Friday Update – 5-10-13

May 10, 2013


Friday update 5-10-13

Greetings faithful readers – Happy Friday to you. Friday Update is now one year old – 52 weeks of Friday Updates delivered to your email free of charge plus access to a jam-packed website of cutting edge information! So happy birthday Friday Update!  Who better than the Beatles to start us off with a little birthday song. Hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed bringing Friday Update to you. So much to offer you this week of celebration about the resilience and strength of youth with emotional challenges and their families. Dig in Network faithful, sing happy birthday and get to readin’ Friday Update.

Most important reads for this week

Joint bulletin from CMS & SAMHSA paves the way for a systems of care approach
A remarkable development took place on Tuesday at the SAMHSA National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day kickoff. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), issued a Medicaid bulletin to states regarding “their options for structuring mental health benefits as part of an agency-wide effort to draw attention to behavioral health services.” The bulletin “encourages states to design benefits that allow many young patients with mental health needs to live at home and receive services in the community rather than be institutionalized.” We have specific recommendations for what you should do with this document. Get on it Network faithful!

Take Mental Health to Heart!
Throughout the month of May, the Children’s Mental Health Network is uniting with Magellan Health Services’ Take Mental Health to Heart campaign to raise awareness about the importance of investing in America’s youth through its Plant a Seed social media campaign. To encourage these seeds of awareness to grow strong, Magellan will donate $1 to the Children’s Mental Health Network for every virtual seed that is “planted” on the Web site during the month of May (up to $10,000). The more Network faithful who plant a seed, the more money we get from Magellan. Thank you to everyone who took the time this week to visit and plant a “virtual seed” in support of the Take Mental Health to Heart campaign. You can continue to show your support of the Children’s Mental Health Network by planting additional “virtual seeds.” Every seed counts. Please continue planting those seeds (it’s free) and support the Network.

Youth M.O.V.E.’s Kendrick Burk rocks SAMHSA Awareness Day kickoff
Great story in Youth Today about the National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day kickoff, featuring HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, Youth M.O.V.E. Executive Director Lacey Kendrick Burk and Demi Lovato (along with her 13.7 million twitter followers). All of the speakers were excellent but Lacy Kendrick Burk in particular held the audience spellbound with her impassioned personal story.

Administration set to double number of outreach workers in community health centers
The White House announced plans to make available $150 million marked for efforts to double the number of outreach workers at up to 1,200 community health centers, who are likely to be in contact with uninsured individuals who might be eligible for health care coverage. Reviewing the announcement will give Network readers a glimpse into why it is so important for children’s mental health advocates to become involved with navigators and outreach workers. The more knowledgeable outreach workers are about the array of mental health services needed by children, youth and families the better.

Consumer applications for health care coverage need careful review
Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final applications consumers will use to apply for coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces when enrollment opens on October 1, 2013. Families USA has some vital information about the important role that navigators and in-person assisters will play in ensuring consumers are able to find the most appropriate coverage options through their state marketplace.

OAH launches new teen pregnancy prevention resource center
In addition to being Children’s Mental Health Awareness month, it is also Teen Pregnancy Prevention month so we thought we would share the consistently good work coming out of the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), US Department of Health and Human Services. There are a number of great resources mentioned that are directly applicable to working with youth with emotional challenges and their families so this is a great fit for the Network. Nice job OAH!

Save the dates: 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference
Mark Your Calendar!
The 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference will be held March 2 – 5, 2014. More details coming your way soon, but we anticipate the Call for Papers will be out in September, and registration will open in November.

Protecting foster kids in state custody from neglect and abuse
Frequent Network contributor Bill Lichtenstein has a new article in the Huffington Post that chronicles issues leading up to the class action suit, Connor B. v. Patrick, which charges the Governor of Massachusetts and two child welfare officials with failing to protect the 7,500 foster kids in state custody from neglect and abuse.

Geoffrey Canada: Our failing schools. Enough is enough!
One of our favorites, Geoffrey Canada, is featured in this entertaining TED Talk where he speaks frankly about the state of our education system today. Hot tip – If you want to see Geoffrey Canada in person, consider attending the Mental Health America conference June 5-8, 2013.

Insel shakes it up at NIMH
The Network is quickly becoming a fan of Thomas Insel, head of the National Institute of Mental Health. To say that he is shaking things up is an understatement. His recent decision to reorient NIMH research away from DSM categories and support “research projects that look across current categories – or sub-divide current categories – to begin to develop a better system” is a breath of fresh air. The decision does not come without controversy within the psychiatric community but good for you Thomas Insel for shaking things up in this new era of health care reform and trying to improve the bottom line – clear validity for treatment decisions made.

Important job posting at NIMH
Speaking of NIMH – a position is open for someone to oversee the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Research Program within the Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology Branch, (SRCEB) Division of Services and Intervention Research, (DSIR) NIMH. Take a look at the requirements, and if you meet them, consider applying. We need good folks in positions like this one, and who better than Network faithful?

Hot links

New resource postings to the CMHNetwork website this week

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