Friday Update 12-6-13

December 07, 2013


Friday Update 12-6-13

Greetings faithful readers. The world lost a great leader, humanitarian and pursuer of peaceful social justice with the passing of Nelson Mandela. I encourage all of you to take the time to watch this raw footage video of his speech on the steps of Cape Town City Hall after being released from prison after 27 years of incarceration. He went on to be South Africa’s first black president, helped usher in the concept of truth and reconciliation for the nation of South Africa, and remained a stalwart activist up to his final days. Watch the video here but remember to come back to Friday Update cuz as usual, we have a bunch of goodies for you to sample and enjoy.

Most important reads for this week

Mind your language! Tips for journalists reporting on mental health issues
The Children’s Mental Health Network sends a big shout out of thanks to Network faithful in the United Kingdom who have directed us to a great organization that is tackling the stigma that comes with mental health challenges head on. Time to Change is an anti-stigma campaign in England that was founded in 2007. Since that time their campaign has reached millions of people across England. One of the many things we love about the work they are doing is their focus on educating journalists about the type of language they should use when reporting on a mental health related story.

Mario Hernandez reappointed as Chair of the Department of Child & Family Studies, University of South Florida
We at the Network are always proud of our Advisory Council members so we can’t pass on this opportunity to congratulate Dr. Mario Hernandez for his re-appointment as Chair of the Department of Child & Family Studies, University of South Florida. Read our tribute and enjoy our special video pick just for Mario!

Registration is now open for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference   
Speaking of the University of South Florida; we are oh so close to announcing an amazing lineup for the conference in March. We are very excited to have added an additional intensive workshop on Sunday March 2nd led by J. Stuart Ablon and Alishia Pollastri of Think-Kids, Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Along with the full day and half day intensive sessions focusing on Wraparound provided by national experts in Wraparound, Sunday, March 2nd is shaping up to be quite a day. And that is just the pre-conference! As the saying goes, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Time to start packin’ for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference in Tampa, Florida March 2 – 5, 2014. It’s gonna be amazing. Looking forward to seeing you in sunny Tampa.

Georgetown Training Institutes – are you ready?
The deadline for submitting a proposal is midnight tonight so keep your glass slippers on and get to writin’ because once the clock chimes twelve bells the proposal access site turns into a pumpkin. A big thank you to the massive number of individuals and organizations who have turned in proposals already. Gonna be a busy holiday season for the reviewers. Be sure to put July 16 – 20, 2014 on your calendar and get ready for the premier training event in children’s mental health offered by the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health. Don’t forget that there will be a stellar Youth Leadership Track
at the conference as well!

Regenia Hicks is moving her inspirational leadership to Houston
Network faithful Regenia Hicks, formerly with the American Institutes for Research Technical Assistance Partnership is taking her creative talents and long history of leadership in the system of care movement to Houston, Texas. In Houston, Regenia will be heading up a new mental health jail diversion program. Excellent choice Houston! Good luck with your new venture Regenia. Enjoy our special “Houston” video pick for you.

NAMI out with new toolkit to raise mental health awareness on college campuses
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) recently released a toolkit for college students titled “Raising Mental Health Awareness.” NAMI created the Raising Mental Health Awareness toolkit with all of the resources needed for a successful educational presentation and discussion about mental health. The toolkit provides presenters with an interactive presentation to better educate and inform college students about mental health, promotes student awareness and gets students talking.  Check it out Network faithful!

Mental Health Parity Rule clarifies standards for treatment limits, coverage of intermediate care
Great Q & A post from Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News, about the final rules for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act.

Toby Eccles: Invest in social change
Here’s a stat worth knowing: In the UK, 63% of men who finish short-term prison sentences are back inside within a year for another crime. Helping them stay outside involves job training, classes, therapy. And it would pay off handsomely — but the government can’t find the funds. Toby Eccles shares an imaginative idea for how to change that: the Social Impact Bond. It’s an unusual bond that helps fund initiatives with a social goal through private money — with the government paying back the investors (with interest) if the initiatives work. Interesting ideas that Network faithful should consider on this side of the Pond!

Maximizing enrollment under the ACA: Lessons from the States 
As January 1, 2014 approaches, policymakers and the public are increasingly focused on how effectively states and the federal government will enroll the uninsured into coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Over the last four years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Maximizing Enrollment program worked with eight states to transform state enrollment systems, policies and procedures for Medicaid and CHIP and to prepare for the ACA’s enrollment requirements. Don’t miss this briefing on the lessons learned.

ADHD estimates rise: Continued increases in ADHD diagnoses and treatment with medication among U.S. children
Two million more children in the United States (U.S.) have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and one million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD over an eight year period (2003-2004 to 2011-2012), according to a new study led by CDC.

PCP-related emergency department visits rose 400 percent over six years
Hospital emergency department visits related to the dangerous hallucinogenic drug phencyclidine, commonly known as PCP or “angel dust,” increased more than 400 percent between 2005 and 2011 (from 14,825 to 75,538 visits), according to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Pediatric study on bipolar disorder looking for participants
At the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland a research study is being conducted that describes, over time, the moods and behavior of children using specialized testing and brain imaging to learn about specific brain changes associated with bipolar disorder. This study seeks children and adolescent bipolar participants, ages 6-17, who have bipolar disorder.

Top 8 ways young women benefit from Obamacare
Okay Network faithful, when in doubt about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act we turn to America’s most trusted resource… Cosmopolitan. Say what? Yep, you read it right. Phil Galewitz has a most helpful and succinct article in Cosmo about how the ACA benefits young women. 

ACA update: Most people with plans in the individual market will qualify for financial help in purchasing new, and better, insurance
Less than 1 percent of Americans under the age of 65 face the situation where they would not be offered the same individual market plan and would also not qualify for financial help to buy a new plan. And even this small percentage of people will still benefit from the many consumer protections made possible by the Affordable Care Act. 
Check out the Families USA report, download and share!

Mental health diagnoses running a third higher for children with Medicaid insurance compared with commercial coverage
athenahealth launched its pediatric mental health study to determine if pediatrician feedback about increased clinical and operational practice complexity was growing in line with, and perhaps related to, the number of children being treated with behavioral health problems. Interesting report that indicates mental health diagnoses are now running about a third higher for children with Medicaid insurance compared with commercial coverage.


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