House Briefing on effective services and supports for youth and young adults

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Hey Network faithful, if you are in Washington DC on May 7th you have an open invitation to attend a congressional briefing as part of 2013 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day.

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, a legislative briefing will be held in honor of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.  The briefing will focus on effective services and supports for Youth and Young Adults and the value and importance of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) funded grant programs.  The briefing is an annual event that is planned by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, Mental Health America, National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Here is the announcement about the briefing from Representatives Murphy and Napolitano:

Promising Strategies for Treating Children and Young Adults With Mental Illness

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Free Breakfast Briefing

Tuesday, May 7th 

B-338 Rayburn HOB

We invite you to attend a congressional briefing on Tuesday, May 7th from 9-10am in B-338 Rayburn HOB as part of 2013 National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. The briefing will focus on strategies for improving the lives of children and adolescents, including transitioned-aged youth, who have behavioral or mental health issues. National mental health experts will offer unique perspectives on how traumatic events affect a child’s development, how to better coordinate care and services, and what treatment options exist for mentally ill children through the public health system.

After experiencing their first episode of psychosis, a mentally ill person will wait two years before seeking treatment. According to a 2009 Institute of Medicine report, half of individuals with a mental health diagnosis first experience it by age 14, but do not seek treatment, on average, until the age of 24. Since emotional and behavioral disorders first appear in childhood, early intervention programs have been shown to produce better outcomes and reduce ongoing costs.

Briefing Panel:

Join us to learn how children are overcoming mental illness with the right treatment. For more information or to sign on, please contact Scott Dziengelski with Rep. Murphy at 5-2301 ( or Ane Romero with Rep. Napolitano at 5-5256 (


       Tim Murphy                                Grace F. Napolitano

Member of Congress                     Member of Congress



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