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Friday Update 9-13-13

September 13, 2013


Friday Update 9-13-13

Greetings faithful readers. Another cornucopia of items that include a bountiful mixture of things to be thankful for, take action on and be inspired by. Take a moment to enjoy the great John Hiatt and his amazing song “Have a little faith.” Words to live by Network faithful. We all need to have little faith in each other to keep on keepin’ on. Enjoy the song, pause for a bit of reflection and then get to readin’ Friday Update.

Most important reads for this week

Ask your senators and representatives to cosponsor the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (H.R. 2734/S.116)
Throughout September, the Children’s Mental Health Network is joining the Trevor Project and 20 other national partners to raise awareness about suicide prevention among youth, especially those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ). This week we are focusing our attention on the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act. 
The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act is the only dedicated stream of federal funding for suicide prevention, and it must be reauthorized to ensure that vital services across the country continue to be funded. Please, ask your senators and representatives to cosponsor the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (H.R. 2734/S.116) today!

Are there better alternatives to seclusion and restraint? 
Time to revisit the important Morning Zen post by Dr. Joseph Ryan, Associate Director of Research for the School of Education, and Vice President of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders. In the post, Dr. Ryan frames the challenges around the over-reliance on seclusion and restraint in schools and offers practical tips for how schools can respond safely and appropriately.

Call to Action – Healthy Transitions Initiative 
Thanks to all who participated on the call last week to discuss the importance of finding out why funding for the Healthy Transitions Initiative was removed from the Senate Appropriations budget. Nope, we still have not received a response from the Senate Appropriations sub-committee but that only makes us more determined to find out what happened. No one enjoys a good mystery more than we do. We will keep you posted. Keep sending in stories and examples of the value of programs that support the healthy development of emerging adults. Be sure to check out the impressive research results from the Youth in Transition grant in Maine that we have added to the Call to Action page.

Trying to keep up with the never dull activity in the House of Representatives?
The adventures in the House have been dizzying to say the least. We are grateful to Emily Holubowich of the Coalition for Health Funding for sharing this succinct synthesis of the twists and turns taking place in the House. In case you are counting the days, a government shutdown is scheduled for October 1st. As Network faithful and intrepid advocate Julio Abreu said yesterday, “It’s time to close your eyes and put your hands outside the roller coaster!”

Educating Americans about health care options
The Children’s Mental Health Network is proud to be part of the Champions for Coverage initiative that is spreading the word to help make sure all Americans can get the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. Check out the great resources for providers, the legal community, young adults, and more.

How mindfulness fosters compassion – as viewed through a trauma lens
Absolutely wonderful presentation by Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby. In his talk, Dr Gilbert explores the intersection of therapy and the contemplative-mindfulness tradition through a trauma lens. A must watch for clinicians and anyone interested in mindfulness practice.

Wraparound track just announced for Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference
Oh man, the Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference just keeps getting better and better. The National Wraparound Initiative is sponsoring a special track at the conference, which will take place March 2-5 in Tampa, Florida. The track will feature plenaries and pre-conference training opportunities focused on cutting-edge responses to the new opportunities and challenges facing wraparound in the age of healthcare reform and ever-tightening budgets. Proposals are due October 31st so get on it!

Native American tribes face devastating sequestration impact on mental health services
If you think sequestration is just an abstract concept think again. NPR has a great “listen” that focuses on mental health budget cuts for Native American tribes. The recent across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as the sequestration came with a 5 percent reduction in funding for mental health services, including suicide prevention. For Native Americans, who have the dubious distinction of a suicide rate that is four times the national average, this is unacceptable.

Maine CAHC produces easy to follow video explanation of the Health Insurance Marketplace
Check out this wonderfully simple and direct explanation of the Health Insurance Marketplace by the good folks at the Maine Consumers for Affordable Health Care (CAHC). The video was created with a budget of $250.00, which means you can do it in your state as well! This one is a cost effective no-brainer. You don’t need millions to produce a user-friendly video that explains a complicated topic in less than four minutes.

OAH applauds CDC news about decline in teen birth rate – celebrates grantee success
Network faithful are encouraged to read the message from the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and review the recent CDC report, which shows a promising decline in teen pregnancy. OAH does incredible work with their Teen Pregnancy Prevention grant program and have a well-deserved right to feel proud of the work grantees have done to contribute to this decline. Learn more about what they do and find a way to incorporate what they have learned into your work with youth. If you know an OAH grantee, give them a little Network love for us, will ya?

Early Bird Winner for health reform video contest announced
In late August, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the launch of the Healthy Young America Video Contest. This week, Secretary Sebelius announced HHS’ first winner in the contest, Jason Girouard from Brimfield, Mass. Girouard’s video called “We are not invincible, we are human” took home the early bird prize of $1,500. The early bird submission deadline was September 2. While the early bird submission deadline has passed, contestants still have the opportunity to win the grand prize so get on it young Network faithful!

Outreach and education best practices for the Health Insurance Marketplace
Great teleconference coming up on Monday where you can learn about best practices from Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Minnesota in reaching consumers about the Health Insurance Marketplace.

AAP Mental Health Leadership Work Group Resident Curriculum Pilot Project
The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Mental Health Leadership Work Group is calling for 10 to 15 continuity clinic preceptors to pilot a new mental health residency curriculum. If you are a continuity clinic preceptor in a pediatric residency program this is a great opportunity to be a part of improving mental health residency curriculum for physicians.

$50,000 Peace First Fellowship for youth – meet one of the 50 finalists
We were blown away when we learned about the Peace First organization, which is in the final stages of a contest for youth that is designed to share the daring work of young people far and wide, invest in their leadership, and inspire others to make peacemaking a part of their daily lives. Watch an amazing video produced by Reshini Premaratne, one of the 50 finalists, who describes her efforts to raise awareness about homelessness in Richmond, Virginia. Reshini exemplifies what gives us strength in these troubling times of challenge – a younger generation that gets it, is committed to doing good work, and has the spark necessary to carry on the quest for improving the lives of families in communities across America.

Grinnell College invites nominations for 2014 prize honoring young innovators for social justice
Grinnell College has announced a call for nominations for the 2014 Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize. The annual prize honors individuals under age the age of 40 from anywhere in the world who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Up to three awards of $100,000 will be presented, with half the prize money going to the individual(s) and half to social justice organization(s) selected by the winners. Okay Network faithful, we need one of you to win this award. This is a wonderful opportunity to be recognized for the amazing work you do each and every day.

Middle and high school students invited to apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Speaking of great prizes, the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program annually honors middle and high school students in the United States who volunteer in communities at home or abroad. State honorees will receive a $1,000 award, a silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in May for special recognition events. In Washington, a national committee will select America’s top youth volunteers from the state honorees. National honorees will receive a $5,000 award, a gold medallions a crystal trophy for their nominating school or organization, and a $5,000 grant from the Prudential Foundation for a charitable organization of their choice.

SAMHSA Recovery Month campaign in high gear throughout September
SAMHSA is kicking Recovery Month into high gear. The Recovery Month campaign promotes the societal benefits of prevention and treatment for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. There are so many ways to participate in Recovery Month! Events are taking place all over the country.

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