Friday Update 7-28-17

July 30, 2017


Friday Update 7-28-17 

Greetings faithful readers. Am I wrong for trying to reach the things that I can see? No Nico, you are not wrong. Keep reaching! Enjoy the inspirational song and video from Nico & Vinz, and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

‘Skinny’ Repeal Bill Defeated 
Thanks to all Network faithful who took the time to share their thoughts with their Senators on the ‘Skinny’ Bill. However, there is the need for continued advocacy with congressional leaders on the importance of a health care bill that puts families first. Take a breather this weekend, but be prepared to ramp up again next week as new proposals begin to percolate in Washington, DC.

Transgender Retired Navy SEAL Kristen Beck on Military Ban
The White House is defending President Trump’s decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military. Retired Navy SEAL officer Kristen Beck, who is transgender, shares her perspective.

Trump Administration Suddenly Pulls Plug on Teen Pregnancy Programs
Last week I told you about an abrupt decision by HHS and SAMHSA to prematurely end a grant program designed to evaluate strategies for meeting the needs of emerging adults with mental health challenges (Is SAMHSA Giving Up on Transition-Age Youth?). Unfortunately, the hits keep on coming. This time, the Office of Adolescent Health is in the crosshairs, an agency in HHS that has been doing consistently excellent work over the past eight years in developing creative strategies for involving teens and young adults in healthy decision-making. HHS announced that they would be stopping hundreds of millions of dollars worth of funding for programs focused on reducing teen pregnancy a full two years early in the promised five-year funding cycle.

Addressing Students’ Mental Health Needs: Stamford Public Schools’ Comprehensive Trauma-Informed System
CHDI’s latest Issue Brief explores how Stamford Public Schools responded to a series of suicides by building a trauma-informed model for school mental health that is resulting in better outcomes for students. The process, strategies, and lessons learned by Stamford Public Schools can help guide other districts seeking to improve their mental health services and supports.

HHS Awards $72.5 Million in Funding for Youth Mental Health Services
HHS has awarded $72.5 million in grants through the Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances Program, also known as the Children’s Mental Health Initiative. SAMHSA will distribute the funding to seven states and one local government agency to improve outcomes for children, youth, and young adults who experience serious emotional disturbances and their families. Regions receiving funding include Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Carrol County in Maryland. Grants range from $1 to $3 million per year over four years. 

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. Call for Proposals opens August 15th!

Trans Vets Rock
“ It truly cuts deep knowing I was good enough to lay down my life for the USA but can no longer do so.” 

Change Matrix Seeking Data Entry/Research Assistant to Join Their Team!
Change Matrix is looking for a fabulous part time addition to their team to support activities for the National Network to Eliminate Disparities (NNED) in Behavioral Health ( and other work focused on data management, newsletters, and social media. If you have strong organizational skills, are nifty with finding resources of value to clients, able to navigate the intricacies of computers, and a desire to work with an amazing group of change leaders, check this out! 

USF Looking for an Instructor for Their Online Master of Science Degree in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH) Program
The Department of Child and Family Studies in the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is seeking a twelve-month non-tenure earning Instructor I at .75 FTE for the fully online Master of Science Degree in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH) program. 

Why so Many Transgender Americans Find Refuge in Military Service 
“The Air Force and its core values of “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do” promised me all of this and more. I am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. I am transgender. My story is not unique.”

Redesigned NREPP Learning Center Launched
SAMHSA announces the launch of the new Learning Center website for the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. The site was designed to provide resources for developing, implementing, and sustaining culture-centered and evidence-based programs and practices. Learning Center tools provide practical support for using evidence-based programs and practices to improve the behavioral health of clients, family members, and communities.  

Webinar: Cultural, Historical, and Gender Issues: Understanding the Impact of Historical Trauma on Communities
August 28, 2017, 1:00-2:30 PM ET 
This webinar hosted by SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint will address historical trauma in communities and identify strategies that work to address the importance of understanding intergenerational trauma. 

I Am a Transgender Female Captain in the U.S. Army
“My name is Jennifer Sims. I am a United States Army captain and a transgender woman who has served my country with distinction for more than six years. I am speaking for myself here, not on behalf of the Army or the government, but I suspect my feelings resonate with other transgender service members.” 

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