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Friday Update 12-23-16

December 09, 2016


Friday Update 12-23-16

Greetings faithful readers. Let’s start off this issue of Friday Update with a stirring rendition of Bob Dylan’s classic “Hard Rain Gonna Fall“, performed by Patti Smith at Dylan’s Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. Enjoy the great Patti Smith and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

“Hey Scott, where is your write-up on the Cures/Mental Health Bill?”
Okay Network faithful, I know, I know, I am two weeks late in getting the analysis of this bill to you. Life got in the way a bit, but I should have it ready for next week. For those of you celebrating a “Mental Health Reform” victory, yes, there are good things in the bill, but as far as mental health reform goes, this bill is a thin veneer at best. 

The Mental Health Crisis in Trump’s America
Psychiatrist Richard Friedman provides a sobering reminder of the potential impact on behavioral health care coverage if the Trump Administration moves forward with plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Regardless of your political position, this is an important wake-up call for all advocates.  

As a reminder to those attending the Tampa Conference – Daniel Dawes, foremost expert on the Affordable Care Act, will be sharing a historical perspective on the importance of behavioral health advocacy in the creation of Obama Care. Don’t miss it!

Honoring Anas al-Basha – the Syrian Clown Who Gave His Life to Make a Difference
Colonel George Patrin, CMHNetwork Advisory Council member, advocate and world-traveling clown of peace, writes a touching testimonial to Anas al-Basha, the Syrian clown who was killed in an airstrike in Aleppo. Colonel Patrin shares what he learned about “the power of the nose” from Patch Adams, and challenges us all to to ”incorporate clowns and Patch’s “nasal diplomacy” as perhaps more effective tools to fight wars as well as treat the post-traumatic stress it generates.”

The Forgotten Victim Of The Sandy Hook Shooting
Nancy Lanza — her son Adam’s first victim — has seemingly been erased from the list of those we grieve. Adam’s mother was the first victim he shot that day, and she has been all but erased from the story. By doing this, we miss a critical point about the Sandy Hook massacre. It began at home, a fact ignored despite compelling evidence that a large percentage of mass shootings in the United States involve gunmen targeting their families.

Word of the Day - kakistocracy 
Defined as a country run by the most unqualified and unprincipled among us.

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DEA Issues Carfentanil Warning to Police and Public; Dangerous opioid 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl
DEA has issued a public warning to the public and law enforcement nationwide about the health and safety risks of carfentanil, a synthetic opioid that is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which itself is 50 times more potent than heroin. DEA, local law enforcement, and first responders have recently seen the presence of carfentanil, which has been linked to a significant number of overdose deaths in various parts of the country. Improper handling of carfentanil, as well as fentanyl and other fentanyl-related compounds has deadly consequences.  

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2016 Final Report
The 2016 Final Report features the stories behind the communities and organizations that work hard every day to make sure children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health challenges can access the services and supports they need.
Is it ADHD or Child Traumatic Stress? A Guide for Clinicians
This guide provides definitions of child traumatic stress and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), explains how symptoms can overlap, and summarizes some of the differences between the two. Understanding these differences can help parents and providers assess and treat children appropriately and more effectively.  

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit
By engaging in a national dialogue with key stakeholders throughout the law enforcement and mental health fields, the Bureau of Justice Assistance has gathered the best practices and resources to help officers respond appropriately and safely to people with mental illness. This toolkit will serve as the comprehensive, go-to source for information related to these important collaboration efforts. 
The Future of Youth Justice: A Community-Based Alternative to the Youth Prison Model
This report provides recommendations for creating community-based alternatives to the youth prison model. It examines experiences from several states that have pursued alternative models. It finds that community-based approaches can reduce recidivism, control costs, and promote public safety. 

Interagency Policy Statement on Early Childhood Homelessness
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and Education released an interagency policy statement on early childhood homelessness. As this new infographic shows, in the United States, infancy is the age at which individuals are most likely to enter shelter or transitional housing, followed by ages one to five, and homelessness during pregnancy and in the early years is harmful to children’s development.

Department of Justice Launces Changing Minds Campaign to Help Children Exposed to Violence
The White House and the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a national campaign to raise awareness, teach skills, and inspire public action to address children’s exposure to violence. The campaign, called Changing Minds, is a collaboration led by DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OOJDP), Futures Without Violence, and the Ad Council, created pro bono by the advertising agency Wunderman. Changing Minds features short films, digital assets, and print content intended to reach adults who interact with children and youth in grades kindergarten to 12. It will engage teachers, coaches, counselors, doctors, nurses, law enforcement officers, and other frontline professionals and caregivers, guiding them on ways they can help kids recover from trauma.

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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
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