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Friday update 4-12-13

April 12, 2013


Friday update 4-12-13

Greetings faithful readers – Happy Friday to you. If this week full of twists and turns with the budget and massive promises for improved mental health services didn’t make your head spin, nothing will. So how can we not start this read with some vintage Fat Boys, featuring Chubby Checker singing “The Twist.” Seriously? You are really gonna pass on this video? Gonna revoke your Network faithful status if you do. On top of your desks for this one folks – enjoy the video, call your Chiropractor, and then read the great offerings we have on the website for you this week.

Most important reads for this week

Robbing Peter to pay Paul…
For the Children’s Mental Health Network, understanding the global context of how health care reform is unveiling itself is critical as we expect mental health to be integrated into public health in the near future. Given that health care reform is fully embracing a public health model, what looks good on paper in Washington needs to be good for youth and families with mental health challenges at the local level. And if we continue to chip away at the Prevention and Public Health fund to pay for other good ideas, and the health fund is designed to shore up existing public health operations (including mental health) that will be weakened if we keep digging into the fund to pay for things like Navigators, who are so important to ensuring individuals and families get what they need from a health system that… oh wait a minute… may be crumbling because we are robbing the fund set up to support it… Dang, no wonder people throw up their hands when the try to decipher all of this. Yes, an English teacher’s worst nightmare run-on sentence was intentional. Take two aspirin and read our Morning Zen post on this complex issue to clear your head…

Health Care and Education Reform: Make Room for Children’s Mental Health
Don’t miss Olga Acosta Price’s Morning Zen piece on the state of the children’s mental health system in America – it’s not pretty. In fact, it is as fragile as the vulnerable youth it is intended to serve. Today, fewer than 10 percent of children identified as needing mental health care receive services within three months of that finding; fewer than half of those diagnosed with a serious emotional disorder ever get treatment from a qualified mental health professional.  Unlike children’s physical health services for which there is a robust private and publicly funded system, mental health services are much less well organized and funded. Those statistics are unacceptable and greater collaboration between leaders in education and health care is essential. Price sheds some light on why and offers thoughts on a few partnerships that show promise for the future.

Childhood mobility & mental health issues
How do you recognize Third Culture Kids (TCK’s), expat kids, and other mobile children in your practice? What issues do you think they struggle with that are directly tied to mobility? The issues TCK’s face has been a popular discussion on the CMHNetwork website. Don’t miss Nina Sichel’s latest post on this often-overlooked topic.

Wanna make a thousand bucks for an innovative intervention?
The Center for Research in Emotional and Social Health is accepting applications for projects that target the social and emotional health of children and families. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to individuals and organizations working to implement a new evidence-based social-emotional health intervention within a service setting. Hey, a thousand bucks is a thousand bucks. Go get it!

How Safe Is The Schoolhouse? An Analysis of State Seclusion and Restraint Laws and Policies
The updated version of How Safe Is The Schoolhouse? An Analysis of State Seclusion and Restraint Laws and Policies by Jessica Butler has been published by the Autism National Committee. The purpose of the report is to describe and analyze state restraint and seclusion statutes, regulations, and nonbinding guidelines, and includes maps and charts on the various issues. Prepare to be chilled…

OMB delivers “sequestration preview”
The Children’s Mental Health Network is indebted to the tireless efforts of Emily Holubowich of the Coalition for Health Funding for her refusal to sleep (we think) so that we can have the latest information on the dizzying carny ride known as the budget.

Up to $142.5 million available in strategic prevention framework partnerships for success grants 
Hey, we gotta balance the bad news about funding with the good, so here goes. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $142.5 million in Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success grants to be distributed for up to the next five years. This program addresses two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) preventing underage drinking among people aged 12 to 20; and 2) preventing prescription drug misuse and abuse among people aged 12 to 25. Get it while you can folks.

CMS announces opportunity to apply for Marketplace Navigator Grants 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of new funding to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. Navigators are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. And be sure to read our Morning Zen piece as well. Can things be more complicated?

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 
There are a number of great Awareness Day and Month activities coming up in May and we will be reporting on all of them. This week we are showcasing SAMHSA’s Initiative – National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hey, don’t stop now. We got some great links below plus a host of newly posted resources. Check out Eric DIshman’s TED Talk and think outside the box about a great example of family/person care and then enjoy the rest of Friday Update. Keep reading!

Hot links

New resource postings to the CMHNetwork website this week

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