MOVE It Forward with us
Last year, we organized together to discuss the importance of youth voice in systems of care through discussion groups and social media. This year, we're doing it again. Make sure to block off the following days in your calendar to participate in our MOVE It Forward campaign 2017.

Save the dates:
  • Thursday, April 27
    Virtual Discussion Group
     
  • Wednesday, May 10
    Twitter Chat 
We'll be releasing more information and resources in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Resources & Opportunities
Interested in communications? Young Adult Council seeks new members
SAMHSA's Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign seeks new members for its Young Adult Council. Participants ensure youth voice is included in all of the Campaign's efforts by advising on messaging and materials, providing feedback on trainings and events (like National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day), and by having a hand in developing digital and social media content. All council members receive compensation for their time. If you're a youth or young adult between the ages of 16-26 with lived experience in mental health, consider applying by clicking here.
Providing youth and young adult peer support through Medicaid
Across child- and adult-serving systems, there is interest among communities and organizations to provide transitional support to young adults with a strong focus on youth peer support (YPS).

YPS spans both child- and adult-serving systems to support successful transition. The population receiving the support (i.e., young adults) is unique, and YPS must be developmentally appropriate, useful, and appealing to young adults in transition.

Providing Youth and Young Adult Peer Support through Medicaid, authored by TA Network core partners CHCS, Inc. and Youth MOVE National explores the role of Medicaid and key considerations, and provides point in time snapshots of states and communities leveraging Medicaid to fund YPS. 

New free TA opportunity for peer-run organizations
SAMHSA and Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) are pleased to announce the Capacity Building Opportunity, a FREE intensive technical assistance (TA) opportunity for peer-run organizations (PROs), recovery community organizations (RCOs), and family-run organizations.
  
Up to 25 PROs/RCOs/family-run organizations will be selected to receive individualized consultation, training, and peer-to-peer support over the course of a 6-month period in one of five areas:
1) Partnering With State Systems to Advance Recovery;
2) Advancing the Peer and Family Support Workforce;
3) Building Capacity to Support Peer and Family Services;
4) Sustaining Recovery in Educational Settings; and
5) Supporting Re-entry.  
For more information on eligibility and to apply, please review the complete overview and application HERE.  Applications due  2/15/17 at 8 pm EST.   Questions?    Email BRSS TACS at  BRSSTACSCapacityBuilding@center4si.com  or call 781-247-1711.
Queen City Youth MOVE hosts suicide prevention and recovery seminar
 
Youth in Mississippi coordinated a suicide prevention and recovery seminar for their community as part of their Dare to Dream project, in partnership with local organizations. Their keynote speaker was Kevin Hines, an author and mental health advocate as well as one of 34 people who have survived an attempt to take their life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Queen City Youth MOVE says the event was a huge success.

Continued support in Youth MOVE makes opportunities in local communities such as this one possible. You can learn more about Dare to Dream by clicking here.
Don't Forget
We're still looking for participants for our foster care focus group and to test a new youth voice agency-level evaluation
Foster Care Focus Group
If you're a young adult between 18-27 who has lived experience in foster care, take notice. We're partnering with Rutgers University to reflect on your experiences in foster care and use your experiences to improve mental health care for other youth in care. If you have something to share, let us know. You will receive a $50 for your time.

Youth Voice Agency-Level Evaluation Study
Do you work for or with an organization that wants to include youth and young adult voice in agency decision-making? Then, you're invited to take part in a study that is testing a new assessment survey of youth and young adult voice at the agency level. The survey will measure organizational support for the meaningful participation of youth in agency-level advising and decision-making. In partnership with researchers at Portland State University, this study will determine whether the survey is accurate for agencies to use.

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