April 30, 2018
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Join SAMHSA’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Town Hall Discussion
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day 2018 is just a couple weeks away! Tune into SAMHSA’s Washington, DC, event live webcast on Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. ET. You also have the unique opportunity to be a part of the Awareness Day event. No matter where you live, you can join the event’s town hall discussion by your submitting questions about ways to make child-serving systems more trauma-informed. Select questions will be asked of participants. Email questions by May 8. Please be sure to include your first name, your city and state, and your role in your community.

CHR-P Funding Opportunity Announcement Overview Webinar
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Community Programs for Outreach and Intervention with Youth and Young Adults at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis Grant Program (CHR-P). The purpose of this program is to identify youth and young adults, up to the age of 25, who are at clinical high risk for psychosis and provide them with evidence-based interventions to prevent the onset of psychosis or lessen the severity of psychotic disorder.  On Monday, April 30, 2018 from 4 - 5 p.m. ET join Dr. Gary M. Blau, Tanvi Ajmera, and Dr. Emily Lichvar for an overview webinar on the CHR-P FOA.

The Integration of Early Psychosis Services in a System of Care Framework: Opportunities, Issues, and Recommendations
Learn how an SOC approach, coupled with specialized early psychosis intervention, can create a sustainable infrastructure, significantly decrease the duration of untreated psychosis, and improve service delivery and outcomes for youth and young adults with early signs of psychosis.

SAMHSA Launches Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the launch of the Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center, which aims to provide communities, clinicians, policymakers, and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.

SAMHSA Accepting Applications for up to $5 Million for National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery grant program totaling up to $5 million over the next five years. The purpose of this program is to establish a national center with specialized subject matter expertise to provide training and technical assistance. Applications are due June 1, 2018.

Funding Opportunity Announcement from SAMHSA for FY18 Project AWARE-State Education Agency Grants
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2018 Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education)-State Education Agency grants. The program aims to build or expand the capacity of state education agencies, in partnership with state mental health agencies overseeing school-aged youth and local education agencies, to promote the healthy development of school-aged youth and prevent youth violence. Applications are due by June 4, 2018.

Funding Opportunity Announcement from SAMHSA for FY18 Mental Health Awareness Training Grants
SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2018 Mental Health Awareness Training grants (Short Title: MHAT). The purpose of this program is to train emergency services and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques, and educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder. Applications are due June 8, 2018.

Call for Nominations: Youth M.O.V.E. National's 2018 RockStar Awards
Youth M.O.V.E. National is accepting nominations for its 2018 RockStar Awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of youth services and youth-serving systems that support the positive growth and development of young people — including, mental health, juvenile justice, education, and child welfare. The nomination deadline is May 27, 2018.

Suicide Exposure: Perceptions of Impact and Closeness
According to a research summary from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, people exposed to suicide are at greater risk for mental health symptoms if they perceive a high level of closeness with the deceased and if the death by suicide had a large and lasting impact on their life.

TA Network Webinars
Wednesday, May 16
2:30 - 4 p.m. ET
System of Care (SOC) Leadership Learning Community: Considerations for SOC Leaders in Developing Trauma-Informed Systems of Care
This webinar will focus on implementing systems of care that are trauma-informed in the context of trauma as a public health priority. Presenters will define trauma-informed care and how to apply theory to practice. In addition, a trauma-informed and resiliency-based continuum will be shared that includes education, training, organizational assessment, leadership development, and continuous quality improvement.

