Friday update – 6-1-12

March 03, 2013


Friday update – 6-1-12

Greetings faithful readers. Here is what’s new on the Children’s Mental Health Network website. We are knee deep in planning for the future this week and are excited about the possibilities ahead. In the words of Alan Kay – “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” So grab a skinny latte, settle in and imagine the possibilities with the entries below.

Social media webinar – Time to get your Twitter on!
This is your chance to learn from the Network’s Social Media Guru Brittany Smith about the ins and outs of social media. This two-part webinar (June 11 & 12) will focus on why social media is important for the children’s mental health world and will provide data as to who is using social media and how, why it matters, and what impact it can have on the field of children’s mental health. Click here to register now! Many thanks to Community Solutions at the University of South Florida for sponsoring this webinar. I gotta go Tweet this… and then put it on our Facebook page…

Everything you ever wanted to know about Community Transformation grants but were afraid to ask…
Okay Network faithful, this one is right in your wheelhouse. CDC expects to make 25 to 50 competitive grant awards under the CTG Small Communities Program.  The CTG Small Communities Program grantees will work toward one or more of the five outcome measures described in Section 4201 of the Affordable Care Act which includes social and emotional wellness, such as facilitating early identification of mental health needs and access to quality services, especially for people with chronic conditions. Don’t let the naysayers tell you that children’s mental health folk don’t need to be involved in grants like these. To the contrary, you should be leading these efforts! Get the scoop here.

Young leaders award
As a part of the recognition of its 40th anniversary, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will honor up to 10 leaders age 40 and under who offer great promise for leading the way to improved health and health care for all Americans with a $40,000.00 prize. The Young Leader Awards will be given to individuals who have demonstrated innovative leadership in health and health care. This is a great opportunity to recognize our emerging youth leaders in the children’s mental health arena. Read the details here and nominate a rising star!

Unbreakable: The Dewey Bozella story – Featured keynote speaker at the Georgetown Training Institutes in July!
There are times in life when it is easier, or even more sensible, to just give up. This isn’t a belief held by Arthur Ashe Courage Award winner, Dewey Bozella. The 2011 ESPY Awards celebrated the courage and conviction that led Bozella to the ultimate path of freedom after 26 years of wrongful imprisonment.   Bozella’s early life was one of hardship and turmoil, having been exposed to trauma and violence. Foster care and life on the streets defined his youth.  In 1983, Bozella’s life took a dramatic turn when he was convicted of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to 20 years to life in Sing Sing prison, Bozella maintained his innocence. Learn more about Dewey Bozella here. If you want to meet Dewey and hear his story in person then get on with it and register for the 2012 Georgetown University Training Institutes on Improving Children’s Mental Health Care in an Era of Change, Challenge, and Innovation: The Role of the System of Care Approach. Details here.

An open love letter to Enroll America
Dear Enroll America: We love it how you always anticipate what we will need to prepare for health care reform. For instance, your new resource for stakeholders that shows how to keep enrollment efforts on track in 2012 is making us weep with joy. Family organizations take note – you need to know this stuff cold. Details here.

Health disparities report highlights transgender concerns
Many of us know all too well that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population experiences significant health disparities. Discrimination, violence, and prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity routinely prevent LGBT people from accessing jobs, relationship recognition, housing, insurance coverage, and health care, making it difficult for LGBT people and their families to achieve their highest attainable standard of health. Read this eye-opening review of the AHRQ’s  2011 National Healthcare Disparities Report by the folks at Think Progress. Check it out here.

Kristin Melton goes for the title!
This July, Kristin Melton will compete for the title of Mrs. International 2012 in Chicago. She will promote the Network as our Spokesperson with the goal of creating interest in children’s mental health awareness, sharing information about our work, and promoting our mission. Kristin is eager to engage in advocacy events everywhere, and is available as a featured speaker. Would you like to have Kristin Melton as a guest speaker at your next event? Let us know! Good luck Kristin and thanks for being an ambassador for children’s mental health.

States prepare for Medicaid’s growth spurt
On June 20th State Refor(u)m is offering a timely webinar on how three states are preparing for the inevitable growth spurt in the Medicaid program with the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act sets a new national floor for Medicaid coverage. By 2019, Medicaid is estimated to cover an additional 16 million of the most vulnerable Americans, significantly increasing the shape and size of the program. Getting ready for this growth spurt is largely in the hands of states. Details here.

Watch out for fake Adderall
Important story on NPR’s Health Blog this morning about fake Adderall pills in circulation. Read this article to learn how to spot the fakes. It’s easy to tell once you know what to look for. Details here.

Emerging Medicaid accountable care organizations: The role of managed care
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has just released a brief on Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations. This brief examines efforts by a number of states to set up Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) within their Medicaid programs. A worthy read!

National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Request for Proposals is now out
The Federation just released their Request for Proposals for their upcoming conference in November. Click here for details.

Legal Barriers Project launches
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced today a wonderful new website for people in the fields of law, health care, consumer protection, information technology, public health, and insurance. provides a single destination for up-to-date information on health information law and changes in the legal and policy landscapes that affect its implementation. Read the press release here.

Let us know what you need from the Network!
We love feedback so let us know how we can improve the website to better meet your needs. Contact us here.

As always, thank you for your continued support of the Children’s Mental Health Network,

Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO

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