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Friday Update 6-23-17

June 23, 2017


Friday Update 6-23-17

Greetings faithful readers. Let’s start things off with Natasha Bedingfield, singing her song “Hope.” The song is a soulful and inspirational song written to empower women and lift the stigma that surrounds mental health. Enjoy the video and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

California’s Children and Youths’ System of Care: An Agenda to Transform Promises Into Practice
Patrick Gardner, Founder of Young Minds Advocacy, has written an excellent report on the state of the child mental health delivery system in California. If there ever was a blueprint for a systems of care approach, this is it. Gardner chronicles the complexities of the myriad of moving parts in the delivery of mental health care in California. Amidst some bright spots, there is a clear need for better coordination of care, using a shared Wraparound Practice Model for all multi-system involved youth, and ensuring that funds and resources follow the child. Gardner includes several other recommendations in the report that will be familiar to system of care aficionados. We need more assessments like this written by children’s mental health advocates who are not specifically part of a system of care grant. Gardner offers a blueprint for action that other states may want to replicate to reinforce the importance of a systems of care approach to improving services and supports for children with mental health challenges and their families.

Learn about the PAX Good Behavior Game from the Guru Himself!
Dr. Dennis Embry will be leading a webinar explaining the PAX Good Behavior Game (GBG) and its successful use as a cost-effective strategy to prevent, intervene and even treat pediatric psychiatric disorders. PAX GBG is embedded in normal, everyday classroom routines in schools to help children develop self-regulation skills. The expansion of PAX GBG across the country and throughout the world is occurring with the support of state agencies, health-care systems, community and advocacy groups, and researchers. PAX GBG has a 60-to-1 rate of return and creates new ways of doing business for children’s mental, emotional, and behavioral health. Check it out, Network faithful!

USF Looking for an Instructor for Their Online Master of Science Degree in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH) Program
The Department of Child and Family Studies in the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is seeking a twelve-month non-tenure earning Instructor I at .75 FTE for the fully online Master of Science Degree in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH) program.

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.

Canada offers places for addicts to shoot up safely. Can the US copy the model?
North America’s first supervised injection clinic opened in Vancouver in 2003, and now several US cities are hoping to emulate its success in saving lives.

A Whole Buncha SAMHSA Grants Just Announced
Dang, there is something for everyone in this list of grant announcements. Get to writin’!

A Study of Turnover Among Wraparound Care Coordinators and Supervisors
Janet Walker and the team at the National Wraparound Initiative have just released the first in a series of blog posts on the pressing issue of turnover among wraparound coordinators.

Bring Sandy Hook Promise’s “Know the Signs” Programs to Your School
Take some time to watch Sandy Hook Promise’s new video One “Small” Action and learn how one Promise Leader was able to bring Sandy Hook Promise’s Know the Signs programs to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second-largest school district in the country. Guess what? You can bring the Know the Signs program to your school, so what are you waiting for? 

Building Bridges Initiative Fall Training Event
Heads up, Network faithful. Registration is now open for the Building Bridges Initiative annual training event.

Why I’m Going to the White House Today
Founder and Executive Director of Code for America, Jennifer Pahlka writes a thought-provoking essay on why she chose to attend a recent meeting for tech executives held at the White House. How does an executive who believes that the policies of the Trump administration are dangerous and harmful to the American public and that the administration has shown a frightening disregard for the principles and values of government, public service, and the rule of law, reconcile herself to attend the meeting? Her essay certainly made me think about my own approach to the toxic environment we are in. Hopefully, it will do the same for you.

Senate Health Care Bill Bliss

Step 1: Read The Bill: Senate Releases Health Care Legislation

Step 2: Read A Simple Guide To The GOP Health Care Bills

Step 3: Make Sense of the Bill
Our colleagues at Kaiser Health News have put together a comprehensive array of timely news articles to help you make sense out of the new Health Care bill. We have culled some of the most pertinent to CMHN readers and offer them below. Enjoy, and be sure to take a bromo before you start reading…

  • What The Senate Health Care Bill Could Mean For People With Mental Illness
    Spoiler alert: It’s not good.

  • The New York Times: Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts To Medicaid
    Senate Republicans, who for seven years have promised a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, took a major step on Thursday toward that goal, unveiling a bill to make deep cuts in Medicaid and end the law’s mandate that most Americans have health insurance. The 142-page bill would create a new system of federal tax credits to help people buy health insurance while offering states the ability to drop many of the benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, like maternity care, emergency services, and mental health treatment. 

  • The Wall Street Journal: Senate GOP Health Bill Would End ACA Penalties, Cut Taxes On High Incomes
    The bill would reverse the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid, a move that could affect millions of people, and would for the first time limit states’ overall Medicaid funding from Washington. It also would eliminate the requirement in the 2010 law that most Americans sign up for health insurance, and provide instead less-robust tax credits than the ACA to help people afford insurance. It would repeal hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes on businesses and high-income households and retroactively cut taxes on capital gains. 

  • USA Today: Senate Health Care Bill: Here’s How It Would Affect You
    The bill would sunset in two years subsidies for people who purchase insurance on an exchange. Most of the more than 6 million Americans benefiting from the help may not be aware they’re getting it, since the subsidy goes directly to the insurer who then lowers the cost-sharing requirements for a plan. Without the subsidies, insurers would need to raise rates an estimated 20% to make up for the loss, experts have estimated. But the bill also includes funding for states to reduce insurance costs in other ways. 

  • The Wall Street Journal: Health Bill Includes Opioid Funding, But May Not Satisfy Some GOP Senators
    The Senate GOP’s health-care bill would offer $2 billion for opioid addiction treatment for one year, falling short of the $45 billion over 10 years some Republican senators wanted. The funding’s inclusion in the Senate version of the health-care overhaul comes after weeks of protest from House and Senate Republicans who feared steep cuts to Medicaid would worsen an already growing opioid crisis, with Sens. Rob Portman of Ohio and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia leading the push. 

  • The Washington Post: Senate Health-Care Bill – Which Senators Are Opposed
    As of Thursday afternoon, nine GOP senators have indicated they oppose or have concerns with the bill. If three vote against it, the bill would fail. 

Step 4: Take Action! ~ From our colleagues at Families USA ~

  • Tell Your Senators: Protect America’s Health Care Safety Net. Ask your senators to reject not only the House health care bill—but also any bill that does not provide the same level and quality of coverage and consumer protections as the Affordable Care Act. Use our tool to call or email your Senators asking them to reject any legislation that would strip 23 million people of health coverage, gut consumer protections, and shred the Medicaid safety net. Just enter your zip code in our tool and you’ll have the option to personalize an email to send to both your senators.

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