Monday, May 21
2:30 - 4 p.m. ET
Early Childhood SOC Learning Community: Using the Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) Approach as a Tool for Strengthening Early Childhood SOCs
This webinar will focus on how to use the FAN approach in systems of care serving young children and their families. The goal of FAN is to strengthen the provider-parent relationship, resulting in parents who are attuned to their children and ready to try new ways of relating to them.
Training and Events
Engagement via a Crisis or Pre-crisis Tool Within a Wellness Recovery Action Plan
On Wednesday, May 2, 1-2 p.m. ET, Recovery to Practice will present the second webinar in the Recovery-Oriented Engagement Practices series. Nev Jones, MA, MA, PhD, assistant professor, University of South Florida, and Matthew R. Federici, MS, CPRP, executive director of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery, will draw from the tools and resources in peer-provided practices to identify respectful and meaningful approaches to engagement.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Data Report Webinar
In observance of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 10, SAMHSA will release a data report that focuses on children and youth who have experienced trauma. The report will look at the prevalence of trauma among the nation’s children and youth and examine the behavioral health outcomes for those who receive services through systems of care. Join SAMHSA and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors on Thursday, May 3, 2-3:30 p.m. ET, for the Awareness Day Data Report Webinar to learn more.

Social Media/Technology for Outreach and Engagement
On Wednesday, May 23, 1-2 p.m. ET, Recovery to Practice will present the third webinar in the Recovery-Oriented Engagement Practices series. John Naslund, PhD, of the Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine will share his research and experiences working alongside individuals living with serious mental illness and community mental health providers. He will discuss ways to use technology and social media to overcome engagement challenges in the 21st century.

CMHI National Evaluation Web Event Training Series: Family and Youth Involvement and Leadership in System of Care Evaluation
On Thursday, May 24, 2-3:30 p.m. ET, youth and family leaders, alongside the Children's Mental Health Initiative (CHMI) national evaluation team, will host a web event on engaging youth and families in SOC evaluation. The event will address strategies for better involving families and youth in evaluation as respondents and ways to involve families and youth in all phases of conducting evaluations.

Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee Meeting
SAMHSA's Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee will hold a daylong meeting Friday, June 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. The meeting will include information on federal efforts related to serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance, including data evaluation and recommendations for action. The meeting can be accessed by the public via webcast at  www.hhs.gov/live  or by joining the teleconference toll-free at 1-888-928-9713, passcode 7160920.

Updated Underage Drinking Fact Sheet
To help increase awareness about this serious issue, SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention offers an updated fact sheet, "Underage Drinking: Myths Versus Facts," specifically written for preteens and teens. 

Social Marketing Planning Process Workbook
Social marketing is an approach that uses commercial marketing strategies to drive behavior change around a social issue. Developing a social marketing plan can help you be more strategic and audience-focused in your communication efforts and achieve better results. This workbook from SAMHSA is a tool to help you build a comprehensive plan.

Anniversary Reactions to a Traumatic Event: The Recovery Process Continues
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) provides this web page to describe common reactions to anniversaries of traumatic events, including grief, avoidance, frustration, and remembrance. The OMH also points out that it is common to experience challenging reactions to a disaster, even some time after it occurs.

Telegram Replay
SAMHSA Blog: The Need to Focus on Individuals with Serious Mental Illness Includes the LGBT Community
Data from SAMHSA's 2015-2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicate that LGBT adults have higher rates of mental illness compared to all adults. SAMHSA is committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to and receive quality treatment for mental and substance use disorders. This includes efforts related to serious mental illness as well as specific resources for LGBT individuals.

2017 HHS Federal Partners Integrated Care Meeting Presentations
Presentations from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) 2017 virtual meeting, “State of the Art: Research, Models, Promising Practices, and Sustaining Integrated Care,” are available on demand. National experts from HHS and federal grantees spoke about best practices in primary and behavioral care integration.

Increasing Youth Engagement in Wraparound
This article by N WI (National Wraparound Initiative) and NWIC (National Wraparound Implementation Center) staff and colleagues describes findings from a randomized study in which half of the participants got Wraparound services “as usual,” and the others got Wraparound together with an enhancement that successfully increased youth’s engagement and active participation in Wraparound as well as their alliance with the team.

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This resource was prepared by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (TA Network) under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Contract #HHSS280201500007C

The views, opinions, and content expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).