Friday Update 10-28-16

October 27, 2016


Friday Update 10-28-16

Greetings faithful readers. Get your mariachi swagger on with the amazing Mariachi Flor De Toloache. The performance starts our mellow and works its way up to a beat that will make you want to dance in your office (so close the door). Enjoy the groove and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Macklemore – Drug Dealer
In a raw music video for his new song “Drug Dealer,” hip-hop artist Macklemore paints a stark and moving picture of his personal struggle with prescription drug abuse, which mirrors the nationwide epidemic that is currently gripping our country. 

Tampa Conference Call For Proposals Deadline is extended to November 4th!
You asked. We listened! Proposal deadline extended to November 4th! Sharpen those pencils and get to writin’! 

I Have Trichotillomania, TTM For Short 
Cynthia Trich writes about her life with trichotillomania, TTM for short, the uncontrollable urge to pull out hair strand by strand, causing baldness in extreme cases. Her story is one of agony, hope, and eventually, healing. A “must read” from the series of essays in Lee Gutkind’s most recent workshop on “Writing Away the Stigma.”

Federal Parity Task Force Takes Steps to Strengthen Insurance Coverage for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders 

Access to effective mental health and substance use disorder services can mean the difference between graduating from school and falling behind; between keeping a good job and becoming involved with the criminal justice system; between living a full life in recovery and dying by overdose or suicide. But if those services are needed, will your health insurance cover them in the same way it covers other medical treatment?

Revolutionary Training Website to Help Doctors Tackle Implicit Bias, Provide Better Care to Black Gay Men

NASTAD (National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors) is excited to announce the launch of a new online training platform,, to help doctors, nurses, and medical professionals identify and unlearn racial biases that create barriers to good care and elevate the quality of healthcare for Black gay men and other Black men who have sex with men.

Pre-Application Webinar for Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grants 
Thanks to our friends at the NNED (National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health) for sharing this update. Get the details on the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grants, and while you are on the NNED site, learn more about what they do!

States See Peer-Recovery Coaches As A Way To Break The Addiction Epidemic
Dustin French, 29, had four drug overdoses in the span of a year. “I was dead on arrival to the hospital,” he said of his last heroin overdose, which happened in April. “I woke up … and I didn’t feel like myself. I could tell this time I was really dead.” Now, he says, he’s 100 days clean. He lives with his girlfriend. And he has three sons: an 8-year-old, a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old. He credits his turnaround to a relationship he launched in the emergency department with a “peer recovery specialist” — someone who had herself struggled with addiction. She was there; he said, “when nobody else was.”

The purpose of this program is to provide funding to states, territories, and tribes to improve treatment for adolescents and/or transitional aged youth with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders by assuring youth state-wide access to evidence-based assessments, treatment models, and recovery services supported by the strengthening of the existing infrastructure system.

SAMHSA Provides up to $38.6 Million Grants to Help Individuals and Communities Recover From Trauma
SAMHSA is awarding up to a total of $38.6 million in Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) over the next five years to help people and communities recover from, and build resiliency to trauma.

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