Friday Update 5-24-19
May 27, 2019
May 27, 2019
Friday Update 5-24-19
Let’s start this issue of Friday Update off with a song that more and more is a personal anthem for me. “It Ain’t Over Yet” by the great Rodney Crowell, reminds of the importance of humility and of not giving up. And Network faithful never give up! Enjoy the tune and then get to reading’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!
Most important reads for the week
New Details About the 2020 Tampa Conference!
Save the dates for the 33rd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health: March 15 – 18, 2020 in Tampa, FL! The Call for Proposals online submission portal opens August 5th. Plenty of time to peruse the website and study the priority tracks offered this year. Sharpen your pencils and get ready to write a fantastic proposal!
CDC Healthy Schools: BAM! A Website for Kids
The CDC Healthy Schools program has developed the Body and Mind website for kids ages 9-12, their parents, and teachers, which features fun and engaging information on health topics such as managing stress, including an original comic series.
My Daughter. My Grandchildren
The State Department is allowing elderly Mexicans to visit their undocumented children in the United States, reuniting families separated for years, even decades. Such a welcome paradox amid the unfathomable cruelty to families impacted by separation at the border.
2019 National Wraparound Implementation Academy
Oh man, you better hurry up if you want to hang with the “who’s who” of the wraparound world. The 2019 National Wraparound Implementation Academy is almost sold out! Don’t wait another day!
State-of-the-Art Review Article: A Public Health Crisis: Electronic Cigarettes, Vape, and JUUL
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vape devices have rapidly become the most common tobacco products used by youth, driven in large part by marketing and advertising by e-cigarette companies. Most major e-cigarette brands are owned by big tobacco companies that use similar marketing and advertising strategies to attract youth users as they did with traditional tobacco products. In this review, the authors provide an overview of e-cigarettes and vape devices with an emphasis on the impact on the pediatric population.
Poverty Line Proposal Would Cut Medicaid, Medicare, and Premium Tax Credits, Causing Millions to Lose or See Reduced Benefits Over Time
Sigh… Another example of one step forward, three steps back. A new report from the Center on Policy and Budget Priorities focuses on a proposal the Trump Administration is considering to use a lower inflation measure to calculate annual adjustments to the federal poverty line. This would ultimately cut billions of dollars from federal health programs and cause millions of people to lose their eligibility for, or receive less help from, these programs. Many such programs use the poverty line to determine eligibility and benefits, and the cuts to these programs — and the numbers of people losing assistance altogether or receiving less help — would increase with each passing year.
El Camino: A Goal-setting Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
El Camino, a new pregnancy prevention program, motivates students to avoid early and unprotected sex. Early research indicates that El Camino, a goal-setting teen pregnancy prevention program developed by Child Trends, increases students’ knowledge about contraception and boosts their confidence in talking about sex and consent. The majority of students who participated in the El Camino pilot reported that the program had made them either less likely to have sex, more likely to use contraception, or more likely to use a condom. Sure beats programming that only promotes abstinence!
Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Announces 2019 Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR), in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the CSG Justice Center, has just released an RFA for the 2019 Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program. As part of the package, participant teams will attend a weeklong Certificate Program that will run from November 4-8, 2019 at Georgetown University. Applications are due by Friday, July 26, 2019. Apply now!
As Suicides Rise, Insurers Find Ways to Deny Mental Health Coverage
This article is a challenging but important read. The U.S. is in the midst of a mental health crisis. In 2017, 47,000 Americans died by suicide and 70,000 from drug overdoses. And 17.3 million adults suffered at least one major depressive episode. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, a landmark law passed more than a decade ago, requires insurers to provide comparable coverage for mental health and medical treatments. Even so, insurers are denying claims, limiting coverage, and finding other ways to avoid complying with the law.
My passion is helping to shape policy and practice in children’s mental health. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum for the exchange of ideas on how to continually improve children’s mental health research, policy and practice.