March 19, 2018
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Grant Opportunity - Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders Program
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year 2018 Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults With Serious Mental Disorders Program grants. The purpose of this program is to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults, ages 16-25, who have a serious emotional disturbance or a serious mental illness. Applications are due May 14, 2018.

SAMHSA Grantee Story of Success: Gathering of Native Americans Builds Resiliency Among Native Youth in the Bay Area
For native youth growing up in cities, feelings of isolation and lack of cultural identity can put them at greater risk for making unhealthy choices, including the use of alcohol and other drugs. To address these risk factors, the Native American Health Center (NAHC) sought to create an opportunity where local youth could come together and reconnect with their tribal culture. That forum was found in SAMHSA’s Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) curriculum.

New Grant for up to $2 million to Improve Health Care for the Hispanic/Latino Community
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for one grant of up to $2 million for the Targeted Capacity Expansion Hispanic/Latino Center of Excellence for Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Program. The program's purpose is to strengthen the specialized behavioral and primary health care workforce that provides substance use disorder treatment and recovery services to Hispanic and Latino populations. 

$260 Million Available to Fund Title X Family Planning Program
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the availability of $260 million in a new funding opportunity for the Title X family planning program to help improve and expand quality care. The funding will assist in the establishment and/or operation of voluntary family planning projects that offer a broad range of methods and services, including information, education, and counseling related to family planning, preconception care, contraception, natural family planning, and infertility services.

Pediatricians Call for Universal Depression Screening for Teens
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has revamped its guidelines to help primary care doctors diagnose and treat depression among teens. The AAP says pediatricians and other primary care doctors are often in the best position to help young people with depression, particularly those who might not have access to mental health specialists.

TA Network Webinars
Today, March 19
2:30 - 4 p.m. ET
Early Childhood Systems of Care Learning Community – Prevention to Intervention in Early Childhood Systems of Care
This month's topic will be challenges, lessons learned, and systems implications for designing a strong, comprehensive early childhood system of care (SOC) that includes a range of prevention and intervention services. The strategies used 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. The Social Marketing TA Team from SAMHSA's Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign will share how social marketing can help change the 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.

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 two family-run organizations and their work in addressing the opioid crisis. Participants will 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 effects 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, March 29
Noon - 3 p.m. ET
Positive Practices for Working with Psychosis
The webinar will introduce the model, discuss the five components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)-informed skills, and draw upon case examples to demonstrate these skills in real-world settings. This model brings together a combination of CBTp-informed skills that front-line providers can use in their work with individuals in a variety of settings.

Wednesday, April 4
1 - 3 p.m. ET
Learning Community on Working with Youth with Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders
This conference call on working with youth with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders will focus on drugs that are commonly abused by adolescents. Facilitators include Michael Fox and Rick Shepler. To join, please call 1-719-325-2711 (Toll Free Number: 1-800-216-6327) and enter the following participant passcode: 868-456.

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 standards in Wraparound practice and apply tools designed to help service providers integrate Wraparound into an individual's or family’s culture.

Wednesday, April 18
2:30 - 4 p.m. ET
System of Care Leadership Learning Community – Considerations for SOC Leaders for Serving Young Children and their Families
This webinar will focus on serving young children and their families with the SOC approach and address areas that should be considered at the system and service-delivery levels to effectively meet the needs of this population. Specific topics to be addressed include key partners in early childhood services, the services specifically designed for young children and families, financing strategies, and workforce development.

Friday, April 20
Noon - 3 p.m. ET
Understanding Psychosis – Using Formulation to Develop Effective Interventions
This webinar is designed for intermediate-level CBT clinicians and aims to build on an existing knowledge base through examination of different formulation techniques, including collaborative development of formulation and team-based formulation. Clinicians will be encouraged to submit de-identified case examples before the workshop for discussion during the webinar. Formulation is considered the cornerstone of CBT and is essential to helping the client (and therapist) understand the origin and maintenance of their symptoms.

Thursday, April 26
3:30 - 5 p.m. ET
Direct Connect – Building Youth Capacity
Led by Youth M.O.V.E. National, this learning community 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.

Training and Events
Improving the Use of Psychotropic Medication among Children and Youth in Foster Care: A View from the States
This 90-minute webinar from the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (CHCS) will feature four states that are using cross-agency partnerships to advance new psychotropic medication monitoring and oversight approaches. Medicaid, child welfare, and behavioral health agency representatives from Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont will share perspectives on strengthening inter-agency partnerships, facilitating appropriate data-sharing among agencies, coordinating oversight processes, and improving care coordination.

