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News from National: September 28, 2017

News From National: September 28, 2017
By: Catherine Reynolds, Communications and Marketing Associate

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2018 Annual Conference Update

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Speaker News!

MHA is excited to announce that Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson is confirmed for MHA’s 2018 Conference!

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Eugene Robinson uses his twice-weekly column in The Washington Post to pick American society apart and then put it back together again in unexpected and revelatory new ways. To do this job of demolition and reassembly, Robinson relies on a large and varied tool kit: energy, curiosity, elegant writing and the wide-ranging experience of a life that took him from childhood in the segregated South—on what they called the “colored” side of the tracks—to the heights of American journalism. His remarkable story-telling ability has won him wide acclaim, most notably as the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the 2008 presidential race that resulted in the election of America’s first African American president.

In his three decades at The Washington Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s award-winning Style section. He has written books about race in Brazil and music in Cuba, covered a heavyweight championship fight, witnessed riots in Philadelphia and a murder trial in the deepest Amazon, sat with Presidents and Dictators and the Queen of England, thrusted and parried with hair-proud politicians from sea to shining sea, handicapped three editions of American Idol, acquired fluent Spanish and passable Portuguese and even, thanks to his two sons, come to an uneasy truce with hip-hop culture.

We will hear from Eugene during the 4 p.m. hour on Thursday, June 14th and he has also graciously agreed to do a meet and greet afterwards and join our Beers Society members at the VIP reception afterwards.

Learn more about the 2018 Annual Conference here.

MHA’s 2018 Call for Proposals is accepting speaker applications until November 30th!

At our Fit for the Future event, we will offer a traditional mixture of keynote speakers, plenary discussions and workshop panels. All workshop panels will fall within four dedicated “fitness” tracks:

  • Track 1: Personal Fitness - What can individuals do for themselves to stay healthy for the future, focusing on exercise, nutrition and overall mental wellness?
  • Track 2: Fit Programs - What are some of the most promising innovations in research and programming currently available or will be available to the field in the coming years?
  • Track 3: Fit Practices - How is collaboration, integration, accountability, and outcomes-based thinking in providing services changing the way we treat mental illnesses?
  • Track 4: Fit Policy - What are the opportunities to build on the foundation of mental health reform in 2018 and beyond? How do we seize and act upon them for meaningful change?

We’re looking for cool concepts and bold ideas, cutting-edge innovations, and evidence-based initiatives in all tracks. We’re looking for programs and practices that are, frankly, more innovative than you’d typically get at the big, traditional conferences that also offer content to practitioners, advocates, family members, and people with lived experience.

Because our conference is different – more hands-on, more diverse in its audience, more intimate, more dynamic, more energetic, more fun – we want all our participants to leave with a better understanding about what great, new things they can do when they go home to improve the mental health of our population.

For more information and to download the full Call for Proposals and Application, visit www.mentalhealthamerica.net/2018-call-proposals.

Please note that all submissions must be received no later than November 30, 2017.


What's Up With Congress?

Graham-Cassidy died a political death this week, but it isn’t the last we’ll hear of Affordable Care Act reform in this Congress.

A big flaw in the Graham-Cassidy approach was that it intended to reward with more Medicaid money those states that have done the least to support their own Medicaid-eligible populations in the past. Most of these states have gotten a higher federal match since the beginning of the Medicaid program, but they haven’t always used those resources to expand and improve care to those who need it the most.

So, what’s next? We expect Congress to revisit ACA reform during the next few months. The most recent proposals that were introduced by the two political parties could not have been further apart. However, they – and the earlier effort by Senators Alexander and Murray – did signal a continued willingness of members of both parties to improve existing laws and address the challenges that have emerged for so many who are affected by them.

While we continue to applaud the efforts of members of both parties to improve on the current system of insurance through amendments to, or replacement of, provisions of the Affordable Care Act, we believe that this work – like the 21stCentury Cures Act of 2016 – must address the needs of people with mental health conditions and can only be done in a collaborative, deliberative environment in which members work together across the aisle in the full light of day to develop comprehensive reforms with adequate public input.

 

What We're Reading

MHA’s Blog Chiming In
The Fatal Flaw in Graham-Cassidy, and What Comes Next (By Paul Gionfriddo, MHA National President and CEO)
Graham-Cassidy died a political death this week, but it isn’t the last we’ll hear of Affordable Care Act reform in this Congress.

Meet the 15 Students Changing Mental Health on Campus (By Kelly Davis, MHA National Manager of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services)
How do we move beyond awareness to fill gaps in services on campus to support students looking for help? These students might know the answer. 

