June 4, 2018
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National Mental Health Awareness Day Event Webcast Recording Now Available
Did you miss the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day event? Use the link below to watch! U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex M. Azar II presented the spouses of 18 governors and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) with a SAMHSA Special Recognition Award for their work in trauma-informed care at the state level.

Services in Support of Community Living for Youth with Serious Behavioral Health Challenges: Respite Care
This updated brief from the TA Network provides examples of the way respite is operationalized in certain states, including Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, and Montana, to help guide planning, design, and implementation efforts in other states and jurisdictions across the country. This brief is intended for use by multiple stakeholders engaged in the design, implementation, and/or expansion of Medicaid-covered respite services.

Strengthening Partnerships Between Education and Homelessness Services 
This article from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness discusses ways that school and homelessness service systems can work together to better meet the needs and support the educational outcomes of students experiencing homelessness.

TA Network Webinars
Friday, June 15
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT
The Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Youth and Families
This learning community on working with youth with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders will focus on the opioid epidemic's impact on youth and families.
Wednesday, June 20
2:30 - 4 p.m. EDT
SOC Expansion Leadership Learning Community: Improving Outcomes for Youth Dually Involved in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems
This learning community will focus on youth who are involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, often referred to as “crossover” youth. Many of these youth have serious behavioral health challenges, and this session will provide an overview of the Crossover Youth Practice Model, which was developed by Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform as an evidence-based system reform model to impact this population.

Friday, June 22
1 - 2:30 p.m. EDT
Creating High-Integrity Peer Support in Early Psychosis Programs
This webinar will explore peer support as a critical discipline within early psychosis teams. Presenters will review the history and role of peer support, and how it differs from clinical services. The webinar also will explore how agencies and early psychosis programs can effectively integrate and support peer support professionals. There will be a discussion of common questions and challenges as well as resources for continuing education.

Training and Events
The Intersection of Opioid Abuse, Overdose, and Suicide
This webinar from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will examine current research on the connections between opioid abuse, overdose, and suicide. On Tuesday, June 5, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. EDT, expert presenters will describe some of the populations at increased risk for overdose and suicide death and explore factors that contribute to these risks. Participants also will explore opportunities for collaborating across sectors to launch a coordinated response to opioid abuse and suicide, and will hear examples from the field where this work is underway.

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.-5 p.m. EDT. 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.

2018 School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Certificate Program
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform is accepting applications for the 2018 School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Certificate Program, in partnership with the American Institutes for Research and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The training will be held Sept. 24-28, 2018, at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center. The program will include cutting-edge ideas, policies, and practices focused on the development of systems and partnerships that take a holistic approach to the educational process. Applications are due by June 15.

The X-Y Factor: Engaging Dads Using the Protective Factors
This webinar from the Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD) will discuss how to engage fathers and encourage them to build the five protective factors — and what’s unique about working with dads. It also will cover resources that practitioners can use to reach out to fathers and increase their involvement in their children’s lives. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. EDT.

Leading With Evidence: Informing Practice With Research
This webinar from the Annie E. Casey Foundation will discuss the role of evidence-based programs as a critical part of the child welfare service array aimed at preventing child abuse, preserving families, and addressing trauma and behavioral issues. The Family First Prevention Services Act, recently passed by Congress, creates new opportunities to fund and sustain evidence-based programs that prevent the need for foster care. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EDT.

CMHI National Evaluation Web Event Training Series: Using Data Dashboards in System of Care Evaluation
On Thursday, June 21, 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. EDT, the Children's Mental Health Initiative's (CMHI) national evaluation team will host a web event on using data dashboards. A data dashboard is an information management tool that visually tracks, analyzes, and displays key performance indicators and metrics. Systems of care (SOC) have used web-based dashboards strategically to document progress and identify areas needing improvement. Presenters will describe and demonstrate examples of ”dashboarding” in SOCs.

States Agencies Partner to Address Health Care Workforce Shortages
States across the country are experiencing shortages of health care professionals, with the gap projected to increase in the coming years as America’s population continues to age. These workforce shortages can be more acute in rural areas and specific fields (behavioral health, oral health, and primary care), and can affect access to care, cost of care, and state delivery system reform efforts. To address critical health care workforce shortages, policymakers are working across state agencies, aligning resources, data, and expertise to better address the problem.

Parenting Programs in State Correctional Facilities
This fact sheet from CANTASD provides a list of parenting programs that several state correctional facilities are using to help fathers and mothers stay connected with their children during incarceration and build parenting skills they can use when they return home.

Webinar Recording: Behavioral Health Disorders and Employment for Justice-Involved Adolescents
This webinar from the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research examined and compared patterns of education and employment for justice-involved adolescent offenders with and without mental health conditions. The presenters shared findings on the influence of mental health status on employment and education outcomes, how employment might affect symptoms, and how interventions can be focused to assist these youth in achieving positive employment experiences.

Zero to Three Learning Center
The Zero to Three Learning Center is a new, integrated platform that connects early childhood professionals from all sectors to high-quality learning experiences to help advance their careers.

Telegram Replay
Fact Sheets on 42 CFR Part 2: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Records
SAMHSA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released two new fact sheets on 42 CFR Part 2: Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records. The fact sheets include information on understanding 42 CFR Part 2 and practical scenarios for identifying applicability. The goal of the rule’s implementation is to help eradicate barriers someone might encounter to choosing or providing appropriate treatment. 

Tips for Teens: The Truth About Cocaine, Heroin, Methamphetamine, and Inhalants
SAMHSA has produced fact sheets for teens designed to provide information about cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and inhalants. The fact sheets describe short- and long-term effects, list signs of use for the substances, and dispel common myths about each one.
Improving Life Outcomes for Children With a History of Mental Health Challenges and Trauma
SAMHSA released a new report, "Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences," which shows that nearly half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Children who experience trauma and receive treatment through systems of care show significant improvements in their behavioral and emotional health.

Research Participants Needed for Teen Depression Study
The National Institute of Mental Health is recruiting participants ages 11 to 17 who are depressed and have a pediatrician or medical provider. Eligible participants may receive treatment of evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy, and if indicated, standard medicines. Enrollment is from across the United States. Call 1-301-827-1350 (TTY: 1-866-411-1010) or email for more information.

Job Announcements
Deputy Director, Children’s Residential Services
The Jewish Board is seeking a d eputy director of children’s residential services. The deputy director will provide operational and programmatic leadership across 10 residential facilities (nearly 400 beds) and two-day treatment programs (65 slots) for children with mental health needs and those in the child welfare system. This position is located in New York.

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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).