Friday Update 5-24-13

May 25, 2013


Friday update 5-24-13

Greetings faithful readers – Happy Friday to you. Who better than Rebecca Black to kick off this holiday weekend with an ode to Friday. C’mon, you know you love the song and you definitely have the lyrics memorized (“Kickin’ in the front seat, kickin’ in the back seat, gotta make my mind up which seat can I take. It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday…”) Now those are some deep lyrics. At any rate, get your Friday groove on and get to readin’ Friday Update.

Most important reads for this week

The CMHNetwork celebrates the life of Mike Foster
Many Network faithful had the good fortune to interact with Mike Foster at one point or another. He left this earth much too soon, passing away on May 15th, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Learn more about how to celebrate and honor his life.

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.

Eighteenth Annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum
This week Morning Zen features a review of the eighteenth annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum by CMHNetwork Advisory Council member Brigitte Manteuffel. To say that the forum had some wow power would be an understatement. The release of the CDC report on children’s mental health and the surprise visit by Patrick Kennedy were only two of the many quality-laden occurrences that took place at the meeting.

New Funding Opportunity Seeks Patient Centered Outcomes Research to Close Health Care Disparities
AHRQ is soliciting Research Demonstration Cooperative Agreement applications from institutions to establish and engage relationships with diverse stakeholders to identify effective strategies to reduce racial and ethnic health care disparities through shared decision-making. This funding opportunity focuses on racial and ethnic minorities in underserved settings. Application deadline is July 31 so get on it!

SAMHSA appoints first Chief Medical Officer
SAMHSA has appointed Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., as its first-ever Chief Medical Officer (CMO). In this capacity, she will provide medical-scientific expertise to SAMHSA’s major behavioral health efforts, including those promoting the prevention of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, as well as the treatment and recovery of people living with these conditions. Dr. McCance-Katz will also work with leading scientists in the field of behavioral health to ensure that SAMHSA advances effective, state-of-the-art, evidence-based approaches to promoting the Nation’s behavioral health services. She will also represent SAMHSA on key departmental groups requiring medical expertise and work with stakeholder groups on clinical issues. The Children’s Mental Health Network sends a hearty welcome to Dr. McCance-Katz. We look forward to a robust dialogue with Dr. McCance-Katz about children’s mental health. Guess we should let her get settled in her office first…

$25,000 to professors who inspire!
The Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Advisory Committee is currently seeking nominations for the 2013 Beckman award. The award is given to professors who inspired their former students to achieve greatness. Each recipient will receive a one-time cash award of $25,000. Preference will be given to educators who teach or who taught in the fields of psychology, medicine, or law. In 2012, over half a million dollars was awarded to 22 professors throughout the United States. The Network has in its midst a host of inspirational professors. Get to nominating folks!

Building Health Information Exchanges to Support ACOs and Medical Homes: Delaware’s Experience
Join the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange on June 5 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT for an interactive dialogue exploring strategies for building health information exchanges to promote accountable care organizations (ACOs) and patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs). This looks like a good one folks.

How To Incorporate Best Practices in Family-Centered Care in Your Practice
Big time Network props to CMHNetwork Advisory Council member Martha Kaufmann for her instrumental efforts in helping bring to fruition an important webinar sponsored by The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and its National Center for Medical Home Implementation (NCMHI) on how to effectively deliver care through the medical home model. The target audience for the webinar is pediatric primary care providers, specialists, patient and family advocates, policy administrators, and anyone wanting to advance the medical home model for all children and youth. Check it out Network faithful!

Zen Extended Moment

Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music
Okay Network faithful, you need about 20 minutes to experience this link, so if you don’t have the time now wait until you do. To say that the world of children’s mental health (not to mention the world at large) is in hyper drive is an understatement to say the least. We at the Network have been paying attention to this and are increasingly reminded by Network faithful that sometimes ya just gotta unplug and set your mind free of distraction to let insight work its way in. Dang, that was deep… Enjoy this amazing Ted Talk by Benjamin Zander who has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections. Watch it all the way through without distraction. You will be glad you did.

Hot links

New resource postings to the CMHNetwork website this week

as we continue to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month with some great resources!

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