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Friday Update 11-8-13

November 10, 2013


Friday Update 11-8-13

Greetings faithful readers. Friday Update is coming to you on Sunday morning this week so throw on an extra waffle and make another pot of coffee cuz we’ve got a lot to cover. Parity takes a step forward (don’t get comfortable just yet) folks are turning up the heat on Healthy Transitions, a number of great post-doc opportunities, funding opportunities, conferences and more. On second thought, better make that two waffles… The past few weeks of effort to bring attention to the needs of emerging adults has met with success and challenge. Stay focused Network faithful; this is a marathon and not a sprint. Here is a great Titanium cover by Tiffany Alvord to keep you inspired – “You shoot me down, but I won’t fall, I am Titanium.” Let the Titanium within you shine. Now get to readin Friday Update. We got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Healthy Transitions Initiative – Hang in there Network faithful, we are just getting started  
The Children’s Mental Health Network sends a huge note of thanks to Network faithful from around the country that are beginning to rally around speaking out the need for a balanced approach to meeting the needs of emerging adults. For those of you who have sent personal letters, visited with your elected officials and contributed data to support services for emerging adults we thank you. Special props to a number of passionate individuals in Maryland who are currently hard at work figuring out ways to showcase the wide array of services and supports that can benefit young adults – both in the children’s and adult mental health systems. We will keep this issue front and center every week – for the rest of this year, next year – as long as it takes to bring an appropriate level of funding back to family-driven, youth guided approaches to meeting the needs of transition-age youth with emotional challenges. This coming week we will be in Washington, DC again knocking on doors of Senate and House representatives to talk about the Healthy Transitions Initiative and other amazing approaches to working with young people. Keep up the pressure folks. We say it a lot and it could not be truer now – this is a marathon and not a sprint. And finally, don’t be discouraged if your phone calls are not returned, you are told “it ain’t gonna happen so give it up,” or your emails and letters don’t get answered. Heck, this happens to me daily. Turn the rejection around and think of it this way – There is no better adrenaline rush than to be told no, to be ignored, to be brushed off, or to be told “it’s not possible.” Fuel for the advocacy soul baby!!

Have you or your child been a victim of inappropriate seclusion or restraint?
Faithful readers know that we have been focusing on the Keeping All Students Safe Act and the efforts of Representative George Miller, Senator Tom Harkin and others to put an end to the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint. What we need this week are stories from individuals who have either experienced inappropriate seclusion and restraint themselves or have had a son or daughter go through this experience. So if this request applies to you please contact us immediately.

HHS releases parity rule
The Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, and the Treasury jointly issued a final rule increasing parity between mental health and substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans. The final rule issued implements the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act 2008 (MHPAEA) which is a federal law that generally prevents group health plans and health insurance issuers that provide mental health and substance use disorder (MH/SUD) benefits from imposing less favorable benefit limitations on those benefits than on medical and/or surgical coverage. While we at the Children’s Mental Health Network are pleased that a rule has finally been released let’s remember that celebration is good but there are still many questions to be answered. First, we need to wade through the 206-page document to better understand what it says. Second, there are still gaping questions about what this means for individuals receiving Medicaid. The rules don’t include details on how the act affects Medicaid managed care plans. The administration said those details will come later. So let’s celebrate this step in the right direction but also remind ourselves that we need to be hyper-vigilant to what this will actually mean in terms of fairness for families who have youth with emotional challenges. The devil is in the details… Download the rule on our website and let us know what you think.

Record number of proposals received for 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference   
Proposals are in and are being reviewed. We have a bumper crop of excellent proposals to choose from for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference. Registration opens next week so get ready. Can’t wait to be in sunny Tampa, Florida March 2-5, 2014!

Georgetown Training Institutes – SAVE THE DATES! Proposals due by November 22 
Okay, you have finished your proposal for the USF conference in March, but don’t put away the old selectric typewriter just yet. You need to get a proposal in for the 2014 Georgetown University Training Institutes. This conference is an icon in the children’s mental health world and one that you will definitely want to be a part of. Proposals will be accepted until Nov 22, so make sure to write something that is gonna wow the review panel. Remember to mark down the conference dates July 16-22, 2014. We will see you there!

Senate passes Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
By a vote of 64-32, the Senate passed the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). This crucial legislation advances the American values of fairness and equality by banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans. In 29 states, it’s legal to be fired for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. That’s why the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), banning workplace discrimination for LGBT Americans across the country. Now it is time for the House to act. Contact your representative and let them know what you think.

