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Friday Update 8-18-17

August 21, 2017


Friday Update 8-18-17

Greetings faithful readers. Wow. Who knew when planning our annual three-week respite from Friday Update that so much would happen while we were gone! This past week I have found myself humming the great John Prine song, Some Humans Aint Human. In case you haven’t heard it, watch John Prine perform it. Don’t rush the song, Network faithful. Close the door, put the headphones on and let it sink in. No worries, you won’t end up in a funk. John Prine has a way to cut to the bone and uplift at the same time. Enjoy the song and then get
 to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most Important Reads This Week

Don’t Be A Sucker
As white supremacists unleashed a wave of deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past week, a 74-year-old government film, “Don’t Be A Sucker” became an unlikely viral hit. “Don’t Be A Sucker,” which was produced by the United States Department of War during World War II, warns of the dangers of fascism and bigotry. This excerpt is just over 2 minutes long. Give it a watch. It will make you think.

Tell Senate Appropriations to Restore the Final Year of Funding for the Healthy Transitions Initiative
Last month I wrote about SAMHSA’s perplexing decision to recommend cutting funding for the final year of funding for the Healthy Transitions Initiative (read it here). I encourage you to contact Senator Blunt, Chair and Senator Murray, Ranking Member Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies and tell them the Healthy Transitions Initiative is one SAMHSA program worth finishing. The data that will be gained in the final year of funding will be invaluable in learning how to sustain innovative treatment and support efforts for young adults with serious mental illness. Use the attached word document letter template as a guide. Time is running short, so get on it!

Impact of Cyberbullying: Addressing the Needs of Children and Youth
Thursday, August 31 at 3:30 p.m. EDT, SAMHSA is hosting an online panel discussion, Impact of Cyberbullying: Addressing the Needs of Children and Youth. The panelists will explore cyberbullying among children and youth and look at ways to help parents, guardians, and educators better understand and address the issue of cyberbullying. Viewers can tweet their questions for the panelists using the hashtag #KSOCTV.

Call for Proposals Now Open!
The 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held March 4-7, 2018 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. Each year, participants hear an outstanding line-up of speakers who are leading researchers and advocates in the field. The Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit proposals for research benefiting children, youth, and their families. So what are ya’ waitin’ for? 

Children, Fear, and Dreams
On the five-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, dreamers from around the country and other advocates gathered near the White House to assert that they are “here to stay.” The courage of the dreamers, and of those who protest against racism and bigotry, forces life into our imperiled democracy. We badly need today’s children to learn that they can make democracy work. We have to show them it can
This article by Deborah Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs, is a worthy read!

The Chef Bringing Native American Food to Your Table
Native American chef Sean Sherman was raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. These days, as owner of the company Sioux Chef, he dedicates his time to revitalizing Native American cuisine. In his dishes, Sherman uses local ingredients that are indigenous to North America, while eschewing colonial ingredients, such as beef, wheat flour and dairy. But it’s not just certain ingredients that distinguish Sherman’s approach to food. His creations are truly gourmet. And with each beautiful dish, this chef is helping re-educate the American palate.

Hispanic Caucus to HHS: Why No ObamaCare Outreach? 
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is requesting an “urgent meeting” with HHS in the wake of a report that the agency has effectively abandoned outreach efforts to Latinos. 
About 4 million Latinos have gained coverage since the ACA coverage expansion began in 2013, but the Latino uninsured rate remains well above the national average. 

Opioid Crisis Strains Foster Care System; Programs Aim To Keep Kids With Mom
The opioid epidemic impacts children whose parents have substance abuse problems, who are increasingly being shuttled through the foster care system, unable to stay at home even as their parents struggle to get clean. The problem has led states to invest in new approaches, linking drug treatment with efforts to keep families together. 

CBO: ObamaCare Premiums Could Rise 20 Percent if Trump Ends Payments
Insurance companies would raise premium prices about 20 percent for ObamaCare plans if President Trump ends key payments to insurers, according to the Congressional Budget (CBO). Read the report!

Calling All Family Leaders
FREDLA’s Annual Meeting on October 4th in Washington D.C. promises to be a memorable experience for family leaders. Featured speakers include Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Paolo del Veccio, SAMHSA, and Ellen Kagen, Georgetown University. FREDLA’s Annual Meeting is open to all family leaders working in family-run organizations, government agencies or private providers. 

Sesame Street in Communities
Did you know Sesame Street in Communities isn’t only a website? It’s also a growing network of community providers like you, who leverage Sesame Street content in their work with kids and families. Check it out!

Teenage Pregnancy in the US Is at an All-Time Low. Trump Could Soon Change That
Trump administration’s decision to cut nationwide sex ed programs is putting many young lives at riskEighty-one Teen Pregnancy Prevention programs across the country recently received identical notice that their grants would end on 30 June 2018 – and not, as planned, in 2020. The cuts add up to $213.6 million. The real cost, though, say grantees, will be borne by the 1.2 million teenagers the program was expected to serve.

In Tough Neighborhoods, Can High-School Mental Health Counselors Cut the School-To-Prison Pipeline?
School-based mental health services are viewed by experts as the best place for early intervention and detection programs because, as Olga Price, who founded D.C.’s school mental health program nearly two decades ago puts it: “It’s where all of the kids are.” This Politico article is a great read highlighting the innovative work being done in DC schools to provide comprehensive mental health services on campus, seeing it as not just a service to students, but a key way to keep lives on track, keep kids out of the justice system, and to treat problems before they get out of hand.

Follow Your Detour, Find Your Flower
Give yourself the gift of 16 minutes to watch Network Faithful Amy Oestreicher’s TED Talk! At 18 years old, Amy Oestreicher had her life all figured out: go to college, star on Broadway, and conquer the world. When a blood clot literally caused her stomach to explode, Amy’s life took some unexpected “detours.” In this talk, Amy explains why being a “Detourist” has inspired her to transform obstacles in her path into opportunities for growth by finding the “flowers” rom her detour, using all aspects creativity – music, art, writing and theatre – to heal and find the positive.

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