December 10, 2018
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Children's Bureau Releases Guidance on Family First Services
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) presents an opportunity to expand mental health and substance use disorder services and family/caregiver supports to children and families at risk for child welfare involvement. We encourage state child welfare, Medicaid, and children's behavioral health agencies to take a systemic approach to planning for FFPSA so that resources are maximized and coordinated across systems for prevention and treatment services and common evidence-informed practice criteria are applied to all residential programs, regardless of payer. Below is a Program Instruction from the Children's Bureau related to FFPSA prevention services, and the initial list of selected services and programs can be accessed here . The list will be added to over time, and the Children's Bureau has indicated it will give particular consideration to services recommended by state and local government agencies. We encourage states to include in their FFPSA prevention plans services that have proven effective in systems of care, such as mobile response and stabilization, intensive care coordination with fidelity Wraparound, youth and family peer support, and early childhood mental health consultation. If interested in further technical assistance, please contact the TA Network.

Suicide Surveillance Strategies for American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the Education Development Center summarizes findings and recommendations from SPRC’s exploration of suicide surveillance among American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Fiscal Year 2017 AFCARS Report
This report from the Children's Bureau provides preliminary estimates of the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for Fiscal Year 2017.

Supporting Families Impacted by Opioid Use and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
The Health Resources and Services Administration has released a report on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting p rogram, which supports voluntary, evidence-based home visiting services for at- risk pregnant women and parents with young children. The report includes relevant research, offers strategies, and highlights promising efforts underway in Maine, Colorado, West Virginia, and Massachusetts.

FREDLA Seeking Applicants for the Family Advisory Council
The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) is accepting applications for a Family Advisory Council to provide family input and leadership for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day and social marketing materials. Applications are due Friday, Dec. 14.

TA Network Webinars
Tuesday, Dec. 11
1 – 2 p.m. EST
Adapting Wraparound for Older Youth and Young Adults
Wraparound providers generally find   that it is essential to adapt their process to better engage and retain older youth and young adults. This webinar describes the ways providers are adapting Wraparound for this population and the challenges related to making adaptations. The webinar also outlines key research and practice questions that need attention in the future.

Wednesday, Dec. 12
2 – 4:30 p.m. EST
Direct Connect Learning Community: Creating a Career Ladder for Youth Positions
Led by Youth M.O.V.E. National, this Learning Community (LC) is a virtual forum for youth and young adults to develop professional skill sets via virtual training opportunities, connect as a community to share and gather new resources, and unite with other youth advocates and professional peers from across the country. In this Direct Connect session, participants will learn how to create, identify, and support youth career advancement within organizations.

Wednesday, Dec. 12
2:30 – 4 p.m. EST
System of Care Expansion Leadership LC: Operationalizing Social Marketing, Strategic Communications, and National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
This LC will focus on how to strategically use social marketing to achieve system of care (SOC) expansion goals. The TA Network will provide an overview of technical assistance and resources on social marketing that will be available this year. Presenters will then focus on National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in May 2019. Current plans for the national event will be shared, along with examples highlighting effective approaches in states, communities, and tribes to use Awareness Day activities and materials to engage stakeholders and generate support for children’s behavioral health and SOCs.

Thursday, Dec. 13
1:30 – 3 p.m. EST
Faith-Based Engagement and Behavioral Health in Urban Communities: Model Programs and Strategies
This webinar will focus on providing concrete strategies to engage faith-based organizations in the development and implementation of services and supports for children, youth, and young adults with mental health needs.

Monday, Dec. 17
1 – 2:30 p.m. EST
Early Psychosis/Clinical High Risk Learning Community: State of the Science
Robert Heinssen, PhD, director of the Division of Services and Intervention Research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), will present a State of the Science address as a kickoff to the TA Network’s expanded Early Psychosis/Clinical High Risk LC. This LC will include opportunities for accessing online resources and networking across communities. For more information, please contact Tamara Sale at .

Thursday, Jan. 3
1 – 2:30 p.m. EST
Creating Seamless Early Psychosis Service: Connecting the Dots between First Episode and Clinical High Risk
This webinar will review the work currently being done in the U.S. and internationally on developing and implementing seamless community-based care for Clinical High Risk for Psychosis, common challenges and opportunities across these programs, and opportunities for synergy and learning. It will both introduce participants to important knowledge and resources, and will provide opportunities for networking, sharing and collaboration across sites.

