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Friday Update 4-7-17

April 06, 2017


Friday Update 4-7-17

Greetings faithful readers. Goodness gracious, another dizzying week of bewildering news all across the board. Look, with all of the misdirection going on it is easy to lose your focus – and we need Network faithful focused! One way to help keep your focus is to take a break every once in a while and just breathe. So let’s start off this issue of Friday Update with a most wonderful gift for us all – breathing. For 10 minutes, do nothing but breathe. Clear your head, meditate, be free of worries for ten whole minutes. Watch the video, get your breathing on (you will thank me when you are done), and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

The Suffocating Loss; of a Leader
Don’t miss Martin Rafferty’s soul searching Morning Zen reflection on Amy Bleuel’s death.
“What did we lose when Amy Bleuel completed suicide? Did you know about Project Semicolon? Maybe you can recall at the very least Googling what the meaning of a tattooed Semicolon was? What now happens to the very symbol itself, already etched onto the tens of thousands of those who have chosen life? Can the symbol maintain its initial meaning? Should it?”

We Need a Peoples Budget
How we spend money says a lot about our nation’s priorities. Unfortunately, as you’ve probably heard, President Trump has proposed a budget that would cut human needs to the bone. We need your help to fight back. By partnering with other groups, the Coalition on Human Needs is aiming to collect 100,000 signatures in support of a fair budget. We need to safeguard vital programs such as SNAP/food stamps, SSI, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, which lift millions out of poverty. This petition, which will be presented to leaders in Congress, will show that there is widespread support for a fair budget, a People’s Budget. Please join us: Sign and share the petition.

Expat American Children After the Election
Nina Sichel, author of “Third Culture Kids,” is writing a piece on the impact of the recent presidential election on the emotional health of American children living overseas. To those of you raising U.S. families overseas, have you noticed any impact on your children of the recent U.S. presidential election? Read Nina’s Morning Zen post and respond.

VA Secretary Announces Intention to Expand Mental Health Care to Former Service Members With Other-Than-Honorable Discharges and in Crisis
VA Secretary Dr. David J. Shulkin, while testifying in a House VA Committee hearing on March 7, 2017, announced his intention to expand provisions for urgent mental health care needs to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges. This move marks the first time a VA Secretary has implemented an initiative specifically focused on expanding access to assist former OTH service members who are in mental distress and may be at risk for suicide or other adverse behaviors. 

The British Lancet Devotes Special Issue to Health Inequity in the United States
“The Lancet publishes its latest Series about US health and health care, which highlights how widening gaps of income inequality are driving increases in health inequity. Other contributory factors, including mass incarceration and structural racism, are evaluated, as is the impact of the Affordable Care Act. The Series warns of a 21st-century health-poverty trap unless new interventions are implemented.”

OMB Requesting Comment on Proposals From the Federal Interagency Working Group for Revision of the Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requests comments on the proposals that it has received from the Federal Interagency Working Group for Research on Race and Ethnicity for revisions to OMB’s Standards for Maintaining, Collecting, and Presenting Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity. Share your voice!

Webinar: Native American Cultural Competency Webinar Series: Cultural Sensitivity When Collecting Sensitive Data
Are you interested in learning more about tribal communities and how to work with their tribal governments? Attend this webinar on April 20th and get informed.

NIMHD Director: Bridging Health Gaps through Language Access
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Director Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable discusses how clinicians can have an immediate impact on improving the health of disparity populations through one simple tool: better communication across language and cultural barriers. Health literacy refers to a person’s ability to understand the basic health information they need to make appropriate health decisions.

Factors Supporting the Employment of Young Adult Peer Providers: Perspectives of Peers and Supervisors
Peer providers are a promising practice for transition-age youth community mental health treatment engagement and support, yet little is known about the experience of being a young adult peer provider or what helps to make an individual in this role successful.

Effectively Employing Young Adult Peer Providers: A Toolkit
The University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC), Transitions Research and Training Center (RTC), have just released a toolkit for effectively employing young adult peer providers. The toolkit was developed specifically for provider organizations that employ or want to employ young adult peer providers.

Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects
The Forward Promise: Empowerment Projects funding opportunity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation “seeks applications from organizations and/or institutions with existing programs that provide culturally relevant and evidence-supported approaches that promote both individual healing and take a structural approach to change policies and practices that are causes of trauma for entire groups of young men of color.”  Deadline is May 1st. 

Up to $110 Million in Grants for Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Promoting Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care grants totaling up to $110 million over five years. This program aims to promote full integration and collaboration in clinical practice between primary and behavioral health care. The grants will also help promote services related to screening, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of mental and substance use disorders as well as related physical conditions and chronic diseases.

An Update on Suicidal Behavior in Youth: Causes, Treatment & Prevention

This international symposium will take place on May 3-4, 2017 at the University Club in Pittsburgh, Pa. R
esearch specialists from around the world will convene to discuss the advances made in the area of youth suicide research. Looks like a good one!

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