15th Annual Children's Mental Health
Awareness Week Planning
National CMHA Week is May 5th-11th
National CMHA Day is May 9th
The Federation is excited to support its 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 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
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Awareness items take 2 to 3 weeks to arrive. Order early !
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!
Funding Opportunities
Rural Communities Opioid Response Program 
On March 6th The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy posted a Notice of Funding Opportunity for a new Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) initiative called RCORP-Implementation (HRSA-19-082). HRSA plans to award approximately 75 grants, of up to $1 million each, to enhance substance and opioid use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery service delivery in rural communities.

Applications must be received by Monday, May 6, 2019.
Integrated Care for Kids (InCK) Model 
On February 8th, the CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) Innovation Center released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) 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 , or by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312759 .

Applications must be received by 3:00 p.m. EST on June 10, 2019. 
OJJDP Grant Opportunities
Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children
This program will promote and expand services in detention and correctional facilities to incarcerated individuals and their minor children younger than age 18, and provide services to children of incarcerated parents by facilitating access to services that support their needs. This program will provide states and localities with funding to implement positive family engagement strategies and activities that address the needs of incarcerated parents and their minor children.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time (ET) on April 15, 2019.
Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative
This solicitation supports applicant organizations as they strengthen and/or expand their existing mentoring activities with active chapters or subawardees
and/or other mentoring organizations.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time (ET) on April 22, 2019.

SAMHSA Grant Opportunities
SAMHSA, CMHS is accepting applications for System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Grants. The purpose of this program is to improve the mental health outcomes for children and youth, birth through age 21, with serious emotional disturbance (SED), and their families.

This grant will support the provision of mental health and related recovery support services to children and youth with SED and those with early signs and symptoms of serious mental illness (SMI), including first episode psychosis (FEP). The intent is to build upon progress made in developing comprehensive SOC by focusing on sustainable financing, cross-agency collaboration, the creation of policy and infrastructure, and the development and implementation of evidence-based and evidence-informed services and supports.

Anticipated Award Amount:  From $1,000,000 to $3,000,000 per year
Length of Project:  Up to four years 
Application Due Date: Friday, April 19
Project Launch
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for Project LAUNCH. The purpose of this program is to promote the wellness of young children, from birth to 8 years of age, by addressing the social, emotional, cognitive, physical and behavioral aspects of their development.

Anticipated Number of Awards:  15 (At least 3 will be made to tribes/tribal organizations pending sufficient application volume from these groups.)
Anticipated Award Amount:  Up to $800,000
Length of Project:  Up to 5 years
Application Due Date:  Friday, April 19, 2019
SAMHSA is accepting applications for National Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) grants. The purpose of this program is to advance the implementation of high quality, evidence-based treatment for individuals with co-occurring physical and mental health conditions, including substance use disorders.

Anticipated Award Amount: 1 grant up to $2,000,000 per year
Length of Project: Up to 5 years
Application Due Date: Friday, March 29, 2019  
SAMHSA is accepting applications for 2019 Building Communities of Recovery (BCOR) grants. The purpose of this program is to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from substance abuse and addiction. These grants are intended to support the development, enhancement, expansion, and delivery of recovery support services as well as promotion of and education about recovery.

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $200,000 per year
Length of Project: for up to 3 years.
Application Due Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019  
Chapter Highlight
PPAL's Blog Named Among 2019's Best
PPAL (Parent/Professional Advocacy League) and Executive Director/Blog Founder, Lisa Lambert, were proud to have their blog named by Healthline as one of 2019's best depression blogs. Healthline is a well-known health information site that helps consumers learn about health conditions, research medications and connect with support communities. Click the adjacent button to see Healthline's announcement honoring PPAL.

Congratulations to the Parent/Professional Advocacy League (PPAL) and Lisa!
Legislation and Advocacy
New Web Pages and Resources!
We invite you to visit our newly redesigned Legislative & Advocacy page s to explore resources that can support your advocacy efforts on the national and state level. New sections on our website include National Updates , links to Key Resources in Every State and an Advocacy Toolkit . We encourage you to visit these pages and to take advantage of the resources there.

Legislation, policy, advocacy and funding related updates are now sent separately from our monthly newsletter . Sign up to receive those alerts below.

