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Friday Update 5-19-17

May 10, 2017


Friday Update 5-19-17

Greetings faithful readers. Oh my, check out this program at Robert W. Coleman Elementary in West Baltimore that teaches students meditation as an alternative to detention or suspension. You are gonna be inspired, so take that inspiration and get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

Save the Dates!
Save the dates for the 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health: March 4 – 7, 2018 in Tampa, FL! Oh man, it’s gonna be a good one! Details are coming soon!

Bazelon Center Looking for New Leadership
Recognized as one of the most independent and consequential legal civil rights organizations in the nation, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is offering the opportunity for a proven leader to take the helm of this organization facing critical fights for the rights of people with mental illness and disabilities. Get on it, Network faithful!

Chris Cornell: When Suicide Doesn’t Make Sense
Chris Cornell, the lead singer for the band Soundgarden, and one of the architects of grunge music, took his life this past Wednesday. Julie A. Fast, one of the top bipolar disorder writers in the world, says that when thinking about why people take their own lives, “we need to better understand suicide as an illness. Instead of thinking of suicide as a conscious choice that happens when someone doesn’t want to live anymore, we need to see the other side of suicide. The kind of suicidal life I experience.”

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Toolbox
SAMHSA’s Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation launched this new toolbox of resources for implementing and enhancing consultation for infant and early childhood mental health in states, tribes, and communities. 

Effects of the Medicaid Per Capita Cap Included in the House-Passed American Health Care Act
This paper analyzes how a per capita cap would have affected state Medicaid programs in 2011 if it had been implemented in 2004 based on spending in 2000. The authors showed that a per capita cap like the AHCA’s would have reduced Medicaid funding for more than half of states while providing no states with additional funding. Yikes!

Research Brief: Well-being of Young Children after Experiencing Homelessness
HHS recently released a new research brief using data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Family Options Study. The brief examines the well-being of young children 20 months after staying in emergency homeless shelters with their families. It draws comparisons between children who experienced homelessness and national norms for children of the same age. 

$25,000 for Fellowships and Scholarships for Graduate Student Research in the Area of Child Psychology
Take a look at the Request for Proposals for the American Psychological Foundation’s (APF) 2017 Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Child Psychology Fellowship Program, which seeks to nurture excellent young scholars for careers in areas of psychology, such as child-clinical, pediatric, school, educational, and developmental psychopathology. The program supports scholarly work contributing to the advancement of knowledge in these areas. Sharpen those pencils and get to writin’!

From Zero to 206 in 25 Years: The Wraparound Research Base Reviewed
Check out the new blog series from the folks at the National Wraparound Initiative. The first one features Eric Bruns reflecting on what has been learned over 25 years of research on Wraparound, plus a touching tribute to one of his mentors and an icon in the wraparound field, John Burchard.

Two Family Navigator Grants Now Available
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage research applications to develop and test the effectiveness and implementation of family navigator models designed to promote early access, engagement and coordination of mental health treatment and services for children and adolescents who are experiencing early symptoms of mental health problems. 

OJJDP-funded Toolkit To Support Law Enforcement Responses to Children Exposed to Violence Released
Earlier this week, the OJJDP-funded toolkit, developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Yale Child Study Center, was released in conjunction with Police Week. The “Enhancing Police Responses to Children Exposed to Violence” toolkit is designed to equip law enforcement professionals with trauma-informed, developmentally-appropriate tools to identify and minimize threats to child safety, foster closer engagement between law enforcement and youth, and maximize both officer safety and positive outcomes for children and families. Check it out!

Hidden Consequences: The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children
Children of incarcerated parents face profound and complex threats to their emotional, physical, educational, and financial well-being. This National Institute of Justice article summarizes the range of risk factors facing children of incarcerated parents.

GOP Medicaid Plan: No States Are Winners, but Lots Are Fiscal Losers
How will the block grant system proposed by Republicans affect Medicaid? A new study finds the impact would vary wildly from state to state, with some being forced to increase their annual spending on Medicaid by very large margins if they offer the same level of services that they did before the cut. While it’s impossible to know exactly how such a program would play out, three health care scholars at the Brookings Institution tried to simulate what a similar program would have looked like if it had been implemented in years past, for which full sets of data on Medicaid expenditures are available. Ouch!

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