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Friday Update 7-19-13

July 19, 2013


Friday Update 7-19-13

Greetings faithful readers. This is a great week to be reminded of the importance of taking time out to rustle up some creative inspiration so lie back and admire the beauty in the sky aboveOkay, now that you are all inspirationalized and self-actualized… get to readin’ Friday Update!

Most important reads for this week

We Are Not Trayvon Martin
“We Are Not Trayvon Martin” is a tumblr. blog created by Joseph Phelan, who in the hours after the Trayvon Martin verdict, grappled with his own emotions, resulting in a blog that moves the discussion about the case to the much more gritty issues of white privilege in America and how it plays out in society. In a country filled with far too many examples of disparity and disproportionality we at the Network find this tumblr. blog refreshing and on point. 

Help curtail the use of seclusion and restraint in schools
Action to Keep Students Safe is a community organizing and multimedia campaign shining a national spotlight on efforts to pass the federal Keeping All Students Safe Act (H.R. 1893). The Act will establish minimum safety standards and will curtail the use of physical restraints and seclusion in our nation’s schools. It has long been a well-hidden fact that students are being traumatized and are dying at the hands of school staff that misuse these unregulated behavior management techniques. This is institutionalized child abuse, and it is everyone’s responsibility to stop it. Join us. Together we can close this horrifying chapter in the history of American public education.

Changes in Medicaid and other coverage: Learn how the CMS rule impacts behavioral health
Looks like another great webinar from our friends at the National Council for Behavioral Health. Check it out!

Sex is like… pizza!
For some reason, says educator Al Vernacchio, the metaphors for talking about sex in the US all come from baseball — scoring, getting to first base, etc. The problem is this frames sex as a competition, with a winner and a loser. Instead, he suggests a new metaphor, one that’s more about shared pleasure, discussion and agreement, fulfillment and enjoyment. Let’s talk about … pizza. 

Employer responsibility under the Affordable Care Act
Great new infographic from the Kaiser Foundation to help you understand employer responsibility under the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act does not require businesses to provide health benefits to their workers, but larger employers face penalties if they don’t make affordable coverage available. Enforcement of those penalties will begin in 2015, a year later than originally scheduled. This simple flowchart illustrates how those employer responsibilities work.

What do Medicaid payment rates, Congress, and a pep rally have in common? They will all be the focus of Hill Day September 16-17
Great news alert from our friends at the National Council for Behavioral Health Programs. Mark your calendar for Hill Day, September 16-17, 2013! The National Council’s Hill Day is a giant national pep rally for behavioral health, bringing together hundreds of advocates from all over the country. Don’t miss it!

Summertime: Sun, sand, and support for prevention needed now!
Network faithful should mark this webinar on the calendar. This is your chance to hear from Senator Harkin’s staff who will talk about recent efforts on the Hill to support the Prevention and Public Health Fund and share what some Community Transformation Grant (CTG) communities are doing to educate their lawmakers. Join the discussion and help keep prevention a national priority for our elected representatives. Network faithful advocates should take a page out of their playbook!

Take seven minutes to understand coverage decisions under ACA
The Kaiser Family Foundation has done it again with a very clever YouTube video that explains coverage decisions people will face under the ACA. 

Not to be missed

Foundation for Youth Investment offers impact grants to connect California youth to the outdoors
The Foundation for Youth Investment is inviting nonprofits in Northern and Central California to apply for Impact Fund program grants to support efforts to get youth outdoors. The FYI Impact Fund is designed to provide youth-serving organizations with the resources they need to connect underserved youth between the ages of 13 and 18 to the outdoors. The foundation hopes these grants will improve access to high-quality outdoor experiences, enhance the cultural relevancy of the programming offered by the grant seeking organization, and/or create new methods to reach underserved youth. Get on it Californians!

CDC findings show higher suicide-related behaviors among youth involved in bullying
The Journal of Adolescent Health released a special issue focusing for the first time on the relationship between bullying and suicide. 
Choices, Inc. taps Michael Goldberg to serve as CEO
Choices, Inc. announced today that Michael Goldberg has been hired to serve as its Chief Executive Officer. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Choices is a private nonprofit organization that coordinates care for youth in the child welfare, juvenile justice, special education and mental health systems.  Welcome aboard Michael. Choices has been an important part of the historical development of strategies for infusing the systems of care concept in communities across the nation.


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