Submit your state's advocacy
and legislative updates to our
Legislative Liaison, Michelle Covington,
Webinars and Events
Six Advocacy Tips that Turn No's Into Yes's
Date: Friday, April 12, 2019 Time: 12:00-1:00pm MST

Join Nevada PEP to learn the importance of advocacy, effective advocacy strategies, and communication techniques that will help participants feel more confident as advocates for children. Don’t miss this valuable workshop. It is full of information that can change a child’s life!
Becoming an Active Partner in Your Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Time: 6:30-8:30pm CST

T his workshop will help parents of children birth to age 3 understand Early Intervention services, the IFSP, and how families can be involved in writing child and family outcomes and become an active participant in the IFSP process.
Telling Stories That Work: Strategies for Talking About Children's Mental Health
Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Time: 3:00-4:30pm EDT

This session of the Telling Stories That Work webinar series will focus on strategies for framing issues related to children's mental health.
Supporting Those Impacted by the Opioid Crisis: Workforce Training and Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Supports
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Time: 2:30-4:00pm EDT

Learn strategies to support early childhood system providers working with children and families impacted by the opioid crisis. Hear two states share innovative workforce development/training efforts. West Virginia created a system for supporting families impacted by substance misuse so all children are supported and to reduce parental relapse. Maryland describes an innovative cross-sector training effort designed to increase efficacy of those working with and on behalf of children and families experiencing related challenges to substance misuse. Presentation questions will be followed by an open discussion to facilitate peer exchange of ideas on challenges and successes related to supporting children and families impacted by the opioid crisis and substance misuse.
Engaging Youth and Family Voice in Early Psychosis and Clinical High Risk Programs
Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019 Time: 10:30-11:30am EDT

This interactive webinar will share ideas and resources focused on why and how to engage youth and families in decision making from program entry to system re-design.
Honoring One’s Potential Everyday with Stories: SMARTTM – A Blueprint for Creating Connection
Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Time: 3:00-4:30pm EDT

Join The National Early Childhood Family Network and presenters Susan Graham, CEO/ Let’s Build IT Leadership Development and Nan Arnstein, CEO/Creative Arts for Developing Minds. This webinar will challenge typical ways of communication and provide tools and strategies to develop more effective family engagement.
Operationalizing Leadership in Systems of Care
Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Time: 2:30-4:00pm EDT

This webinar will focus on the skills needed to become effective leaders with SOCs. Based on the concept of “leadership with intention,” the presenter will offer a framework for leadership derived from neuroscience and will then discuss: 1) leadership styles and their impact, 2) the role of strategic alliances and relationship building in leadership, and 3) the “coach approach” to leadership. Concrete examples will be provided throughout, as well as an opportunity for questions. This webinar is part of the SOC Leadership Learning Community.
Juvenile Justice Disparities Reduction Strategies through Civil CItations
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019 Time: 1:30-3:00pm EDT

This webinar will present an example of cross-system partnership between a System of Care and juvenile justice to reduce disparities in arrests of African American youth.
Conducting Youth Focus Groups
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Time: 3:00-4:30pm EDT

This webinar will cover the components of a youth focus group, its purpose, and provide an overview on how to successfully conduct them.
Mining for Gold: Using the Children's Mental Health Initiative Data to Strengthen Collaborations with Youth and Family-Run Organizations
Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019 Time: 3:00-4:30pm EDT

Learn how family and youth-run organizations can strengthen collaborations between Systems of Care and families and youth.
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 Beck Institute
Beck Institute is holding its 10th Annual Scholarship Competition for graduate students and early career professionals in the health or mental health fields. Ten applicants will receive a full-tuition scholarship to the 2019 Student and Early Career Professional Workshop in Philadelphia and will meet in a private question and answer session with Dr. Aaron Beck. The application deadline is April 26th .
From Iris Center
The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities birth through age twenty-one, through the use of effective evidence-based practices and interventions. Check out their free, online course titled " Accommodations: Instructional and Testing Supports for Students with Disabilities" below.
From Mental Health of America
Expanding upon their theme last year of #4Mind4Body, Mental Health of America explores topics of animal companionship (including pets and support animals), spirituality, humor, work-life balance, and recreation and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness in their May is Mental Health Month 2019 toolkit . Download it below.
April 17 from 12:00 PM to 5 PM EDT
A 5-hour intensive session about where peers fit, how to prepare your organization for peers, and how to hire and supervise peer specialists.
Meet the Quadruple Aim Peer Specialists

Watch this introductory video on the Quadruple Aim - better outcomes, lower costs, healthier populations, and happier providers - and take advantage of the two upcoming trainings from MHA below.

While these trainings are adult-focused, many of the principles they cover are shared by parent/family peer support specialists working with youth.
April 19 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
A 5-hour intensive session on the cost and quality improvements peers provide, how to measure them, and the best settings for peers in the population you serve.
From Nationwide Children's
Created in partnership with the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research , please find two Suicide Prevention resources from Nationwide Children's Hospital titled "Your Child Has Thought About Ending Their Life - What's Next?" and "Suicide Warning Signs and How To Respond" which are available for download below.