October 31, 2016

Notable News
TA Network has launched the Quality Collaborative on Improving the Use of Psychotropic Medications in Residential Treatment Facilities to collaboratively review current practices and develop and implement strategies to improve psychotropic medications prescribed for children and youth in residential care.  

The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW), has entered into a cooperative agreement to establish a National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability, and Permanency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Children and Youth in Foster Care (LGBTQ QIC). This project will work nationally, in partnership with state child welfare systems, to implement promising and evidence-based practices that improve placement stability, well-being, and permanency. Interventions will be designed to enhance staff, caregiver, and provider knowledge, skills, and competency in providing safe, affirming, and supportive environments for LGBTQ youth in foster care.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation grants. The purpose of this program is to provide funding to states/territories/tribes to improve treatment for adolescents and/or transitional aged youth with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders by assuring youth state-wide access to evidence-based assessments, treatment models, and recovery services. 

SAMHSA's recorded webinar on the 2017 Funding Opportunity Announcement: SOC Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements is now available! This webinar provides a walk-through of the Funding Opportunity Announcement and provides tips for submitting a successful application.
While transitions can be stressful for organizations, they can also present opportunities for revitalization and positive transformation. A new resource from FREDLA highlights Facilitating Smooth Executive Director Transitions While Maintaining the Organization's Mission and Services.
Funding Announcements 
Application Due: December 07, 2016
SAMHSA is now accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017 program, Planning and Developing Infrastructure to Improve the Mental Health and Wellness of Children, Youth and Families in American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) Communities grants. The purpose of this program is to provide tribal and urban Indian communities with tools and resources to plan and design a holistic, community-based, coordinated system of care approach. These grants are intended to increase the capacity and effectiveness of mental health systems serving AI/AN communities.
Application Due: December 20, 2016
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is also accepting applications for the fiscal year 2017 program Cooperative Agreements for the Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances.The purpose of this program is to improve behavioral health outcomes for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.  
 Application Due: January 03, 2017
TA Network Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 16, 2:30-4 p.m. ET
The System of Care (SOC) Expansion Leadership Learning Community (LC) will launch with an overview of the 2016 SOC Expansion Cooperative Agreements. This LC is designed to support SOC leaders in meeting the requirements of their cooperative agreements and accessing technical assistance resources to support successful SOC expansion and sustainability. 
Thursday, November 17, 3-4:30 p.m. ET
Family-run organizations often work with families who are caring for a child who may be eligible for services from an out-of-home program. This webinar will cover creative ways that family-run organizations can partner with residential and community providers to support use of these best practices, with a special emphasis on successfully engaging families.   

Wednesday, December 14, 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Join this webinar to learn more about free grant research and tools, dynamic proposal development, and relationship management that will steer you and your team to identifying the right funding partners and keeping them engaged in your work.
  Direct Connect National Learning Community for Young Leaders
Thursday, December 15, 3:30-5 p.m. ET
Don't miss your opportunity to register for Youth M.O.V.E. National's highly interactive Direct Connect National Learning Community for Young Leaders! We look forward to connecting with you and supporting you in developing skills and relationships that will help you in your work to transform the behavioral health system and expand Systems of Care.
Pathways RTC just released a new consumer-friendly product:  AMP's Top Ten Tips for Engaging with Young People. This tip sheet provides information on how to engage successfully with youth, using specific examples to illustrate effective (and ineffective) communication.
The Working With the Correctional System and Incarcerated Parents 
podcast features a conversation between those with experience on both sides of the working relationship between the child welfare and correctional systems. Each side of this relationship shares the same vision for the incarcerated parents: Reentry into society and reunification with their family where appropriate.
In this issue of the SAMHSA Disaster TA Center  Supplemental Research Bulletin, we travel across the United States and through all stages of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery in examining community-level approaches to disaster behavioral health. While not meant to be comprehensive, the issue zeroes in on approaches that exemplify the benefits of a community-level approach, looking at research on how they are structured and how effective they are.
Research shows that children placed in foster care are more likely to develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder than veterans of war.  A Hidden Crisis: The Pipeline from Foster Care to Homelessness for LGBTQ Youth, an article in The Chronicle of Social Change, discusses this common occurrence along with the reasons why this happens.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that one person in a relationship uses to control the other. The behavior may be verbally, emotionally, physically, financially, or sexually abusive. NCTSN in partnership with Futures without Violence has developed 10 fact sheets on Children and Domestic Violence for parents who may have left, or are still in, an abusive relationship.
Other Upcoming Webinars, Trainings, or Events 
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to advance systemic changes that embed health in school environments. To help this cause, the Foundation will support a collaborative, multi-pronged strategy with three complementary areas of work related to Research, Policy, and Strategic Action. This Call for Qualifications (CFQ) represents Phase I of a two-phase selection process designed to identify eligible organizations to lead each area of work. Responses are due November 30, at 3:00 p.m. ET
Team Up For Families (TUFF) will partner with Youth M.O.V.E. National at the 27th Annual Conference National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health to lay the groundwork for a youth-driven, peer-taught navigation curriculum. On Thursday, November 10, TUFF and Youth M.O.V.E. will co-facilitate an all-day Workshop Lab for 20 youth leaders, followed on Friday by a parallel workshop lab for families/mentors of transition-age youth. After completing the Lab, youth can apply for year-long compensated positions as co-authors of the multimedia curriculum. If you are interested in attending the Family/Mentor 3-hour Institute on Friday, November 11, please be sure to pre-register!   

The Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program supports jurisdictions that are interested in developing a sound infrastructure to promote multi-system approaches to serving at-risk, justice-involved youth and their families. In partnership with the Center for Coordinated Assistance to the States, the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) will provide distance learning training and technical assistance to up to 6 jurisdictions at no cost to help them identify gaps in policy and practice, enhance information sharing capacities, explore how key decision points impact the trajectory of the youth currently being served, understand utilization of logic models to develop youth- and system-level outcome measures, and support culture change through leadership development. Applications are due by November 11.  
The Children's Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) is hosting a two-part series on family and youth involvement in evaluation. The next webinar on November 17 will focus on the implementation of youth-guided and youth-driven practice in evaluation
Both webinars are designed for individuals fulfilling multiple roles in SOC expansion grant sites, including youth and family organizations, stakeholders, evaluators, directors, managers, and other team members.
Call for PresentationsShare best practices and expertise from your work at the NICWA 34th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference. Popular past workshops have presented innovative tribal and community programs, unveiled new curricula and research, and shared effective youth engagement practices. The proposal deadline is November 17. 
The National Association for Children's Behavioral Health (NACBH) is hosting a two-day conference on December 1-2 in St. Pete, FL titled Leveraging Organizational Health to Advance Your Mission. This meeting will provide an opportunity for agency executives and key managers to engage with NACBH's mission-driven thought leaders while learning about organizational health concepts and tools to increase effectiveness.

The Adults Working with Native Youth Training of Trainers event is intended for adults who work with Native youth. Participants who complete the training will be certified trainers in the Native Wellness Institute's 10-lesson "Native Youth Leadership" curriculum. The training will be hands-on, experiential, and participants will give presentations to display their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum. 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce that the 2016 CMS Quality Conference: Aligning for Innovation and Outcomes, will be held December 13-15 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore, MD. Register for the conferenceand reserve your accommodations. 

The National Council for Behavioral Health NATCON Conference represents the largest gathering of mental health and substance use treatment organizations in our industry and is a wonderful opportunity for you to speak with senior staff, administrators, clinical managers, researchers, policy makers, consumers, and board members of organizations. The conference will be held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA, April 3 - 5, 2017. To take advantage of a special discount, enter the code "500NCBH17" when you register
In Case You Missed It
Visit and subscribe to the TA Network's YouTube channel (The SOC TA Network), to access past LC webinars, Monthly Minute videos, and more. 

This Behavioral Health Disparity Impact Statements (BHDIS) webinar was focused on SAMHSA's requirements which are used to identify disparate populations served by organizations and systems of care. Participants gained a greater understanding of the importance of BHDIS, how to gather data, and methods to utilize the statements for ongoing service development/continuity. SAMHSA grantees are required to submit BHDIS within 60 days of new awards. Office hours will be made available for grantees over the next couple of weeks by Dr. Peter Gamache (peter.gamache@gmail.com) for BHDIS assistance.
Save the Date: The 30th Annual Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health will be held in Tampa, FL March 5 - 8, 2017. Early bird registration is now open!
Job Announcements 

Howard Center
Burlington, VT
Program Director (National Quality Improvement Center for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care)
University of Maryland
Baltimore, MD
 This announcement is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health (NTTAC), operated by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children's Behavioral Health (TA Network). 
University of Maryland School of Social Work,525 West Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
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