Friday Update 5-13-16

May 15, 2016


Friday Update 5-13-16

Greetings faithful readers. Take a few moments to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful voice of Angelique Kidjo, as she performs Malaika, possibly the most famous of all Swahili love songs. Hey, we could all use a love song now and then, and Angelique’s version of Malaika will send you to another place. Give yourself the gift of three minutes and enjoy, but then ya just gotta get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

When It Comes To Our Nation’s Children, Actions Speak Louder than Words 
Randi Carmen Schmidt of the Children’s Leadership Council continues our exploration of resilience. In this Morning Zen post, she shares how surviving her own struggles as a child has helped her become an eternal optimist, even in the face of members of Congress who call themselves champions of mental health reform while simultaneously dismantling the systems and programs needed to support healthy growth and development. “Our nation and its leaders, especially those that care about poverty and opportunity in our nation, can and must do better by children, particularly vulnerable children.” Randi – we need your optimism (and activism) now, more than ever!

National Wraparound Conference 
Join System of Care professionals and Wraparound experts and pioneers from across the U.S. and Canada for a conference focused on the Wraparound Communities of Practice. John VanDenBerg, John Franz, and Pat Miles are just a few of the featured speakers. Oh man, all the cool kids gonna be there. Check it out!

Slapped by Stigma 
Have you ever been slapped in the face by someone’s prejudiced thinking about mental health needs?  That’s called stigma. Lisa Lambert has lived with it since before her son turned seven, and still lives with it today. Think stigma is a thing of the past? Think again. 

Building Healthy Communities by Supporting the Needs of Children and Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances

SAMHSA’s Olmstead Initiative is offering a webinar you will find of great interest. The webinar, “Exploring the Social Determinants of Mental Health: Building Healthy Communities by Supporting the Needs of Children and Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances”, will feature presentations from national, state and local level experts on social determinants of mental health and the effects of adverse childhood experiences. The presenters will also discuss opportunities for creating community level care that reduces the reliance on residential placements for children and youth. 

Find a Dentist For Your Kid (Who Accepts Medicaid & CHIP) 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign provides resources and technical assistance to support enrollment efforts. This week we are featuring one of the many widgets you can put on your organization’s website so that your followers can easily find health providers who accept Medicaid and CHIP. Check out the “Find a Dentist” widget and help promote access to those who are eligible, but may not know it.

LGBTQ Youth: Voices of Trauma, Lives of Promise (2016) (Video) 
This 13-minute video features five lesbian, gay, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who discuss details of their trauma experiences related to their respective LGBTQ identities, how they gained resilience, and how professionals helped them in this regard. 

An Open Door and a Helping Hand for Homeless Young People 
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell describes Federal efforts to help the many homeless young people in our communities, including the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness comprehensive (USICH) Federal plan to end homelessness called, “Opening Doors.” This post announces the launch of a new public service announcement encouraging runaway and homeless youth to seek help. 

Moms’ Mental Health Matters 
Historically, much of the research on women’s mental health related to pregnancy has been on depression that occurs after the birth of a baby. But, we know now—it’s not just the postpartum period, and it’s not just depression. Women experience depression and anxiety, as well as other mental health conditions, during pregnancy and after the baby is born. These conditions can have significant effects on the health of the mother and her child.

Early Childhood Homelessness in the United States 
This blog post summarizes a briefing which provided an overview of early childhood homelessness, including available Federal data as summarized in “Early Childhood Homelessness: A 50 State Profile.” Panelists described local and state innovations in increasing homeless children’s access to quality early childhood programs as well as the remaining challenges they face. 

Health Care’s Hard Realities On The Reservation: A Photo Essay 
Beautiful images juxtaposed with harsh realities tell the story of gross inequities in health care taking place every day in Native American communities across the United States. 


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