June 2018
29th Annual Conference
Keynote Speaker
We're excited to have Dr. Victor Rios join us as a keynote speaker at our conference in November. Dr. Rios is an award-winning college professor, author and speaker. He grew up in Oakland, California in a single parent household and on welfare. He joined a gang at the age of 13 and by age 16 had dropped out of school and been incarcerated several times. His powerful story was featured in the documentary film " The Pushouts ." Join us to learn how Dr. Rios overcame the challenges of poverty, violence and gang membership and why he feels the term "at risk" is damaging to youth and recommends "at promise" instead.
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is inclusive of children and youth who experience complex diagnostic challenges.
Farewell Wishes
Stephen Graci Retires from Idaho FFCMH
We would like to wish Stephen Graci a heartfelt farewell as he retires from the Idaho Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health. Having worked as a mental health advocate since the early 1980's, Stephen most recently served as the Idaho FFCMH Chapter Executive Director for almost seven years. He will be dearly missed.

"Happy retirement, Stephen, and thank you for all you have done as an advocate for children, youth and their families over the years!"
PSP Certification Competencies Project
In 2012, the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health launched the national certification examination for Parent/Family Peer Support Specialists (PSP). As the field of peer support has matured, it is incumbent on us to revise the examination questions and protocol to incorporate lessons we have learned and to reflect the evolution of the field.

The current examination contains 11 Core Competencies. While these comprise a good base of needed skills, it is acknowledged that the field has evolved over the past 5 years and that there are additional, critical competencies that should be demonstrated by effective Parent Support Providers. As a CPSP there is no one better to help identify the critical areas of knowledge that a Parent Support Provider should have. This will be a multi-pronged task and you are an important part of every step. We need every state voice represented.
How can you be part of the process? See below.
Submit a copy of your state’s core competencies HERE .
If you are an Executive Director , take the National Scan survey HERE .
If you are a Parent Support Provider , click HERE to take the PSP survey.
Share Your CMHA Event Photos
We were delighted to post over 150 events on our website that took place across the nation this past month in celebration of Children's Mental Health Awareness. Thank you all for a terrific showing of support for youth and their families. We invite you to share pictures from your events with us so we can promote the great work and family fun that took place in your state!
Legislation and Advocacy
National Coordinating Committee on
School Health and Safety
Lynda Gargan, Executive Director, and Teka Dempson, Past President, presented “Utilizing Parent/Family Peers to Engage Families in Schools” at the National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety's 21st annual meeting. The Table Talk included a narrative journey of Teka’s experience as a Parent/Family Peer as she has supported families to navigate the educational system.
A National Panel of Experts Convenes
As a part of the work of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee, Assistant Secretary Elinore McCance-Katz requested a convening of experts to discuss and make recommendations for a Youth and Young Adult Resource Bank for Practitioners. The Federation was pleased to have Lynda Gargan at the table to represent family voice in this important discussion.
ISMICC Committee Virtual Public Meeting
 The Federation actively represents you as part of the  Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG) - a coalition of almost 70 national organizations representing consumers, parents and family members, advocates, providers, and mental health experts dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

