Friday Update 3-24-17

March 24, 2017


Friday Update 3-24-17

Greetings faithful readers. Amidst all of the political chatter this past week, we lost a music icon in Chuck Berry. Let’s get our guitar strings out and enjoy a 1962 video of Berry singing Johnny B-Goode, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

House Failed to Pass the American Health Care Act (ACHA). A Special Thank You to All Who Contacted Their Congressional Representatives!
Here is a big shout out to all who called their congressional representatives to share their views on the American Health Care Act, both for and against. It is no secret that most of CMHNetwork Nation have grave concerns about the AHCA, but for those who supported the bill, and reached out, a special thank you for continuing to be a part of this most important dialogue. We are stronger together!

The Washington Post: GOP Health-Care Bill: House Republican Leaders Abruptly Pull Their Rewrite Of The Nation’s Health-Care Law
House Republican leaders abruptly pulled a Republican rewrite of the nation’s health-care system from consideration on Friday, a dramatic acknowledgment that they are so far unable to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “We just pulled it,” President Trump told the Washington Post in a telephone interview. The decision came a day after Trump delivered an ultimatum to lawmakers — and represented multiple failures for the new president and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). (DeBonis, Costa and O’Keefe, 3/24)

Tim Murphy’s 15 Billion Dollar AHCA Mental Health Deal Is Nothing More Than a Shiny Penny
There is no doubt in my mind that Congressman Murphy cares deeply about improving mental health services in America, and his continued efforts for reform are much appreciated. However, I believe the approach he is advocating is, unfortunately, chasing the shiny penny that promises instant success by fully turning the decision-making about who gets what services over to the states. History has shown us the folly of this type of thinking. The Affordable Care Act, for all of its warts and bruises, was, and is, a step in the right direction for ensuring appropriate services for all. Let’s not repeat history. 

Supporting Comprehensive and Innovative Care for Children: Request for Information on a Potential Pediatric Alternative Payment Model
CMS is seeking input on approaches to improve the quality and reduce the cost of care for children and youth enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. We need children’s mental health advocates to take the time to comment on this RFI so that there is more attention paid to children with mental health needs. SAMHSA has been working with CMS to promote this opportunity which can potentially build upon systems of care and wraparound work. Be sure to download the excellent template developed by the TA Network that will help you develop responses to the RFI.
The Invisible Ones: How Latino Children Are Left Out of Our Nation’s Census Count
Currently, more than 24 percent of U.S. children under age 5 are Hispanic, and this proportion is projected to grow to 32 percent by 2050. Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of Hispanic children live in low-income households—that is, with incomes below two times the federal poverty line. As the country’s fastest-growing sector of the child population, Latino children’s healthy development is critical to the future social and economic well-being of the country. A more accurate count would make the allocation of resources to these children and families more equitable and in line with their actual numbers. 

4th International Conference on Youth Mental Health: Future-Proofing Youth Mental Health
The 4th International Conference on Youth Mental Health: Future-Proofing Youth Mental Health will be convened in Dublin, Ireland September 24-26, 2017. Building on the success of the last conference in Montreal, the meeting will bring together young people, youth mental health researchers, workers, health and policy planners and families to talk about the most important issues facing the field and how we can ensure young people across the world get access to the best possible support for their mental health.  

E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know
This NIDA blog post for teens reviews the scientific evidence on the risks and possible benefits of e-cigarettes. For people looking to quit using tobacco, e-cigarettes might be helpful. But for teens who don’t smoke, e-cigarettes could eventually just hook them on tobacco.  

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Scott Bryant-Comstock
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