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Friday Update 12-30-16

January 02, 2017


Friday Update 12-30-16

Greetings Network faithful! As we enter the year 2017, I can’t think of a better way to start off than by sharing the Christmas greeting from a week ago by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Their call to celebrate the values that make our country great is a worthy reminder to us all as we prepare for new leadership in the White House. Enjoy and appreciate the humanity in their messageand get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Can Families Afford Gloating Over Failure to Prevent Stage 4 Mental Illness?
SAMHSA National Advisory Council member Dennis Embry provides a sobering reminder that the fight for recognition of proven prevention strategies to prevent mental illness is an uphill battle, but one worth fighting for. Prevention is coming!

Apply Now for NNEDLearn 2017!
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) invites NNED partners to participate in its seventh annual training opportunity for community-based organizations, NNEDLearn 2017. The goal of NNEDLearn is to develop partners’ skills in evidence-supported and culturally appropriate prevention and treatment practices and to support practice implementation. This training model includes an on-site training and follow-up virtual coaching sessions. The on-site training will be held March 26-29, 2017 at the Tamaya Hyatt in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 6 pm Eastern Time. We encourage those who are not already NNED members to join the NNED, free of charge, and become part of a virtual network of peers and take advantage of resources and opportunities like NNEDLearn. 

Suicide in Elementary School-Aged Children and Early Adolescents
Suicide in elementary school–aged children is not well studied, despite a recent increase in the suicide rate among US black children. The objectives of this study were to describe characteristics and precipitating circumstances of suicide in elementary school–aged children relative to early adolescent decedents and identify potential within-group racial differences.

Upcoming Webinar: “Engaging Adolescents with Serious Mental Health Conditions in Treatment Planning: Findings From a Randomized Study of Achieve My Plan” 
(Tuesday, January 24, 2017)
Wraparound is an intensive planning and care coordination process intended to improve outcomes for children, youth or young adults with the highest levels of mental health and related needs; however, previous research indicates that young people are often not meaningfully engaged in the process. This webinar describes a randomized study demonstrating that young people’s engagement and team alliance can be significantly increased through the use of a modest enhancement.

NIMH-Funded Study to Track the Effects of Trauma
By carefully tracking 5,000 people after they have experienced a traumatic event, a just-launched study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) aims to provide a finely detailed map of the array of factors that play a role in the development of mental disorders that occur in the wake of trauma. Information coming out of the study should provide a much deeper understanding of the mechanisms that give rise to post-traumatic disorders as well as a clearer basis for predicting who will be affected and how best to target treatment. 

Consumer Guide To Disclosure Rights: Making The Most Of Your Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Benefits
As part of the Parity Task Force, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Department of Labor have released this guide to help consumers, their representatives, and providers understand what type of information to ask for when inquiring about a plan’s compliance with parity. Also, the guide explains the various federal disclosure laws that require disclosure of information related to parity. 

Human Rights Watch Releases New Report on LGBT Students
Schools remain hostile environments for LGBT students, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch, a group that advocates for LGBT rights. The group conducted in-depth interviews with students, parents, teachers and administrators in Alabama, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Utah and found that in many schools “discriminatory policies and practices exacerbate the sense of exclusion students face.” Teachers still fear for their jobs if they identify as gay or support LGBT students, according to the report. Students in same-sex couples said they were discouraged — or even prohibited — from attending events as a couple. Many schools censor discussions about LGBT topics, and eight states restrict discussions of LGBT topics in schools, according to the report. 

Racial Injustice and Trauma: African Americans in the U.S.
This SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) position statement is a call to action for the Network to collectively integrate specific activities within the work of the NCTSN that address racial injustice and trauma that affects African American children and their families. Share widely and consider adapting for your organization!

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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
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