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Friday Update 3-3-17

March 04, 2017


Friday Update 3-3-17

Greetings faithful readers. Feeling the need to revisit a Woody Guthrie classic, Deportee (aka. “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos”), sung by his son Arlo. Enjoy the song, pay attention to the lyrics, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

The Network is in Tampa!
We are putting the finishing touches on what promises to be an epic conference. Download the program, pack your flip flops and we will see you Sunday!

Complex Trauma, Children, and the Health Home Option: Moving Research and Practice to Policy
This webinar will detail how National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) researchers and practitioners with expertise in complex trauma and children partnered with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the New York State Department of Health to establish complex trauma in children as an eligible condition for health home coverage. This translation of research and practice into policy provides an enhanced treatment and financing benefit for children exposed to complex trauma. Attend this webinar and learn how to replicate the New York experience in your state!

CHDI’s IMPACT, Promoting Children’s Health in Early Care and Education Settings by Supporting Health Consultation, summarizes research on the role and benefits of health consultation in early learning settings, and reviews policies, regulations, training, and payment structures used in Connecticut and other states. The IMPACT also provides a framework for Connecticut to integrate health into early learning systems by utilizing the opportunities presented as part of State health reform efforts. Plenty of opportunity for replication, Network faithful!

Standing up for Science in the Era of Trump
Be sure to read this editorial in the British Medical Journal which offers both a cautionary warning and ideas for how to move forward with the Trump Administration to ensure the promotion of “open discourse, based on respect for scientific evidence.”

Federal Block Grants Have Been a Big Financial Loser for the States
A key element of the Republicans’ plan for replacing Obamacare is transforming the costly Medicaid program into a series of block grants to the states. The idea is to save the federal government billions of dollars in the coming years while giving state officials more flexibility to set eligibility requirements and spending levels to provide health care services to the nation’s poor and disabled. But there is one serious catch: While the extensive use of block grants has proven over the years to be a great financial boon for Congress and the federal government in attempting to rein in spending, it has been a bad deal for the states and hundreds of millions of Americans dependent on federal assistance.

Deaths from Suicide: A Look at 18 States
From Safe States Alliance, Deaths from Suicide: A Look at 18 States. “The report provides an overview of deaths from violence in the U.S., a detailed look at suicide nationally and among states – including circumstances surrounding suicide deaths in various demographic groups – and an exploration of similarities and differences in violent deaths among the 18 states.”

Gathering of Native Americans Fact Sheet
This fact sheet, developed for AI/AN audiences and organizations serving Indian Country, provides an overview of the Gathering of Native Americans curriculum. For Alaska Native villages, this curriculum is called a Gathering of Alaska Natives.

What Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Can Teach Us About Block Granting Social Services 
Before making similar changes to other safety net programs, policymakers should consider how turning welfare into a block grant has hurt states’ efforts to combat poverty and increase opportunity.   

Children & Families at the Center – Policy Ideas for Communities, States, and the New Administration
The Aspen Institute has released a report offering a set of guiding principles for policy development around issues impacting children and families.

2017 National Wraparound Implementation Academy
Building Skills, Transforming Communities, Improving Lives
Monday – Wednesday, September 11–13, 2017
Baltimore, MD Inner Harbor

The 2017 National Wraparound Implementation Academy will provide individuals in key Wraparound roles — including care coordinators, parent and youth partners, supervisors and managers, policy–makers, family and youth leaders, system partners, researchers, and evaluators — with opportunities to learn from the field’s foremost experts in Wraparound and systems of care.

Preparing for Naloxone Distribution: Resources for First Responders and Others
This tool presents resources for preparing first responders to distribute and/or administer naloxone, including community-based programs; prescribers and pharmacists; and law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical services. 


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