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Friday Update 2-23-18

February 23, 2018

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Friday Update 2-23-18

Greetings faithful readers. Hey, since we are packin’ up the CMHNetwork mini-van and heading down to Florida for the 31st annual Tampa Conference, I thought we should show a little Florida love by featuring Leilanni Wolfgramm performing her original song “Change the World” featuring Jacob Hemphill and Fortunate Youth live at the Sugarshack Recording Compound in Bonita Springs. Get your reggae on and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

School Walkout: An Adult Ally Guide
This guide is a must read, must share, Network faithful. 
The moment news spread that the students of Parkland, Florida were using their voices to speak out against school violence, a staffer for Rep. Shawn Harrison claimed that the students were paid actors. This reaction isn’t uncommon. Some adults in positions of power are hesitant to include youth voice in the public sphere, and some will use any means necessary to discredit their perspectives. Youth ERA has developed an Adult Ally Guide that identifies steps adults can take to empower students to boost their authentic message and not push an adult agenda. 

My Grandfather, My Son and the Right Thing
Lisa Lambert shares a deeply personal account about how developing an understanding of the nuances that guided her grandfather’s personal code of conduct, which she deeply admired, helped her better understand her son with significant mental health needs. Such wisdom in this Zen piece. Be sure to give it a read. Your humanity index will thank you for it. 

Check Out the Agenda for the 31st Annual Research and Policy Conference on Children, Youth, and Young Adult Behavioral Health!
Oh man, have we got a great agenda chock full of amazing presenters lined up for for the 31st annual “Tampa Conference”, March 4 – 7. Did I mention that the conference was in warm and sunny Tampa, Florida? It’s a mere one week away, Network faithful. Pack the zinc oxide and meet us there!

School Safety Money Would be Slashed in Trump Budget
Two days before the Florida shooting, the administration proposed cutting millions in federal education programs meant to help prevent crime in schools and assist them in recovery from tragedies — including slashing $25 million from an Education Department fund designated specifically for national school safety activities and ending a $50 million Justice Department program focused on piloting and researching school violence prevention efforts.

A Survivor of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting Just Spoke in Support of Survivors of the Florida School Shooting 
Here’s every word of his powerful message to politicians. It would be a mistake to discount the power of youth voice.

More Guns on Campus Equals More Harm
Are you as stunned as I am about the current discussion of arming faculty and staff at public schools in an effort to decrease school shootings? Give a read to a recent study conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Their study results found that “increasing gun availability in campus environments could make far more common acts of aggression, recklessness, or self-harm more deadly and, thus, have a deleterious impact on the safety of students, faculty, and staff.” While the focus of this study is on allowing individuals to carry firearms on college campuses, the findings have relevance for the discussion about arming K-12 teachers and faculty. This is a useful study to use for honing your talking points about this issue.

DeVos Proposing Two-Year Delay of Obama Special Education Rule
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is officially seeking to delay by two years an Obama-era rule aimed at combating disproportionate numbers of minority students in special education classes. That’s according to a Federal Register notice expected to publish on Feb. 27. The Obama rule sought to ensure that states were using a uniform approach to ensuring that minority students with disabilities aren’t over-represented in special education and that students with disabilities aren’t disciplined more often because of their disabilities. The agency will be accepting public comment on its delay proposal for 75 days after the notice publishes. Read up and comment, Network faithful!

Unleashing the Power of Prevention: Our Response to Ending NREPP
Take a moment to read the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives response to SAMHSA’s recent decision to end the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) contract. 

NIH Releases First Dataset from Unprecedented Study of Adolescent Brain Development
More than 7,500 children recruited for study to date; data available for first 4,500
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released to the scientific community an unparalleled dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study. To date, more than 7,500 youth and their families have been recruited for the study, well over half the participant goal. Approximately 30 terabytes of data (about three times the size of the Library of Congress collection), obtained from the first 4,500 participants, will be available to scientists worldwide to conduct research on the many factors that influence brain, cognitive, social, and emotional development. The ABCD study is the largest long-term study of brain development and child health in the United States. 

Study of First-Graders Shows FASD Prevalent in U.S. Communities
A study of more than 6,000 first-graders across four U.S. communities has found that a significant number of the children have fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), with conservative rates ranging from one to five percent in community samples. The new findings represent more accurate prevalence estimates of FASD among general U.S. communities than prior research. Previous FASD estimates were based on smaller study populations and did not reflect the overall U.S. population. The study was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Webinar: Mental Health and Drug Courts: What Have We Learned?
February 28, 2018, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
This SAMHSA-supported webinar will present experts from research, practice, and criminal justice to explain how mental health and drug courts operate, and the latest findings on their effectiveness in addressing the needs of individuals and families when someone with mental health and/or substance use problems finds themselves involved with the criminal justice system. 

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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO

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