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Friday Update 9-27-13

September 27, 2013


Friday Update 9-27-13

Greetings faithful readers. Ah yes, it is now day 42 with no answer to our request for information on why the Healthy Transitions Initiative was removed from the Senate Appropriations Bill (S. 1284) for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014. In the words of Stevie Ray Vaughan, we “ain’t gonna give up on love.” This ones for you Senate Subcommittee. Network faithful, remember that we are in this for the long haul. Dang, if Stevie (God rest his soul) can’t inspire an answer…) Now that you all have done some serious Stevie Ray Vaughan air guitar with the door closed (we know you did), get to readin’ Friday Update. We got work to do!

Most important reads for this week

Call to Action – Healthy Transitions Initiative – Day 42 – still no answer 
Forty-two days have passed since we sent our letter to Senator Harkin inquiring about what happened to the funding for the Healthy Transitions Initiative that was included in the President’s budget but disappeared with no explanation when the Senate Appropriations Committee released their version of the budget. We are now spreading the love with the entire subcommittee. We are sure to have an answer for you next week. If not, we will keep trying. In the words of Moral Monday advocates here in North Carolina – “One step forward, not one step back.” 

Wisconsin Family Ties’ 24th Annual Children Come First Conference
Looks like a great conference coming up on November 11th sponsored by Wisconsin Family Ties. The conference includes an important component focusing on the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint. Dan Habib will screen his latest film, Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, a powerful documentary featuring six individuals who describe their experiences with restraint and seclusion in schools, and the devastating physical and emotional injuries they suffered as a result. Learn more about the conference here. As faithful Friday Update readers know, we have placed a prominent focus on the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint and invite you to continue to learn more about this ongoing tragedy and how you can take action to support the Keep All Students Safe Act to put an end to this once and for all.

Warning signs for suicide – from the Trevor Project Talk to Me campaign
Do you know the warning signs for suicide? Check out the list prepared by the Trevor Project and remember to take the pledge to be a supportive listener!

Dr. Thomas Bornemann presenting at the Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference 
Dr. Thomas Bornemann has been confirmed as the Monday afternoon speaker for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference on Monday, March 3rd, 2014. Dr. Bornemann’s presentation will profile the work of the Carter Center, with a special focus on important issues facing children’s mental health policy. Dr. Bornemann joins Dr. David Satcher, who will be presenting earlier in the day, for what will be a content rich and inspiring opening for the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference. Okay Network faithful, get your proposals in so you can be a part of this amazing annual event!

Network faithful Greg Dicharry makes National Council top 50 stories in 50 years
We are so excited to share the National Council for Behavioral Health’s latest newsletter, which has a feature on Network faithful Greg Dicharry, describing his incredible journey to recovery and national prominence as a youth advocate. Congratulations Council on a great edition of your newsletter – 50 Years, 50 stories. And major props to Greg Dicharry. Rock on brother!

Family glitch in health law could be painful
USA Today published a headline article, ‘Family glitch in health law could be painful’, that is worth reading. The ‘family glitch’ makes it that much more important lawmakers secure and invest in the Children’s Health Insurance Program to keep our kids insured. Take action today to stand up for our kids by sharing this article with your friends and colleagues.

Understanding Obamacare: POLITICO’s Guide to the Affordable Care Act
“Understanding Obamacare: POLITICO’s Guide to the Affordable Care Act” is written for readers at all levels – for people who are just tuning in, and for those who know the law but want a better understanding of how it’s really going to work. The guide provides handy fact checks on the talking points Obamacare’s critics and supporters throw around all the time – like whether “rate shock” is real, what’s actually happening to health care costs, whether it is really a “job killer,” and whether the coverage will really be affordable. The guide will be available on Politico October 1st but we have it for you today. You will definitely be the go-to person at the water-cooler come Monday.

Research on children and psychotropic medications
Magellan Health is offering a free webinar designed to review the research on children and psychotropic medications. Network faithful Pat Hunt; Magellan’s national director of children’s resiliency services will be joined by Dr. Richard Dalton, chief medical officer, Magellan in Louisiana.

Awareness of Obamacare benefits limited in California
The Kaiser Family Foundation is in the midst of an important survey that is tracking 2,000 randomly selected uninsured Californians as the navigate the health law. There are some troubling results from the initial wave of the survey including the fact that many undocumented in California expect Obamacare benefits but the don’t realize that the law prohibits any benefits for those without legal residency or citizenship.

In Harm’s Way: A Conference for Trauma-Informed Care and Secondary Traumatic Stress
Learn more about the differing realities of urban environments, the damaging impacts of poverty, and the complex interplay of economic, educational, family, and cultural issues. Featured speaker Daryl Rowe, PhD, of Pepperdine University will address historical and intergenerational trauma. Participants will engage in discussions about the Association of Black Psychologists’ national initiative, “Emotional Emancipation — Defying the Lie and Embracing the Truth of Black Humanity.”

Webinar: The Challenges of Treating Bipolar Disorder During the College Years
The International Bipolar Foundation is offering another great webinar on the challenges of treating bipolar disorder during the college years. Check it out and sign up today. These webinars are wildly popular and fill up quickly.

Health Exchanges: The New Insurance Marketplace
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law more than three years ago, and yet the health care reform law’s signature pieces are only now beginning to go into effect. Beginning on October 1, Americans will have the opportunity to enroll in private health insurance plans for 2014 through an online marketplace network established by states and the federal government. Center Forward has put together an easy-to-understand breakdown about the basic details of the Exchanges. 

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