Friday Update

Friday update – 7-6-12

March 03, 2013


Friday update – 7-6-12

Greetings faithful readers. The Network kept the engines at full throttle this holiday week and we can’t wait for you to explore what’s new on the website. We have legislative alerts, SCOTUS tidbits, funding opportunities, research and more. So grab a skinny latte, slap the “in conference – do not disturb” sign on the door and enjoy the offerings. But first, turn up the speaker volume and rock out like it’s 1966 with our homage to the Supreme Court decision to “put it on the taxman.”

Is it time to move on from the health care debate? No way!
“One thing the American people want is for the divisive debate on health care to stop,” White House chief of staff Jack Lew said on “Fox News Sunday. The Sunday news shows were full of commentators saying, “it’s time to move on” from the health care debate to other things. But remember that the Children’s Mental Health Network is focused on the best outcome for youth with serious emotional challenges and their families. We cannot afford to “move on.” The education about the benefits of health reform and the debate about what is most important to include is far from over. Pull up your britches and dig in. It’s gonna be a long summer. Read more here.

Sign of the times: Louisiana bracing for deep Medicaid cuts
Faithful followers are well aware of the Network’s concern over the perception that Medicaid funding will be the panacea for funding proven effective services and supports for youth with serious emotional challenges and their families in this new era of health care reform. The “quiet talk” we hear from mental health program administrators typically leads to discussions that include the phrases “I don’t know how we are going to pay for it” and “the rates are so low we surely won’t be able to get quality providers to deliver the services.”

So we were painfully reminded of the accuracy of our concern when the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Louisiana’s health department is hard at work trying to figure out how to strip $859 million from the states Medicaid program for the poor and uninsured cutting 11 percent of the funding for health services after Congress unexpectedly slashed the state’s Medicaid payment. Details here.

Urban Institute hosting a meeting to discuss the decrease in federal funding for children
The Urban Institute is hosting an important meeting to discuss the challenge of reduced funding for children in a time of increasing budget pressure. The sixth annual Kids’ Share report, to be released at this forum, will show that federal spending on children fell in 2011, the first such decline in nearly 30 years. States and localities, which provide two-thirds of all public spending on kids, will be hard-strapped to fill that breach as they deal with the fallout from a weak economy. Read more here.

Georgetown Training Institutes – Agenda is now available!
Oh man, we are reading the agenda over our cheerios this morning and it looks fantastic! With the recent ACA decision by the Supremes last week, we can’t wait for the Health Care Reform plenary with John O’Brien, Jim Wotring and Angela Kimball. And yes, we checked our hotel reservations and are all set. Are you?  You did register, right? If not, you can do it now, it’s easy!

Social media webinar July 11th – Time to get your Twitter on!
This is your chance to learn from the Network’s Social Media Guru Brittany Smith about the ins and outs of social media. The webinar will focus on why social media is important for the children’s mental health world and will provide data as to who is using social media and how, why it matters, and what impact it can have on the field of children’s mental health. Click here to register now! Many thanks to Community Solutions at the University of South Florida for sponsoring this webinar. I gotta go tweet this… and then put it on our facebook page…

RWJF expands diversity of perspective through Junior Investigator program
Network faithful take note of an important funding opportunity for scholars from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities. The New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming aims to expand the diversity of perspectives that inform Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) programming and introduce new researchers and scholars to RWJF, while simultaneously helping to meet staff needs for data analysis. The Foundation will award up to 10 Junior Investigator grants of up to $100,000 each for a 24-month period. Check it out here.

Allies, adversaries, or strange bedfellows? The relationship between research, politics and policy
The U.S. health care system prides itself on adopting the principles of evidence-based medicine. Do the same principles and values hold true for evidence-based policymaking? If better evidence leads to better policy, then how does research get translated into the acceptance, alteration, or rejection of specific policies? What is the political equivalent of “bench-to-bedside”? When does the process fall short and how can it be made more effective?  Don’t miss this important issue forum hosted by Mathematica Policy Research and The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) on Wednesday, July 18th. Details here.

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As always, thank you for your continued support of the Children’s Mental Health Network,

Scott Bryant-Comstock
President & CEO

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