Children Must Live With Families– TEDx with John VanDenBerg

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In this TED Talk, Child Psychologist Dr. John VanDenBerg shares the powerful, shocking story of one child who changed him forever and inspired his life's work as an Innovator of services for children with complex needs. The story of this child who endured severe incidents of violence, sexual abuse, psychiatric detention, and failed foster care and group home placements, has inspired John and thousands of people across the world to help families and communities make commitments to keep children safe and protected.

Dr. John VanDenBerg is internationally recognized as a leading authority on innovative services for children with complex needs and their families. He is the Board Chair person for Citizens for a Healthy Community, is a consultant to Families Plus, a children agency in Delta, and is the national mentor for a major anti-poverty program, The Open Table. As a caution, Dr. VanDenBerg's talk will reference child sexual abuse.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

International Bipolar Foundation Receives 2016 Change Maker Award

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Congratulations to Muffy Walker, founder of the International Bipolar Foundation, for winning the 2016 Organization Change Maker Award!

Each year, the Child Mind Institute honors advocacy organizations and individuals who are making a difference in our shared quest for improved services and supports for individuals and families experiencing mental health challenges. 

We can't think of a better organization to receive this honor!

Learn more about all of the Change Maker Award winners here.

SAMHSA Offering Funding for Training Paraprofessionals to Work With Youth

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SAMHSA-HRSA Collaborative Grants

2016 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Paraprofessionals and Professionals Program

The 2016 Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) for Paraprofessionals and Professionals Program is a collaborative grant that will provide funding during federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. The BHWET program funds eligible behavioral health paraprofessional and professional training programs to develop and expand the substance use and mental health workforce. Special emphasis is on training to meet the needs of children, adolescents, and transitional-age youth at risk for developing or who have a recognized behavioral health disorder.

Grant Eligibility
Applications for the grant are due by July 1, 2016. Eligible applicants include:

  • Behavioral paraprofessional certificate training programs and peer paraprofessional certificate training programs.
  • Accredited masters-level schools and programs of psychology, marriage and family therapy, as well as psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners and counselors, including licensed professional counselors and school counselors. Programs must require a pre-degree, clinical field placement in behavioral health as part of the training, and a prerequisite for graduation.
  • American Psychological Association (APA) accredited doctoral-level internships in health service psychology.

Given the current number of BHWET-supported schools and programs of social work and to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of total FY 2016 funds across the behavioral health continuum from paraprofessionals to professionals, current BHWET recipients are not eligible to apply. Schools and programs of social work are also not eligible to apply.

A call to discuss grant eligibilities and funding awards is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

  • Call-in Number: 1-888-220-3085 
  • Participant Code: 5404141 
  • Adobe Connect Link:
  • Instant replay will be available through July 24, 2016, 10:59 p.m. Central Time by calling 1-800-337-5668 with the passcode 9744.

Apply for the Grant Today

New Report Recommends Strategies Linking Literacy and Social-Emotional Skills to Improve Children's Success in School

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Experts agree that there is a deep connection between social-emotional development and literacy in children's early school success including achieving reading proficiency in the early grades. Reading proficiency by the end of third grade is a strong predictor of high school graduation and later student success. In Connecticut, 57 percent of 4th graders, including 80 percent of low-income children, and 85 percent of African-American children failed to achieve reading proficiency by the end of 3rd grade posing serious consequences for their future.

"To effectively address the achievement gap in Connecticut and boost school-age reading proficiency rates, we need to start early with integrated strategies that support infant and early childhood social-emotional and language development," according to Judith Meyers, President and CEO of CHDI.

In 2014, nine communities in Connecticut explored researched-based strategies to link supports for social-emotional and literacy skills. The effort was part of the Connecticut Peer Learning Pilot on Social-Emotional Development and Early Literacy, developed and led by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, in partnership with the National Center for Children in Poverty and with support from the Irving Harris Foundation and others. Participating community teams represented Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund Discovery Initiative coalitions from Bridgeport, Colchester, Danbury, Enfield, Norwalk, Torrington, Vernon, West Hartford, and Winchester.

connecting social and emotionalThe Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI) recently released a report based on the Connecticut Peer Learning Pilot. The report, IMPACTConnecting Social and Emotional Health and Literacy: Critical for Early School Success, explores the interplay between young children's social-emotional development and early literacy and language skills, elevates awareness of the connections between these essential competencies, and seeks to accelerate actions by states and communities to advance children's readiness for school and successful educational achievement.

