April 23, 2018
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Application Deadline for the 2018 Early Psychosis Peer Meeting has been Extended!
Early Psychosis Intervention is a high priority nationally and for many SOC grantees. Successful implementation requires specialized knowledge, coordination across adult and child systems, and consistent leadership. This peer meeting will provide the opportunity for selected teams of state and local decision makers to learn from national experts about effective implementation strategies, current core practices and philosophies, how programs function on the ground; and from one another about strategies grantees are considering or implementing in their own states/counties. The meeting will take place in Portland, OR from August 22-24, 2018. Applications are due May 11!

SAMHSA Blog: The Need to Focus on Individuals with Serious Mental Illness Includes the LGBT Community
Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) 2015-2016 National Survey of Drug Use and Health indicate that LGBT adults have higher rates of mental illness compared to all adults. SAMHSA is committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to and receive quality treatment for mental and substance use disorders. This includes efforts related to serious mental illness as well as specific resources for LGBT individuals.

The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances
This 2016 report from SAMHSA provides an overview of data from the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances program. It presents findings that indicate that systems of care provide services and promote positive outcomes for underserved children and youth within the mental health system .

2017 HHS Federal Partners Integrated Care Meeting Presentations
Presentations from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) 2017 virtual meeting, “State of the Art: Research, Models, Promising Practices, and Sustaining Integrated Care,” are available on demand. National experts from HHS and federal grantees spoke about best practices in primary and behavioral care integration.

SAMHSA is Accepting Applications for up to $23.7 Million in Grants to Treat Serious Mental Illness
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for its Assertive Community Treatment grants. The grants will be used to improve behavioral health outcomes by reducing the rates of hospitalization and death for people with a serious mental illness (SMI). SAMHSA expects that the program will also reduce the rates of substance use, homelessness and involvement with the criminal justice system among people with SMI. Applications are due May 29, 2018.

Increasing Youth Engagement in Wraparound
This article by N WI (National Wraparound Initiative) and NWIC (National Wraparound Implementation Center) staff and colleagues describes findings from a randomized study in which half the participants got Wraparound “as usual,” and the others got Wraparound together with an enhancement that successfully increased youth’s engagement and active participation in Wraparound as well as their alliance with the team.

TA Network Webinars
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.

Wednesday, May 16
2:30 - 4 p.m. ET
System of Care (SOC) Leadership Learning Community: Considerations for System of Care Leaders in Developing Trauma-Informed Systems of Care
The May SOC Leadership Learning Community meeting will focus on implementing SOCs that are trauma-informed in the context of trauma as a public health priority. Presenters will define trauma-informed care and how to apply theory to practice. In addition, a trauma-informed and resiliency-based continuum will be shared that includes education, training, organizational assessment, leadership development, and continuous quality improvement.

Training and Events
NACRHHS Policy Brief: Understanding the Impact of Suicide in Rural America
The Rural Health Information Hub is hosting a webinar to discuss the policy brief on suicide in rural America released by the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services ( NACRHHS ). The webinar will take place Tuesday, April 24, 2-3 p.m. ET.

Why Addiction is a 'Disease' and Why it’s Important
SAMHSA, in partnership with the Massachusetts General Hospital Recovery Research Institute, has announced a live webinar series titled The Power of Perceptions and Understanding: Changing How We Deliver Treatment and Recovery Services. On Thursday, April 26, 2 p.m. ET, learn the definition of a disease and why it is particularly important for addiction to be emphasized as a disease.

Transition Innovations: Promising Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth
On Thursday, April 26, noon-1:30 p.m. ET, Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy will host a live webinar that will highlight effective vocational rehabilitation (VR) service practices and the challenges that state VR agencies face in adhering to new federal mandates related to transition-age youth.

CMHI National Evaluation Web Event Training Series: Measuring Wraparound Fidelity in Systems of Care
On Thursday, April 26, 2:30-4 p.m. ET, the National Evaluation Team from the Children's Mental Health Initiative (CHMI) will host a webinar on the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System (WFAS). The WFAS assesses the quality and fidelity of individualized care planning and management across all levels of implementation. Presenters will provide overviews of the system's measures and strategies for incorporating fidelity assessments into existing data collection procedures.

Engagement via a Crisis or Pre-crisis Tool Within a Wellness Recovery Action Plan
On Wednesday, May 2, 1-2 p.m. ET, Recovery to Practice will present the second webinar in the Recovery-Oriented Engagement Practices series. Nev Jones, MA, MA, PhD, assistant professor, University of South Florida, and Matthew R. Federici, MS, CPRP, executive director of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery, will draw from the tools and resources in peer-provided practices to identify respectful and meaningful approaches to engagement.

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Data Report Webinar
In observance of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day on May 10, SAMHSA will release a data report that focuses on children and youth who have experienced trauma. The report will look at the prevalence of trauma among the nation’s children and youth and examine the behavioral health outcomes for those who receive services through systems of care. Join SAMHSA and the National Association of Mental Health Program Directors on Thursday, May 3, 2-3:30 p.m. ET, for the Awareness Day Data Report Webinar to learn more.

Webinar Recording: Bringing Evidence-Based Program Adaptations into Public Child Welfare Systems
The webinar from the Annie E. Casey Foundation was the first in a four-part series of webinars called Leading With Evidence: Informing Practice With Research. The series grows out of Leading With Evidence conferences that the Casey and William T. Grant foundations have hosted in Baltimore for the last two years in which about 100 child welfare leaders, researchers, and program developers have come together to understand and advance the use of research and evidence in child welfare practice.

Telegram Replay
Using Social Marketing for Systems Change
This session focused 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 shared 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.

Positive Practices for Working with Psychosis
The webinar introduced the model, discussed the five components of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp)-informed skills, and drew 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.

Monitoring the Future 2017 Survey Results
Monitoring the Future is an annual survey of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-graders conducted by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan under a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. Since 1975, the survey has measured how teens nationwide report their drug and alcohol use and related attitudes. A total of 47,703 students from 360 public and private schools participated in the 2017 survey.

Help Test a New Tool to Assess Youth and Young Adult Voice on Committees and Councils
Do you work with or are you part of an advisory or governance committee/council that includes young people as members? Help test the Assessment of Youth/Young Adult Voice on Committees and Councils (Y-VOC). Youth M.O.V.E. National has partnered with Pathways RTC to develop the Y-VOC, and they need your help to review and determine if the tool can be beneficial to the field.

State of the Science: Peer Support for Youth and Young Adults who Experience Serious Mental Health Conditions
Pathways RTC's State of the Science briefings and project summaries are available online, and one will be highlighted each month, beginning with peer support. This brief reviews the research literature on peer support for youth and young adults who experience serious mental health conditions, describes how current work at Pathways RTC is helping to build new knowledge about peer support, and outlines implications for a research agenda going forward.

Join the Learning Community on Trauma-Sensitive Schools
The National Council for Behavioral Health is accepting applications to become part of a Learning Community on Trauma-Sensitive Schools. Connect with experts and professionals from schools across the nation and become part of a one-of-a-kind Learning Community in a year-long journey dedicated to creating healthier schools with a trauma-sensitive approach. Applications to participate are due by May 4.

State Policies for Assessing Access: Analysis of 2016–2018 Child Care Development Plans
A new report from the Early Childhood Data Collaborative examines how states and territories are addressing or plan to address the new requirements and goals of the Child Care and Development Fund reauthorization law regarding access to high-quality early care and education services. The report reviews state policies and data used to measure progress toward expanded access.

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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).