  • The Federation joined the Mental Health Liaison Group along with other organizations who voiced our strong support for full funding of the Compassionate Communication on HIPAA provisions authorized under Subtitle C, Title XI, Section 110044 of the 21st Century Cures Act. To enhance the quality of behavioral health and medical/surgical services, we believe it is essential that model programs and training materials be developed for health care professionals regarding permitted uses and disclosures of Protected Health Information (PHI) through HIPAA. HIPAA regulations allow health professionals to share information with a patient’s loved ones in emergency or dangerous situations. However, widespread misunderstandings to the contrary persist and create obstacles to family support that is crucial to the proper care and treatment of persons experiencing a crisis situation.
Funding Opportunities
SAMHSA Announces the Availability of up to $37.5 Million for the
Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for the Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program totaling up to $37.5 million over the next 5 years. The program aims to help American Indian/Alaska Native youth through the age of 24 years by preventing and reducing suicidal behavior and substance use, reducing the impact of trauma, and promoting mental health.
Applications are due by June 22, 2018. 
SAMHSA Announces the Availability of Up to $23.4 Million for the
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program totaling up to $23.4 million over the next 5 years. The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for young children by developing, maintaining, or enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services. Applications are due by June 29, 2018. 
Community Programs for Outreach and Intervention with Youth and Young Adults at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program totaling up to $23.4 million over the next 5 years. The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for young children by developing, maintaining, or enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services. Applications are due by June 29, 2018. 
Friday, June 8, 2018  |  9 a.m.–5 p.m. Eastern Time
Members of the public can attend the open, public portion of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) meeting via telephone or webcast. The meeting can be accessed via webcast on the  HHS Live Stream channel  on June 8. To join by telephone, call 888-928-9713 and enter passcode 7160920. 
Webinars and Training
Rural Behavior Health Learning Community: Building Capacity for Peer Support
Date: Friday, June 1, 2018 Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT

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 strategies for developing youth and family peer capacity in rural areas, including recruitment strategies and roles peers can play to strengthen the service array. 
The Opioid Epidemic’s Impact on Youth and Families
Date: Friday, June 15, 2018 Time: 11:00 - 12:30 p.m. EDT

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. 
APPY Hour: Apps for Independent Living - Managing Money, Budgets, and Shopping
Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Time: 1:00-2:00 PM

This “APPy Hour” will be a fast-paced overview of mobile apps that can help youth with disabilities live on their own. The focus will be on the essential independent living skills of creating a budget, managing money, and shopping for groceries. A variety of apps will be discussed for both smart phone and tablet devices (including Apple’s iOS and Android). The presentation will include demonstrations of as many apps as time allows. Apps will include money calculators, tracking of money spent, managing a budget, and creating a shopping list.
Peer Specialists and Police as Partners Preventing Behavioral Health Crises
Date: Tuesday, June 5th 2018 Time: 1:00 PM ET

Law enforcement officers are often first responders to mental health calls of service. In most cases these situations end with incarceration or hospitalization - neither of which are ideal outcomes. Mental Health Association of Nebraska (MHANE), in partnership with the Lincoln Police Department (LPD), are increasing the presence of peer specialists and providing law enforcement officers and individuals experiencing a mental health crisis an alternative solution. Through MHA-NE’s peer outreach program, R.E.A.L., the LPD and peer specialists are successfully reducing rates of incarceration and readmission, while providing services and resources to individuals with severe mental health conditions.
SOC Expansion Leadership Learning Community: Improving Outcomes for Youth Dually Involved in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. EDT

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 evidenced-based system reform model to impact this population.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore Training Institute
Date: July 25-27, 2018 in Washington D.C.
Cost: Before July 23 - $925; After July 23 - $1,025

The Training Institutes offer an extensive array of sessions designed to provide practical, hands-on training and strategies that can be applied to the systems of care in states, tribes, territories, and communities. The Training Institutes is an opportunity for leaders in the field of children’s services to share the latest research, policy, and practice information and resources and learn from one another. Sessions will focus on approaches that are relevant, adaptable and innovative within critical areas in children, youth, and young adult service systems. Presenters and attendees will include experts and leaders in the field of children’s services, including state, county tribal, and territorial children’s system leadership, direct service providers, state purchasers from Medicaid, behavioral health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and public health, parents, youth, and young adults, policymakers, clinicians, researchers, and evaluators.
Resources and Opportunities
From the National Institute of Mental Health
Research Participants Needed for Teen Depression Study
The National Institute of Mental Health is recruiting participants ages 11-17 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 learn more here .
From Pathways RTC
Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures Webinars
Pathways RTC's webinars present the latest research about effective and emerging practices for serving transition-age youth and young adults with mental health conditions. Access the webinars here .
SAMHSA has fact sheets for teens 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. View them here .