Friday Update 4-15-16

April 12, 2016


Friday Update 4-15-16

Greetings faithful readers. Oh man, I don’t know about you, but I could use a little motivation on this fine “almost” tax day for those of us in the States. Let’s start off with a little tax-free love from Ireland. Enjoy The Strypes, a group of young lads from Cavan, Ireland,  who play some kickin’ rock and roll. Get yourself warmed up, watch the video, do your taxes and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

The Affordable Care Act at Five Years: Where Is Prevention?
Deborah Klein Walker provides an important reminder that prevention, with a focus on the social determinants of health in a community, needs to be an emphasis of the ACA in the next five years. Klein Walker writes, “If we fail to do this, the United States will continue to struggle with expanding health care costs and suffer from poorer health outcomes compared to other industrialized nations.” This Zen post is a perfect addition to your library of “go to” advocacy resources. For those of you meeting with your representatives during Children’s Mental Health Awareness week in May, remember to ask them where they stand on funding for prevention. Don’t let ’em off the hook, Network faithful!

For LGBTQ youth who trade sex to survive, turning 22 can be an unwanted milestone
In New York City, and in many other cities across the country, funding for runaway and homeless youth is often limited to those ages 16 to 21. The age policy frequently leaves 22- to 24-year-olds without shelter beds, access to group sessions, job training, and medical care, even though they are still technically eligible for services through youth programs, which typically go up to age 24. For young people in this group who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ), this means they lose access to a crucial source of safety and stability in difficult times.

New Film on the Experience of Psychosis 
The Young Adult Leadership Council (YALC) of Oregon’s Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) has released their first film project, “In Our Own Words, Sounds and Visions: EASA Young Adult Leadership Council.” This powerful film provides insight into the experience of psychosis through the stories, visual art and music of YALC members.

The Next Big Thing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Interventions to Prevent and Intervene Early in Psychiatric Illnesses
Prevention of mental illness is possible. Interventions that are inexpensive and that have limited capacity to harm, such as the GBG and SPARX, can be implemented widely. Interventions that are more expensive and have some potential for harm, like treatment of psychiatric illness, should be applied more judiciously and in specific targeted populations. The development of biomarkers may one day help clinicians to determine which patients would benefit from interventions to prevent later illness.

Six-year mortality in a street-recruited cohort of homeless youth in San Francisco, California
Homeless and unstably housed youth in San Francisco experience a mortality rate more than ten times that of the state’s general youth population. The primary causes of death in our cohort were suicide and/or alcohol- or drug-related, similar to those observed in some previous studies.

Ensuring Young  Children Grow Up  at a Healthy Weight:   Policy Opportunities to  Prevent Obesity
This policy brief gives an overview of the childhood obesity issue, highlights opportunities for prevention, and recommends five specific ways that Connecticut’s child care settings and hospitals can help our youngest children get off to a healthy start. The crew at CHDI has clearly been eatin’ their oatmeal every morning. They have produced yet another stellar policy brief that we encourage you to read and replicate in your state. The young children you work with and their families will thank you for it.

Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma
SAMHSA is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2016 Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (Short Title:  ReCAST Program) grants. The purpose of this program is to assist high-risk youth and families and promote resilience and equity in communities that have recently faced civil unrest through the implementation of evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services.

Interested in Talking About Mental Health?
Join Community Solutions during the following Nationwide Text, Talk, Act dates:

From Coverage to Care (C2C)
From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative, developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to help you understand your health coverage and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for you, so you can live a long and healthy life.

OJJDP FY 2016 Defending Childhood State Policy Initiative
Each year in the United States, millions of children and youth are exposed to violence in their homes, schools, and communities. A national survey estimates exposure rates at about two out of every three children. Left unaddressed, trauma caused by exposure to violence can put these children and youth at an increased risk for future victimization, failure in school and employment, and involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Be a part of making a difference. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Defending Childhood State Policy Initiative. This program provides technical assistance that helps selected states develop or modify and implement policy and practice designed to help children and youth exposed to violence and their families. May 10th deadline, so get on it oh mighty TA providers!

Change Your Brain by Transforming Your Mind
This NCCIH talk will present an overview of studies on neural changes associated with different forms of meditation. From the perspective of Western neuroscience, different forms of meditation can be conceptualized as mental training to promote the regulation of emotion and attention. Data from studies on long-term meditation practitioners as well as those with shorter durations of training will be highlighted.

A group of Democratic senators this week introduced a measure aimed at ramping up accountability and enforcement of the mental health parity law. The bill, which has been referred to the HELP Committee, is a companion measure to a House bill introduced by Rep. Joe Kennedy. – See more at:

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