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Friday Update 10-19-18

October 21, 2018

Greetings faithful readers. Each week we begin Friday Update with a music video. There is always a purpose and message to the music, and this week is no exception. Check out Chuck Berry jamming with a German television show house band. Berry is a master musician, but more important, he makes those around him better. In this video, you can see how he brings along these star-struck musicians and gets them to up their game. Lot’s to learn from this video that will help your advocacy work, Network faithful. Your job as an advocate is to excel and make those around you better. Get your groove on with the one and only Chuck Berry, learn ya somethin’, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Call for Proposal Closes October 26th!
The 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health Call for Proposals Close October 26th!

The 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will take place March 3-6, 2019 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. You know you want to be a part of the conference program, and we want you to be a part of it as well! The deadline for turning in your proposal is October 26th, so get to writin’!

Pre-Conference Presentations Announced for the Tampa Conference!
Exciting news! We have two pre-conference sessions scheduled for Sunday, March 3rd, that are open to all registered conference participants. Check them out and make plans to come to Tampa early and get your learnin’ on!

Surviving a School Tragedy and Returning Back to Class
Lisa Hamp, national speaker and safety advocate, is a survivor of the Virginia Tech shooting that took place on April 16, 2007. With her classmates, she built a barricade to prevent the shooter from entering their classroom. She struggled after the shooting and developed an eating disorder to cope. Eight years later, she sought counseling and began her recovery. Today, Lisa speaks and writes about her experience during and after the Virginia Tech shooting to help others. Read Lisa’s Morning Zen post and be sure to see her plenary presentation with Martin Rafferty and Sarah Lowe at the Tampa Conference!

Helping Ellie Save America from Addictions and Mental Illnesses: Using Practical Science and Community Engagement Across America
Ellie (Elinore McCance-Katz) is going to need a lot of help. She cannot do it alone, as there will never be enough clinicians, skilled people to prescribe and monitor the medications, treatment beds, or let alone money. Let’s pitch in and help America save our futures. Every community can mobilize around low-cost, sustainable, tested and proven strategies to treat, intervene, or prevent these terrible epidemics. Isn’t that what we’ve always done in America?

The National Council Has a Pretty Darned Cool Plan to Elevate Youth Mental Health – and It Could Involve You!
If you have the passion and experience to help organizations implement innovative mental health supports for diverse youth populations in healthcare settings and beyond – the National Council for Behavioral Health needs you! Check out this exciting opportunity to be a part of a project that will connect young people to new types of mental health supports in five communities with guidance and support from mentors, coaches, and experts. Application deadline is November 9th, so get on it!

Understanding Anxiety in Children and Teens
The 2018 Children’s Mental Health Report from the Child Mind Institute looks at how widespread these disorders are, how they develop, and the risks of untreated anxiety.

Research Priority Areas for Understanding and Improving Access to Early Care and Education (ECE) for Children in Low-Income Hispanic Families
A new brief from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families highlights areas researchers should focus on to build a complete understanding of the barriers between Hispanic families and access to early care and education. To improve low-income Hispanic families’ access to high-quality care that supports healthy child development, researchers should focus on understanding the mismatch between families’ work schedules and early care and education schedules, the types of care available, and the characteristics and preparedness of the workforce serving these families.

Supporting Young Children Experiencing Separation and Trauma
In response to the increasing number of very young children recently impacted by family separation, ZERO TO THREE worked with the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and state IECMH networks to identify volunteers in most states who are available to serve as points of contact when people in the field encounter very young children in need of mental health services and aren’t sure how to connect them.  We compiled these into a national directory of IECMH contacts, which we’ve housed online along with a set of resources for parents, caregivers, and professionals working with very young children who have been impacted by separation and other trauma.  

We Need a Federal Budget Based on What Works
Neil Wollman and Diana Fishbein wrote a compelling article in The Hill proposing a methodology for evidence-based federal budgeting. The idea that the federal budget should be based on evidence–where programs and policies with a demonstrated record of success are prioritized–is not new. Unfortunately, however, there has been little headway in implementing this straightforward idea. Government officials have been noted that less than 1% of all federal spending is directed to evidence-based initiatives. But, capabilities that would enable budget decisions to be evidence-based are quickly developing. Rapid advancements in computing power, massive increases in the availability of data and widespread adoption of rigorous evaluation techniques—particularly the use of randomized controlled trials (RCTs)—has increased our evidence base for a broad swath of human service programming, particularly around prevention. Wollman and Fishbein believe that it is time to revisit the idea of evidence-based budgeting.

Coping Strategies for Anxious Kids, What Parents Need to Know
On Friday, November 2, 2018, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET, join NIMH for a webinar on coping strategies for anxious kids. During the webinar, Dr. Erin Berman will discuss how to identify an anxious child; how to change anxious thinking; the science and biological roots of anxiety in children; how computer technology is transforming the understanding of anxiety; and current treatment options (medications & CBT: cognitive behavioral therapy).

Identifying Research Centers, Programs, Individuals, and Research Evaluation or Consulting Groups That Are Supportive of Meaningful Collaboration with the Service User/Survivor Community
Nev Jones, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, is generating a list of recommended graduate/PhD programs for students with lived experience/psychiatric disabilities that are explicitly supportive, disability-friendly programs. She and her team are also interested in identifying academic or non-academic/community-based research partners
that proactively, meaningfully partner with the peer/lived experience community. Anyone (student or former student, current faculty/staff or affiliated researchers, community partners) with direct experience is encouraged to make recommendations. Links are here:

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Scott Bryant-Comstock

My passion is helping to shape policy and practice in children’s mental health. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum for the exchange of ideas on how to continually improve children’s mental health research, policy and practice.

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