Friday Update 12-2-16

December 03, 2016


Friday Update 12-2-16

Greetings faithful readers. Take a moment to watch Sia’s emotional ‘The Greatest’ video, which is a tribute to victims of the massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando this past June, the deadliest mass shooting in America’s history. Be sure to also watch the Sandy Hook Promise video below. Okay, pull up your advocacy britches and get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

The Answer to Failing Schools Rests in Early Childhood: A Response to Trump’s DeVos Appointment
A radical approach to education is needed if the US ever hopes to move from the “middle of the pack” in the STEM fields to competing at an international level. President-elect Trump has proven himself to be up for radical change, and the DeVos appointment is no exception. But Trump’s idealized vision of America must include a modern day approach to education that ultimately improves the system in the long term for future generations.

Evan – Sandy Hook Promise PSA
This is a “must watch”, Network faithful. The Sandy Hook Promise organization has put out a PSA that provides a stark reminder that gun violence is preventable if you know the signs. Watch the video, go to the Sandy Hook Promise website, and take the pledge!

150 Years of ObamaCare – Relevant Now More Than Ever!
Most excited to announce that Daniel Dawes will be presenting at the 30th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Behavioral Health (The Tampa Conference). In this talk about his book 150 Years of ObamaCare, health-care attorney Daniel E. Dawes will explore the secret backstory of the Affordable Care Act, shedding light on the creation and implementation of the greatest and most sweeping equalizer in the history of American health care. An eye-opening and authoritative narrative written from an insider’s perspective,150 Years of ObamaCare debunks contemporary understandings of health reform. It also provides a comprehensive and unprecedented review of the health equity movement and the little-known leadership efforts that were crucial to passing public policies and laws reforming mental health, minority health, and universal health. 

Speaking of the Tampa Conference…
Winning proposals will be announced on December 19th. Register for the conference and be sure to secure your hotel room. The hotel sells out fast!

21st Century Cures Act (including language from H.R. 2646) Passes the House and Moves to the Senate
The 21st Century Cures Act has passed the House and heads to the Senate for a vote early next week. The mental health provisions in the bill have been watered down from a version that passed the House earlier this year, and no longer include funding. Unfortunately, the bill still calls for a restructuring of SAMHSA. I will write about how that piece of the bill came into being next week. Gonna chill you to the bone. You can download the bill here.

In Depressed Rural Kentucky, Worries Mount Over Medicaid Cutbacks
For Freida Lockaby, an unemployed 56-year-old woman who lives with her dog in an aging mobile home in Manchester, Ky., one of America’s poorest places, the Affordable Care Act was life altering. “It’s been a godsend to me,” said the former Ohio school custodian who moved to Kentucky a decade ago. But Lockaby is worried her good fortune could soon end. Her future access to health care now hinges on a controversial proposal to revamp the program that her state’s Republican governor has submitted to the Obama administration.

Why More Grandparents Are Raising Children 
The number of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren is going up and increasingly it’s because their own kids are addicted to heroin or prescription drugs, or have died from an overdose. For some, it’s a challenge with little help available. In 2005, 2.5 million children were living with grandparents who were responsible for their care. By 2015, that number had risen to 2.9 million. Child welfare officials say drug addiction, especially to opioids, is behind much of the rise in the number of grandparents raising their grandchildren, just as it was during the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s. 

Suicide Among Young Children — Particularly Black Children — Merits Our Full Attention
In a new study appearing in October’s Pediatrics journal, lead author Bridge and six co-authors found that suicide among young children is extremely rare, but it affects some communities disproportionately and merits serious attention.

Request for Comments on the National Use-of-Force Data Collection Program
To provide a better understanding of the incidents of use of force by law enforcement, the Uniform Crime Reporting Program is proposing a new data collection for law enforcement agencies to provide information on incidents where use of force by a law enforcement officer has led to the death or serious bodily injury of a person as well as when a law enforcement officer discharges a firearm at or in the direction of a person. The Federal Bureau of Investigation seeks comments from all interested parties, including local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement, civil rights organizations, and other community stakeholders. Hurry, comments accepted through December 5, 2016.

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