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Friday Update 8-24-18

August 24, 2018

Greetings faithful readers. Let’s start this edition of Friday Update off with an homage to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Here she is singing her hit “Think” in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. Ms. Franklin was indeed a Diva who could also have fun! Enjoy the video and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Don’t Call Me an Enabler – Or Anything Like It
You are in for a treat, Network faithful. We have yet another excellent Zen post by Lisa Lambert, who has the uncanny ability to capture the essence of the experiences of parents who have children with mental health challenges. In this post, Lisa discusses the all too common experience of parents who are told they are “enabling” their child. Enjoy the read.

Whose Research is Better for Helping American People That SAMSHA Is Charged to Serve?
Dennis Embry provides critical insight into SAMHSA’s troubling shift in focus on what defines evidence-based practice. “My scientific colleagues in the United States and I are increasingly concerned that Assistant Secretary McCance-Katz is blind to the incredible body of peer-reviewed research with high-quality randomized control studies funded by NICCHD, NIMH, NIAAA, CDC, IES, etc. This is not consistent with her stance on high-quality research.”

In New York City, Addressing The Mental Health Of Migrant Children Separated From Their Parents
Writing in Health Affairs, the first lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, decries the long-term effects of the Trump administration’s border separation policy and touts her city’s ThriveNYC program to address mental health. “While this immediate crisis may pass, these senseless and cruel family separations show how much cultural change is still needed when it comes to mental health,” McCray writes. “It is imperative that government guidelines and laws reflect our growing body of knowledge about mental health and trauma.”

32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health Call for Proposals Now Open
The 32nd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held March 3-6, 2019 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. The deadline for turning in your proposal is October 26th, so get to writin’!

Earn Your Online Master’s Degree in Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health
The fully online Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health (CABH) Master’s Program at the University of South Florida is responding to the growing demand for professionals to serve in community, youth, and family agencies and organizations that work to positively impact the well-being of children, adolescents, and emerging adults. Check it out!

Over 500 Migrant Kids Are Still Separated From Parents Weeks After Court Deadline
The Trump administration has still not reunited over 500 migrant children with their parents after separating families at the border in recent months, according to a court filing last Thursday.

A Guide to Forming Advisory Boards for Family-Serving Organizations
When done correctly, forming an advisory board will make your organization’s work better, not harder. A well-planned advisory board can help you meaningfully infuse a trauma-informed approach at every level of your organization. This tool from partners at the National Child Traumatic Stress Network demystifies the process. It highlights the common decisions groups will have to make along the way and the pros and cons of some of the common choices.

Media Advisory: NIMH Researchers Available to Discuss the Suicide Prevention Research
Suicide is a major public health concern. In 2016, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death overall in the United States, claiming the lives of nearly 45,000 people. The recent deaths of high-profile public figures and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on rising suicide rates have brought the topic of suicide into everyday conversations. For National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon and Dr. Jane Pearson, chair of the Suicide Research Consortium at the NIMH, are available for interviews on suicide prevention research, trends, and the findings and implications of recent studies.

2017 NASMHPD Technical Assistance Coalition Working Papers – Beyond Beds
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) continues to receive recognition from the behavioral health community at large for their Beyond Beds series of 10 white papers highlighting the importance of providing a continuum of care. We have included links to some of the reports from the Beyond Beds series most relevant to the Children’s Mental Health Network. Enjoy!

Aretha Franklin Nessun Dorma Grammys 1998
Okay, I can’t resist adding one more tribute to Aretha Franklin. Here she is at the 1998 Grammys, filling in at the last moment for Luciano Pavarotti, who had taken ill, singing the song he was scheduled to sing – Nessun Dorma. Are you kidding me? She was truly the “One and Only.” If you only click on one link in this issue of Friday Update, make it this one.

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Scott Bryant-Comstock

With a rich history of over 30 years involvement in state and local communities as a practitioner, trainer, state government official and a national reviewer of systems reform efforts, Scott Bryant-Comstock has built a solid reputation as a facilitator of family, professional, advocacy and political involvement in mental health system reform efforts. Throughout his career, Scott has incorporated learnings from policy-makers, families, providers and community leaders throughout the United States into a focused approach to improving services and supports for youth with emotional challenges and their families. Scott is the founder, President & CEO of the Children’s Mental Health Network.

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