The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment in Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts and Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts. The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment services in existing adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts (which are the tribal version of adult drug courts) and in Juvenile Treatment Drug Courts (tribal or non-tribal) which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment (including recovery support services supporting substance abuse treatment, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination) to defendants/offenders.
The term “drug court” is a specially designed court calendar or docket with the purpose of reducing recidivism and substance abuse among substance-abusing offenders and increasing the likelihood of successful habilitation through early, continuous, and intense judicially supervised treatment, mandatory periodic drug testing, and the use of appropriate sanctions and other habilitation services. Drug courts have been created at a high rate with almost 2,500 in existence in 2012, but many lack sufficient funding for substance abuse treatment. Treatment drug courts represent the coordinated efforts of the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, mental health, social service, and treatment communities to actively intervene and break the cycle of substance abuse, addiction, and crime. Stakeholders work together to give individual clients the opportunity to improve their lives, including recovery from substance use disorders, and develop the capacity and skills to become fully-functioning parents, employees, and citizens.
SAMHSA’s interest is to actively support and shape treatment drug courts that serve substance-abusing clients in the respective problem-solving court models as long as the court meets all the elements required for drug courts. The intent is to meet the clinical needs of clients and ensure clients are treated using evidence-based practices consistent with the disease model and the problem-solving model, rather than with the traditional court case-processing model. A long-term goal of this program is to build sustainable systems of care for individuals needing treatment drug court services.
Okay Network faithful, the table is set. Get on it and add a critical component to meeting the needs of youth with mental health and substance abuse issues. Our judicial system is full enough. Let's promote alternatives, strengthen communities, save money and more important, strengthen the resiliency needed for youth with substance use challenges to become successful adults.
This is a great opportunity that will slip away if Network faithful don't generate strong interest. Time to talk with your local judges and community partners and get to writin'. The deadline for proposals is March 17.
To demonstrate the impact of Statewide Family Networks (SFNs) and the importance of SAMHSA funding for SFNs, the Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) is pleased to release a new report summarizing a survey of 31 SFNs.
The report, Statewide Family Network Grants: Building capacity for family-run organizations, confirms many things we have known, but lacked the information to verify. The 31 organizations responding to the survey reported that:
- SFNs provided support or education to over 109,000 families during the last fiscal year;
- SFNs had combined budgets of over 27.3 million last year with an average budget of $500,000 to $1 million;
- SFNs leveraged federal dollars in multiple ways by: states matching funds to support programs; attracting private foundation dollars; and launching new programs that are then sustained through other funding sources;
- SFNs provided an array of services and supports to families and professionals including: one-to-one support, training, suppport groups, conferences, newsletters, Youth MOVE, and social activities.
The report contains much more information that conveys the breadth, depth and impact of SFNs. Download the report here and be sure to visit the FREDLA website to learn more about what they do.
Should you want to learn more about FREDLA, you can attenda a one-hour webinar, FREDLA: How Can It Help Me and My Family Run Organization? on Tuesday, March 11, 2104 at 2:30 Eastern Standard Time.
The International Bipolar Foundation has opened the submission portal for the 2014 annual global essay contest to erase stigma associated with mental illness through education. The contest is part of the foundation's mission to address the impact of bipolar disorder and is open to all high school students.
- "Our hope", says Walker, Chairman and Co-founder of International Bipolar Foundation, "is that students will be interested in winning the prize and thereby research stigma in order to write the essay. In so doing, we will be educating a lot of young people and hopefully changing their perception about mental illness".
The First Place Winner will receive $500 and the Second Place Winner will receive $100.
Students may choose one of the following topics:
- How is mental health perceived and addressed in your community, both culturally and socially?
- How can you support a friend or loved one who may be dealing with Bipolar Disorder?
- How does media impact the stigma of bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses?
Entries will be judged by a panel of authors who write about bipolar disorder and mental illness. The winner will be announced in May, which is Mental Health month. High school students throughout the world are invited to participate.
For more information about the International Bipolar Foundation or to receive the essay rules and registration form, click here!
The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University is recruiting to fill the position of Director of Mental Health Policy and Planning. The application deadline is April 1, 2014. Interviews will be held during the months of May and June and plans are to offer the position to a successful candidate by the middle of July.
