Feb. 19, 2018
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We are heartbroken by the devastating tragedy in Florida this past week. Our thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones, the Stoneman Douglas High School community, first responders, and our colleagues in Broward County.

Below are resources for communities and caregivers to assist them with coping and supporting others after traumatic events involving mass violence.  

SAMHSA Announces New Efforts to Advance Evidence-Based Practices for Opioid Use and Serious Mental Illness
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced a new technical assistance effort to focus on the specific needs of states and local jurisdictions to address the opioid crisis in their areas. SAMHSA recently released $12 million in funding to the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry to begin the effort to utilize local expertise to provide technical assistance and training on evidence-based practices to combat the nation’s opioid crisis .

New SAMHSA Report: National Strategy for Suicide Prevention Implementation Assessment Report
This report from SAMHSA is an assessment of the implementation of the revised 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The report attempts to provide a snapshot of recent efforts to implement the goals and objectives of the national strategy and makes suggestions for increasing the effectiveness of these implementation efforts.

Funding Opportunity: Statewide Family Program
SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Statewide Family Network grant program. The purpose of this program is to better respond to the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families by providing information, referrals, and support; and to create a mechanism for families to participate in state and local mental health services planning and policy development.

CJJR Accepting Applications for Multi-System Collaboration Program
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR), in partnership with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Center for Coordinated Assistance to States, has issued a request for applications from jurisdictions seeking to engage in multi-system improvement efforts.The Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program supports jurisdictions that are interested in developing or enhancing a sound infrastructure to promote multisystem approaches to serving at-risk, justice-involved youth and their families. Applications are due by March 16.

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 - Current Issues and Opportunities for Working with Family and Youth Organizations in Systems of Care
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 will 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 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 27
3 - 4 p.m. ET
Office Hour on Confidentiality and SAMHSA Participant Protection Guidelines for Family-Run Organizations
This Office Hour is a conference call open to family-run organizations that have specific questions related to Confidentiality and SAMHSA Participant Protection/Human Service Guidelines. Family-run organizations planning to submit an application for a Statewide Family Network grant may call with their questions and discuss them with FREDLA Project Coordinator Peggy Nikkel and former Executive Director of UPLIFT, the Wyoming SFN. To Join, please dial 719-325-2711 and enter the participant passcode 259-449.
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.

Friday, March 2
2 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Rural Behavior Health Learning Community – MRSS Implementation
This learning community focuses on challenges and innovations in developing systems of care for children, youth, and young adults with significant behavioral health needs and their families in rural areas. This webinar will focus on implementation strategies for Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS) in rural areas and feature presentations from Liz Manley, who is part of the faculty for the TA Network’s MRSS Peer Curriculum, and leaders from Utah’s system of care.

Monday, March 19
2:30 - 4 p.m. ET
Early Childhood Systems of Care Learning Community: Prevention to Intervention in Early Childhood Systems of Care
The TA Network is pleased to announce the March 2018 call for the Early Childhood SOC Learning Community for those interested in early childhood systems of care. This month's topic will be on challenges, lessons learned, and systems implications for designing a strong, comprehensive early childhood system of care that include a range of prevention and intervention services. The strategies and lessons learned by the DC Social, Emotional and Early Development (DC SEED) Project will be highlighted.

Wednesday, March 21
2:30 - 4 p.m. ET
SOC Leadership Learning Community - Using Social Marketing for Systems Change
This session will focus on how effective marketing and communications strategies can be used to create lasting transformation. SAMHSA's Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign’s Social Marketing TA Team will share how social marketing can help change the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of staff, families, youth, providers, child-serving leaders, and others who are essential to implementing, sustaining, and expanding systems of care through systems change.

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.

Friday, March 23
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET
Tribal SOC: Introduction to Opioid Impacts in Indian Country
This webinar will discuss the opioid epidemic and its impacts in Indian Country, especially for Native children and families, with up-to-date data presented. Cultural issues related to treatment and prevention of opioid use as well as medication assisted treatment and prevention will be discussed.

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 Services (CLAS Standards). Participants will learn how to implement the CLAS Standards in Wraparound practice and how to apply tools designed to help service providers integrate Wraparound into the individual's or family’s culture.

Training and Events
Implementation of CT-R Across a System: Lessons of Success
CT-R is based on the cognitive model of therapy as developed by Aaron Beck, MD. The cognitive model is focused on how individuals’ thoughts and perceptions affect their emotions and behaviors, sometimes in bothersome 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.

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 in behavioral health disparities and why they matter for service delivery and evaluation of systems of care, 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.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Psychological First Aid for Schools
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD are pleased to make the Psychological First Aid for Schools (PFA-S) Field Operations Guide and accompanying handouts available. PFA-S is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families in the aftermath of a school crisis, disaster, or terrorism event.

NCJFCJ Bulletin: Trauma-Informed Classrooms
This technical assis tance bulletin from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) pr ovides an overview of the impact of trauma on students and offers strategies for creating trauma-informed classrooms.

OJJDP Brief: Predictions and Prevention of Premature Closures of Mentoring Relationships
This brief from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) summarizes a comprehensive study focused on providing a greater understanding on how to develop and implement empirically based program practices to prevent or mitigate the consequences of early match terminations.

Telegram Replay
#IAmHHS: Finding the Essence of Public Service in Making a Difference
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.

Nominations Due for Milbank Memorial Fund and AcademyHealth State and Local Innovation Prize
The Milbank Memorial Fund has teamed 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 promote 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.

Be a Part of a System Change for Children and Families  
This free, 25-hour, web-based National Training Initiative (NTI) for mental health professionals is available from March to September 2018 for nine pilot sites: California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and the Cherokee Nation.

Effective Clinical Supervision in Early Psychosis Programs
Clinical supervision is an essential but often overlooked need for early psychosis dissemination. "Effective Clinical Supervision in Early Psychosis Programs," with Ryan Melton, PhD, explored the critical role of clinical supervision of early psychosis teams, effective supervision strategies, and common challenges.

Learning Community for Family Leaders - Confidentiality and SAMHSA Participant Protection Guidelines
The services offered through a family-run organization may not seem to have serious risk associated with them. Nevertheless, family-run organizations must consider how to safeguard families' confidentiality and develop protections against any risks that could occur. Because of the confidential nature of the work in which many SAMHSA grantees are involved, it is important to have safeguards protecting individuals from risks associated with their participation in SAMHSA projects.This presentation addresses the confidentiality and SAMHSA participant protection/human service guidelines required when applying for a SAMHSA grant.

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).