Friday Update 8-28-15

August 25, 2015


Friday Update 8-28-15

Greetings faithful readers.  We have a treat for you. Give yourself the gift of two minutes and watch this video from the BBC where two sisters recount a most memorable Christmas with granny – storytelling at its finest! Indulge in a most welcome chuckle andthen get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

On tap for next week

    • How the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health can rekindle the fire in the belly that once made it a force to be reckoned with.
    • Call to Action – E. Fuller Torrey, Dennis Embry, Congressman Tim Murphy – Practice what you preach – support the promotion of Omega-3.
    • Mental Health Reform Act of 2015 – Unfortunately, suffers the same structural challenges as HR 2646. Much work ahead!

Most important reads for this week

29th Annual Research & Policy Conference, March 13 – 16, 2016 – Call for Proposals is now open!
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 is now open so get those pencils sharpened and get to writin’!

No Letting Go’ set to premiere at the 11th Annual NYC Mental Health Film Festival 
Faithful readers will remember our request back in May for some serious Network love for Randi Silverman’s film, No Letting Go. Well, we now have exciting news to share. The film Randi has worked so hard on is going to premier in September at the 11th Annual NYC Mental Health Film Festival! No Letting Go has been chosen as the featured full-length narrative film and will screen at 1:30 on Saturday, September 26, 2015. If you are in New York City on September 26th, we hope you will attend (let’s sell out the house!).

New online tool advances programs that foster children’s health, resilience, and academic success
A new online resource from the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) is designed to help school administrators, program directors, civic leaders, and others sustain programs that prepare children for academic success while promoting their social, emotional, and physical health. According to Olga Price, Director of CHHCS and amazing Network Faithful, “This Action Guide is a go-to resource for advocates and leaders who often find themselves struggling to maintain good programs that are helping young people not only learn but thrive. Our hope is that the best practices, strategies, and success stories shared here will help strengthen and sustain programs that give children the skills they need to succeed, both in school and throughout their lives.” Well said, Dr. Price! Okay, Network faithful, go online and put this Action Guide through its paces.

Stepping Up: Strengthening Police, Youth & Community Relationships
Don’t miss this to-the-point message and report from a group of teens who came together to study police-youth relations and early diversion options for 16—24 year-olds in New York City.

  • “As a group of determined teens, we hope that people take our recommendations into consideration and that they will be used in order to reduce youth arrest, improve public trust in police, and make communities safer for us all.”

9th World Congress just around the corner
Have you registered for the conference yet? Still time! Let me know if you will be attending as we will be conducting interviews with Network faithful – your chance to spread the word throughout the land about the great work you are doing on behalf of children, youth and families! Join your colleagues from all over the world to promote local change through global knowledge exchange!

Ravages of Heroin addiction haunt friends, families and whole towns
One small town struggles to cope with the ravages of addiction. An important read and listen from our colleagues at NPR.

When the school bell tolls too early
A chill is in the morning air, “back to school” ads are everywhere, and summer activities are winding down. It can mean only one thing—it’s nearly time for students to surrender the sweet freedom of summertime for the structured schedules of the school year. Children are bemoaning the return of early morning alarms and evening homework burdens, but these things should not be allowed to encroach upon their critical nightly slumber.

Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools
This just-released publication is for district/school administrators, teachers, and parents, focusing on how to provide safe and supportive school environments for transgender students.

Healthy Transitions: A Pathway to Employment for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and Other Disabilities
The transition from pediatric to adult care is an important time for adolescents to learn how to navigate the health system to get the services they need to stay healthy. The U.S. Department of Labor’s policy brief shares what healthcare providers can do to support adolescents with special health care needs in this transition.

Opting Out of Medicaid Expansion: Impact on Encounters With Behavioral Health Specialty Staff in Community Health Centers
This is an especially important read if you live in one of the states that have chosen to opt out of Medicaid expansion. If all states expand Medicaid by 2020, it is estimated that nearly $230 million in additional revenue could accrue to health centers in states that opted out of expanding Medicaid in 2014. An estimated $11.3 million would likely be used for mental health services, and $1.6 million might be used to provide substance use disorder services. This translates to over 70,500 additional encounters that could occur with behavioral health specialists if all states expand Medicaid by 2020.

Preterm Birth and Poor Fetal Growth as Risk Factors of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Findings from this study suggest that each gestational week has significance for child’s subsequent neuro-development and risk for ADHD. The authors showed that poor fetal growth increased the risk of ADHD. This highlights the importance of taking into account both pre-maturity and poor fetal growth when planning the timing of birth as well as later follow-up and support policies.

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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