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Friday Update 3-4-16

March 05, 2016


Friday Update 3-4-16

Greetings faithful readers.  Ready to be inspired by a fathers love for his son? Bill and his son, Chris, are challenging the stereotypes of autism and bringing hope to other families coping with the disorder. Enjoy the video and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

150 Years of ObamaCare
In this groundbreaking book, health-care attorney Daniel E. Dawes explores the secret backstory of the Affordable Care Act, shedding light on the creation and implementation of the greatest and most sweeping equalizer in the history of American health care. An eye-opening and authoritative narrative written from an insider’s perspective, 150 Years of ObamaCare debunks contemporary understandings of health reform. It also provides a comprehensive and unprecedented review of the health equity movement and the little-known leadership efforts that were crucial to passing public policies and laws reforming mental health, minority health, and universal health. The Children’s Mental Health Network is proud to have Daniel serving on our Advisory Council! 

Seclusion & Restraint in Wisconsin Public School Districts 2013-2014: Miles to Go
A 2009 report from Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and Wisconsin FACETS revealed a critical need for regulation of harmful practices of seclusion and restraint and provided the impetus for landmark legislation in 2012 addressing these practices in Wisconsin’s public schools. While 2011 Act 125 brought welcome attention and progress regarding the use of seclusion and restraint in school districts across the state, subsequent data shows that these practices are still used with distressing frequency. Much Network love to Hugh Davis, Executive Director, Wisconsin Family Ties, for continuing to shine a light on the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint. Give ’em hell, Hugh!

Social Emotional Learning no Substitute for Quality Teachers
Kevin Dwyer is back with another reminder that social emotional learning alone is no substitute for quality teachers and a high fidelity approach.

Native Lives Matter
In light of the debate surrounding police violence against minority populations in the United States, one group that is consistently affected, yet continuously excluded from broad public discourse, is Native Americans. A timely read from the Lakota People’s Law Project.

Every Day Words for Public Health Communication
The CDC has created a document to help federal employees and contractors to comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010, which requires federal agencies to use plain language in public communication. This document, Everyday Words for Public Health Communication, identifies frequently used medical and public health jargon and offers alternatives in plain language. Other tips included to help make things clear to the non-expert public are to write short sentences and use the active voice. Oh, if only my federal government contractor friends would read this publication!

SPARK Talk – Common Ground: Reducing Gun Access
SPARK Talks are Short, Provocative, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Knowledgeable videos of leaders in the suicide prevention movement. Each of these innovators describes a new development or direction in the field that can have an impact on suicide and issues a call to action. In this compelling talk, find out how public health professionals—like Cathy Barber—have partnered with gun shop owners—like Ralph Demicco—to prevent suicide.

Jed Foundation Offers Student Voice of Mental Health Award
The Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award is an annual award given by the JED Foundation honoring a student who is reducing prejudice around mental illness, raising awareness of mental health issues on campus, and encouraging help-seeking among their peers. This award is designed to encourage dialogue about mental health on campuses, reduce prejudice around emotional disorders, and raise visibility of the outstanding students who are tackling these issues at schools across the country. The college student selected for this award receives a $3,000 cash scholarship, recognition on The Jed Foundation’s website, and a trip to New York to attend The Jed Foundation’s Annual Gala to receive the award on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016. Application deadline is March 25th. Get on it!

Mental Health Parity’s Limited Impact on Utilization and Access for Health Plan Beneficiaries
A new study from the University of Colorado found that the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act had “little to no effect on access and utilization of mental health services for patients with depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.” The study was done using commercial claims data from the Health Care Cost Institute database. Researchers emphasize the need to strengthen enforcement of the parity law and consider shifting toward integrating primary and behavioral health care to increase access.

Symptoms Outdo Diagnoses in Predicting Bipolar Disorder in At-Risk Youth
Three types of symptoms emerged as powerful predictors of whether a youth with one parent with bipolar disorder will go on to develop the disorder, according to a study of 391 at-risk youth, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The findings offer a much more specific roadmap than previously available for assessing risk of bipolar disorder early in at-risk youth, and one that is based on symptoms, not traditional psychiatric diagnoses.

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