Long term Continuing Resolution at sequester levels will be a ‘disaster’
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski noted the sharp differences between the effects of the Senate’s proposed-but-stalled budget bill and another Continuing Resolution (CR). Bottom line? The sequester needs to be replaced with a 2014 Omnibus Appropriations bill to move forward before the end of the year. We have included the full note from Senator Mikulski on our website. The note includes comparisons of the Senate budget with a Continuing Resolution that extends the sequester. It ain’t pretty folks. Let your representatives know that a long-term CR at sequester levels only weakens America. Network faithful know further erosion in areas like these will have a direct impact on children’s mental health.

Families Rising – How one community takes a family-driven approach
Pat Baker of Baker Squared, LLC and Elaine Slaton of Slaton Associates have developed an engaging video showcasing the excellent family-driven work being done by families and providers involved with the System of Care site in Saginaw, Michigan. The video provides an exploration of four community-wide traits supportive of a family-driven system of care. We’ve got an exclusive on this one. Watch it now on our website.

NICHCY is closing its doors
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities, or NICHCY is closing its doors after more than twenty years of being a “go-to” resource for the latest information on disabilities in children and youth; programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities and the special education law IDEA. The work done by NICHCY has been consistently excellent as has been their contribution to the understanding and innovative programming available to special needs youth and their families. The Children’s Mental Health Network extends a hearty farewell. NICHCY will be missed. Network faithful are encouraged to take some time to visit the NICHCY website and review the wonderful materials they have made available over the past two decades. The website and the free resources available on it will remain available until September 30, 2014.

New six-minute video discusses the science of neglect
The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has published a new 6-minute video, InBrief: The Science of Neglect (2013), which explains how significant neglect can harm to a young child’s development, including cognitive delays, impairments in executive functioning, and disruptions of the body’s stress response. It also looks at why effective interventions are likely to pay significant dividends in better long-term outcomes in learning, health, and parenting of the next generation.

University of Nebraska and Boys Town looking for post-doctoral fellows
The University of Nebraska
and Boys Town are inviting applications for post-doctoral fellows for the two year Postdoctoral Fellows in Emotional Disturbance (ED) Program. Fellows will be assigned to on-going research projects focused on classroom management, transition/aftercare, academic functioning and instruction, implementation and fidelity research, and family-based preventive and treatment interventions. The goal of the program is to prepare individuals with the research skills to assume leadership positions in the education, development, and well-being of children with ED. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in special education, psychology, social work, or related area. What are you waiting for?

California Catalyst Fund accepting applications from healthcare clinics for strategic restructuring projects
Hey Californians – listen up! The California Catalyst Fund, an initiative of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, in partnership with the California Healthcare Foundation and the Blue Shield of California Foundation, is committed to help community health centers as they adapt to the new healthcare delivery environment created by passage of the Affordable Care Act. Plenty of opportunity here folks – time to take advantage of it.

William T. Grant Foundation invites Letters of inquiry for studies on the uses of research in policy and practice affecting youth
The William T. Grant Foundation seeks to fund high-quality empirical research with the goal of improving the lives of youth between the ages of 8 and 25 in the United States. To help accomplish this goal, the foundation is requesting Letters of Inquiry for its Request for Proposals on Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice. Support will be provided for empirical theory-building studies related to what affects policy makers’ and practitioners’ acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. The foundation is interested in policy and practice directly relevant to youth in the U.S. Areas of focus can include education, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, family support, employment, mental health, and youth programs. Let’s get on it Network faithful. Research projects will receive awards ranging from $100,000 to $600,000 over two or three years.

Apply for the Harold A. Richman Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Harold A. Richman Postdoctoral Fellowship is a 2-year position that offers early-career scholars the opportunity to strengthen their research portfolio. Selected candidates will work with senior researchers at Chapin Hall and faculty at the School of Social Service Administration, and may make connections with other University of Chicago faculty in order to help them launch careers in applied social policy research.

Doris Duke Fellowships for the promotion of child well-being
These fellowships are designed to identify and develop a new generation of leaders interested in and capable of creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the nation’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. The fellows receive an annual stipend of $25,000 for up to two years to support the completion of their dissertation and related research at their academic institution. Up to 15 fellowships are awarded annually. Fellows are guided by an academic mentor whom they select; fellows also identify a policy or practice mentor to assist them in better understanding how to frame their research questions with an eye toward maximizing policy and practice relevance. Fellows are selected from a range of academic disciplines, including—-but not limited to—-social work, child development, public health, medicine, public policy, education, economics, psychology, and epidemiology. Sounds like Network faithful to me!


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