January 2010 NNED Note

January 2010 NNED Note

NNED Highlights

NNED Partner of the Month: Every month on the home page the NNED will be featuring a NNED Partner organization in order to highlight pockets of excellence.  In December the NNED selected the First Nations Behavioral Health Association to honor American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. To view the current Partner of the Month, the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA), visit http://www.nned.net.

NNED Network in Action Forum Calls:  The powerpoints and resources from the December call on “Social Media Strategies for Community-based Organizations” are now available. To access these and to continue to engage with the presenters, visit the NNED Forum page by clicking here.  The recording of the webinar will be available soon.  Future webinars will focus on serving Latino children and families affected by trauma and preparing for Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn:  The NNED invites you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  To learn more about these social media tools visit the NNED Forum page on social media by clicking here.




What's New

The Americanization of Mental Illness: Has the American understanding of mental illness that has spread globally damaged indigenous understandings of mental illness irreparably?  Read the New York Times Magazine article and participate in discussions on Facebook, LinkedIn and the NNED Forum.  For more information click here.
Office of Minority Health National Plan Open for Comment: The OMH has developed a National Plan for Action in order to achieve health equity. OMH is looking for feedback on this document by February 12, 2010. Check out their sections on HIV/AIDS and Behavioral Health and submit feedback.  For more information click here.
Interview with SAMHSA Administrator:
New SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde tackled healthcare reform, funding challenges, and the need for integration and collaboration during a wide-ranging interview with Behavioral Healthcare magazine. For more information click here.
Public Education on Mental Health Parity Law: This January 1st the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act that enforces behavioral health parity became fully effective.  Mental Health America is calling for public education campaigns to help Americans become aware of their rights under this new law.  For more information click here.
Poor Children Liklier to Get Antipsychotics: A team from Rutgers and Columbia in a federally financed drug research initiative found that chlidren from poor families not only receive powerful psychiatric drugs more than their peers covered under private insurance, but that they also receive the drugs for less severe conditions. For more information click here.
Medicare to Pay for HIV Testing: On December 8th the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its decision to cover HIV screening for Medicare beneficiaries.  For more information click here.
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Learning Clusters
Advocacy and Community Engagement: The ACE Learning Cluster, supported by the National Alliance of Multiethnic Behavioral Health Association (NAMBHA), worked on a health care reform letter to ensure that behavioral health has a strong presence in H.R. 3962.  Additionally, the National Federation for Children’s Mental Health was selected to serve as the Knowledge Discovery and Diffusion Center (KDC) to support the work of this group on a Bill of Rights and youth engagement in advocacy work.
Implementing the Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral, and Treatment (SBIRT) Model for Substance Use and Abuse in Community Health Centers Serving Diverse Communities: This NNED Learning Cluster has been addressing billing and reimbursement for the sustainability of SBIRT service delivery. The Tennessee sites have identified appropriate billing codes for reimbursement. The cluster is now focusing on the credentialing process for service delivery staff.
For more information on NNED Learning Clusters, visit the NNED Learning Clusters webpage.

Funding Opportunities

Feb 4 - Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is soliciting grant proposals focused on discovering and evaluating innovative interventions to move the disparities field beyond the documentation of racial and ethnic differences in health care to actually implementing efforts to eliminate these gaps in care. One of the focuses for this funding opportunity is depression. Applications are due February 4, 2010.
Feb 5 - Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children: This initiative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is designed to stimulate research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children.  Applications are due February 5, 2010.
Feb 10 - Suicide Prevention Resource Center:
The purpose of this program is to provide prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions, and policies, and to establish public and private partnerships including the establishment and implementation of the National Action Alliance as a major support for the advancement of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP).  Applications are due February 10, 2010.
March 2 - Offender Reentry Program: The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced juvenile and adult offenders returning to the community from incarceration for criminal/juvenile offenses. Applications are due March 2, 2010.

For more funding opportunities as well as a list of foundation grant opportunities visit the NNED Funding Opportunities page.

Calendar Items
Webinar on Social Media & Fundraising: Join the National Council and Chris Wilder, Silicon Valley's "Outstanding Professional Fund Raiser 2008," in a fun and useful look at how the public sees your healthcare organization today... and how they could see you tomorrow. The webinar will be held on January 19, 2010 from 2:00-3:30pm ET.  For more information click here.
Webinar on Implementing a FQHC/CBHC Affiliation:
The National Council is hosting an invitation only webinar designed to address the process for implementing primary care/behavioral health integration activities with a Federally Qualified Health Center ("FQHC" or "health center").  The webinar will be held on January 27, 2010 at 1pm ET.  For more information click here.

Quality Healthcare for Culturally Diverse Populations Conference Call for Proposals: Diversity Rx is soliciting presentation proposals for its national conference, which attracts over 600 participants every two years.  Proposals are due February 1, 2010.  For more information click here.

Indian and Native American Stakeholder Listening Session Webinar: The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is hosting a listening session to hear about the unique employment, training and labor related issues faced by Indian and Native American workers.  The listening will be held on February 3, 2010 at 3pm ET. For more information click here.
National Mental Health and Addictions Conference & Expo: The National Council for Community Behavioral Health is hosting its annual conference in Disney, Florida from March 15-17, 2010.  This conference provides an opportunity to learn and share strategies and solutions, and to explore current issues in the field of behavioral health care.  For more information click here. 
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Father-Involvement Resources: Because of our increasing understanding of the role of fathers there are new resources and initiatives that help to support fathers in their role in a family system.  For more information click here.
National Survey on Drug Use and Health Data Available: The 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data is now available for download and analysis.  NSDUH measures the prevalence and correlates of drug use in the United States.  For more information click here.
AHRQ Overview of Mental Health Research Findings: The AHRQ has released a new publication highlighting some of the major findings from AHRQ intramural and extramural research projects on mental health, which were published between 2007 and 2009.  For more information click here.
CDC HIV Incidence Data: The CDC has released the State of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic, HIV Incidence in the United States that provides partners with an interactive, visual method of explaining and presenting HIV incidence data.  For more information click here.
Immigrant & Refugee Mental Health Toolkit:
The RWJF funded program Caring Across Communities has released a publication that provides strategies to help refugee and immigrant families become engaged in helping their children succeed inside the classroom and out. For more information click here.  

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