15th Annual Children's Mental Health
Awareness Week Planning and History
National CMHA Week is May 5th-11th
National CMHA Day is May 9th
The Federation is excited to support our chapters and partners across the country in celebrating Children's Mental Health Awareness Week and Day again this May. As you plan state and local activities to celebrate the 15th annual national campaign, we encourage you to take advantage of the following tools linked below to help you build awareness and reduce bias
and stigma in your community.

Children's Mental Health Matters!
Helping You Raise Awareness: CMHAW Tools and Resources

Did you know CMHAW began with parents and a
Federation chapter? Learn more below...
The History of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
1949 The National Mental Health Association declared May as Mental Health Month. Although this nationally recognized observance began as Mental Health Week, with an increase in public interest and a broadening scope of issues, it grew into a month-long awareness campaign.
1950s-60′s Through the next 2 decades, special emphasis was placed on educating the public around mental illness and inviting them to state hospitals and other locations to learn more. In the late 1960s, this national observance was expanded to become May is Mental Health Month to bring greater awareness to the importance of mental health care.
1970’s In the 1970s observances shifted to community based events as state hospital “patients” were moved to community settings.
1991 A group of parents in Missouri got together and decided that one of the most important projects they could undertake was to raise awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding children’s mental health. They formed a coalition of parents, professionals and other stakeholders and created Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. Over the next five years three more states, Kansas, Illinois and Ohio began their own celebration of Children’s Mental Health Week. The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health later joined the coalition and promoted the mission.
1996 PAL, today called PPAL, launched the first Children’s Mental Health Week in Massachusetts. Its theme was “One Youth at A Time” and included posters, a tool kit, as well as public service announcements. The campaign has grown each year since then.

2004 The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health declared the first full week of May as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week nationally. National Federation partners and all 120 Federation chapters and state organizations were invited and encouraged to participate in a weeklong celebration of advocacy and awareness efforts.
2006 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services launched an annual national initiative called “National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day,” which occurs during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.
2007 The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health launched the Annual Green Ribbon Campaign, one of their most important awareness and education campaigns. The green ribbon is a key symbol in social marketing and awareness efforts. It is an uplifting campaign while also spreading awareness through positive public health promotion effort and initiating dialogue throughout communities nationally and internationally.
Today, the goal of this nationally recognized event is to increase public awareness and educate communities to expand the understanding of children’s mental health needs and their resulting impact on families.

On Monday, May 6, 2019 at 3:00p.m. SAMHSA will host a launch event for activities being held across the country on National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, which will be observed nationwide on Thursday, May 9. The event, titled "Suicide Prevention: Strategies That Work," will focus on the impact that suicide has on children, youth, young adults, families, and communities and address what we can do to connect those in need to information, services, and supports that could save lives. States, tribes, territories and communities across the nation will host events and activities around
children’s mental health throughout the month of May.

We look forward to supporting and promoting
your awareness activities this May!
30th Annual Conference Call for Proposals
Deadline April 5th
We invite you to submit proposals to present at our 30th Annual Conference November 14th-16th in Phoenix, Arizona. We are looking for 90-minute workshops and a select number of 3-hour intensive workshops from professionals, parents, family members, and youth that support the well-being of our children and promote family voice in children’s mental health. Presentation proposals are due by April 5th !
New National Partner Announcement
The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)
C.A.S.E. offers mental health services and educational resources for all members of the adoption and foster community. They are committed to nurturing, inspiring and empowering children, teens, their families and the professionals who support them.
Chapter Highlight
30 Year Anniversary
The Georgia Parent Support Network will celebrate their 30th Anniversary by hosting its 15th Annual "Unmasking Children's Mental Illness" Mardi Gras Benefit Ball at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on March 5th, 2019.

Funding Opportunities
Deadline March 13th
The National Institute on Drug Abuse  (NIDA) has announced two funding opportunities as part of the National Institute of Health’s Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) initiative to combat the national opioid crisis. This initiative will fund research grants and a coordinating center focused on establishing the evidence base for interventions and strategies to prevent the initiation of opioid misuse and the development of opioid use disorder in at-risk older adolescents and young adults. Learn more and apply at the links below. Applications for both funding opportunities are due by March 13, 2019 .
InCK Model
Deadline June 10th
On February 8th, the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) Innovation Center released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model. This child-centered local service delivery and state payment model aims to reduce expenditures and improve the quality of care for children covered by Medicaid and CHIP who have, or are at-risk for developing significant health needs. 
CMS anticipates awarding up to eight cooperative agreements, of up to $16 million each for a seven-year period, to implement the model. The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found here .. Applications must be received by 3pm EST on June 10, 2019
Legislation and Advocacy
The Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act, H.R. 838
The TAPS Act is currently working on bipartisan support and development of a diverse task force to provide feedback, before being introduced. We will keep you updated on its movement through the legislature.