Clips from Around the Country
U.S. News: Why We Need to Talk More Openly About Suicide (MHA Mention)
Washington Post: Should People Without Depression Take Medication to Prevent It?
Huffington Post: Not Having Paid Sick Leave Can Have Dire Mental Health Consequences
NBC News: Death of Georgia Tech Student Highlights LGBTQ Mental Health Needs

 


Where In the World Is Paul Gionfriddo?

Paul attended the 80th anniversary celebration with MHA of Virginia in Richmond over the weekend.

After a couple of days of cleaning up after Hurricane Irma in Florida, he returned to the office.

Next week, he’ll be in D.C. for a Capitol Hill screening of the WQED “Before Stage Four” documentary, sponsored by Rep. Grace Napolitano and Rep. Tim Murphy, that features MHA and Paul, before heading to Charlotte, NC, at the end of the week for a NASCAR mental health awareness event with Otsuka and NASCAR Driver Kyle Larson.

He’ll head to New York City the week after that to discuss a B4Stage4 partnership promotion, and then onto Connecticut after that for a behavioral health summit with Aetna employees to explain how Aetna can help promote health and behavioral health parity.


Did You Know?

MHA Will Host a Webinar on Tardive Dyskinesia on Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Featured speakers include Dr. Frederick Jacobsen, MD, MPH, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine; Patrick Hendry, Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services, Mental Health America; and Debbie Plotnick, Vice President of Mental Health and Systems Advocacy, Mental Health America. Please join us for an opportunity to engage in a discussion about tardive dyskinesia, its symptoms, treatment, and increasing awareness about this condition through public education campaigns.

What: MHA Webinar on Tardive Dyskinesia: Under-recognized, Under-addressed, and Misunderstood

When: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET/ 8:00 AM PT

Where: Visit https://join.startmeeting.com/mha and Dial: 701-801-1211, Enter Access Code: 808-178-774

Why: Learn about recognizing symptoms, treatment, and barriers to awareness about Tardive Dyskinesia. If you are unable to attend the webinar, a recording will be uploaded to the MHA Webinar Webpage following the event.

Instructions to join the webinar: Register for the webinar by clicking here. About five minutes prior to the webinar start time, click this online webinar link, and follow the prompts. It is recommended to join your audio by dialing in, rather than using your microphone and speakers; however, both options are available. Google Chrome and Firefox are compatible browsers. Unfortunately, Safari is not supported.

  1. Register for the Webinar Prior to October 11, 2017 at 11:00 am ET
  2. Join the Online Webinar: Online Webinar Link: https://join.startmeeting.com/mha  
  3. Dial Into the Conference (United States):
    Phone Number: (701) 801-1211
    Access Code: 808-178-774
    International Dial-In Numbers: https://www.startmeeting.com/wall/mha#international

Register for this webinar by clicking here.

Questions about this webinar may be directed to Caren Howard, choward@mentalhealthamerica.net or Debbie Plotnick, dplotnick@mentalhealthamerica.net

MHA Will Host a Webinar on Peer Partnership in Recovery and Social Inclusion on Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Mental Health America realizes that social exclusion and isolation contribute to ill health. MHA’s It’s My Life Program promotes social connectivity through the use of psychiatric rehabilitation, peer support, professional life coaching, and self direction. To reduce costs of implementation and increase availability, MHA has created a new model of its immensely successful program that utilizes a support group format, “It’s My Life: Peer Partners”. Please join us for the a 3-part webinar series to learn how you can implement this remarkable cost-saving intervention that promotes social connectivity to support the members of your community.

What: MHA Webinar on Peer Partnership in Recovery and Social Inclusion

When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM ET/11:00 AM PT

Where: Visit https://join.startmeeting.com/mha and Dial: 701-801-1211, Enter Access Code: 808-178-774

Why: To learn about “It’s My Life: Peer Partners” program foundational principles, structure, process and outcome measurements and the Training MHA offers to organizations desiring to implement the program. If you are unable to attend the webinar, a recording will be uploaded to the MHA Webinar Webpage following the event.

Instructions to join the webinar: Register for the webinar by clicking here. About five minutes prior to the webinar start time, click this online webinar link, and follow the prompts. It is recommended to join your audio by dialing in, rather than using your microphone and speakers; however, both options are available. Google Chrome and Firefox are compatible browsers. Unfortunately, Safari is not supported.

