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Friday Update 12-1-17

December 01, 2017

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Friday Update 12-1-17

Greetings faithful readers. It’s early Monday morning, and Friday Update is about to fly your way. One of my favorite artists for the quiet moments is Joni Mitchell, who has an amazing ability to tell stories through song. Enjoy this cover of her classic “A Case of You” by 16-year-old Addison Agen, a contestant on The Voice. Enjoy the vibe and exquisite artistry of this young singer channeling an old soul, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Thank You For Supporting the CMHNetwork on #GivingTuesday!
Many thanks to those of you who made generous donations to help support the work of the Children’s Mental Health Network and keep Friday Update coming to you every week – Two hundred fifty-seven weeks of wholesome Friday Update Goodness so far, dating back to early 2012!  That is over five and one-half years of content-rich information and commentary on the most important policy, research and practice issues in children’s mental health delivered to your inbox every Friday. Well, okay, sometimes Saturday… or even Monday… But heck, for a small nonprofit that makes a point of not accepting federal funds so that we can keep our voice free and clear, not bad! If you did not take the opportunity to donate, consider doing so now. Friday Update faithful from across the globe will love you for it!

Selection of Winning Proposals for the “Tampa Conference” Completed. What an Amazing Lineup. Register today!
Email announcements to the authors of winning proposals for presentation at the 31st Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health have been delivered. We will have the detailed preliminary agenda posted online this coming Friday. We had a record number of submissions this year. Congratulations to the winners!

Check Out the Amazing Lineup of Keynote Speakers at the Tampa Conference!
Headlining the conference are former Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, Victor Rios, creator of Project GRIT (Generating Resilience to Inspire Transformation), Dr. Larke Huang, Director of the Office of Behavioral Health Equity, and an all-star panel focused on researching what types of services and supports work best for youth and young adults. The conference is shaping up to be our best yet. Can’t wait to see you there!

Become a Sponsor of 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? 

After the Carnage: For Six Las Vegas Teens, a Homecoming Haunted by a Mass Shooting
John Woodrow Cox of the Washington Post provides a riveting account of the lives of six high school students who were survivors of the massacre at the Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas this past October. The story provides a reminder of how important it is that we make available services and supports for survivors of horrific violence. One organization that is at the forefront of addressing violence on school campuses is The Youth ERA/Youth MOVE Oregon. If you are interested in learning more about their innovative work, I encourage you to contact themThe Youth ERA Crisis Response team has responded to more instances of school violence than any other youth-serving organization in the world. 

Slips of Paper in Elementary School Can Prevent Suicide
Another thought-provoking Zen post from Dennis Embry. Could something as simple as writing a positive peer to peer note (known as “tootles”) help protect against a lifetime risk of suicide, improving virtually every indicator of wellbeing through young adulthood? Data analysis of the Pax Good Behavior Game suggests that the answer is yes. Imagine if we started a national movement for peers, teachers, communities, and families to tootle the good in our children. We’d bring out more good, just like our grandmothers told us to do!

Breaking News from the Child Health Development Institue
National Podcast Series Features Examples of Family Engagement in Connecticut 
A series of three podcasts from the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice examines ways schools are engaging youth and families to address and improve student’s behavioral health. The series called Family and Youth Engagement to Keep Kids in School highlights examples from Connecticut, including Connecticut’s School-Based Diversion Initiative (podcast 3), as well as the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance and Yale Child Study Center (podcast 2). Episodes share firsthand reflections on the barriers to engagement from the parent, school, and provider perspectives, and discuss strategies to improve youth outcomes. Click here to listen to the podcast series.

Robert Reich Shreds Tax Plan in 90 Seconds
Always thought-provoking, Robert Reich takes 90 seconds to point out some key challenges of the tax overhaul plan. Keep an open mind while watching and follow the facts, not the politics. 

Repealing the Individual Health Insurance Mandate: An Updated Estimate
The tax overhaul bill passed by the Senate on Friday repeals the Affordable Care Act Individual Mandate. The Individual Mandate is the provision in the ACA that requires most U.S. citizens and noncitizens who lawfully reside in the country to have health insurance meeting specified standards and that imposes penalties on those without an exemption who do not comply. The Congressional Budget Office says that if the Individual Health Insurance Mandate is repealed, 13 million more Americans would be uninsured by 2027, leading America’s uninsured rate to increase from 11 percent to about 16 percent. So basically, the Senate version of the Tax Bill is encouraging a more unhealthy American population? Kinda strange, don’t ya think? 

Speaking of Health Care…
Open Enrollment for ACA Health Care Ends December 15th
There are only two weeks left of the 2018 open enrollment period onHealthCare.govMake sure to let your clients, colleagues, friends, and family aware of the December 15 deadline and take time to look at coverage options and choose a health care plan that works best for them in the coming days. 

The Real Cost Now Informs Youth: Vaping, Too, Can Rewire Your Brain
The FDA is expanding “The Real Cost” public education campaign to include advertising about e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems. New messages focus specifically on how nicotine can rewire the developing brain to crave more nicotine. 

Family Acceptance Project Celebrates 15 Years
Family Acceptance Project (FAP) – the world’s first research, intervention, education, and policy initiative that helps diverse families learn to support their LGBTQ children to prevent serious health risks and promote well-being is proud to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary. 

Words Matter: How Language Choice Can Reduce Stigma
This resource examines the role of language in perpetuating substance use disorder stigma, followed by tips for assessing when and how we may be using stigmatizing language, and steps for ensuring that the language we use and messages we deliver are positive, productive, and inclusive.

CDC Calls for AI/AN Public Health Success Stories
Tribal nations are active and important contributors to public health, and tribal cultures have long fostered health and wellness among AI/AN. CDC invites the public to share stories that show how tribal communities are doing just that, so they can be a part of an exciting new exhibit at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum in Atlanta, GA. The exhibition—to be held from Sept 22, 2019, through May 1, 2020—will recognize the public health contributions of the AI/AN community in a visually compelling, culturally appropriate manner. CDC’s exhibition will showcase how native traditions and wisdom have affected public health in the past and present, and how AI/AN communities have made a difference in the health of their people. CDC is interested in stories that highlight how native traditions and wisdom have affected health or show contributions of specific AI/AN individuals to health and wellness among AI/AN people. Story submissions are accepted through January 15, 2018. 

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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
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