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Friday Update 6-16-17

May 10, 2017


Friday Update 6-16-17

Greetings faithful readers. It’s Friday and I will bet more than a few of you are ready for a positive and affirming pick-me-up. Nuthin’ better than some music from Malawi to get you in the groove for the weekend. Enjoy Lulu Nzalera singing his hit song “Ndzalela (trust me, this one is gonna put you in a good mood) and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Eight Republican Senators Try to Explain Their Health Bill
Vox reporters asked eight Republican Senators to explain the Health Bill being developed. Their responses may (or may not) surprise you.

How Yoga is Helping Girls Heal From Trauma
Rocsana Enriquez started thinking about yoga again when she was pregnant. She was 19 and in an abusive relationship. When she was younger, Rocsana had taken part in a yoga program in a San Francisco Bay Area juvenile hall run by The Art of Yoga Project. She began using the skills she learned on the mat to slow herself down when she got angry and to pause before reacting.  Fascinating read, Network faithful!

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Launches New Video Series
In a new video, Bethany Lilly, Deputy Director of Policy and Legal Advocacy, discusses the current state of healthcare reform efforts in Congress and the danger of its passage for people with disabilities, and those who rely on the Medicaid program. 

National Institute of Justice: Family Context’s Role in Teen Dating Violence
Findings from two National Institute of Justice-funded studies that focused on high-risk youth highlight the importance of family context in the development of aggression and teen dating violence. These studies summarize the implications of family context for intervention and prevention. Specifically, positive parenting and self-regulation were shown to be crucial protective influences that have effects extending to late adolescence. Furthermore, family-based interventions may be most effective for targeting aggression and teen dating violence in adolescents, particularly for those at higher risk due to parental psychopathology. In particular, programs that focus on improving parents’ mental health, marital conflict, and parenting skills may prove to be particularly beneficial.

How Repealing and Replacing the ACA Could Reduce Access to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Parity Protections
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased access to treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders. Repealing and replacing the ACA could curtail those benefits and reverse the effort to reduce historical disparities between covering medical and surgical care versus mental illness and substance use disorders.

Building Bridges Initiative Fall Training Event
Registration is now open!

Open Call for Papers: Peer Specialist Services
The editorial staff at APA Division 18 (Psychologists in Public Service)’s journal, Psychological Services, is inviting manuscripts for a special section on the impact peer specialists are having on the delivery of mental health and health services and outcomes in organized care settings.  

Changing the Rules: A Guide for Youth and Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions Who Want to Change Policy
Pathways RTC has developed this guide on policy change for young adults groups who are interested in affecting mental health policy. The interactive guide, intended for use online, provides an overview of the policy cycle and describes the activities that are usually accomplished in each step.

Wanna Know How the Sausage is Made? These Two Infographics Will Help

Baby Teeth Link Autism and Heavy Metals, NIH Study Suggests
Baby teeth from children with autism contain more toxic lead and less of the essential nutrients zinc and manganese, compared to teeth from children without autism, according to an innovative study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of NIH. The researchers studied twins to control genetic influences and focus on possible environmental contributors to the disease. The findings suggest that differences in early-life exposure to metals, or more importantly how a child’s body processes them, may affect the risk of autism.

Youth MOVE National (YMN) Board of Directors is Recruiting a Treasurer
The YMN Board of Directors is recruiting a qualified Treasurer (volunteer) to provide meaningful oversight of the organization’s finances and bring a financial lens to strategic planning and decision making. YMN is a youth-driven, chapter-based organization dedicated to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. 

Behavioral Health Barometer, United States, Volume 4
The barometer uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services and presents findings by age, gender, racial and ethnic categories, poverty status, and health insurance status.    

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