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Friday Update 8-9-13

August 10, 2013


Friday Update 8-9-13

Greetings faithful readers. Time to buckle down and take some action on several items in this issue of Friday Update. So eat some spinach to boost your strength and get inspired with a stellar version of “Popeye the Sailor Man” by Paulão Rodrix. When your done groovin’ old school, get to readin’ Friday Update and make a difference!

Most important reads for this week

Corey Foster – A needless death. When will we get serious about seclusion and restraint?
A promising young man, 16 years old, unnecessarily treated brutally – restrained at his school – and dies. And the system fails to respond to those seeking answers or to hold accountable those responsible. Sheila Foster, one of the founding parents of Action to Keep Students Safe, has told the story of her son Corey to Nightline, Anderson Cooper and others and now she is telling it to the Children’s Mental Health Network. Corey’s tragic and unnecessary death is another reason that Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, needs to bring the Keeping All Students Safe Act out of committee and to the House for a vote.

Ten reasons to invest in the Healthy Transitions Initiative
Read our Morning Zen post on the mysterious disappearance of funding for the Healthy Transitions Initiative in the Senate markup of the Labor-HHS Appropriations Bill. We are still looking for an explanation. In the meantime, enjoy reading ten reasons to invest in the Healthy Transitions Initiative. In fact, you could even share your enthusiasm for the Healthy Transitions Initiative with whomever represents you in Washington, DC.

The approaching crunch: Agreement on spending nowhere near as deadlines loom
Network faithful take note: Wonderful article from the Coalition on Human Needs that gives a clear roadmap to help guide you right up to the sequestration deadline. It ain’t pretty but is definitely important for you to understand.

Dr. David Satcher to speak at 2014 annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference
Oh man, the the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference (March 2 – 5, 2014 in Tampa, Florida) is going to be awesome. Just confirmed – Dr. David Satcher will be the featured speaker for the opening plenary session. The Call for Proposals opens August 15th so get those pencils sharpened!

United Nations Foundation partners with Millennial Trains Project to support civic-minded young entrepreneurs
The United Nations Foundation announced a new partnership with The Millennial Trains Project (MTP) to promote social change during a transcontinental train trek across America. Network faithful Katelyn Bryant-Comstock is one of 20 Millennials making the cross-country trek.Send a little Network love her way when she rolls through your town as she connects with youth across America to ask them “What’s Your Barrier to Contraception?”  82% of teen pregnancies are unplanned and youth make up half of new STI cases each year. So what’s going on?

Webinar – Adolescents and STDs: A Call to Action for Providers and Health Plans
Speaking of sexually transmitted infections… Each year 9.8 million young people ages 15 to 24 are infected with STDs, resulting in $6.5 billion in annual direct health care costs and long-term health consequences for affected youth. STDs can cause infertility and cancer, lead to adverse pregnancy outcomes, and facilitate HIV transmission. Yet most infections are asymptomatic, reducing the perceived urgency of testing.

The voices in my head…
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Longden tells the moving tale of her years-long journey back to mental health, and makes the case that it was through learning to listen to her voices that she was able to survive.

Runaway and homeless youth capacity building grants for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or questioning youth populations
The Administration for Children & Families has a new grant announcement out to build capacity of Transitional Living Programs (TLPs) to serve youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) who are experiencing homelessness and who are disproportionately affected by homelessness than their heterosexual counterparts.

Navigators getting squeezed?
Advocates take note: Insurance agents and brokers are none too happy about the Navigator program. Pay attention to what is happening in your state regarding the regulation, or potential over-regulation, of Navigators. Agents are concerned that Navigators will compete with them for business and possibly sway individuals one way or another.

How will navigators and in-person assisters be trained?
Since we are on the subject of fresh-squeezed navigators… Providing assistance to consumers shopping for coverage in the exchanges will be an important job, so how will these navigators and in-person assisters be trained? State Refor(u)m’s new chart will tell you. Great information!

Staying hopeful…
A Morning Zen message to parents from the author of  Triggered:  A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and frequent Network contributor, Fletcher Wortmann – “…never give up hope, and never stop encouraging your child to accomplish their own ‘optimal outcome.’

Walking the Four Directions: A Traditional View of Discipline
First Nations Behavioral Health Association’s Society of T.R.U.T.H. announces a workshop for parents, foster/adoptive parents, teachers, juvenile probation workers, group home, detention or shelter home workers, parent trainers, substance abuse workers or anyone that works with Native American youth and families.

Check out MyAccount and get enrolled
HHS has launched a new feature on, MyAccount, where consumers can create sign-in information in preparation for enrollment on Oct. 1.

Loss of food stamp eligibility puts physical and emotional health at risk
A new study examines the potential health impacts and health-related costs of proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) now under consideration by Congress. The analysis found that as many as 5.1 million people could lose SNAP eligibility; among these are 1.4 million children and nearly 900,000 older adults. The proposed changes could also increase the number of Americans who live in poverty and who have difficulty getting enough to eat.

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