Issue 11-1 | January 10, 2022
Spotlight On: New SAMHSA Grant Allows Community Advocates to Expand Mental Health and Wellness Workshops
Community Advocates is happy to announce that our Public Policy Institute will be expanding their no-cost mental health and wellness workshops thanks to a five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The workshops are intended to reach Milwaukee County residents who are typically under-served by the current behavioral health system -- and those who work with them -- and aim to improve emotional literacy and access to culturally appropriate services.
Community Advocates’ Mental Health Awareness Training project (CA-MHAT) prioritizes Milwaukee County’s low-income African Americans, Spanish speakers, Hmong residents, LGBTQ+ individuals, Native Americans, and first responders—as well as those who work with and love them. These Milwaukeeans often find barriers to care, whether it’s because they face stigma, don’t feel that traditional providers understand them, struggle with English, or face a long wait before obtaining services or treatment.
One component of the CA-MHAT project is to provide information about and access to services for those who want to take the next step in addressing their mental health or substance use issues.
“We are excited about this opportunity to provide additional no-cost resources for Milwaukee County residents who want to better understand mental health issues and improve their overall wellness,” said Kari Southern, PPI’s Deputy Director. “These workshops are designed for community members who don’t have a professional background in behavioral health but want to be able to better understand themselves, their loved ones, and those they work with.”
CA-MHAT will offer the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Mental Health First Aid workshops (MHFA) in English and Spanish, as well as to first responders. We will also deliver Question, Persuade, Refer Gatekeeper Training (QPR), a suicide-prevention curriculum from the QPR Institute. Both workshops are listed in the National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Policies.
Christel Wendelberger, of Forward Communications, will provide four evidence-based Mindful Gratitude Workshops annually to relieve stress and process trauma. 
Our January workshops are:
  • January 18: QPR Question, Persuade Refer Gatekeeper Training – Register here
  • January 26: Adult Mental Health First Aid – Register here
  • January 28: Youth Mental Health First Aid – Register here
You can learn more about our mental health and wellness workshops on our blog.

Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Funding Opportunity
The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the state of Wisconsin has been awarded grant dollars to assist with prevention efforts. The funds are secured from federal substance abuse block grant dollars and will help provide resources to organizations in the greater Milwaukee area. The funds available will support areas in prevention like outreach, impact and service navigation. For more information on this funding opportunity, contact Jeremy Triblett at
Webinars & Events
Grateful Girls Stay Out The Game 101
Tuesday, January 11 - Friday, January 21
Join Grateful Girls in kicking off a week dedicated to preventing Human Trafficking. Grateful Girls "Stay Out The Game 101" week will be held January 11-21 with events and activities in support of victims/survivors of sex trafficking. The week will end with a virtual youth summit for youth ages 11-17. There will be workshops, speakers, educational sessions and a self-defense class for children. No registration is required to attend these events, and it is free to everyone! For more information, click here!
QPR Question, Persuade, Refer Prevention Training
Tuesday, January 18
The QPR mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. Community Advocates Public Policy Institute will offer this introductory session via Zoom on Tuesday, January 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. There are 15 spots available; click here to register.
Rebecca Bender Virtual Training on Human Trafficking
Monday, January 24 - Thursday, January 27
Join a free human trafficking virtual training opportunity facilitated by a national human trafficking expert, Rebecca Bender. The training will focus on human trafficking and provide a presentation for therapists, social workers, law enforcement, and other professionals. The trainings will be held the week of January 24-27, with a large group session on the final day. For more information, click here. To register, click here.
Virtual MHFA-Adult Training
Wednesday, January 26
Mental Health First Aid-Adult teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in adults. This training will give you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is offering a virtual MHFA-Adult session on Wednesday, January 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here for details and to register.
Virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid
Friday, January 28
Community Advocates Public Policy Institute is offering a virtual Youth Mental Health First Aid Training. YMHFA is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (ages 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge or is in crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. The training will be held virtually Friday, January 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are 15 spots available. To register, click here.
WDHS Hosting Virtual Listening Session on Future Opioid Settlement Fund
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is hosting a series of virtual listening sessions in January. In these sessions you will hear ideas about how Wisconsin could use future opioid settlement funds. You will be able to share ideas and expectations for how you would like the fund to be used. If you are an opioid treatment provider, lived with the experience, or support those with opioid disorders, you are encouraged to attend. Registration is required to attend a listening session in your region. Click here to register.
Announcing the 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees to the Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment, and Recovery
Monday, February 21
Join the Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment, and Recovery in announcing its 2022 Hall of Fame recipients. The recipients for this award have made amazing contributions to the treatment and recovery among African Americans in the past year. They will share their insights on how to work more effectively with African Americans with substance use disorders. This presentation will be held virtually on February 21 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To register early for this event, click here.
New Website to Help LGBTQ Youth & Their Families
The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, in collaboration with the Family Acceptance Project has developed and launched a new online resource to help LGBTQ youth and families. This resource will help families increase acceptance of LGBTQ youth, community building, well-being and find services in their area that they can use. Click here to view the new national LGBTQ+ website, LGBTQ family acceptance.
Join Wisconsin's Maternal Mortality Team
The Maternal Mortality Review Team is looking to recruit new team members. The MMRT is a multi-disciplinary group of professionals that reviews case-level information about deaths of Wisconsin residents that occur during pregnancy or within one year of the end of pregnancy. The purpose of MMRT is to make recommendations on changes in the systems and practices to prevent future deaths. To apply, send a statement of interest and resume/CV to the Maternal Mortality Review Team by January 31.
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