Friday Update

Friday Update 8-30-19

August 30, 2019

Greetings faithful readers. I’m feeling the need for some vintage Linda Perry to get us back on track after being away for a few weeks. Enjoy the great Linda Perry and 4 Non Blondes performance of their megahit “What’s Up.” Get your tall hat 90’s vibe on and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we go work to do!

Youth ERA Launches Website Offering Youth Peer Support Through Online Articles and Resources
Leave it to the crew at Youth ERA to absolutely blow our mind with their newest online product – This new peer-led website is designed to offer support and help to young people through tough times. The website is home to articles, resources, and original content written by young people for young people. Youth ERA uses the strength of this web-based platform to empower youth on their mental health journey—giving them the tools they need to not only survive but to thrive. This is a keeper, Network Faithful. Go to the site, put it in your bookmarks, and share it far and wide. Excellent work Youth ERA!

Premier of the Documentary Film ‘Broken Places’ and Q & A With Daniella Rin Hoover at the Tampa Pre-Conference!
Film producer, Roger Weisberg, has chronicled the lives of children and families growing up in adversity. BROKEN PLACES is Weisbergs 33rd documentary, and poses the complex question of why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. To help answer this question, Weisberg dug into 40 years of his film archives to update a few of the stories of children growing up in difficult circumstances that he filmed decades ago. It turns out that some of these children were so scarred by abuse and neglect that they are now in mental institutions, correctional facilities, or drug rehabilitation centers. A few died prematurely. However, there are others who managed to overcome comparable childhood stress and are now healthy, self-sufficient adults. Viewers are given a unique time-lapse perspective, witnessing how a few of these troubled children evolved into the adults they are today. After viewing the film, Daniella Rin Hoover, who has been featured in the 2004 documentary, Aging Out, and in the current documentary, Broken Places, will lead a question and answer session with attendees.

Tampa Pre-Conference Featuring Latest Information on Transforming Residential Interventions
Residential interventions serving youth and families are changing dramatically. Over the past 14 years, the National Building Bridges Initiative has brought together providers, families and youth, along with local, state and national advocacy leaders, to develop a practice framework that connects and aligns residential programs and their oversight agencies with communities and with emerging evidence and science. This collaborative approach has yielded significant innovation, transformation, and improved outcomes. This pre-conference session will present the practice pillars of the BBI framework and significant trends that have developed over the past decade. The session will also be the first public release of the second book on residential interventions: “Transforming Residential Interventions: Practical Strategies and Future Directions.”

Man, and that’s just the pre-conference sessions!

We Are Mid-Way Through the Call for Proposal Process for the 33rd Annual Research and Policy Conference. Time Is Ticking and  We Are Waiting for You!
Okay, you see above some the great offerings already planned for the Tampa Conference. We need your brilliance as well! Save the dates for the 33rd Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health: March 15 – 18, 2020 in Tampa, FL and get to writing your amazing proposal!

Keynote Speakers Confirmed for the Tampa Conference
Yep, we are pretty darned excited that David Williams, Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez Vice President, Center for Systems Innovation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, are confirmed as keynote speakers. And guess what? We are just getting started! More keynote announcements are coming in the next few weeks. Check out the details and register, already!

Daniel E. Dawes Named Director of Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine
Nationally renowned scholar and leader in the health equity and social justice movements, Daniel Dawes was recently named Morehouse School of Medicine’s Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Associate Lead for Government Relations. In his new position, Dawes will will champion health policy strategies focusing on social and political determinants of health. Daniel serves on our National Advisory Council and we could not be more excited!

Immigrant Rights
Regardless of your immigration status, you have guaranteed rights under the Constitution. Learn more here about your rights as an immigrant, and how to express them.

DETAINED or DEPORTED: What about my children?
What to do if you can’t be with them

If you are in immigration detention or are facing deportation, you may have a lot of questions about what will happen to your children. It is normal to be worried and feel overwhelmed. But there are things you can do to help ensure that you do not lose your rights as a parent because you are detained or deported.

Me han DETENIDO o DEPORTADO: ¿Qué pasará con mis hijos o hijas?
¿Qué hacer cuando no puedes reunirte con tus hijos o hijas menores de edad?

Si el departamento de inmigración le detiene o se enfrenta a una deportación, tendrá muchas preguntas acerca de lo que pueda pasar con sus hijos o hijas. Es normal sentir preocupación. Al enfrentarse a una detención o deportación, usted debe saber qué hacer para no perder sus derechos de padre o madre.

A Mother Relies on Her “Connections” to Navigate the Complexities of In-Patient Hospitalization for a Child in Crisis. But What If Those Connections Did Not Exist?
Linda Callejas is a mother with “connections” in the behavioral health care field. When her child went into crisis and needed in-patient hospitalization, trusted colleagues were available and ready to help her navigate the process. But what if she was a mother without connections? Read Linda’s thoughtful essay describing her journey and reminding us of the importance of human connection, especially for those without “connections.”

SAMSHA Wants to Address Children’s School-Based Mental Health
But are they asking the right questions?

Network Science Advisor, Dennis Embry, sits on the Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council. At their meeting on Wednesday, the group reviewed the recent joint informational bulletin from SAMHSA and CMS Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools. In this Morning Zen post, Dr. Embry asks several questions of Network readers in reaction to this joint bulletin. The Advisory Council that Dr. Embry sits on was created to provide feedback to CMHS about the activities they are involved with and the products they develop. Let’s help them do their job. Share your thoughts and ideas at the end of the post.

SAMHSA’s 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Report Data Findings
NSDUH’s latest annual report focuses on substance use and mental health in the United States based on NSDUH data from 2018 and earlier years. The annual report presents estimates that meet the criteria for statistical precision and facilitate stable examination of trends over time to study changes in society and emerging issues.

Beyond the Coverage Expansions: How the Lawsuit to Overturn the Affordable Care Act Would Further Harm Medicaid and CHIP Coverage of Children
Texas vs. United States, the lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety, continues to proceed apace through the federal courts, despite its extraordinarily weak legal reasoning.  Most of the attention is rightfully focused on how the case could increase the number of uninsured in the nation by 20 million people, by eliminating the ACA’s major coverage provisions such as the Medicaid expansion, the marketplace subsidies, the protections for people with pre-existing conditions and other market reforms, and the requirement that young adults can stay on their parents’ health plans. But it is also important to recognize how the lawsuit could also strip away other lesser-known provisions of the ACA and inflict further severe damage, including to children’s coverage under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Visit the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute website to learn more.

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Scott Bryant-Comstock

Hello, I’m Scott Bryant-Comstock, CEO and founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network. For the past 40 years, my journey as a mental health advocate has traveled from volunteering at a suicide and crisis center, professional roles as a therapist in an outpatient clinic, in-home family therapist, state mental health official, Board Chair for a county mental health program, and national reviewer of children’s mental health systems reform efforts. As the founder of the Children’s Mental Health Network (2009), I lead the Network’s efforts to grow a national online forum to exchange ideas on how to improve children’s mental health research, policy, and practice.

In 2019, I had a full-blown Kundalini awakening. That experience has clarified many of the questions about purpose, focus, and mission that I have had my entire life. And heck, I want to share those learnings with you!

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