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Friday Update 11-15-13

November 18, 2013


Friday Update 11-15-13
Greetings faithful readers. Friday Update is coming to you on Monday this week due to our prolonged time in Washington, DC. No worries, we are back on schedule. The only thing to do is start with the Bangles and their iconic hit Manic Monday. Enjoy, poof your hair in vintage 80’s style and then get to readin’ Friday Update We got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Young adults with mental health challenges need the support of federal programs
Greetings Network faithful. We had another productive meeting with Senate Appropriations staff on Friday to discuss services and supports for youth in transition. It is clear that we need to educate, educate, educate. The trend towards focusing on the language of “mental illness” and pairing that with violence and guns in the speeches and rhetoric in the popular press and from policy-makers should trouble all of us. Typically accompanying such rhetoric is a call for evidence-based practices that focus on young adults with serious mental illness. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with that. Our concern is that we may see a swing towards a narrower population of focus for funding opportunities and an increase in psychiatric hospitalization approaches. Less than 4% of mentally ill individuals commit a crime. People with psychiatric disabilities are far more likely to be victims than perpetrators of violent crime.  The wonderfully resilient and healthy efforts taking place in communities focusing on transition-age youth with mental health challenges (not necessarily a serious mental illness) are just as important as those exponentially more expensive services that are absolutely necessary for a small percentage of youth. Be sure to download and use our new infographic!

Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure
NDD United has released Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure. The “alliance of more than 3,200 national, state, and local organizations working to stop more harsh cuts to core government functions, goes sector by sector, from public health to education to workforce development, telling the stories of those who’ve been impacted most by Washington’s failure to protect the programs that keep us healthy, safe, and educated.”

Record number of proposals received for 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference   
The proposals are terrific, the competition is going to be tough, and the conference will be its usual top-rate event. Registration opens this Friday so you had better start packing. Looking forward to wearing sunscreen in sunny Tampa, Florida March 2-5, 2014.

Georgetown Training Institutes – Proposal deadline extended
There’s still time to submit a proposal for the Georgetown University Training Institutes. The deadline has been extended until December 6. Don’t miss the premier training event in children’s mental health offered by the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health. Put the dates July 16 – 20, 2014 in your calendar and plan on coming to Washington, DC!

Youth Leadership Track at Georgetown Training Institutes wants your proposals!
Speaking of the Georgetown Training Institutes, don’t forget the Youth Leadership Track. Check out the details and submit your proposal today!

Come work for the National Wraparound Initiative!
Portland State University is hiring a Project Manager for the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI). They are looking for someone who can manage relationships with NWI members, and oversee the NWI’s work in areas such as gathering and synthesizing member input and feedback, and developing and implementing mechanisms for communicating with members and other stakeholders.

Epilepsy Foundation looking for youth leaders
The Epilepsy Foundation is looking for the next generation of leaders to empower and transform youth in the epilepsy movement. If you are or know of a person between the ages of 18-22 that is creative, passionate, committed to the cause and would like to serve on the National Youth Council then check this one out.

Youth advocate to advocate for youth: The next transition
Don’t miss the latest publication from Youth M.O.V.E. National and Pathways to Positive Futures. Excellent work folks!

Webinar: LGBTQ Victims of Intimate Partner Violence
There is a great webinar coming up on November 21st that will explore the unique characteristics of intimate partner violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) relationships. It will focus on the needs and challenges of these diverse communities, providing a basic overview of gender identity and sexual orientation, and sharing practical tips for working with LGBTQ victims and survivors.

Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013
Common Sense Media has published a new research report, Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013 (Fall 2013), which is based on the results of a large-scale, nationally representative survey on the media use of children age zero to eight. The study documents how children’s media environments and behaviors have changed since then.

Autism Speaks releases new toolkit for families
Autism Speaks has developed a First Concern to Action Tool Kit (2013), which is meant to provide families of children under the age of five with an overview of early child development; guidance on what to do if they have a concern about their child’s development; information about obtaining an evaluation for their child’s development and treatment options, if needed. The kit is also available in Spanish.

Suicide prevention publications support work of juvenile justice professionals
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention has released nine suicide prevention publications to support the work of juvenile justice professionals. These online publications address critical program areas and promote life-saving practices, including effective screening, risk assessment, and the drafting of model policies in collaboration with other child-serving agencies, particularly those addressing mental health issues.

American Psychological Foundation’s 2014 John and Polly Sparks Early Career Grant
Interested in a $10,000 award? The American Psychological Foundation’s 2014 John and Polly Sparks Early Career Grant supports early career psychologists conducting research in the area of early intervention and treatment for serious emotional disturbance in children.

Newly released calculator and fact sheets explain Obamacare in Spanish
The Kaiser Family Foundation launched a new Spanish-language consumer resource center to explain how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may impact individuals and families throughout the United States. The center features a new Spanish-language subsidy calculator, which allows consumers to estimate health insurance premiums and tax credits within the ACA marketplaces according to their zip code, income, family size, age and tobacco use.

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