Friday Update 3-29-19

Greetings faithful readers. Network Headquarters has been under siege with the dreaded flu for the past three weeks. However, the skies are clearing and we are feeling so much better! Given our renewed sense of spirit and recent stock purchase of the company that makes Clorox wipes, let’s start of this edition of Friday Update with Justin Timberlake singing Can’t Stop the Feeling! There is absolutely no way you can watch this video and not feel better about yourself and those around you. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself some Justin to go along with a healthy snack and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Martin Rafferty Calls for Creation of Task Force to Create School Shooting Survivor Database
It’s been one year since the shooting in Parkland, Florida and seven years since the shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, but the suffering continues and the death count increases. This past week two students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who survived the shooting, died by suicide within days of each other. A father of one of the children who died at Sandy Hook Elementary school died by suicide in the same week. Add three to the death count. An unknown number of survivors are still suffering. The tragedy is not over. Continue reading…

The Crisis of Youth Mental Health
In this recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Eliot Brenner, President and CEO of the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut and CMHNetwork Advisory Council member takes a close look at the challenge and expense of providing evidence-based practices in outpatient publicly funded clinic settings. A recent study found that only 2 percent of children using publicly funded services in the United States received an evidence-based treatment based on scientific research. Brenner points out that for those clinics that do offer evidence-based practices, there are often waitlists, “making the treatment options virtually inaccessible for the vast majority of children.”

In this article, Brenner takes an in-depth look at how private philanthropy, in collaboration with government, business, and the nonprofit sector could work together to ensure that all children needing mental health treatment receive it. This is an excellent read, Network faithful!

Save the Date: 2019 National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day: SAMHSA’s Launch Event is May 6!
On Monday, May 6, 2019, at 3 p.m. EDT, SAMHSA will host an event at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Hubert H. Humphrey Building in Washington, DC. This event will serve as a launch for activities being held across the country on National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which will be observed nationwide on Thursday, May 9. This year’s Awareness Day event theme is “Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work,” and SAMHSA will focus on the impact that suicide has on children, youth, young adults, families, and communities. The event will focus on sharing strategies and resources for preventing suicide among children, youth, and young adults that are based in evidence and will showcase the work of systems of care.

Presentation Slide Decks from the Tampa Conference
Due to a nasty case of the flu, these old fingers have been sidelined for the past few weeks. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, and I should have the slide decks from the Tampa Conference posted next week. However, if you can’t wait, and want to savor just a bit of the excellence from the conference, check out the link the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research posted, highlighting their presentations. So much goodness from the Tampa Conference!

Hill Day 2019: Save the Date
Plan to join hundreds of your fellow providers, consumers, practitioners and advocates for those living with mental illnesses and addictions at National Council Hill Day 2019, September 17-18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C.

At Hill Day 2018, over 600 advocates met with more than 250 legislators on Capitol Hill to speak up for the important population that you serve. Since then we have seen several of our legislative priorities advance in Congress. Hill Day 2019 offers an opportunity for you to continue this momentum and speak up for the vulnerable populations you serve.

Registration opens later this month. Add the dates to your calendar today. (Note: This year Hill Day 2019 will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, not Monday and Tuesday). Questions? Email Michael Petruzzelli at

National Council for Behavioral Health Board of Directors Appoints Chuck Ingoglia Next President and Chief Executive Officer
Speaking of the National Council… Congrats to Chuck Ingoglia on being appointed the next President and CEO of the National Council. He has big shoes to fill, but if anyone can do it and improve upon the transformational work done by Linda Rosenberg, Chuck can! Be sure to send a thank you to Linda for a job well done and a big old hearty welcome to Chuck to show your support for the work that lies ahead.

Drop-In Centers as Low-Barrier Engagement Approach
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 10am – 11am PT, 1pm – 2pm ET

Pathways RTC’s 2019 issue of Focal Point coming out in late April will focus on the evaluation of innovative transition programs across the country. For this webinar, the amazing team at Pathways is going to focus on two examples of states’ Healthy Transitions programs featured in the issue that are innovative in their low-barrier approach. Both Massachusetts, with its YouForward program, and Kentucky with its Transition Age Youth Launching Realized Dreams (TAYLRD) program, use drop-in centers as a way to engage transition-age youth and young adults. Plan to join this webinar to hear more details about how these two state programs have implemented drop-in centers as part of their success.

Mental Health Problems Rise Significantly Among Young Americans
Increases may be linked to increased time spent on social media and electronic communication, along with a decrease in sleep young people are getting. Ya think?

Young People on Amphetamines for ADHD Have Twice the Psychosis Risk Compared to Other Stimulants, Study Says
Teens and young adults with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, who receive amphetamines such as Adderall for treatment have a higher risk of developing psychosis, compared to those who receive methylphenidates stimulants, such as Ritalin, according to a large new study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Indiana University School of Social Work Assistant Research Professor (IUPUI campus)
The Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW) invites applications for an Assistant Research Professor (ARP), a twelve-month non-tenure track position starting in August 2019. Details here!

Why Trump’s New Push to Kill Obamacare Is So Alarming
It’s not just the potential damage to the health care system and the people who depend on it. It’s also the threat, in the administration’s legal logic, to the rule of law.

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