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Friday Update 7-24-15

July 22, 2015


Friday Update 7-24-15

Greetings faithful readers. Let’s start off with a terrific cover of the song Sober, by young musicians involved with the O’Keefe Music Foundation. Get your rock star on and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Sure, Congress can “fire” SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde, but is it the right thing to do?
Crafting the foundation of H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015, from a frustration about the job performance of SAMHSA Administrator Pam Hyde narrows the lens of objectivity to one of partisanship and personal agenda. Ironically, should this bill see the light of day and pass, by the time it does there will be a new administration and Pam Hyde will have moved on to other, less headache-filled adventures.

The question we need to ask ourselves as advocates, and then ask our elected officials, “Is this the most prudent way to deal with a management issue?”  Do we need an “extreme makeover” because we are frustrated with the SAMHSA Administrator? Is this the way Congress should address frustration with Executive Branch management issues in the future?

Musical explores mental illness from inside the psych ward
Hey, Network faithful, show some love for Rachel Griffin and her amazing musical, “We Have Apples”, that explores mental illness through “Jane”, during her time on a psych ward.

  • Jane’s journey begins behind the psych ward doors researching her fellow patients and developing an unexpected connection with her psychiatrist, Dr. Williams. Using bits and pieces of wisdom from her interviews with four patients and her therapy sessions, Jane attempts to formulate a “map” to navigate the vast emotional landscape within her.

The man I used to be
One of my favorite songs from the musical, We Have Apples. Treat yourself and take the gift of  time to give this song a listen.

Join us in welcoming Wayne Holden to the Children’s Mental Health Network Advisory Council
We are thrilled to announce that E. Wayne Holden has joined the Children’s Mental Health Network Advisory Council. Wayne is President and CEO of RTI International, an internationally recognized not for profit research institute based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. With nearly 3,700 worldwide staff members and over 2,600 ongoing projects in approximately 75 countries, RTI’s mission is to “improve the human condition through turning knowledge into practice”. Dr. Holden is a distinguished researcher and clinical psychologist with nearly 30 years of professional experience. Prior to joining RTI, he served as vice president, senior vice president and ultimately president of the research company ORC Macro. Before joining ORC Macro in 1998, he had a successful career in academia serving more than 10 years in a variety of roles in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, including as director of pediatric psychology and as a tenured associate professor. Network Nation welcomes you, Wayne!

Triple P comes to North Carolina
Props to mental health leaders in North Carolina for creating an online portal for the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) that offers simple strategies on 17 core parenting skills to encourage positive behavior, and to help parents prevent and positively manage behavior challenges. The online positive parenting program is suitable for parents of children up to 12 years of age.

8 Tips for Parents of Children with Asperger’s Syndrome
People with Asperger’s Syndrome have difficulty with the social aspects of life and often have inappropriate responses to social situations. One of the major problems for children with Asperger’s Syndrome is understanding social cues in a given situation. Parents often struggle trying to find the best ways to help their Asperger’s child; it takes time, patience, practice, and compassion.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Messaging
This tip sheet provides general guidance on designing and delivering consistent and effective substance abuse prevention messages.

Genetic Testing for Developmental Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, and Autism Spectrum Disorder
This technical brief collects and summarizes information on genetic tests clinically available in the U.S. to detect genetic markers that predispose to developmental disabilities (DDs).

Summer Hunger: Too Expensive to Ignore
Deloitte Consulting has released Summer Hunger: Too Expensive to Ignore, conducted on behalf of No Kid Hungry, that looks at the impact of national summer nutrition programs on children’s lives. “In the short-term, the programs can help mitigate summer weight gain, cognitive decline and summer learning loss for children from low-income families. In the long term, they may help increase high school graduation rates and reduce susceptibility to chronic diseases, which are otherwise each accompanied by large potential costs to the children and their communities.

Boys are more likely than girls to receive a prescription for antipsychotic medication regardless of age, researchers have found. Approximately 1.5 percent of boys ages 10-18 received an antipsychotic prescription in 2010, although the percentage falls by nearly half after age 19. Among antipsychotic users with mental disorder diagnoses, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was the most common among youth ages 1-18, while depression was the most common diagnosis among young adults ages 19-24 receiving antipsychotics. – See more at:





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Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO
Children’s Mental Health Network

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