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – DIRECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH POLICY AND PLANNING
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health: Since 1984, the National Technical Assistance (TA) Center for Children’s Mental Health, at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, has been dedicated to helping states, tribes, territories, and communities transform their service systems to improve the social, emotional, and behavioral well-being of children, adolescents and their families. The TA Center has played a national leadership role in the development and implementation of technical assistance and training strategies to promote and sustain systems of care and service system reforms. The TA Center is funded and supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration for Children and Families, private foundations, and individual contracts.
Director of Mental Health Policy and Planning: The Director of Mental Health Policy and Planning holds a faculty position at the Georgetown University Medical Center and will work in Washington, DC. The director is responsible for leading the TA Center’s mental health policy and planning in the overall work of the TA Center. This position is designed to increase the capacity of states, tribes and communities to offer effective mental health services for children and families.
Position Duties: Providing technical assistance to states, communities, tribes, families and national organizations on system reform strategies that involve mental health; conducting relevant research/evaluation, and disseminating findings; participating on national task forces to provide a cross-system voice in policy discussions; facilitating collaboration between mental health and other child serving systems and organizations; partnering with other organizations and national resource centers on specific initiatives to maximize resources and share innovative practices; producing seminal system reform documents and providing training on them. In addition, the Director of Mental Health Policy and Planning participates in other TA Center activities such as state policy academies, biennial training institutes, national TA conference calls, and intensive coaching/TA for individual states.
Qualifications: MSW, DSW, PhD or related terminal degree. At least 5 years experience in the mental health system and in building cross-agency service systems. A successful candidate will have the ability to lead, work successfully with disparate groups, build partnerships, and to think systemically, analytically and strategically. Candidates need to demonstrate a commitment to system of care values and have experience in systems and service delivery at state and community levels, possess deep knowledge and understanding of: mental health programs, laws, policies, and mandates; childhood mental health disorders; and promising, evidence-based and trauma informed practices and interventions for children and youth in various child serving systems. The candidate must be proficient in oral and written communication as well as in facilitation, training, conducting workshops and presentations.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 1, 2014. Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.
For further information, contact:
Jim Wotring, Director
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
World Bipolar Day - an initiative of the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder, the International Bipolar Foundation, and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders - will be celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having bipolar disorder.
The vision of World Bipolar Day is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders and eliminate social stigma. Through international collaboration, the goal of World Bipolar Day will be to educate the world population about bipolar disorders and help improve sensitivity toward the illness.
International Bipolar Foundation's CALL TO ACTION:
- We are asking the general public to submit a photo with a message that says "I am ... " and then describe something about you, who you are beyond or behind your illness, such as "I'm am proud to be me" "I am an artist" "I am successful" "I am more than my illness."
- Also include your name (optional), and country. See example below.
- Submit images by March 28th to email@example.com with the signed photo permission form here.
- On March 30th images will be displayed on Facebook, Twitter and the International Bipolar Foundation website.
For more information, please visit www.ibpf.org or contact Ashley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The International Bipolar Foundation is at it again with another timely webinar on cutting-edge research on the use of nutrient therapies for bipolar disorder, featuring Dr. William Walsh.
Our present dependence on psychiatric drugs will gradually fade away as brain science advances. Learn how brain-changing imbalances occur in bipolar disorder. Discover how these imbalances alter brain levels of key neurotransmitters, disrupt epigenetic regulation of synapse activity, and cripple the body's protection against environmental toxins. A description of advanced nutrient therapies will be discussed.
After earning his degrees from Notre Dame and the University of Michigan, Dr. Walsh received a doctorate degree in chemical engineering from Iowa State. While working at Argonne National Laboratory in the 1970s, he organized a prison volunteer program that led to studies researching the causes of violent behavior. Over the next 30 years, Dr. Walsh developed biochemical treatments for patients with behavioral disorders, ADHD, autism, depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease that are used by doctors throughout the world. As author of information-packed Nutrient Power(2012), Dr. Walsh hopes to reach as many consumers about the powerful impact of nutrients on brain processes and how identifying your own biotype and taking the right nutrients can correct biochemical imbalances and improve mental health.