Friday, Jan. 4
2 - 3:30 p.m. EST
This LC focuses on challenges and innovations in developing systems of care for children, youth, and young adults with significant needs and their families in rural areas. This webinar will educate participants about the importance of developing strategies for working with children, youth and young adults with diverse sexual orientation, gender identities and gender expression (SOGIE) and provide guidance to communities beginning this work.

Training and Events
Integrated Care for Kids Model Public Q&A Session
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a Q&A session for the public on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 3 - 4 p.m. EST to respond to inquiries about the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) model and the upcoming N otice of Funding Opportunity. Questions may be submitted in advance of the webinar through email by Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. EST.

Dare to Dream America Accepting Applications
Youth M.O.V.E. National's Dare to Dream America program provides an opportunity for youth ages 13 to 25 or Youth M.O.V.E. chapters to get involved in mental health awareness activities. Successful applicants are awarded a grant up to $2,500 to implement projects that promote mental health awareness. Applications are due Dec. 15, 2018.

Digital Dialogue: Trauma-Informed Service Delivery
On Monday, Dec. 17, from 2 - 2:45 p.m. EST, the National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center is hosting a Digital Dialogue on building a comprehensive, culturally responsive, trauma-informed intake and service delivery approach to address the complex needs of poly-victimization survivors. 

Bring Career Services for Young Adults to Your Agency
The University of Massachusetts Medical School is seeking provider organizations to partner on a trial of the Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE) intervention. HYPE aims to better meet the education and employment needs of young adults with mental health conditions. Applications are due Dec. 11, 2018, and agencies will be trained in HYPE and begin delivering the intervention in January 2019.

Upcoming Funding Announcement: Treatment for Anxiety in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults
The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) will be releasing a new funding announcement titled, “Treatment for Anxiety in Children, Adolescents, and/or Young Adults” on Jan. 3, 2019. The goal of this announcement is to fund high-quality clinical studies that compare the effectiveness of evidence-based clinical strategies to treat anxiety disorder in children, adolescents, and young adults. A town hall for prospective applicants will be held on on Jan. 22, 2019 from 12 - 1 p.m. EST.

Applications Are Being Accepted for the Youth in Custody Practice Model Initiative
The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform are accepting applications for the Youth in Custody Practice Model initiative. The program is designed to assist state and county juvenile correctional agencies and facility providers in implementing a comprehensive and effective approach to serve youth in residential treatment. Applications are due Jan. 11, 2019.

A Judicial Guide: Identifying and Serving Youth Experiencing Homelessness
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice, National Network for Youth, and National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families have released a new bench card that provides court personnel the tools to address the intersection of youth homelessness and system involvement. The bench card helps judges identify and serve young people who come before them who are experiencing homelessness. For more information on youth homelessness, visit

Fostering Youth Transitions: Using Data to Drive Policy and Practice Decisions
This Annie E. Casey Foundation brief, which utilizes the most comprehensive data set ever collected across all 50 states, fills in key details about the lives of young people who have experienced foster care. The data describes how youth in foster care are falling behind their general population peers and on track to face higher levels of joblessness and homelessness as adults.

Child Trauma and Opioid Use: Policy Implications
This brief from the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network provides policymakers and other stakeholders with an overview of how substance use and trauma affects children, adolescents, and families; substance use-related impaired caregiving; and the impact of the opioid crisis on children and families.

Telegram Replay
The SOAR Online Course: Child Curriculum
SAMHSA a nd Policy Research Associates, Inc., have launched t he SOAR Online Course: Child Curriculum. This course trains case managers to assist children and youth who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder to apply for the Social Security Administration’s Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability program. New SOAR tools and worksheets specific to child SSI applications also are available here.

Federal Resources for Rural Communities to Help Address Substance Use Disorder and Opioid Misuse
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a listing of federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities. The document is a one-stop shop for rural leaders looking for federal funding and partnership opportunities.

TAG Talk: Adolescent Substance Use, Addiction, and Treatment
In a new Think, Act, Grow (TAG) Talk video from the Office of Adolescent Health, Sarah Bagley, MD, discusses adolescent substance use, addiction, and treatment. Bagley explores why adolescents and young adults use substances, what risks they face from doing so, and how early intervention can help prevent the short- and long-term risks of substance use.

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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).