May 16, 2018

SAMHSA Evidence-Based Practices
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SAMHSA Launches New Resource Center
In April, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced the launch of their new Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center (Resource Center). The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources. The goal is to provide nonprofit organizations, clinicians, policymakers, institutions of higher education, and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings.
"SAMHSA is committed to improving prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for mental and substance use disorders," said Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz. "Science and the evidence base continue to expand and change. Our vision for the Resource Center is to be dynamic and to respond to changing science and evidence, in order to deliver the most relevant and proven resources to Americans."
The Resource Center was created to enable SAMHSA to:
  • develop and disseminate expert consensus on the latest prevention, treatment, and recovery science;
  • collaborate with experts in the field to rapidly translate science into action; and
  • provide communities and practitioners with tools to facilitate comprehensive needs assessments, match interventions to those needs, support implementation, and evaluate and incorporate continuous quality improvement into their prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts.
This is part of an overall comprehensive approach by SAMHSA to identify and disseminate clinically sound and scientifically based policies, practices, and programs.
The resources are searchable by topic area (e.g., opioid-specific resources, substance use prevention, serious mental illness and other mental health), populations (e.g., children, youth, adult), target audience (e.g., clinicians, prevention professionals, patients, policymakers), and resource type (e.g., toolkit, evidence review, guideline).
"This new strategy, coupled with new regional and local technical assistance efforts, will help to ensure that communities and practitioners are equipped to bring about the improvements in mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery our nation requires," said Christopher Jones, PharmD, MPH, the Director of the Policy Laboratory. "At SAMHSA, we are committed to taking the necessary steps to improve the behavioral health of all Americans, and pursuing evidence-based practices is a cornerstone of this endeavor."
For more information about the Resource Center, please call SAMHSA at 240-276-2000.

Cybersecurity Overview and Resource Guide
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2018 Leadership Tabletop Exercise Cybersecurity Overview and Resource Guide
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released the Leadership Tabletop Exercise (LTTX) Cybersecurity Overview and Resource Guide (PDF) and photos from the 2018 LTTX. The guide provides members of the academic community with an overview of the format and structure of the pilot LTTX event as a model for initiating critical conversations with campus leadership on their roles in preparedness for, response to, and recovery from campus emergencies. To accompany this overview, the guide also includes a list of resources for preparedness, response, and recovery efforts related to a cyber incident, including information security, enterprise risk management, and cyber-physical infrastructure protection.
The Campus Resilience Program Tabletop Exercise Series, a DHS resource, is a collection of tailored events designed for the higher education community. The LTTX are half-day events, hosted bi-annually, that bring together campus leadership; local, state, and federal officials; and industry subject matter experts to simulate emergencies through tailored case studies on a range of threats as well as highlight their roles in managing institutional risk.
In coordination with the North Dakota University System (NDUS) and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, DHS convened a pilot LTTX with a focus on cybersecurity in February 2018 in Bismarck, ND. The event brought together presidents and senior level staff from 11 colleges and universities and 5 tribal colleges from across the state. More than 75 individuals representing the emergency management, cybersecurity, tribal colleges and operational leadership of each institution in the NDUS attended. Participants also included representatives from federal, state, and local departments and agencies that support campus resilience.
As part of the LTTX, the NDUS received a detailed report with a summary of the major findings, takeaways, and discussion points, as well as resources linked to the specific challenges identified during the event. Examples of key findings include:
  • Example 1: Public Communication and Engagement: Institutions identified that they have existing plans, procedures, and mechanisms in place for communicating with students, faculty, and staff during emergencies. To improve the efficiency of these communications, participants noted the benefits of developing more formal protocols and agreements with local news/media outlets as well as establishing backup communication channels.
  • Example 2: External Stakeholder Coordination and Engagement: To enhance existing emergency plans, policies, and procedures, institutions would benefit from increased coordination with other federal, regional, state, local, private-sector, academic, and non-governmental organizations. These external stakeholders can bring to bear useful guidance and resources to support preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for both cyber and natural incidents.
  • Example 3: Cyber Partnerships: In addition to improving overall security preparedness, institutions identified the need to establish teaming or partnership agreements with both municipalities and third-party vendors dedicated to guiding response actions in the event of a cyberattack on campus systems.
These key findings are related to the self-evaluation and discussion during the exercise itself. Actual key findings from each event are considered sensitive and are only released to the LTTX participants.
For more information, please visit the  Campus Resilience Program web page or contact the Office of Academic Engagement at

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Hearing Privilege & Violence
Organization: Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Date: May 22, 2018 at 11:00AM ET
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Essentials of Community Cybersecurity (AWR136)
Organization: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Date: June 12, 2018
Location: Fairview Heights, IL
Fee: Free
Title: College and University Police and Investigators Conference
Organizations: College and University Police and Investigators Conference and International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators
Dates: July 31 - August 2, 2018
Location: Fairfax, VA
Fee: Registration fee

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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