Friday Update

Friday Update 6-7-13

June 07, 2013


Friday Update 6-7-13

Greetings faithful readers. Happy “soggy” Friday to you courtesy of tropical storm Andrea. Major focus on the great work of the Coalition for Health Funding in this issue of Friday Update plus some serious funding opportunities you should check out so make sure you read all the way through. Yes, it’s a cheap trick putting the money shots at the end but hey, reading is good for you! Let’s begin this issue with a special contribution from Network faithful sending in suggestions from Paris, France. Écartez l’amour toute la France, fidèle de réseau! Enjoy some amazing young talent but be careful – I tried the dance moves and have been in traction for a week…Okay, now that you are all limbered up (Advil works wonders), get to readin’ Friday Update.

Most important reads for this week

Reminder: Today is the last day to provide comment on HIPAA rule
Today is the last day to provide comment on the HHS proposed rule change to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that singles out the records of people with mental illnesses. The changes would apply different rules to certain mental health records for the purpose of ensuring that more records are reported to the FBI’s gun database. We support the Bazelon Center for Mental Health’s position that this is unnecessary, will not achieve the intended purpose of reducing gun violence, and will only further stigmatize people with mental illnesses and mental health treatment.

Let’s talk about it!
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the launch of as an online resource for people looking for information about mental health. This website provides information about the signs of mental illness, how individuals can seek help, and how communities can host conversations about mental health. The website also features videos from a number of individuals sharing their stories about mental illness, recovery, and hope.

How sequesterable are you?
The Oxford University Press Blog posted a great infographic about sequestration and its impacts. Gonna make you a bit squeamish but we can’t let this one drop off the radar. Check it out and share it widely!

Maybe we should refer to this as the 12 days of sequester
CQ reports that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor yesterday said he plans to bring all 12 fiscal 2014 spending bills to the floor. Yes, all 12 bills. Including Labor-HHS.

Awakening advocacy
Thanks to Network faithful Emily Holubowich, Executive Director of the Coalition for Health Funding for alerting us to an incredible and inspiring article by Katherine Neuhausen featured in Health Affairs that highlights the importance of advocacy – and that our voices really do make a difference!

We love the Coalition for Health Funding
Speaking of Emily Holubowich – one of the best things the Children’s Mental Health Network ever did was join the Coalition for Health Funding. Check it out and consider having your organization join. Tell Emily the Network sent you. Heck, we might even get a vintage snuggie out of the deal…

CDC unveils new web page on teen-friendly reproductive health services
CDC has developed a great infographic and web page that describes in teen-friendly language reproductive health services. This new page provides the elements of youth-friendly contraceptive & reproductive health services and a downloadable infographic of a teen-friendly reproductive health visit.

The truth about the Prevention Fund
The Trust for America’s Health has released The Truth about the Prevention Fund, a new report of key facts about the Fund. This report will come in handy for those working to demonstrate the Fund’s impact on health.

How the sequester endangers America’s future
Network faithful are encouraged to read the recent article in the Washington Post by U.S. senator Barbara Mikulski about the impact the sequester is having on our nation. Barbara A. Mikulski, a U.S. senator from Maryland, is chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the longest-serving woman in Congress.

HHS creating an affordable care act call center
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said her agency will launch a call center by the end of June to answer Americans’ questions about the Affordable Care Act in 150 different languages.

Hot links

Funding opportunities – Get on it!

Youth Spark empowers youth to change their world
Network faithful are encouraged to check out Microsoft YouthSpark for some pretty exciting funding opportunities for those of you working with youth. Let’s see… that’s just about all of you!

Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation seeks applications for innovative youth programs
The Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation is accepting applications from innovative programs designed to help underprivileged youth reach their full potential. Grants of $25,000 will be awarded for “new, uncommon, unconventional, or untested” youth programs aimed at identifying effective practices that lead to breakthrough results in supporting underprivileged youth.

Up to $7.9 Million available in State/Tribal-sponsored youth suicide prevention grants
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for a total of up to $7.9 million in grants for State/Tribal-Sponsored Youth Suicide Prevention grants for up to the next three years. This program supports states and tribes in developing and implementing statewide or tribal youth suicide prevention and early intervention strategies grounded in public/private sector collaboration.

Up to $2.5 Million available for grants using new media to prevent substance abuse and HIV/AIDS for high-risk populations
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $2.5 million for grants using new media to create specialized prevention messages for traditionally underserved populations.

Up to $6.4 million available for campus suicide prevention grants targeting institutions of higher education
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for up to $6.4 million in FY 2013 Campus Suicide Prevention grants. The purpose of this program is to facilitate a comprehensive approach to preventing suicide in institutions of higher education. This program is designed to help colleges and universities build a foundation for their efforts to prevent suicide attempts and completions, and to enhance services for students with mental and substance use disorders that put them at risk for suicide and suicide attempts.

Innovators wanted – Develop an app to help persons at risk for suicide
SAMHSA is identifying a unique funding opportunity through The “Continuity of Care and Follow-Up App Challenge” challenges individuals and organizations with the development of an application for a mobile handheld device that will provide continuity of care and follow-up care linkages for a person at risk for suicide who was discharged from an inpatient unit or emergency department.

Safe Schools/Healthy Students grants available
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for the FY 2013 Safe Schools/Healthy Students State Planning, Local Education Agency, and Local Community Cooperative Agreements.  The purpose of this program is to create safe and supportive schools and communities by bringing the SS/HS model to scale by building partnerships among educational, behavioral health, and criminal/juvenile justice systems.

American Psychological Foundation seeks applications to support mental health projects for the underserved
The American Psychological Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Psychological Association, is accepting applications from early-career psychologists working to address critical psychological needs in underserved populations. Through the Pearson Early Career program, the foundation will award a grant of $12,000 to a clinician working on a scientifically based project in the area of serious mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, incarcerated or homeless individuals, children with serious emotional disturbance, or adults with serious mental illness.

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