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Friday Update 6-9-17

May 10, 2017


Friday Update 6-9-17

Greetings faithful readers. Let’s start off remembering the genius of Gregg Allman, a big part of my young musical life. Enjoy Gregg Allman and Jackson Browne singing “Melissa” and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week   

Those ‘Moderate’ Senate Republicans Are Caving Fast On Obamacare Repeal
Hey Network faithful, have you been mesmerized by the Comey testimony this week as I have? Well, you might want to take from that particular drama and pay attention to how Senators are attacking Medicaid with a “slow drip” approach. Apparently taking Medicaid away from millions is fine as long as it happens slowly.

Stand Up to ACA Repeal in the Senate!
Momentum is building for Affordable Care Act repeal in the Senate as moderates appear to be warming to some of the compromise proposals. We understand that–like the House’s American Health Care Act–the Senate version will ultimately include the repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund beginning in FY 2019.

The loss of the Prevention Fund will result in a 12 percent cut in the CDC budget and will have ripple effects throughout the Labor-HHS bill as appropriators work to fill the holes left by the loss of the Fund.

For that reason, I urge CMHNetwork faithful (and their constituents) to join Trust for America’s Health and the Coalition for Health Funding on Thursday, June 15th for a Virtual Advocacy Day in support of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

Family Advocates Honor the Life of Diane Flashnick
Diane Flashnick, a wonderful colleague and former Executive Director of the South Carolina Federation of Families, passed away after a hard-fought, three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Share your remembrances with your fellow advocates about this amazing advocate for children and families.

House Republican Health Bill Would Effectively End ACA Medicaid Expansion
The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which the House passed on May 4, would cut federal Medicaid spending by $834 billion over ten years by both radically restructuring federal Medicaid financing and ending enhanced federal funding for the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion, Congressional Budget Office estimates show. As a result, the 11 million newly eligible low-income adults who have enrolled in Medicaid under the expansion would be at severe risk of becoming uninsured. 

Healing Voices the Perfect Choice for Your Next Mental Health Awareness Event
I recently reviewed the film HEALINGVOICES. What a treat! In a time when peer support and self-directed approaches to dealing with mental illness are under attack, this film offers a breath of fresh air, taking a personal look at those who choose to rely on themselves and peers to help navigate the ups and downs of mental illness. Unlike much of the political discussions about mental health reform that have taken place over the past few years that have repeatedly denigrated the peer support movement, this film embraces and supports personal journies through mental illness in a way that incorporates humanity and hope for those with mental illness.

As Brains Mature, More Robust Information Networks Boost Self-Control
NIMH Director Josh Gordon was interviewed for a recent segment on the NPR news program All Things Considered. The story explored an NIMH-funded study on executive functions in the brain.

SAMHSA is Accepting Applications for Up to $39.5 Million in Grants to Prevent Suicide
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Cooperative Agreements to Implement Zero Suicide in Health Systems. The purpose of these cooperative agreements is to implement suicide prevention and intervention programs, for individuals who are 25 years of age or older, that are designed raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and outcomes for such individuals who are at risk for suicide. 

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.  

HHS Announces Over $70 Million in Grants to Address the Opioid Crisis
Health and Human Services announced the availability of over $70 million over multiple years to help communities and healthcare providers prevent opioid overdose deaths and provide treatment for opioid use disorder, of which $28 million will be dedicated for medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

To Understand Autism, Don’t Look Away
Carina Morillo knew almost nothing about autism when her son Ivan was diagnosed — only that he didn’t speak or respond to words, and that she had to find other ways to connect with him. She shares how she learned to help her son thrive by being curious along with him. (In Spanish with English subtitles).

Montgomery County, MD System of Care Grant is Looking for a Project Director
Project Director has overall responsibility for the implementation and management of “Bridges to the Future,” a SAMHSA- funded System of Care Grant to the Montgomery County Department of Behavioral Health and the Montgomery County Collaboration Council for Children, Youth and Families.  This grant will further develop the system of care to include comprehensive and integrated services for transitional-age youth and young adults ages 16-21 with serious mental health challenges and who are disconnected from school or employment.     

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Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO 

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