recovery.”

New Law Will Expand Mental Health Services For Low-Income Californians
Gov. Jerry Brown last week signed a law allowing federally funded health centers and rural clinics to bill Medi-Cal for the services of licensed marriage and family therapists. Excellent news for health centers with behavioral health care shortages!

Mania Center Stage: Myself as the Understudy

Rachel Kallem Whitman writes about her journey with mania, psychosis and depression. Rachel Kallem Whitman is the author of one of the essays from Lee Gutkind’s most recent workshop on “Writing Away the Stigma.

Call For Proposals Open!

Just a few weeks left to get your proposal in for the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 5 – 8, 2017, in beautiful Tampa Florida!

Drug-Addiction Epidemic Creates Crisis in Foster Care

The nation’s drug addiction epidemic is driving a dramatic increase in the number of children entering foster care, forcing many states to take urgent steps to care for neglected children. Several states, such as New Hampshire and Vermont, have either changed laws to make it possible to pull children out of homes where parents are addicted, or have made room in the budget to hire more social workers to deal with the emerging crisis.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Planning and Developing Infrastructure to Improve the Mental Health and Wellness of Children, Youth and Families in American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) Communities (Short Title: Circles of Care VII) grants. 

Cooperative Agreements for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances
SAMHSA is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Cooperative Agreements for the Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (Short title: System of Care (SOC) Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements).

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