Friday Update 10-27-17

October 27, 2017


Friday Update 10-27-17

Greetings faithful readers. We lost a great one this week, with the passing of Fats Domino. Take a stroll down memory lane and tickle the ivories with his rendition of “I Hear You Knocking,” and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Honors Martin Rafferty, Executive Director, Youth ERA (formerly Youth MOVE Oregon)
I am looking forward to attending a special event at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation next week, where Martin Rafferty, Executive Director of Youth ERA (formerly Youth MOVE Oregon), and CMHNetwork Advisory Council member, will be honored for his inspirational life journey and cutting-edge advocacy leadership. Morning Zen guest author, Jammie Farish, provides insight into the award and this dynamic youth leader. Good on ya’, Martin!

Keynote Speakers Announced for the Tampa Conference
We are thrilled to announce several keynote speakers for the 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 4-7, 2018. We have more announcements to make about keynote speakers in the next two weeks, but for now, enjoy knowing that headlining the conference are former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Victor Rios, creator of Project GRIT (Generating Resilience to Inspire Transformation), and Dr. Larke Huang, Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity, SAMHSA. The conference is shaping up to be our best yet. Can’t wait to see you there!

Keep Those Proposals Coming In – Deadline Extended to November 3rd! 
Okay, the time for pencil sharpening is over. It’s time to start writing a winning proposal for the 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 4 – 7, 2018, in beautiful Tampa Florida! The 31st Annual Conference is one you will not want to miss!

Become a Sponsor for the Tampa Conference! 
The 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held March 4-7, 2018 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. Each year, participants hear an outstanding line-up of speakers who are leading researchers and advocates in the field. Sponsorship is a great opportunity to show your organizations support and gain national visibility in the behavioral health field. What are ya’ waitin’ for?

Faces of Austerity 2.0: How Budget Cuts Continue to Make Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure
In 2013, NDD United published its first “Faces of Austerity” report, documenting the impact of federal budget cuts on Americans and their communities. This follow-up report tells the stories of Americans from big cities and rural towns alike who continue to feel the effects of budget cuts. For more on their experiences and the online report, visit

Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a ‘Health Emergency’ but Requests No Funds 
President Trump on Thursday directed the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, taking long-anticipated action to address a rapidly escalating epidemic of drug use. But even as he vowed to alleviate the scourge of drug addiction and abuse that has swept the country — a priority that resonated strongly with the working-class voters who supported his presidential campaign — Mr. Trump fell short of fulfilling his promise in August to declare “a national emergency” on opioids, which would have prompted the rapid allocation of federal funding to address the issue.

CDC launches campaign to help states fight prescription opioid epidemic; Rx Awareness
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching Rx Awareness, a communication campaign featuring real-life accounts of people recovering from opioid use disorder and people who have lost loved ones to prescription opioid overdose.

The SBDI Toolkit: A Community Resource for Reducing School-Based Arrests
A toolkit for school administrators designed to decrease school arrests by connecting at-risk students to community-based mental health services using Connecticut’s local Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Services (EMPS) teamsThe principles outlined in the toolkit can be applied by the schools at little to no cost. Learn more about the SBDI Initiative here.

Turnover Among Wraparound Care Coordinators: Rates, Causes, Impacts and Remedies
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, 10am – 11am PST / 1pm – 2pm EST

NWI and NWIC collaborated with other partners in a study of turnover among care coordinators in Wraparound. In this webinar, Janet Walker, Co-Director of the NWI, and Jennifer Schurer Coldiron, NWIC, will use data from two sources – a large-scale survey and a smaller number of in-depth interviews – to present data and implications regarding the rate, impacts, causes, and remedies of turnover.

Trump’s Cuts to HEALTHCARE.GOV Advertising Budget Could Cause Over One Million to Lose Access to Health Insurance
The Trump administration’s move to dramatically slash advertising could translate to at least 1.1 million fewer people signing up this year, says the Obama appointee who ran marking for the federal health insurance website in 2016. The Department of Health and Human Services announced in August it will gut the marketing budget for enrollment in the marketplaces, spending just $10 million on promoting the law during the upcoming enrollment period that runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. Officials argued the ACA’s shortcomings and diminishing returns from the advertising justify the cuts.

NIH to fund Centers of Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is supporting 12 new specialized research centers that will conduct multidisciplinary research, research training, and community engagement activities focused on improving minority health and reducing health disparities. The centers will share approximately $82 million over five years, pending the availability of funds. The Centers of Excellence program is designed to foster collaborative research in minority health and health disparities to identify critical biological, behavioral, environmental, sociocultural, and health systems factors, which will aid in developing optimal interventions to reduce targeted health disparities.

Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers
This online resource provides information to help parents interact positively with children. It provides proven answers to common challenges so moms, dads, and caregivers can help two- to four-year-olds grow up happy and healthy. Read free articles, watch videos, and practice exercises for building positive relationships with kids.

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