The TAPS Act:
• Will identify a behavioral threat assessment and management process that can be adapted and used across the nation while recognizing the unique needs of different communities
• Will provide states with the training, resources, and support needed to stand up community-based, multidisciplinary behavioral threat assessment and management units
• Recognizes that the behavioral threat assessment and management concept should become part of the culture and fabric of contemporary law enforcement
• Urges that this is a matter of national security – if we act now and work together, we can save lives  
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Webinars and Events
Behavior & Discipline in School
Date: Fri day, March 8, 2019 Time: 12:00-1:00pm MST

Participants will learn the components of the discipline process under IDEA and gain strategies that can help children with their behavior. Understanding Positive Behavioral Supports, Nevada's laws on Aversive Interventions, suspension and expulsion policies will give participants information on how to help children reach success.
Anxiety and School Success: Creating a Plan that Works
Date: Monday, March 4, 2019 Time: 6:30-8:30pm

The most common emotional difficulty experienced by youth in school is anxiety. When anxiety contributes to challenging behaviors parents and others may struggle to know how to help. Topics addressed will include: understanding behavior as communication, learning about behaviors that may reflect anxiety, discovering alternatives to consequences and punishment, exploring effective interventions for support at school, including the role of Section 504 and special education.
Being an Active Participant in Your Child’s Transition from Early Childhood Special Education to Kindergarten
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019 Time: 9:00-11:00am

Kindergarten is a big step in any child’s life. Parents of young children with disabilities will learn how to plan for the transition and learn strategies to help their child be successful.
Improving Learning Outcomes for Your Young Child
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 Time: 6:30-8:30pm

Families of young children with disabilities ages birth to five will learn about evidence-based practices and how they can be used to increase family engagement and improve learning outcomes.
Making the Transition Beyond High School: Technology to Support Success for College and Career
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 Time: 2:00-3:30pm

This workshop will feature assistive technology to support youth with disabilities at college and in their career. Demonstrations will include tools and apps for executive function, computer access, reading, writing, and notetaking.
Early Psychosis and Clinical High Risk: Key Components and Decisions
Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019 Time: 1:00-2:30pm EST

This webinar will build on the prior two in the series, focusing on key decisions in program design and engagement of youth and families in decision making. Participants will be encouraged to share how they are thinking about these questions, and lessons they have learned. The overview will include: how Clinical High Risk for Psychosis relates to first episode and system of care efforts, eligibility and variations in stepped care Frameworks, youth and family engagement, service components and long-term transitions.
Operationalizing System of Care Communication: Telling Stories that Work
Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 Time: 2:30-4:00pm EST

This webinar will launch a Four-Part System of Care (SOC) Communication Series, Reframing Child and Adolescent Well-being, provided by the FrameWorks Institute on evidence-based communication strategies proven to make messages - about child and adolescent mental and behavioral health, adolescent substance use, juvenile justice, child welfare, and related issues - more effective. This session will highlight how social science research can tell us which messaging choices lead to which responses. Participants will learn about strategic framing: what it is, how it works, and why it matters; and will gain new tools that can be used right away. This webinar is part of the SOC Expansion Leadership LC.
Cultural and Structural Considerations in Addressing Psychosis in Youth
Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 Time: 2:30-4:00pm EST

This webinar will focus on strategies states and communities can use to create effective partnerships to expand systems of care for children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health challenges and their families. A framework will be presented that outlines the roles of states and communities in SOC expansion and sustainability, along with ideas to enhance partnerships. This webinar is part of the SOC Expansion Leadership LC.
Guide for Families Considering a Residential Program for Their Child with Behavioral Health Needs
Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019 Time: 3:00-4:30pm EST

Parents and caregivers may consider a residential program for their child when they feel they have exhausted all other options. This decision comes with a mixture of emotions and worries about whether it is the right thing to do. A Guide for Families Considering a Residential Program for their Child was developed by families and is based on work of the Building Bridges Initiative. The Guide addresses topics such as safety, family involvement, education and transitioning home. Join FREDLA for this webinar of importance to families, parent peer support providers, residential program providers and administrators.
Resources and Opportunities
From the Federation
Free, On-Demand Courses
The Federation is pleased to announce its launch of an online course and training platform. We will be developing a library of courses for parents, caregivers, family members and professionals alike. We welcome you to see what courses have been posted so far AND we invite our affiliates and members to contact us about partnering to develop additional courses and trainings. If you have content or a presentation you would like to make available to parents, families or professionals, please email us .
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health's Healthy Youth website has a new look. The new design features a cleaner look, functionality that incorporates current web best practices, increased accessibility and easy-to-use navigation. The new design also delivers content across platforms, such as mobile devices and tablets. Visit the site HERE .
From Child Mind Institute
Parent's Guide to Substance Use + Mental Health This guide, a collaboration of the Child Mind Institute and Center on Addiction-Partnership for Drug-Free Kids , provides information on common mental health disorders in adolescence (and the medications that are often used to treat these), tips on identifying substance misuse, and steps to making informed decisions about evaluation and treatment for co-occurring disorders . Find the guide HERE .
This article from, titled Military Families: How You Can Advocate for Your Child with Special Needs, offers information about children's rights, strategies for effective record keeping and additional resources to help military families advocate for children with special needs. Learn more HERE .
From the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
PCORI is offering scholarships for patients, caregivers, and patient representatives to attend their 2019 Annual Meeting September 18-20 in Washington, DC. Applications are due by March 15th. Learn more HERE .

PCORI is accepting nominations and applications for several advisory panels. Applications are due by midnight EST on March 29. Learn more HERE .