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Friday Update 9-22-17

September 22, 2017


Friday Update 9-22-17

Greetings faithful readers. Here’s an idea. Let’s start this edition of Friday Update with some Bomba, one of the traditional musical styles of Puerto Rico. Thoughts and prayers to our friends in Puerto Rico and other locations impacted by recent storms. Enjoy some Bombaand then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week  

Youth MOVE Oregon Has Transformed into Youth ERA – Get on Board or Get Left Behind
Have you heard? Have you seen the video? Do you feel the foundation of understanding about what defines youth advocacy shaking under your feet? Youth MOVE Oregon, a perennial leader in defining youth advocacy, is once again transforming right before our very eyes, as they emerge into something new - Youth ERA

Keep Those Proposals Coming In 
for the 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 4 – 7, 2018, in beautiful Tampa Florida! Okay, the time for pencil sharpening is over. It’s time to start writing a winning proposal. The 31st Annual Conference is one you will not want to miss! 

Tampa Conference Keynote Speakers Announced Next Week!

Become a Sponsor for the Tampa Conference! 
The 31st Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held March 4-7, 2018 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. Each year, participants hear an outstanding line-up of speakers who are leading researchers and advocates in the field. Sponsorship is a great opportunity to show your organizations support and gain national visibility in the behavioral health field. What are ya’ waitin’ for? 

Senate Labor-HHS Bill Includes Last Year of Funding for Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI)
Way to go Network faithful. Your advocacy helped! However, your work is not done. It’s time to go back to your representatives in the House and remind them that the Healthy Transitions grant program and the accompanying national evaluation is SAMHSA’s first large-scale effort to address the many challenges to providing services to young adults at risk for or experiencing serious mental illness, drug or alcohol addiction. What we can learn in this final year of funding is too important to walk away from! Encourage your representatives to agree with their Senate counterparts to include final year funding for HTI.

Last-Ditch Effort By Republicans To Replace ACA: What You Need To Know
Republican efforts in Congress to “repeal and replace” the federal Affordable Care Act are back from the dead. Again.

Take Action to Stop Graham-Cassidy from Devastating Our Health Care
This weekend, senators are in their home states for a “mini-recess.” When they return on Monday, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on the Graham-Cassidy bill with a possible floor vote on Wednesday. Please read this important message from our colleagues at Families USA about the Graham-Cassidy Bill and how you can make your voice heard.

A Few Quotes From National Health Care Associations Who are Studying the Cassidy-Graham Bill

Just in case you need further proof that this is a bill that will do immense harm to children and families

  • It “violates the precept of ‘first do no harm’” and “would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance coverage.” – American Medical Association.

  • The “process [in the Senate] is just as bad as the substance. … Most Americans wouldn’t buy a used car with this little info.”  AARP.

  • It would hurt “consumers and patients by further destabilizing the individual market; cutting Medicaid; pulling back on protections for pre-existing conditions.” – America’s Health Insurance Plans.

  • It “would lead to a loss of health insurance for at least 32 million people after 2026. … By repealing the ACA’s coverage expansions and cutting deeply into the Medicaid program, the Graham-Cassidy bill threatens the health care of as many as 100 million people, from newborns to the elderly.”  Sara Collins, The Commonwealth Fund. 

Lots of Vulnerable House Republicans Come From States That Will Lose Under Cassidy-Graham 
A new study from Avalere Health that shows that certain states are going to be hit with major losses if this bill becomes law. And it turns out that those states that would lose out happen to be heavy with incumbent House Republicans whose seats are vulnerable in 2018.

Public Ranks Children’s Health Insurance, Marketplace Stabilization Higher Priorities than ACA Repeal
Among health priorities facing urgent deadlines in Washington in September, the public ranks repeal of the Affordable Care Act lower than reauthorizing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and stabilizing individual health insurance marketplaces established by the ACA, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s new tracking poll finds. 

Narrow Networks Get Even Tighter When Shopping For Mental Health Specialists
If you’ve got a plan offered on the federal health law’s insurance marketplace and you’re looking for a therapist, you may have to look really hard. The average provider network includes only 11 percent of all the mental health care providers in a given market.

New Behavioral Health Barometers Provide In-Depth Data for All 50 States and DC
SAMHSA released the fourth edition of itBehavioral Health Barometer 
state reports that provide a powerful overview of behavioral health in each state and the District of Columbia (DC). Each report includes data about key behavioral health issues such as the prevalence of substance use, serious thoughts of suicide, serious mental illness, and related treatment, as well as their comparisons with the corresponding national annual averages. Data nerds rejoice!

QuickStats: Suicide Rates for Teens Aged 15-19 Years, by Sex — U.S., 1975–2015
The suicide rate for males aged 15-19 years increased from 12.0 to 18.1 per 100,000 population from 1975 to 1990, declined to 10.8 by 2007, and then increased 31 percent to 14.2 by 2015. Rates for females aged 15-19 were lower than for males aged 15-19, but followed a similar pattern during 1975-2007 (increasing from 2.9 to 3.7 from 1975 to 1990, followed by a decline from 1990 to 2007). The rates for females then doubled from 2007 to 2015 (from 2.4 to 5.1). The rate in 2015 was the highest for females for the 1975-2015 period. 

NIDA Director’s Blog: Concerning Link Between Inadequate Sleep and Adolescent Substance Use
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Director, Nora Volkow blogs about the link researchers have found between insufficient sleep and a range of adverse outcomes in adolescents, including obesity, poor school performance, and behavioral problems, including substance use.  

Schools Start Too Early
Not getting enough sleep is common among high school students and is associated with several health risks, including being overweight, drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and using drugs as well as poor academic performance. One of the reasons adolescents do not get enough sleep is early school start times.  

Energy Drinks and Risk to Future Substance Use
New research funded by NIDA suggests that college students who regularly consume energy drinks are at a greater risk for future alcohol use disorder, cocaine use, or nonmedical use (misuse) of prescription stimulants. 

Strengthening Family Coping Resources: Multi-family Group for Families Impacted by Trauma
SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers this new fact sheet on Strengthening Family Coping Resources (SFCR) which provides accepted, empirically-supported trauma treatment for families living in traumatic contexts with the goal of reducing the symptoms of PTSD and other trauma-related disorders in children and adult caregivers. Since most families living in traumatic contexts contend with on-going stresses and threats, SFCR is also designed to increase coping resources in children, adult caregivers, and in the family system to prevent relapse and re-exposure.  

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression. The constant presence of the internet, particularly social media, is changing the behavior and attitudes of today’s teens. 

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