- Webinar: Advanced Nutrient Therapies for Bipolar Disorders
When: Thursday, March 20th at 9:00 AM PST
This webinar is applicable to consumers, caregivers and healthcare professionals.
Space is limited, reserve your Webinar seat now.
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Listen up Network faithful - we have a wonderful opportunity to participate in a training series on “A Practical Guide to Healthcare Reform: The ABCs of Eligibility under the ACA.” This series is being offered to the KidsWell network and their partners on a pro bono basis by Manatt Health Solutions. This is a great opportunity for those of you who find yourself answering questions from clients, colleagues and friends about health insurance options available through the ACA.
Targeted to community-based organizations, in-person assisters, Navigators and others seeking to help individuals understand their health insurance options, this five-part educational program will help you navigate the complex eligibility and enrollment rules under the ACA. Presenters will walk you through the rules that govern individual eligibility for Medicaid, premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions, and suggest strategies to inform consumers’ decisions when exploring their health coverage options.
There are two opportunities to participate. First, Manatt is hosting the full series of five webinars every Wednesday from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET beginning March 5th. In addition, Manatt is immediately available to offer free trainings, on a pro bono basis, to groups of 50 or more on any of the five topics listed below. If we can get 50 or more avid Children's Mental Health Network faithful for any of the topics described below, Manatt will offer a personalized session just for us. How cool is that? Send us your request and as soon as we get 50 people signed up we will send chocolates and flowers to the folks at Manatt and they will schedule an amazing training as soon as possible!
The five-part series includes:
- Affordable Care Act Primer (March 5). Learn how the ACA is transforming healthcare coverage, including how Medicaid and CHIP are changing—and how those changes fit within the broader context of healthcare reform. Topics include an overview of the new Marketplaces, Advance Premium Tax Credits (APTCs), Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSRs), private insurance reforms and the shared responsibility payment. Register for the March 5 webinar today!
- Medicaid 101 (March 12). Understand the Medicaid eligibility and enrollment changes under the ACA. Review which states have decided to expand Medicaid and the implications of this decision. Understand the new benefit requirements for adults covered as a result of the Medicaid expansion. Find out how Medicaid fits within the continuum of coverage opportunities available under the ACA. Register for the March 12 webinar today!
- Advance Payments of Premium Tax Credits (APTCs) and Cost-Sharing Reductions (CSRs): A Practical Guide (March 19). Learn about the financial and nonfinancial eligibility criteria for APTCs and CSRs. Gain insights into the options for using APTCs to purchase plans. Learn the two ways APTCs can be received. Take a detailed look at how the APTC is calculated. Get an in-depth view of the income measure (Modified Adjusted Gross Income) used to evaluate eligibility and calculate the size of APTCs and CSRs. Register for the March 19 webinar today!
- Advance Payment of the Premium Tax Credit Reconciliation (March 26). Understand what reconciliation is, how it works and how to calculate it through real-world examples. Discover effective strategies for minimizing APTC repayment, including accurately projecting household size and income, taking less tax credit in advance and promptly reporting household and income changes. Get a step-by-step guide to obtaining and reconciling APTCs. Register for the March 26 webinar!
- Qualified Health Plan Selection: The Keys to Choosing the Right Option (April 2). Learn about the factors to consider when selecting a Qualified Health Plan. Identify the key considerations to take into account beyond cost, including provider networks and formulary designs. Explore the interplay between premiums and cost-sharing across metal levels, as well as for catastrophic coverage. Walk through specific, real-life examples that demonstrate the implications of premium and cost-sharing options for consumers, depending on their ages, incomes and health needs. Register for the April 2 webinar!
Remember, if you want a personalized training let us know. We need a minimum of 50 people for the training before we send our request to the good folks at Manatt.If you have any questions, contact Scott Bryant-Comstock at 919-219-2342 or email@example.com.
Network faithful take note that the House of Representatives deadline for Members' to submit programmatic and language submissions for consideration in the 2015 Appropriations bill will be here before we know it. The deadline for submissions to the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies is April 4th. The online system for submissions is now open and you can see the instructions to House members here.
If ever there was a time to give your Representative a call to share your thoughts about what should be in the 2015 budget... I would say it is now.
Additional information for other subcommittees can be found on the House Appropriations Committee website.