Friday Update 4-8-16

April 08, 2016


Friday Update 4-8-16

Greetings faithful readers. Pop quiz, Network faithful. Which country has the highest teen birth rate among all industrialized countries AND the highest rate of STD’s? Yep, you guessed it, the good ole USA. Time for a quick refresher on how the progressive USA approaches sex education as compared with other countries. Watch the video for an important wake-up call, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Over 100 Medical and Public Health Organizations Call for Federal Gun Research
On April 6th, during National Public Health Week, 141 of the Nation’s leading medical and public health organizations joined with members of the scientific community and research universities to urge Congress to end the dramatic chilling effect of the current rider language restricting gun violence research and to fund this critical work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These calls echo the requests from 17 Senators and 53 members of Congress who recently urged for dedicated funds for the CDC to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence. The letter to Congress is excellent. A must read!

Bringing Parity to Medicaid and CHIP
Do you want to know what parity should and could look like for Medicaid and CHIP? Of course, you do! Be sure to register for this important upcoming webinar discussing the final rule on mental health and substance use disorder parity for Medicaid and CHIP. SAMHSA and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have put together a stellar panel of experts who will walk you through the application of parity to Medicaid and CHIP programs, key changes from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Benefits of Medicaid Expansion for Behavioral Health
Across the country, state and local officials are increasingly focused on improving health outcomes for people living with mental illness or substance use disorders. This brief analyzes national data on behavioral health and reviews published research focused on how Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act advances the goal of improving treatment for people with behavioral health needs.

A cross-sectional study of parental awareness of and reasons for lack of health insurance among minority children, and the impact on health, access to care, and unmet needs
Half of parents of uninsured minority children are unaware that their children are Medicaid/CHIP eligible. These uninsured children have suboptimal health, impaired access to care, and major unmet needs. The child’s health causes considerable family financial burden, and one in 10 parents ceased work. The study findings indicate urgent needs for better parental education about Medicaid/CHIP, and for improved Medicaid/CHIP outreach and enrollment.

Ask me a question, I’ll tell you a story
Lisa Lambert reminds us of the power of storytelling as a core component of family advocacy. A worthy read, Network faithful!

SAMHSA is accepting applications for up to $94.8 million in Cooperative Agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for cooperative agreements for Tribal Behavioral Health (Short Title: Native Connections) grants totaling up to $94.8 million over the course of five years. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, address trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) young people up to and including age 24.

Free Online Training and CEU’s for Service Providers Working With Transition-age Youth
Oh man, do we ever love the folks at Pathways. They just keep on turnin’ out great materials and resources for those involved with supporting emerging adults. The Pathways Transition Training Collaborative has developed Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood, a series of 10 online training modules. Each module is about one hour in length and integrates the best available practice and research knowledge on how to increase the engagement of transition-age youth with mental health conditions in services.

Opioid Recovery App Challenge
Okay Network Techies, time to get your app on! SAMHSA has launched a new challenge to spur developers to create a mobile application (app) that provides additional recovery support to patients receiving treatment for opioid misuse. The goal is to assist people in recovery in accessing resources, educational materials, information, and social supports through technology.

Revered Indian Leader Joe Medicine Crow, Last Crow War Chief, Dies at 102
Joe Medicine Crow, the respected historian of Montana’s Crow Tribe and the last surviving Plains Indian war chief, died Sunday at age 102. Medicine Crow, who lived most of his life on the Crow Reservation near Lodge Grass, Montana, and famously wore his war paint beneath his World War II uniform, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2009.

Health Care, Family and Community Factors Associated With Mental, Behavioral and Developmental Disorders in Early Childhood – U.S., 2011 – 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new study looking at health care, family, and community factors related to mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders (MBDDs) among children aged two to eight years in the United States. Researchers found that one out of seven children aged two to eight years were reported to have a diagnosed MBDD. Study findings highlight specific health care, family, and community factors that could be addressed through collaborative policy and programmatic efforts at national, state, and local levels.

Nationally Recognized Pediatric Health Experts Conduct Congressional Briefing on Prevention of Behavioral Health Problems
The numbers are numbing: up to 20 percent of children in the U.S. have a mental illness. Tackling this health crisis of pediatric behavioral and mental health is a coalition of the nation’s top experts. On Tuesday, April 19 the National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Social Work and the Coalition for the Promotion of Behavioral Health, along with recognized prevention leaders like Montefiore Health System, The Pennsylvania State University and University of Washington, will hold a Congressional briefing on evidence-based programs that are already making inroads to prevent and potentially reverse this trend.

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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