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Friday Update 6-14-13

June 14, 2013


Friday Update 6-14-13

Greetings faithful readers. So much to cover this week and so much for you to get involved with! But first, join us in giving a Network shout out to Network faithful Garrett Grab for successfully becoming a registered nurse. If you don’t remember his amazing video “My Art of Care,” check it out here and be inspired by this amazing representative of the next generation of leaders. And while we are celebrating Network faithful, we have to pay homage to our growing legion of followers in Greece. This one’s for you guys. Okay, now that you are inspired by individual accomplishments and international love, get to readin’ Friday Update.

Most important reads for this week

Keeping All Students Safe Act (HR 1381) – The time to act is now!
Network faithful are well aware of our ongoing conversation about the Keeping All Students Safe Act, with frequent contributions on the topic from Bill Lichtenstein, Peabody Award-winning investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work over the past four decades has included the investigation of the care and safety of children in state child welfare systems. Now it is our turn to take action. The Children’s Mental Health Network is excited about participating in the efforts of a group of parents and advocates who are building a multi-media campaign and community to broaden awareness of the Keeping All Students Safe Act. Climb on board. The train is leaving the station!

So what about that Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing with SAMHSA?
Hang in there Network faithful, we just about have our comments ready in response to the recent oversight hearing on SAMHSA’s role in delivering services to the seriously mentally ill conducted by the Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Reading through the testimony given left us a bit breathless by the myopic focus of the meeting. The stinging criticisms leveled in the hearing, valid or not, do not tell the full story of what SAMHSA is and why it is important to look at improvements in the full context of what the federal agency is charged to do. You can read the testimony given at the hearing here and be ready to weigh in when you read what we have to say next week. Context people, context!

Prevention and early identification of mental health and substance use conditions in children
Don’t miss this important upcoming webinar on June 19 where you can learn more about the CMCS Informational Bulletin on Prevention and Early Identification of Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions in Children and how the bulletin is helping agencies broaden their thinking about resources available to help them meet the needs of children under EPSDT.

27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference
Heads up Network faithful – our favorite conference of the year is going to be here before you know it! The 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference will be held March 2 – 5, 2014 at the newly refurbished Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel. More details will follow soon, but we anticipate the Call for Papers will be out in September and registration will open in November.

Recent Advances in Neuropsychiatric, Psychological and Social Sciences
Speaking of great conferences… Let’s see… Greece in May 2014? Yep, I’m up for that! Network faithful are encouraged to support our colleagues in Greece by considering submitting proposals for the Annual International Conference of the Association of Psychology and Psychiatry for Adults and Children, May 13 – 16, 2014.

CDC Launches New Campaign “Reasons/Razones” Encouraging HIV Testing Among Latino Gay & Bisexual Men
This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched REASONS/RAZONES – the newest HIV testing campaign under the CDC Act Against AIDS initiative. The bilingual campaign is the agency’s first national effort to encourage HIV testing among Latino gay and bisexual men, who are among those hardest hit by HIV in the United States.

Helping teens quit smoking has a cool new app out to help teens quit smoking. Check it out Network faithful and share it with someone you love. QuitSTART App is a free smartphone app, available for iOS and Android, that can help you track your cravings and moods, monitor your progress toward achieving smokefree milestones, identify your smoking triggers, and upload personalized “pick me ups” and reminders to use during challenging times to help you successfully become and stay smokefree!

Roy Blunt: No more delay on mental health
A worthy read in USA Today from Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo) who has been a vocal proponent of bipartisan mental health legislation. In the op-ed piece, Blunt challenges his colleagues to focus on stand-alone legislation to ensure a front and center focus on mental health.

Brewer guides Medicaid expansion win in Arizona
What a difference five months make. From one of the most ardent anti-Obamacare voices in the nation to a champion for Medicaid expansion, Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona successfully guided the Arizona House to approve an $8.8 billion state budget that includes a proposal to pursue the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion, along with a budget that gives significant new funding to education and child welfare.

Men stopping violence: Because we have daughters
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16. Honor this holiday by learning more about the “Because We Have Daughters Program. The Network featured a webinar the campaign held on June 12. That opportunity is past but you can still learn about the great work of Men Stopping Violence (MSV). Check it out Network faithful!

Building a healthier America – RWJF Commission webcast June 19
Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America as it hears testimony from leading experts regarding how best to support health in communities and during early childhood. The Commission is charged with identifying actions the nation should take now to improve health.

New NASHP report: Health Care Reform and Children: Planning and Design Considerations for Policymakers
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has released a new report focusing on children’s coverage as part of the ACA. Several of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) key provisions are targeted to children, but much of the law focuses on covering the larger uninsured population, primarily adults without dependent children. As states focus on implementing new ACA coverage programs and other systemic changes by January 1, 2014, it will be important that children’s coverage remains a priority as well.

Helping consumers apply & enroll through the marketplace
CMS has just released a useful guide to help navigate the health insurance marketplace. No matter what state they live in, consumers can get help as they apply for and choose new insurance options. You can help provide that assistance in a number of different ways: by becoming Navigators, in-person assistance personnel, or certified application counselors. In addition, agents and brokers can help consumers enroll in new insurance options.


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