Friday Update 5-26-17

May 10, 2017


Friday Update 5-26-17

Greetings faithful readers. Network faithful ‘Lando from the Northwest’ has done it again and introduced us to yet another timely video from Clark & Dawes, who address the important question, “Does Australia Need a Government?” More than just a few parallels to our situation here in the good old United States! Enjoy the ’intellectual’ discussion and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

Analysis of the President’s Budget, the ACHA and the SAMHSA Budget Justification Coming to You on Monday
To say that there is much to discuss would be an understatement. I am putting together a summary of discussion points you can use with your colleagues and elected representatives on the President’s Budget, the AHCA and the SAMHSA Budget Justification this weekend and should have it ready Monday morning. Break out the Visine and stay clear-eyed. Now more than ever, we need facts and data to combat the type of short-term gratification thinking that appears to have taken over our leadership. 

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!

What Are Children Telling Us?
Nice post from Children’s Institute President and CEO, Martine Singer, sharing her personal experiences in working with young people with mental health challenges. “In celebration of National Mental Health Awareness month, let’s listen to children, without judgment, and remember how many are exposed to violence, in their homes and in their streets and schools. They are longing to trust, no matter what they say or do.”

Changing Minds About Children’s Exposure to Violence
This Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention blog post describes the “Changing Minds” campaign launched in partnership with Futures Without Violence, which highlights five key healing gestures that adults can use in working with children. Adults can celebrate, comfort, collaborate with, listen to and inspire children to help them overcome the trauma caused by violence. The Changing Minds campaign identifies solutions to help children heal and educates the public about the problem of children’s exposure to violence.

Spotlight on Children in Foster Care
This month’s Children’s Bureau Express from the Administration on Children and Families features articles, podcasts and reports o the mental and physical health of children in foster care. Chock full of good info!

Racial and Ethnic Differences in ADHD Treatment Quality Among Medicaid-Enrolled Youth
Care quality for Medicaid-enrolled youth initiating ADHD medication is poor, and racial/ethnic differences in these measures are mixed. The most important disparities occur in the higher rates of medication discontinuation among minorities, which translate into higher rates of treatment disengagement because most youth discontinuing medication receive no psychotherapy.

Family Educational Materials
Access SAMHSA fact sheets that help caregivers and young adults learn about symptoms of various mental illnesses, treatment options, and support services. The fact sheets addressing anxiety disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, first episode psychosis, and obsessive-compulsive disorder provide the latest scientific information about symptoms and a range of treatment options as well as peer support groups and services.

NIDA Blog Post: Five Things Inhalants Can Do to Your Body
Inhalants are chemicals found in ordinary household or workplace products that people breathe in (inhale) on purpose to get “high.” Examples are glue, gasoline, paint, permanent markers, and aerosol sprays. Inhaling these products’ fumes—even just once—can be very harmful to one’s brain and body. This blog post outlines just five of the problems that inhalants can cause.

Comparison of Physical Health Conditions among Adolescents Aged 12 to 17 with and without Major Depressive Episode
New data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reveals higher rates of depression among adolescents with common health conditions, including diabetes, asthma, and obesity. Major depressive episodes (MDEs) are more common among adolescents ages 12 to 17 with asthma or diabetes than among adolescents without these conditions, according to the new report. Additionally, adolescent girls who were overweight or obese were more likely to have experienced an MDE in the past year than their peers.  

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