May 21, 2018
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SAMHSA Blog: Broadening Access to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Data
In her blog post, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz announced the re-establishment of public access to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA), which is the main platform for disseminating data collected with our various national mental health and substance abuse surveys. SAMHDA makes public-use data files available to anyone for download, in a variety of formats.

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 (Short Title: Native Connections) 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.

School Connectedness and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
This research summary from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center examines how the role of school connectedness in protecting youth from suicidal thoughts and behaviors is well-documented. In this meta-analysis, researchers sought to account for measurement and sample variability to examine the consistency of findings across multiple studies.

Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder Among Children Aged 8 Years
The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network is an active surveillance system that provides estimates of the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among 8-year-old children whose parents or guardians reside within 11 ADDM sites in the United States. The latest findings from the ADDM Network provide evidence that the prevalence of ASD is higher than previously reported estimates and continues to vary among certain racial/ethnic groups and communities.

Stopping Alcohol Use in Middle School
From the Child Trends blog: Alcohol use in adolescence is linked to problems in school, health issues, and substance abuse later on, but finding an effective strategy to persuade kids not to drink is difficult. A new study shows when middle schoolers work together, they are more likely to say no to alcohol.

TA Network Webinars
Today, May 21
2:30 - 4 p.m. EDT
Early Childhood SOC Learning Community: Using the Facilitating Attuned Interactions (FAN) Approach as a Tool for Strengthening Early Childhood SOCs
This webinar will focus on how to use the FAN approach in systems of care serving young children and their families. The goal of FAN is to strengthen the provider-parent relationship, resulting in parents who are attuned to their children and ready to try new ways of relating to them.

Friday, June 1
2 - 3:30 p.m. EDT
Rural Behavior Health Learning Community: Building Capacity for Peer Support
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. 

Wednesday, June 20 2:30 – 4 p.m. EDT
SOC Expansion Leadership Learning Community: Improving Outcomes for Youth Dually Involved in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems
This learning community will focus on youth who are involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, many of whom have serious behavioral health challenges. This session will provide an overview of the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM), developed by Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform as an evidenced-based system reform model to impact this population.

Friday, June 22
1 – 2:30 p.m. EDT
Creating High-Integrity Peer Support in Early Psychosis Programs
This webinar will explore peer support as a critical discipline within early psychosis teams. Presenters will review the unique history and role of the peer support profession and how it differs from clinical perspectives. The webinar will discuss how agencies and early psychosis programs can most effectively integrate and support peer support specialists. There will be a discussion of common questions and challenges as well as resources for continuing education.

Training and Events
Social Media/Technology for Outreach and Engagement
On Wednesday, May 23, 1-2 p.m. EDT, Recovery to Practice will present the third webinar in the Recovery-Oriented Engagement Practices series. John Naslund, PhD, of the Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine will share his research and experiences working alongside individuals living with serious mental illness and community mental health providers. He will discuss ways to use technology and social media to overcome engagement challenges in the 21st century.

CMHI National Evaluation Web Event Training Series: Family and Youth Involvement and Leadership in System of Care Evaluation
On Thursday, May 24, 2-3:30 p.m. EDT, youth and family leaders, alongside the Children's Mental Health Initiative's (CHMI) national evaluation team, will host a web event on engaging youth and families in SOC evaluation. The event will address strategies for better involving families and youth in evaluation as respondents and ways to involve families and youth in all phases of conducting evaluations.

Human Trafficking: A Rural Perspective
Schools have an important role to play in preventing and responding to the human trafficking of children. This webinar from SAMHSA and the American Institutes for Research (AIR), scheduled for Thursday, May 25 from 3-4:30 p.m. EDT, will provide information and resources to assist school districts in developing policies, procedures, evidence-based prevention programs and practices as well as focused services for those who are victims or at risk of being trafficked.

The Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Pain Management and Pharmacology, Social Impact and Best Practices for Program Development and Effectiveness Webinar
The opioid crisis is a national issue and primary target for national prevention. The SAMHSA Prevention Learning Community will present information via a subject matter expert panel to address the issues regarding trends, research, policy, social impact and highlights of best practices all attendees can utilize to enhance prevention programs at the national, regional, state, tribal and local level. This webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5 from 10-11:30 a.m. ET.

Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee Meeting
SAMHSA's Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee will hold a daylong meeting Friday, June 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT. The meeting will include information on federal efforts related to serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbance, including data evaluation and recommendations for action. The meeting can be accessed by the public via webcast at  or by joining the teleconference toll-free at 1-888-928-9713, passcode 7160920.

2018 School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Certificate Program
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform is accepting applications for the 2018 School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Certificate Program in partnership with the American Institutes for Research and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The training will be held Sept. 24-28, 2018, at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center. The program will include cutting-edge ideas, policies, and practices focused on the development of systems and partnerships that take a holistic approach to the educational process. Applications are due by June 15.

Webinar Recording: Balancing ACEs with HOPE
The adverse childhood experiences (ACE) study clearly linked early childhood experiences to lifelong behavioral, emotional, and physical outcomes. This Digital Dialogue from the Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD) introduces the concept of HOPE: Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences, and explores a new public health approach that promotes the conditions necessary for those positive experiences that lead to healthy outcomes.

Webinar Recording: New Jersey Family Success Centers
New Jersey operates a network of more than 50 Family Success Centers as a core strategy for child abuse and neglect prevention. The centers are safe and welcoming neighborhood gathering places where any community resident can go for support, information, and services. They offer family-oriented programs and strength-based activities for all ages. Learn more about New Jersey’s experience and the implications for family support programs and strategies with this webinar from CANTASD.

Missed Opportunities: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America
This research brief from Voices of Youth Count highlights research related to the experiences of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ) and face homelessness. Compared to heterosexual and nontransgender youth, LGBTQ youth are disproportionately represented among the nearly 4.2 million youth and young adults in America who experience some form of homelessness during a 12-month period.

Telegram Replay
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.

Release of HHS Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Action Plan
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Action Plan. The plan includes recent and planned actions from HHS, the Department of Labor, and the Department of the Treasury related to implementation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, based on written comments from stakeholders and input from a public listening session held in July 2017.

State Strategies for Medicaid Quality Improvement for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN)
The National Academy for State Health Policy, with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, convened a national work group representing state Medicaid agencies, state Title V CYSHCN programs, families of CYSHCN, child health services resea rchers, pediatric providers, and federal agencies to assess the state of Medicaid quality measurement and improvement for this population, and to recommend key opportunities and strategies for state Medicaid agencies to strengthen these efforts.

Focal Point: Community Integration
This issue of Focal Point from Pathways Research and Training Center includes a series of research summaries that reflect the state of the science and project descriptions focused on the theme of community integration for youth and young adults who experience serious mental health conditions.

Ethics in Parent Peer Support: Balancing Your Lived Experience and Professional Roles
The Ethics in Parent Peer Support Workbook is a tool to help new and seasoned parent peer support providers practice handling ethical dilemmas. The workbook was developed by the Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association with partial support from a contract with the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health, operated by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health, which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch.

Recommended Standard Care for People with Suicide Risk: Making Health Care Suicide Safe
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention released a report that includes the first recommendations on suicide-related standard care for primary care, behavioral health care, and emergency department settings. The recommendations present feasible, practical, and evidence-based actions that health care organizations can adopt immediately.

Job Announcements
Administrator, Division of Child and Family Services
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of administrator, Division of Child and Family Services. The person in this position will report to the director of DHHS and provide leadership, direction, and executive oversight in the areas of child welfare, mental health programs for children, and juvenile justice. The position is located in Carson City, Nev.

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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).