"Early cognitive and social-emotional skills are interactive and woven together - like strands of a rope," notes Ann Rosewater, lead author of the report and co-leader of the Connecticut Peer Learning Pilot on Social-Emotional Development and Early Literacy. "The strategies and tools in this report will help communities implement approaches to align children's literacy and social-emotional health."

  • Click here for the full report.  
  • For more detailed information on implementing successful strategies for early school success, visit
  • For media questions, contact Julie Tacinelli at or 860-679-1534.

The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut (CHDI), a subsidiary of the Children's Fund of Connecticut, is a not-for-profit organization established to promote and maximize the healthy physical, behavioral, emotional, cognitive and social development of children throughout Connecticut. CHDI works to ensure that children in Connecticut, particularly those who are disadvantaged, will have access to and make use of a comprehensive, effective, community-based health and mental health care system.

Building Healthy Communities by Supporting the Needs of Children and Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances

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SAMHSA's Olmstead Initiative is pleased to announce our next national webinar, "Exploring the Social Determinants of Mental Health: Building Healthy Communities by Supporting the Needs of Children and Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances." This webinar will feature presentations from national, state and local level experts on:

  • Social determinants of mental health and the effects of adverse childhood experiences 
  • Opportunities for creating community level care that reduces the reliance on residential placements for children and youth.

Presenters Include:

  • Dr. Ruth Shim, Vice Chair, Education and Faculty Development, Department of Psychiatry, Lenox Hill Hospital, and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine 

    Dr. Michael Rauso, Division Chief, Los Angeles County - Department of Children and Family Services 

    A Representative from KVC Behavioral Healthcare, Inc., an agency recognized by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a best-practice provider in children and family services. 

Find a Dentist For Your Kid (Who Accepts Medicaid & CHIP)

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This is just one of the many cool widgets you can add to your organizations website so that your followers can have easy access to health-related services that honor Medicaid and CHIP. 

A widget is a tool that can display data from one or more source and have it appear on other websites. The HRSA Data Warehouse (HDW) has created widgets to enable HRSA data to be displayed on any Web page, blog, or site.

After a widget is added to a website, there is no technical maintenance required – the data is updated automatically by the HDW according to our refresh schedule. Subscribe to the widget RSS feed for notices regarding new or enhanced widgets.

  • Check out the widget page here and be a part of making Medicaid and CHIP accessible for all!

National Wraparound Conference

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wrapconferenceJoin System of Care professionals and Wraparound experts and pioneers from across the U.S. and Canada for a conference that will empower individuals and partnerships, and provide an inclusive and dynamic forum to foster peer networks, share information, and build skills while facilitating interactive dialogue and discussion around the Wraparound Communities of Practice.

Innovation and Excellence in Wraparound

June 7-9, 2016
Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront – Melbourne Beach, FL

Keynote Speakers:
Dr. John Vandenberg
Wraparound Pioneer and National Expert
Derek Clark,Former Foster Youth and Motivational Speaker, Author and “Rapping Dad”

Special Guest Presenters:
John Franz
Paper Boat Consulting
Pat MilesMiles Consulting
Dr. Karen ShmuklerAssistant Superintendent of Student Services in the Public Schools of Brookline, Massachusetts

Register Early to Save!
CEU’s Available

Early Registration Fee:
$395 through March 31, 2016

General Registration

Group Rate
Register 8 or more attendees throughout the early registration period and receive 10% off the registration fee by using code GROUP16NCFIE.

For additional information, visit

Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Say no to the Dakota Access Pipeline

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We, the Standing Rock Youth, oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the Missouri and Cannon Ball River because it poses a serious threat to our water and our land. This campaign echoes our belief that together, we can protect our water and our future.

Join our mission for clean safe water by signing our petition urging the Army Corps of Engineer NOT to sign off on a construction permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. With YOUR help we can work to maintain and protect this sacred land. 

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