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Children's Mental Health Awareness Week

"Finding Help, Finding Hope"

As national events continue to illuminate the critical need for mental health care reform in this country, we must increase our efforts to educate the nation about the importance of prevention and early identification of mental health challenges. We must also highlight the fact that children are an integral part of a family unit and create an understanding amongst policy leaders and practitioners that healthy families are better equipped to support resilient children. Legislation, policies, and practices must fully endorse the undisputed importance of full family engagement and participation in the care and treatment of their children. Further, we must advocate for a holistic approach to children's mental health that includes the provision of supports that strengthen the family as they nurture resiliency.

Please join us as we create a national dialogue about the importance of finding help, finding hope.

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Free Webinar: Educating Policy Makers

What's advocacy, what's lobbying and what's plain old educating policy makers? This webinar will explain the difference between advocacy and lobbying and provide tips on creating a strategy to educate state and local policy makers about children's mental health. We all have a role to play when it comes to educating our policy makers.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 1:00p-2:00p ET

PRESENTERS: Sandra Spencer, Joy Spencer, National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health

White House Releases Proposed 2016 Budget

The White House has officially released their proposed budget for 2016 which includes information on the budget as it relates to children's mental health. Take a moment to review the full budget here.

The Department of Health and Human Services has also summarized the budget as it relates to the health initiatives of agency, including mental health. You can read it here. A SAMHSA specific summarization can be found on page 51.