Friday Update 5-5-17

April 27, 2017


Friday Update 5-5-17

Greetings faithful readers. Thanks to CMHNetwork Faithful from Hong Kong for sharing this wonderful example of how two unlikely collaborators can come together to make beautiful music and dance. Enjoy this inspiring video of Yo Yo Ma & Lil Buck performing The Swan (Le Cygne) Camille Saint-Saens. Get inspired and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

We’re Back!
We know you missed us! Friday Update has been on hiatus for the past two weeks so I could survive (and thrive) my eldest daughters wedding. References to Steve Martin in Father of the Bride are duly noted…

Trump Pick for SAMHSA Assistant Secretary Aligns with Murphy Mental Health Bill. Why Is Murphy so Upset? And Is There Hope for Children’s Mental Health Advocates?
It’s been a few weeks since President Trump announced Elinore McCance-Katz as his nominee for the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health, and I must say, it’s looking like a wild ride already. Even though McCance-Katz could be the poster child for the Murphy mental health bill, Congressman Murphy is spittin’ mad about her nomination. Say what? And what the heck does this mean for children’s mental health? 

New Hope for the Mentally Ill
Yep, you need to read this to help you gain perspective on where the President’s nominee for Assistant Secretary for Mental Health is coming from. Deep breaths, everyone!

10 Things You Need to Know About the House GOP Health Care Bill
The House on Thursday narrowly approved a GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, breaking a months-long partisan logjam and sending the highly controversial measure to an uncertain future in the Senate. No rest, Network faithful!

Hey folks, at this point it is just a bill!
The AHCA bill has a long way to go before becoming law. If you want a refresher on how the process works, enjoy this episode of Schoolhouse Rock where they show us how a bill becomes law. Enjoy!

Call for Proposals - Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Innovation Design Summits 
Deadline: May 8, 2017
Spark impactful dialogue and collaborative action around three crucial issues for social work— leading the integration of health care and human services, accelerating education achievement for all children, and building a 21st-century social sector workforce —by sharing your expertise at an Alliance Innovation Design Summit. The Alliance is inviting cross-sector presentation submissions to build a captivating program that will inspire summit participants to engage with their peers in considering root causes, capturing ideas, and designing solutions that will be accelerated by a strategic action network. Review the full call for presentations and submit proposals online by May 8.

Is Political Hubris an Illness?
In February 2009, the British medical journal Brain published an article on the intersection of health and politics titled “Hubris Syndrome: An Acquired Personality Disorder?” The authors were David Owen, the former British Foreign Secretary, who is also a physician and neuroscientist, and Jonathan Davidson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, who has studied the mental health of politicians. They proposed the creation of a psychiatric disorder for leaders who exhibited, among other qualities, “impetuosity, a refusal to listen to or take advice and a particular form of incompetence when impulsivity, recklessness and frequent inattention to detail predominate.”

Think the GOP Health Care Plan Doesn’t Affect Your Insurance? Think Again
Millions of Americans who receive their health insurance through their employers are most likely watching the House Republicans’ rush to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with the sense that they have little actual stake in the outcome. The changes, after all, only apply to health care plans that are sold on the individual market, and through state health insurance exchanges. They’re wrong.

What is #MyYoungerSelf?
Each day in May, the Child Mind Institute is sharing short videos from prominent figures about their personal experiences growing up with a mental health or learning disorder — and the advice they would give their younger selves and others in the midst of the same struggle. This is a wonderful and affirming mental health awareness campaign. Huzzah, Child Mind Institute!

Wayne Holden Speaks Out on the Importance of Robust Science Funding
CMHNetwork Advisory Council member and CEO of RTI, Wayne Holden recently wrote a great Op-Ed piece on the importance of the federal budget maintaining or increasing funding for critical diplomacy and public health programs. You can also see him in a CBS interview discussing the March for Science, held on April 22nd. Keep up the good work, Wayne! 

Check Out the New Issue of Focal Point - Justice and Recovery
This year’s research review focuses on the alarming prevalence of mental health conditions among justice system involved youth. The authors of the new 2017 issue of Focal Point, titled “Justice and Recovery,” identify and propose solutions to these challenges with new research findings.

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