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Friday Update 8-31-18

September 03, 2018

Friday Update 8-31-18

Greetings faithful readers. Holiday weekends require some Patti Smith to get things rolling, right? I’m pretty sure it’s mandatory. Enjoy First Aid Kit performing “Dancing Barefoot” in front of the great Patti Smith, who was being honored at the Polar Music Prize Awards ceremony. Enjoy the video and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

My Daughter Survived and Rose Above the Stigma
Our featured Morning Zen post this week was written by René Anderson, a tireless family advocate in Florida. René reflects on a 28-year journey with her daughter, through countless evaluations, closed doors and her determination to fight to get her daughter what she needed to be successful. Spoiler alert – the story concludes a few weeks ago at her daughter’s college graduation. Good on ya, René. We are as proud of you as you are of your daughter!

Why We Can’t Let the GOP Upend a Key Part of McCain’s Legacy
Excellent article by Daniel Dawes, JD, CMHNetwork Advisory Council member and author of 150 Years of Obamacare. “If the GOP purports to care about the opioid epidemic and Mitch McConnell says they will be considering a bipartisan opioid bill in late September, then it goes without saying that keeping McCain’s legacy of saving ObamaCare is the only way to do this. There is no way that the GOP can be both for helping those with opioid addiction and for repealing ObamaCare.”

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 take place March 3-6, 2019 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. You know you want to be a part of the conference program, and we want you to be a part of it as well! 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!

National Council Funding Opportunity to Increase Youth Engagement
Do you have an innovative approach that will facilitate community partnerships, increase awareness, decrease loneliness or offer a clinical or social intervention aimed at underserved youth? Do you know youth ages 16 to 24 who can help implement your project? Would you like to be paired with a mentor, coaches and subject matter experts who can help you engage and empower youth and their families? Is your organization motivated to improve health outcomes for young people from diverse communities? If so, apply today. You need not be a mental health agency or National Council member to participate. So what the heck are you waiting for? Apply, already!

Detention at Border Has Caused Psychological Damage. Families Need Help. The Government Should Pay for It.
A thoughtful opinion piece in USA Today – “After ripping thousands of children from their parents, unprecedented public outrage forced President Donald Trump to sign an executive order purporting to end family separation in June. He proclaimed the problem solved. But the family separation crisis is far from over. Just this month, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights ordered the adoption of new precautionary measures to protect immigrant families from the United States’ callous actions.”

A Guide to Forming Advisory Boards for Family-Serving Organizations
This tool is the first comprehensive guide to forming an advisory board with a trauma-informed approach for organizations that serve families. In clear language and achievable steps, it walks you through the process of forming a board and highlights the common decisions groups have to make while outlining the options at each juncture.

Suicide and Youth Violence Technical Packages Now Available in Spanish
CDC has released Spanish versions of its technical packages for suicide and youth violence prevention to increase accessibility of the evidence to Spanish-speaking communities.

Early Childhood Is Critical to Health Equity
This report is the second in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) series on health equity. The series aims to assist those working in public health, health care, and other fields that powerfully shape health—such as education, child care, housing, and community development—to build a world in which everyone can be as healthy as possible.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Announces Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model to Help Address Opioid Crisis
The Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model is a child-centered local service delivery and state payment model aimed at reducing expenditures and improving the quality of care for children covered under CHIP through prevention, early identification, and treatment of priority health concerns like behavioral health challenges and physical health needs. This new model represents an interesting step toward truly integrated health records and whole-person care. There will be grants awarded to eight states to pilot a InCK program.

Webinar: Addressing the Needs of Young People with Serious Emotional Disturbance through a Comprehensive Continuum of Services and Supports
September 6, 2018, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
This SAMHSA-sponsored webinar will focus on discussing strategies to expand the adoption of comprehensive mental health support of youth with serious emotional disturbances in rural schools and communities. During the webinar, a system of care approach will be discussed to highlight the importance of interagency collaboration, individualized and strength-based practices, and cultural competence for implementation of comprehensive mental health supports. This webinar will also provide examples of strategies for families and youth to work in partnership with public and private organizations, ensuring supports are effective and build on the individual’s strengths and needs.

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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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