  1. Register for the Webinar Prior to October 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET
  2. Join the Online Webinar: Online Webinar Link: https://join.startmeeting.com/mha
  3. Dial Into the Conference (United States):
    Phone Number: (701) 801-1211
    Access Code: 808-178-774
    International Dial-In Numbers: https://www.startmeeting.com/wall/mha#international

Register for this webinar by clicking here.

For more information on the program please contact Shavonne G. Carpenter, scarpenter@mentalhealthamerica.net or Patrick Hendry, phendry@mentalhealthamerica.net

MHA's Theresa Nguyen to Speak at Harvard Medical Conference

Vice President of Policy and Programs, Theresa Nguyen will speak about screening and new MHA programs at Harvard Medical School’s Technology in Psychiatry Summit in November.

This two-day summit brings together thought leaders in health care, data science, technology, industry, patient advocacy, academic research, and more to build on the promise of technology in the diagnosis and delivery of mental health care.

Click here for more information about the event.

MHA Associate Membership Program
Did you know you can become an Associate Member of MHA? Learn more about our Associate Membership program: http://bit.ly/MHANtwk

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Affiliate News

Witness the Power of Black Wall Street- Zarrow Symposium
Have you registered for MHA Oklahoma’s 23rd Annual Zarrow Mental Health Symposium — Challenging Injustice and Discrimination? The Symposium will be held one week from today, October 5-6, 2017, at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa, Okla. The opening keynote will feature Dr. Joy DeGruy, acclaimed author, speaker, nationally and internationally renowned researcher and educator. Dr. Cornel West, professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, as well as philosopher, activist and author, will give the closing keynote address, "Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public." Dr. West recently made headlines in Charlottesville, Va., and across the globe as our nation continues to battle injustice and discrimination. Other keynotes include Dr. Derald Wing Sue, professor of counseling psychology at Columbia University and Sebastian Margaret, co-founder of the Disability Justice Collective.

In addition to the two days of learning and networking, Symposium attendees can embark on a walking tour of the historic Greenwood area, also known as “Black Wall Street,” Thursday, October 5, from 6-7:30 pm. This eye-opening tour will be led by staff of John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation.

To learn more about the Zarrow Symposium and to register, click here.

Registration for Las Vegas RPC Meeting Now Open!
Registration is now open for the Las Vegas RPC Meeting which takes place on Wednesday, 12/13 – Thursday, 12/14.

December’s meeting coincides with the Council of State Governments National Conference and will highlight the intersections of mental health, criminal justice, and immigration. Suicide prevention efforts, and innovative programs within MHA affiliate network will also be featured.

Click here to register for the Las Vegas RPC Meeting.

RPC Seeks Nominations for Legislator Awards
The Regional Policy Council is currently seeking nominations for legislator awards.

Affiliates may nominate state legislative champions that exemplify leadership in mental health in their state.

Please submit the legislator’s name, title, state, and mental health accomplishment to your RPC Representative or to Caren Howard at choward@mentalhealthamerica.net. The nomination deadline is November 30.

The Unemployment Services Trust (UST) 2017 eBook- Nonprofit Talent Sustainability Strategies is available for download
Without the guidance of strong leadership or the driving force of sufficient organizational support, nonprofits are left vulnerable to financial, strategic and geopolitical uncertainties.

For a limited time, you can download the 2017 eBook to find out the top five ways to combat hiring and succession planning obstacles. Plus, you'll learn about: 

  • Competitive benefit ideas;
  • New statistics from the sector;
  • Trending recruitment tactics; and
  • Key ways to engage new staff.

Make sure you're in-the-know about what attracts and retains the best job candidates, and discover how you can effectively prepare for leadership departures.

Click here to download your complimentary copy of the eBook.

The Unemployment Services Trust (UST) will host a webinar!

Retirement Plans & What You Must Know

Thursday, October 5th
11:00 AM- 12:00 PM (EDT)

A retirement plan, for many of your employees, will play a significant role in helping them achieve a secure future. However, many retirement plans have the potential to reduce their plans costs – in some cases significantly – without sacrificing service or support.

This means your employees keep more of the money they save in their accounts where it belongs.

Join Mark Zoril of PlanVision, an industry practitioner with 25 years of working with non-profit organizations, for a webinar that will reveal:

  • How to simplify and improve your retirement plan
  • How these improvements will provide more clarity on the services being provided to your plan
  • How to substantially reduce the fees paid by you and your employees

Register today as space is limited!

Even if you can't attend live, just register, and you will receive the recording and presentation slides.


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