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Friday Update 10-25-13

October 26, 2013


Friday Update 10-25-13

Greetings faithful readers.  Leave it to a couple of guys from Norway to perfectly capture how much sense the last couple of weeks have made with shutdowns, sputtering roll-outs and seemingly unbridled vitriol in both major political parties. The confusion in Congress isn’t going anywhere but we could do with a little less vitriol and a whole lot more joy.  So I ask you – Just what does the fox say? Watch this video and experience how joy and unbridled confusion can work together oh so well. And then, get to readin’ Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week

Oregon experiment puts therapists on primary care teams
Okay Network faithful, if you were wondering what the future of children’s mental health looks like, then look no further than this article from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Primary care is going to be a big part of the mental health delivery system sooner than you think…

Healthy Transitions Initiative funding… meeting set with Senate Appropriations staff
We will be on the Hill meeting with Senate Appropriations staff to discuss the Healthy Transitions Initiative. Now is the time to send in your letters of support to help build our case for focusing attention on healthy approaches to meeting the needs of transition-age youth with mental health challenges.

Interactive Intelligence Foundation announces Request for Proposals for programs geared toward at-risk youth
The Indianapolis-based Interactive Intelligence Foundation has announced a Request for Proposals from organizations working to foster life improvements for at-risk youth. Special emphasis is placed on projects that promote technology education among the targeted at-risk youth sector. If your organization has 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and supports at-risk youth up to the age of 18, check this one out.

27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference – Call for proposals closes October 31st 
Okay Network faithful, just a few more days to get your proposal in for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference. We have a bumper crop of proposals coming in this year so make sure you get yours in the mix if you have not done so already.

Georgetown Training Institutes – Call for Proposals now open! 
Speaking of writing winning conference proposals, the Call for Proposals for the 2014 Georgetown University Training Institutes on improving services and supports for children, adolescents, and young adults with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families is open and is burnin’ up with so many proposals coming in. This is not the time to put down your #2 pencils – time to write a winning proposal so that you can be an integral part of this wonderful conference.

Boston University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
A two-year postdoctoral research fellowship program in psychiatric rehabilitation and vocational recovery from serious mental illnesses will begin January 2nd, 2014 at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University. Didactic seminars, extensive research practicum and annual stipend of $40,000 are included in the fellowship. This is a great opportunity Network faithful. If you are looking for a cutting edge postdoc experience this is it.

Multiple options for applying for health coverage through the Marketplace
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks you know in vivid detail the challenges with the website. Gotta breathe folks. As the issues get addressed, know that there are multiple ways to review coverage options and sign up. Check it out here.

Law enforcement’s leadership role in the advancement of promising practices in Juvenile Justice
The International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) has completed a nationwide survey of nearly 1,000 law enforcement executives to assess the current state of attitudes, knowledge and practices regarding how law enforcement agencies deal with juvenile offenders and collaborate with juvenile justice system partners. Throughout the survey, law enforcement leaders articulate clear support for the goals and assumptions that underlie the juvenile justice system – namely a recognition that youth are different from adults, and that public safety and the needs of individual youth are best served through approaches that recognize those differences. They believe that the focus must be on rehabilitating young offenders and preventing them, whenever possible, from sinking deeper into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. We agree!

Data visualization for storytellers workshop
Okay all you “big data” aficionados – here is a workshop you may be interested in attending. Your chance to learn from journalism experts on how to communicate complex information with visually appealing charts, graphs and maps. We love clarity!

October picks from the Office of Adolescent Health worth a closer look
Network faithful know how much we love the work being done by the Office of Adolescent Health, US Department of Health & Human Services (OAH). The “October picks” from their recent email alert includes a couple of gems we want to share with you. Be sure to check out the OAH website for some relevant and timely information on working with adolescents.

Upcoming conference focuses on successful Native equine programs
This conference features Native presenters with successful Native Equine Programs, developed, utilized, and sustained on tribal homelands. Longtime friend of the Children’s Mental Health Network Manaja Unjinca Hill is organizing this conference and brings with him years of experience utilizing the therapeutic power that horses bring to a relationship with youth. If you are interested in utilizing the therapeutic power of horses, check this one out.

Being a woman of resilience with Bipolar Disorder: resiliency in mind, body and spirit
The International Bipolar Foundation is out with another great webinar. Be sure to register soon. These webinars fill up quickly!

Promoting Positive Development among Emerging Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions: Results from Pathways’ State of the Science Conference
Pathways RTC is out with another great free webinar that Network faithful should take advantage of. This webinar outlines the Pathways model, which describes how providers can work productively and effectively with young people who experience serious mental health conditions. This model is based on research showing “what works,” and uses a positive developmental approach, focusing on promoting wellbeing and flourishing. Doesn’t get much better than this, faithful.

NIDA’s drug abuse information for teens goes mobile
Teens — and adults who care for them — can now find answers to questions about drug abuse and addiction more easily, and through smartphones and tablets. Spanish language versions of easy to understand resources on drug abuse and addiction are also available.

District of Columbia launches “NeighborGood”
NeighborGood is a free, online District of Columbia-specific volunteer opportunity database and search engine. NeighborGood connects residents with meaningful District-based volunteer opportunities and connects community-based organizations and others with the city’s cadre of dedicated, experienced volunteers. Excellent modeling DC Network faithful!

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