Friday Update 9-9-16

September 02, 2016

Friday Update 9-9-16

Greetings faithful readers. The universe claimed a musical giant this past week with the passing of Juan Gabriel, arguably Mexico’s biggest pop star. A fan on YouTube summed it up best – “A huge loss for the world of music everywhere, not only for Spanish speaking countries. His music and talent transcended borders, ideologies, and generations, even the prejudices of many people. His legacy will live forever.” Enjoy the genius of Juan Gabriel and then get to readin’ Friday Update, cuz we got work to do!

Most important reads for this week 

Friday Update is Takin’ a Breather 
Hey Network Faithful, we are gonna break out the Slip-N-Slide and take a little vacation! That means Friday Update will be on hiatus through September 30th. You can still follow our daily updates during our time away on Facebook and Twitter. We plan on releasing Zen posts on our analysis of S.2680 and Hillary Clinton’s Comprehensive Agenda on Mental Health. Also, we are taking a closer look at the fragility of federally funded grant programs for emerging youth. It ain’t pretty, folks. Okay, we have packed the zinc oxide, and it’s time to go. Enjoy the gems we have for you this week and miss us already, but know we will be back in three weeks. 

The Next Big Thing in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Interventions to Prevent and Intervene Early in Psychiatric Illnesses
Psychiatrists have long spent much of their time working to reduce symptom burden in chronic conditions in their patients. However, an era is beginning in which psychiatrists can aim to prevent mental illness, reducing the number of people affected by mental illness in their lifetimes. The PAX Good Behavior Game, which has been brought to communities across the globe by our Advisory Council member, Dennis Embry, is featured prominently in this article. Way to go Dennis!

Speaking of the PAX Good Behavior Game…

With PAX Partner training, PAX Partners are able to support teachers with in-depth knowledge and skills to develop Tiered Support for children with higher needs. Research in adult learning indicates that partner-model interventions similar to PAX GBG have better implementation and results as well as improved staff outcome among implementers. Register today! 

#HereisMyAmerica is a timely project that challenges us to consider our own point of view when looking at pictures of individuals in different forms of dress. Check it out and participate!

“Black Americans in particular tend to be defined by those among us who are struggling the most, as opposed to those of us who are doing well. Donald J. Trump, for example, has drawn scrutiny recently for reducing the black experience to poverty, lack of education and violence.But this issue transcends Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or any other politician. It also transcends black Americans. In media, in marketing and in life, it’s all too common to see large, multifaceted groups of people defined by a single narrative. #HereIsMyAmerica — a project we’re launching here and on Instagram — is an attempt to counter that simplistic approach. And we need your help.”

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), in partnership with The Jed Foundation (JED), has released “Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health,” a guide to help students and parents talk about mental health. This is a timely publication for families with young adults heading off to college.

Keep those proposals coming in for the 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health, March 5 – 8, 2017, in beautiful Tampa Florida!

  • Call For Proposals Now Open! 
    Okay, the time for pencil sharpening is over. It’s time to start writing a winning proposal. The 30th Annual Conference is one you will not want to miss! Be sure to bookmark to keep informed of conference developments.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Mental Health Care for Children and Young Adults: A National Study
The authors examined racial and ethnic disparities in children’s and young adults’ receipt of mental health and substance abuse care. Disparities were larger for young adults than for children. One of the troubling conclusions is that psychiatric and behavioral problems among minority youth often result in school punishment or incarceration, but rarely mental health care.

Would a Republican President Dare to Dismantle Obamacare? 
Daniel Dawes reminds us in this Morning Zen post that if you think Obamacare is in no danger of repeal, think again. Dawes writes, “This year marks a critical juncture for our country – one that presents both opportunities and challenges for health reform, and will determine whether or not we embrace the traditions of the past 150 years and move toward a more equitable, accessible, and patient-centered health system. What is most concerning today is that if we do not pay close attention to our history of comprehensive health reform, the remarkable gains we have fought so hard to attain over a century and a half, could be wiped out, moving us backwards in terms of health care coverage, access, delivery, and equity.” 

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scottScott Bryant-Comstock
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