Friday Update 8-14-15

August 17, 2015


Friday Update 8-14-15

Greetings faithful readers. After 54 years, the American Embassy opened in Havana, Cuba this past Friday. What better way to celebrate than with the heart and soul of the people of Cuba, embodied by two of the stars of Cuba’s legendary Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo. The duo sings the classic bolero Quizas Quizas Quizas with only a piano to accompany their golden voices. Take it all in, andthen get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Mental health reform bills, the resignation of SAMHSA Administrator, Pam Hyde – Next week! The life of a tortured blogger continues…

Julian Bond — American Revolutionary
We are honored to feature a Morning Zen Blog Post by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, NC NAACP President, Political Action Committee Chair of National Board of NAACP. In this post, Dr. Barber reflects on the recent passing of Julian Bond. I had the honor of participating in one of the North Carolina Moral Monday non-violent civil disobedience protests with Dr. Barber and, like him, and so many others, am grateful for the example that Julian Bond set for us all. One step forward, not one step back.

University of South Florida launches children’s mental health financing course
Interested in learning more about the financing of children’s mental health services? Check out this course being offered by the University of South Florida’s Department of Child & Family Studies and taught by Suzanne Fields, Senior Advisor for Health Care Policy at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. The course, Financing of Children’s Mental Health Services will further students’ critical thinking about financing strategies and structures that support effective systems of care.

Suzanne is one of the premier thought leaders on the subject of mental health financing. This course is a must if you are going to keep up to speed on the latest information. Here is the best part. Interested in the course, but not yet in the USF Master of Science in Child & Adolescent Behavior Health program? No worries, you can sign up to take it as a Non-degree seeking student. Get on it!

Annie E. Casey Foundation is hiring
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is looking for a Senior Associate to play a lead role in the Foundation’s research and evaluation activities related to human services system reform. The focus includes emphasis on Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare, and other public service systems. Yep, thought that might get your attention. Details inside!

9th World Congress just around the corner
Oh man, we are getting excited about this conference. The conference features an array of speakers from across the globe, and the CMHNetwork is going to be lucky enough to interview a few of them. Heck, sign up for the conference and you can join us and talk to leading experts in positive psychology, integrated health, social and technological innovation, and more. Registration for the 9th World Congress on the Promotion of Mental Health and the Prevention of Mental and Behavioural Disorders is open!  Join your colleagues from all over the world to promote local change through global knowledge exchange!

Building a culture of health – RWJ Call for Proposals
If you have an evidence-based idea to improve public health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) wants to hear from you. There is an open Call for Proposals for its new Evidence for Action Center (Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health) based at the University of California San Francisco. RWJF is looking for “ideas — and an evidence base — that reflect a diversity of professions, sectors, and perspectives.”

Sharing your voice is easy – Just ask Laurie!
Last week we shared the news that NIH was looking for input into their strategic plan. One of our faithful readers, Laurie Stahlecker, wrote in with a suggestion that we thought was a darned good one. We are sharing our response to Laurie and the action we took to show all Network faithful that it really is easy to get your voice heard – and we will help you do that!

Where is the #hashtag advocacy for children’s mental health?
Hey, Network faithful, time for a wake-up call from über advocate Lisa Lambert. She astutely points out that there is a #hashtag for just about everything. Except… where is the #hashtag for children’s mental health advocacy? Okay, Lisa, you called us out, and we are responding. Time for Network faithful to weigh in. What’s your suggestion?  #LetsHearIt

An overview of three models of family peer support
Interested in learning more about various approaches to family peer support? A SAMHSA sponsored webinar presented by the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health will take place Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 3pm Eastern Time. Pencil it in and get your education on!

The PLACE MATTERS approach to promoting racial equality
Don’t miss this timely webinar to highlight the recently published report “Blueprints to Action:  Community Strategies to End Racism and Promote Racial Healing”,  a collaborative effort of the PLACE MATTERS national learning community.  PLACE MATTERS is a national initiative of the National Collaborative for Health Equity designed to build the capacity of leaders and communities around the country to identify and address the social, economic, and environmental factors that shape health and life opportunities. 

29th Annual Research & Policy Conference, March 13 – 16, 2016 – Call for Proposals opens August 28th!
Since 1988, this annual conference has been a leader in promoting the development of the research base essential to improved service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. In the context of a rapidly diversifying population, this conference continues to expand to include topics related to substance abuse service systems and research, as well as pressing behavioral health topics associated with mental health reform legislation being discussed in Congress. The call for proposals will be out at the end of August so get those pencils sharpened!

Benefits of yoga for psychosocial well-being in a US high school curriculum: a preliminary randomized controlled trial
Considering yoga’s stress-busting effects, one would think that high-schoolers might benefit from the practice. And now, a study shows that yoga does confer benefits to teens. The researchers found that by the end of the study, the teens who did yoga scored higher on some of the psychological tests, while the teens who didn’t do yoga scored worse on some of the tests.

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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