Feb. 12, 2018
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SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Meeting
SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) advisory council will be meeting Wednesday, Feb 14. Topics will include federal efforts on serious mental illness, evidence-based practices, and disaster mental health. There will be a public listening opportunity from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Early Bird Registration Closing Soon for the Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health
Early bird registration for the 31st annual conference is available until Feb. 16. The conference will take place March 4-7 in Tampa.

#IAmHHS: Finding the Essence of Public Service in Making a Difference
From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): Jean Bennett, PhD, says one of her main jobs as a SAMHSA official is making sure that when there is a conversation about health, behavioral health is at the table.

Don't Forget to Nominate for SAMHSA's 2018 Voice Awards
SAMHSAʹs Voice Awards program honors consumer, peer, and family leaders who are improving the lives of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in communities across the country. The awards program also recognizes television and film productions that educate the public about behavioral health and showcase that recovery is possible through treatment and support. Nominations are due by March 16.

Announcing the Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth State and Local Innovation Prize
The Milbank Memorial Fund has teamed up with AcademyHealth to establish a new annual award that recognizes state and local efforts to advance innovation using data to improve the health of populations and the performance of health systems. The prize was created to draw attention to, and reward, the efforts of state and local governments to develop and use data to achieve measurable improvements in the health of a population. Nominations are due by March 6.

Reminder: Applications are Available for an Expanded Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) Peer Meeting
The MRSS meeting will take place May 23-24 in New Jersey. Participating state teams will work collaboratively with MRSS alumni and experts from Connecticut, New Jersey, and Milwaukee County, focusing on ways to develop, implement, and sustain mobile response and stabilization services for children, youth, and young adults in their states. There also will be an opportunity for one or two individuals from each participant team to 'ride along' with a mobile response unit for hands-on observation of the model on May 22. Applications are due Monday, Feb. 19.

Be a Part of a System Change for Children and Families
This free 25-hour web-based Adoption Competency NTI training for Mental Health Professionals is available March – Sept. 2018 for nine pilot sites: California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and the Cherokee Nation.

TA Network Webinars
Wednesday, Feb. 21
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. ET
Tribal System of Care (SOC) - The Use of Storytelling as a Cultural Tool for Healing Tribal Youth and Families
Storytelling, the tradition of passing down knowledge and legacy, is therapeutic for tribal members. In this webinar, the focus will be on strengthening the parent/caregiver relationship with youth through storytelling.

Wednesday, Feb. 21
2:30 - 4 p.m. ET
SOC Expansion Leadership Learning Community (LC) - Current Issues and Opportunities for Working with Family and Youth Organizations in SOCs
Thi s webinar will focus on the importance of strong relationships with family- and youth-run organizations at state and local levels in systems of care for children, youth, and young adults who have serious emotional disturbances (SED) and their families and their families. These organizations have proved to be effective vehicles for engaging families and youth leaders in many important roles at the policy and service-delivery levels. Challenges and effective strategies will be discussed.

Thursday, Feb. 22
2 - 3:30 p.m. ET
This webinar will focus on state and local decision-makers and other constituencies involved with systems of care and/or early psychosis intervention. The training is designed to increase participant understanding of how integrating these efforts conceptually and operationally can better meet the needs of youth and young adults with, or at risk of, early psychosis. The Webinar will also provide specific strategies that providers and community decision-makers can take to integrate efforts to improve collaboration and obtain and better outcomes.

Thursday, Feb. 22
3 - 4:30 p.m. ET
Learning Community for Family Leaders - Family-Run Organizations Partnering with Juvenile Justice
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has prioritized family engagement in which families are considered partners in their child’s treatment and in the policies, programs, and practices of the juvenile justice system. This webinar will highlight two family-run organizations (the Family Involvement Center in Arizona and the Parent/Professional Advocacy League in Massachusetts) and their state juvenile justice partners, describing how they are working together to support and engage families at all levels of the juvenile justice system.

Wednesday, Feb. 28
3:30 - 5 p.m. ET
This month's webinar will be presented by Youth M.O.V.E. National team members Kristin Thorp and Brianne Masselli. Building on themes from Part 1, this webinar offers more guidance on putting data to work for your youth program's improvement, growth, and sustainability.

Thursday, March 22
3 - 4:30 p.m. ET
Learning Community for Family Leaders - On the Front Lines: Families and Family-Run Organizations Responding to the Opioid Epidemic
This webinar will highlight the work of two family-run organizations and their work to address the opioid crisis. Participants will also learn about a model of peer support training that can complement other forms of parent peer support, and provide additional opportunities for family-run organizations as they develop strategies to meet the needs of youth, young adults, and families affected by substance use disorders.

Thursday, April 12
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Cultural and Linguistic Competence Peer Learning Exchange - Cultural and Behavioral Health Equity Considerations for Wraparound Practice
Members of the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Team for the TA Network will lead a web based peer learning exchange focused on aligning Wraparound Values with the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service (CLAS Standards).

Training and Events
Implementation of CT-R Across a System: Lessons of Success
CT-R is based on the cognitive model of therapy developed by Aaron Beck, MD. The cognitive model is focused on how individuals’ thoughts and perceptions affect their emotions and behaviors, sometimes in less adaptive ways. In this Recovery to Practice webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1-2 p.m. ET, American Psychological Association CEO Arthur Evans, PhD, and Paul Grant, PhD, focus on the systemic, large-scale implementation of CT-R sharing evidence of culture change.

Avoiding Homelessness for Youth Aging out of Care: The Wisconsin PATHS to Success Model
Under the Youth at Risk of Homelessness planning grant, Wisconsin developed an innovative model to prevent homelessness by employing a Housing First, Plus model for youth aging out of care. In this webinar, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2:30-4 p.m. ET, participants will learn about the program structure and components of the Wisconsin PATH to Success Model, and hear from the program director who is implementing the second pilot round.

Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) National Evaluation Web Event Training Series: Using Network Analysis to Understand Systems of Care
This Web event, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22, 1-2:30 p.m. ET, will bring together perspectives from local, state, and national levels to discuss how network analysis is applied to examine and inform community partnership and service implementation.

Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) National Evaluation Web Event Training Series: Collecting and Using Data on Disparities in Systems of Care
This Web event, scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 2:30-4 p.m. ET, will identify key issues with behavioral health disparities and why they matter for service delivery and evaluation of SOCs, provide guidance on how to collect and use data to track and reduce disparities, offer concrete strategies that can be applied by states, communities, tribes, and territories, and highlight real world examples and practical approaches.

Taking Care of Our Own
Taking Care of Our Own is a free online training course from SAMHSA that provides law enforcement officers with a foundational behavioral health skill set to better understand and address the stressors that are unique to law enforcement. Viewers will learn to recognize signs and symptoms of stress, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and suicidal thoughts and actions.

This training course from SAMHSA is designed to help police, fire, and emergency medical services personnel respond to calls involving someone experiencing a mental health and/or substance use crisis. Creating Safe Scenes presents information about mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and trauma; offers guidance on de-escalating scenes with an individual in crisis; provides tips for connecting people with resources in their community; and identifies resources for learning more about these topics.

Tips for Disaster Responders: Preventing and Managing Stress
This SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) tip sheet identifies stressors that may be involved in work as a disaster responder and lists ways to prevent and manage stress before, during, and after disaster response. The tip sheet also highlights signs of stress and provides related resources for information and support .

Tips for Disaster Responders: Understanding Compassion Fatigue
This SAMHSA DTAC tip sheet explains compassion fatigue (CF), the burnout and secondary traumatic stress that first responders can experience, and identifies CF signs and symptoms. The tip sheet also offers ways responders can build resilience and help prevent CF, and introduces compassion satisfaction as a strategy to protect against CF.

Tips for Disaster Responders: Returning to Work
This SAMHSA DTAC tip sheet suggests ways for first responders to address challenges commonly faced in the transition back to work after responding to a disaster. The tip sheet provides strategies to manage stress and build resilience, and identifies symptoms that may indicate the need for additional behavioral health support.

Tips for Disaster Responders: Identifying Substance Misuse in the Responder Community
This SAMHSA DTAC tip sheet notes that first responders are at a higher-than-average risk for misusing substances because of their exposure to traumatic and stressful events. The tip sheet describes warning signs of a substance use disorder, and offers tips for first responders seeking help for themselves or a co-worker.

Self-Care for Disaster Behavioral Health Responders
This webinar presented by SAMHSA DTAC reviews the risk factors that make first responders more susceptible to stress and defines secondary traumatic stress and its symptoms. The training provides skills for first responders to help manage stress in their personal and professional lives.

Telegram Replay
New Report: Turnover Among Wraparound Care Coordinators
The National Wraparound Initiative and the National Wraparound Implementation Center have produced a report, "Turnover Among Wraparound Care Coordinators: Perspectives on Causes, Impacts, and Remedies." The report provides findings from a national survey and follow-up interviews with selected survey participants and provides information on how turnover rates can be lowered. A recorded webinar, covering key findings from the report and including questions and discussion, is also available.

Applications Available for Up to $5.54 Million for Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant totaling up to $5.54 million over three years. The program is designed to develop a comprehensive, collaborative, well-coordinated, and evidence-based approach to enhance services for all college students, including those at risk for suicide, depression, serious mental illness, and/or substance use disorders that can lead to academic failure. The program aims to prevent mental and substance use disorders; promote help-seeking behavior and reduce stigma; and improve the identification and treatment of at-risk college students so they can successfully complete their studies.

Mobile response and stabilization services (MRSS) are key components in many systems of care. These services play an important role in preventing emergency room use, psychiatric hospitalization, residential treatment, and placement disruptions among children, youth, and young adults experiencing a behavioral health crisis. This webinar highlighted best- practice programs in New Jersey and Connecticut and provided SOC leaders an opportunity to explore the value of MRSS in systems of care.

This webinar continued a series on implementing the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care. The training helped participants understand how to use a strategic planning process that aligns with the CLAS Standards, and how to structure cultural and linguistic competence plans to implement the standards.

Job Announcements
Client Relationship and Business Development Director - State Medicaid Analytics
Mathematica Policy Research is looking for an individual with experience conducting business development with state Medicaid agencies to strengthen its expanding work in this area.

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
The University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce a new postdoctoral fellowship focused on child and adolescent behavioral health services research and policy. This postdoc would be a great match for any aspiring academic interested in a career at the nexus of children’s mental health, implementation science, state and local policy, and being an active partner in bridging the “research to practice” gap on behalf of youth and families.

Texas Institute - Wraparound Training Specialist
The University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation is seeking a Wraparound training specialist for the Texas Institute for Innovation and Implementation. The training specialist will engage a diverse variety of people in learning situations, applying adult learning theory in developing multifaceted modern learning solutions.

Texas Institute - Lead Research Analyst
The University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation is seeking a lead research analyst to provide research support for the Texas Institute for Innovation and Implementation.   The lead research analyst will provide advanced subject matter expertise and work independently on all aspects of the research process, including evaluation design, measurement and data collection, data management and cleaning, analysis (including advanced statistical procedures), and dissemination.

TA Network - Public Policy Analyst
The University of Maryland School of Social Work's Institute for Innovation and Implementation is seeking a public policy analyst to contribute to the health care policy work of the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network).

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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).