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Friday Update 6-3-16

June 03, 2016


Friday Update 6-3-16 

Greetings faithful readers. Enjoy the beauty that is Grammy-winning Beninese vocalist Angelique Kidjo’s performance of the hauntingly beautiful song, Malaika and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do! 

Most important reads for this week

Expat Families Coming Home 
No one captures the Third Culture Kids (TCKs) perspective better than Nina Sichel. Enjoy her latest Zen post that looks at the topic of reentry and the support needed for families returning to the United States from overseas. 

Members of Congress Seeking Ways to Move Mental Health Bills Forward
According to a story in The Hill, lawmakers are considering adding Senators Cassidy and Murphy’s mental health bill to the work of a conference committee focused on opioid legislation. While just an “idea” at this point, the strategy has possibilities, especially considering the fact that the opioid crisis will dominate the discussion (and funding) of any mental health bill moving forward. 

Integrating Primary and Behavioral Health Care Through the Lens of Prevention

Join CMHNetwork Advisory Council member George Patrin in New Orleans this July for an important Primary and Behavioral Health Care Conference.Fantastic lineup of speakers joining Dr. Patrin, including 
Dr. Vivek Murthy, Surgeon General of the United States (invited) and Fran Harding, Director, SAMHSA/CSAP. Bring on the Gumbo!

Return of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) 
The enhanced Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) is back online with new features and a new URL.

Have you applied for the 2016-17 InSHAPE® Implementation Project?
The National Council is at it again with another great offering for behavioral health care organizations. InSHAPE® is a wellness program designed to improve the physical health of people with serious mental illness. Good grief, Rosenberg, do you ever sleep?

OAH Picks: Summer Opportunities for Youth 
The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is out with another great set of tips for finding summer opportunities for youth. 

Children Must Live With Families– TEDx with John VanDenBerg 
In this TED Talk, Child Psychologist Dr. John VanDenBerg shares the powerful, shocking story of one child who changed him forever and inspired his life’s work as an Innovator of services for children with complex needs. The story of this child who endured severe incidents of violence, sexual abuse, psychiatric detention, and failed foster care and group home placements, has inspired John and thousands of people across the world to help families and communities make commitments to keep children safe and protected. John VanDenBerg has been an inspiration to many Network faithful over the years, me
 included. You go, John! 

New Medicaid Guidance Improves Access to Health Care for Justice-involved Americans Reentering Their Communities
Historically, the vast majority of justice-involved individuals have been uninsured, while experiencing disproportionately high rates of chronic conditions, infectious disease and behavioral health issues. Studies show that roughly half of incarcerated individuals struggle with mental health and substance abuse conditions. The more we can educate families about the benefits available to them through Medicaid, the better!

A Med Student Decides to be Upfront About Her Mental Health Issues
Be sure to give a listen to this “All Things Considered” segment in which a student in Medical School opens up about her decision to be upfront about her mental health issues. 
Pitching the Press: Strategies for Building Media Relationships to Expand Medicaid & CHIP Outreach Efforts
Local television news programs, drive-time radio and community newspapers are just a few examples of media consumers turn to daily for information. And building relationships with community outlets can serve as a valuable extension of on-going Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach and enrollment efforts. Learn tips on how to determine which media is relevant in your community and how to identify the best reporters to contact, including those who work at multicultural outlets. 
Mind and Body Approaches for Health Issues Plaguing U.S. Military, Veterans
U.S. military personnel, veterans, and their families are disproportionately affected by chronic pain, PTSD, depression, brain injury and other medical conditions. Learn more about how our Center is partnering with other federal agencies to explore mind and body approaches to treat the conditions now plaguing our military personnel and veterans.


  • Mental illness and reduction of gun violence and suicide: bringing epidemiologic research to policy 
    This article describes epidemiologic evidence concerning the risk of gun violence and suicide linked to psychiatric disorders, in contrast to media-fueled public perceptions of the dangerousness of mentally ill individuals, and evaluates the effectiveness of policies and laws designed to prevent firearms injury and mortality associated with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders. 

  • Mass Murder, Mental Illness, and Men 
    Although mass murder is a rare event in the United States—perhaps a dozen to a dozen and a half incidents a year in the recent decades—occurrences tend to overshadow the much greater number of other murders, because of the electrifying effect upon the public of so many lives being lost all at once. Much of the heightened frequency and greater death toll stems from the easier availability of semiautomatic weapons since the 1970s. Several recent, highly dramatic mass murders were committed by mentally ill persons, which has led to the unwarranted stigmatization of the mentally ill as an inherently dangerous element in society.

  • Aripiprazole: FDA Warns About New Impulse-control Problems 
    The FDA is warning that compulsive or uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop, and have sex have been reported with the use of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole (Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada and generics). These uncontrollable urges were reported to have stopped when the medicine was discontinued or the dose was reduced. These impulse-control problems are rare, but they may result in harm to the patient and others if not recognized. 
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