Friday Update 8-16-13

August 18, 2013


Friday Update 8-16-13

Greetings faithful readers. This week is no different from last week. We need you to take action on two key issues before us – the unconscionable inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint and the mystery disappearance of the Healthy Transitions Initiative funding from the Appropriations bill. Of course, we balance what we ask of you be making you aware of a ton of great resources you can use. But before we get started, please join me in a tribute to Roy Praschil, longest serving employee of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Roy is turning in his company-issued discount card at Target and hitting the open road. What better way to say farewell to a wonderful advocate, friend and avid motorcycle rider than an homage to Easy Rider. When we watch Peter Fonda in this clip from Easy Rider we think of you Roy. May the back roads of America treat you kindly. When your done groovin’ to ‘Born to be wild‘ and being insanely jealous of Roy’s new adventure, get to readin’ Friday Update and make a difference!

Most important reads for this week

You killed my brother
If you could say something to this heartbroken child who found out that she would never see her brother again…what would you say? The inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint must stop.

Systemic, preventive alternatives to suspension, expulsion, seclusion and restraint
The CMHNetwork is thrilled to welcome our newest Zen contributor Kevin Dwyer. Kevin offers keen insight into the importance of school personnel managing challenging student behavior in safe, positive and appropriate ways.

An open letter to Senator Tom Harkin – What happened to HTI?
In 2009 the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, funded seven states five-year cooperative agreements to participate in the Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI). This initiative was designed to integrate services and supports for youth and young adults, aged 16-25 with serious mental health conditions and their families. Funding for a new round of HTI grants was included in the President’s budget for 2014 however was removed without explanation from the Senate Appropriations bill. We have sent a letter to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee to find out what happened.

Conference call to mobilize around the Healthy Transitions Initiative
The Children’s Mental Health Network is hosting a Call to Action conference call for those interested in educating elected officials about the value of supporting the continued funding for the Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI). The funding for the next round of HTI grants was in the President’s budget but was removed in the Senate Appropriations bill. We need to ensure that this funding remains. If you work with young adults aged 18 – 25, or are a young adult yourself and want to see improvements in services and support for young people at this important stage of life, then please be a part of this call.

Some thoughts on work with youth and young adults
Speaking of HTI, don’t miss Sally Raschick’s Morning Zen post where she details many of the benefits of the HTI approach. Knowledge is power, we are encouraging all Network faithful to become educated about the Healthy Transitions Initiative and the type of comprehensive approach necessary to effectively meet the needs of emerging adults.

New SAMHSA report shows when times are tough, public funding for behavioral health treatment is even more critical
A recently released SAMHSA report shows the importance of public funding for mental health services and substance abuse during difficult economic times. 

27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference – Call for Proposals now open!
Last week we told you the exciting news that Dr. David Satcher was confirmed as the keynote speaker for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference. The Call for Proposals is now open so get to writin’ a fantastic proposal and turn it in. We want as many CMHNetwork faithful participating as possible!

AAP unveils new database of mental health collaborative projects
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Mental Health Initiatives Web site now provides a database of various collaborative projects. Users can search by state, type of service, service area, and more. Click on a program’s title to view their detailed profile, including their contact information. Very cool!

William T. Grant Foundation invites applications for youth social setting research projects
Researchers and youth organizations pay attention to this grant opportunity. The William T. Grant Foundation is making available grants ranging from $100,000 to $600,000 to be awarded to support research designed to understand and improve the everyday settings of youth between the ages of 8 and 25 in the United States…. 

Find grant opportunities here!
Since we are on the topic of grants, Network faithful will want to check out the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Grants Forecast – a database of planned grant opportunities proposed by HHS agencies. Each Forecast record contains actual or estimated dates and funding levels for grants that the agency intends to award during the fiscal year. Bookmark it baby!!!

Let your voice be heard: HHS Office for Civil Rights now accepting comments on ACA non-discrimination regulations
On August 1, 2013, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. This landmark civil rights provision makes it illegal to single out people because of their race, color, national origin, sex (including gender), age, or disability in most health programs (such as hospitals and clinics). The purpose of the RFI is to obtain information that will assist OCR in drafting the regulation. The RFI is particularly important because Section 1557 allots federal ruling jurisdiction over several new provisions made possible by the Affordable Care Act including the new health insurance marketplaces. Share your thoughts now!

New Juvenile Justice Reform Resource Center partnership launches
This month, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced a $15 million commitment to support, in large part, the new Models for Change Resource Center Partnership. This announcement builds on the Foundation’s nearly 20-year, $150 million investment in supporting juvenile justice reform. Some of our favorite CMHNetwork followers are involved in this effort so be sure to check it out.

A spotlight on Minority Mental Health
In recognition of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in the HHS Office of Minority Health discusses the costly burden of mental health problems for diverse communities and reviews how the CLAS standards and the Affordable Care Act will help reduce disparities and improve quality of care. 

What do the new CLAS Standards mean for behavioral health?
But what do the CLAS standards mean for us? Network favorite Larke Huang reviews what the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (CLAS standards) mean for behavioral healthcare systems and practitioners.

Through the spectrum: Health disparities and Autism
According to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 110 children in the United States, and the rates are rapidly increasing. An earlier diagnosis gives parents and medical professionals more time to build an education and therapy plan that will best cater to the child’s needs for the future. However, the social and environmental factors influencing autistic children can greatly impact their treatment plans and management as they grow into adulthood.

Stimulant-related emergency department visits rise 300 percent among younger adults
A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that some drug-related emergency department (ED) visits increased by 300 percent — from 5,605 visits in 2005 to 22,949 visits in 2011. What’s going on?

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