Webinar Recording: How to Use Awareness Day as Part of Your Social Marketing Efforts
This Feb. 8 webinar is available to view on-demand! Is your system of care interested in creatively and effectively making Awareness Day 2018 part of its social marketing efforts? Hear about how other SOC communities successfully used Awareness Day for their social marketing efforts and all the tools SAMHSA can provide to help build your event.

Webinar Recording: Transformational Relationships and Youth Success
On Jan. 23, the Annie E. Casey Foundation hosted a webinar focused on the power of transformational relationships, which can occur when a young person bonds with a frontline worker in a child-serving system. Participants discussed how these bonds can fuel educational and employment opportunities for the youth involved. They also outlined ways that staff members can help foster such connections.

Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) – National Evaluation: The Big Picture
The CMHI National Evaluation team created an animated video series for CMHI grantees that demonstrates the value of the CMHI National Evaluation and the data collected. This is the first of three 60-second videos that describe, through animation, how data and information from this evaluation can ultimately impact the life of a child with behavioral health conditions and their family, highlighting the importance of the SOC approach and the need for its expansion in state, counties, territories, and tribes.

Strategies to Engage Families in Data Collection
This is the second of three 60-second videos from CHMI that describe, through animation, five key strategies that are important to consider when reaching out to families and engaging them in the national evaluation.

Strategies to Engage Youth in Data Collection
This is the third of three 60-second videos that from CHMI describe, through animation, five key strategies that are important to consider when reaching out to youth and engaging them in the national evaluation.

Telegram Replay
Current Issues and Opportunities for Working with Family and Youth-Run Organizations in SOCs
This SOC Leadership Learning Community session focused 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 and their families. Presenters addressed topics that included the need to grow involvement from one family and one youth to many families and youth; the benefits of working with family and youth organizations; the roles of family and youth organizations in SOCs; the roles of family leads and youth specialists; and the inclusion of family and youth organizations in SOC governance.

The Use of Storytelling as a Cultural Tool for Healing Tribal Youth and Families
Since the 1978 American Indian Religious Freedom Act passed, the right for tribes to practice their individual traditional cultures has been the catalyst for tribes to promote healing. Storytelling is the oral tradition of passing down knowledge and legacy, and it is therapeutic for their members. This webinar focused on strengthening the parent/caregiver relationship with their youth by using storytelling for listening and telling.

Integrating Early Psychosis Intervention into a System of Care Framework
This webinar focused on state and local decision-makers and advocates involved with systems of care and/or early psychosis intervention. Presenters discussed how to increase the understanding of why integrating these efforts conceptually and operationally can better meet the needs of youth and young adults with early psychosis, and they provided specific steps communities can take to begin to integrate their efforts for more synergy and better outcomes.

Learning Community for Family Leaders: Family-Run Organizations Partnering With Juvenile Justice
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has prioritized family engagement in which families are considered partners in their child’s treatment and the policies, programs, and practices of the juvenile justice system itself. Implementation of this type of engagement at the local level is an opportunity for family-run organizations to partner with their state or community juvenile justice agencies. This webinar highlighted two family-run organizations, Family Involvement Center in Arizona and Parent Professional Advocacy League in Massachusetts, along with their state juvenile justice partners, with the organizations describing how they are working together to support and engage families at all levels of the juvenile justice system.

SAM HSA Clinical Guidance: Best Practices in Using Medication-Assisted Treatment to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
SAMHSA has published guidance to help expand health care providers' understanding of medications used to treat opioid use disorder (OUD). Treatment Improvement Protocol 63, "Medications for Opioid Use Disorder ," is the latest in a series of topic-specific best-practice guidelines SAMHSA has developed to educate health care professionals on the most up-to-date practices for treating OUD as part of the agency’s effort to combat the nation’s opioid crisis.

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: Centering Youth of Color & LGBTQ Young People in Efforts to End Homelessness
It has become clear that youth homelessness cannot be solved nationwide unless it is solved for the most vulnerable young people. In many communities across the country, that means designing, implementing, and scaling up strategies to meet the needs of young people of color and LGBTQ youth.  

Grant Announcement: Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes
The Family and Youth Services Bureau announced the availability of funds under the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Maternity Group Homes (MGH). The TLP and MGH grant programs are designed to implement, enhance, and/or support effective strategies for transition to sustainable living for runaway and homeless youth ages 16 to 21 and/or pregnant and parenting youth ages 16 to 21 and their dependent children. Applications are due April 5.

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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).