More Young Children with ADHD Could Benefit from Behavior Therapy

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Behavior therapy recommended before medicine for young children with ADHD ~

More young children two to five years of age receiving care for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) could benefit from psychological services – including the recommended treatment of behavior therapy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest Vital Signs report urges healthcare providers to refer parents of young children with ADHD for training in behavior therapy before prescribing medicine to treat the disorder.

National AI/AN Behavioral Health Conference

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The National AI/AN Behavioral Health Conference will be held on August 9 – 11, 2016, at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The theme is "Creating Trauma Informed Systems in AI/AN Communities. " The National AI/AN Behavioral Health Conference is the nation’s premier opportunity to assemble and hear from nationally recognized speakers, behavioral health care providers, Tribal leaders, and health care officials committed to addressing emergent behavioral health topics in Indian Country. The conference attracts presenters and participants from across the country who want to share their research and promising practices while providing opportunities for professional development, collaboration, and networking.

  • Conference dates: August 9 - 11, 2016
  • Conference location: Portland, OR
  • Conference registration and hotel reservations will open in June 2016.
  • The Draft Conference Agenda [PDF - 703 KB] is now available for download. 

Upcoming Webinar: How Can We Learn About the Effectiveness of Transition Programs for Youth and Young Adults?

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pathwaysNational Outcomes Measures (NOMs) about the Healthy Transitions Initiative (HTI) may provide some answers. This webinar will report on NOMs data gathered from seven HTI grantees, 19 local communities, and over 1500 young people (ages 16-25). The analysis will explore change in terms of social connectedness, mental health symptoms, and daily functioning. Limitations of the data and their effect on interpretation of the results will also be discussed.

  • Tue, Jun 21, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
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Return of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)

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The enhanced Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA) is back online with new features and a new URL: We encourage users to explore all of the files available for public use, which include new and updated series data.

In late summer 2016, the SAMHDA website will add a user-friendly, online analysis tool. Users will be able to create cross-tabs and perform logistic regression, chi-square tests, and t-tests from their web browsers. They will also be able to download output and underlying data in .csv format.

In early winter 2016, approved researchers will be able to access restricted-use data through a secure data portal. A new call for the data portal will follow once all approved researchers from the first three calls have access.

If you have questions or require technical assistance, contact the SAMHDA Help Desk through the online technical assistance form or by calling 1-888-741-7242.

OAH Picks: Summer Opportunities for Youth

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The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is out with another great set of tips for finding summer opportunities for youth. Learn more about OAH here.

In 2014, about nine percent of youth ages 16-19 were neither working nor in school. Connecting these young people to work, service, or program activities may change the direction of their lives and, potentially, the lives of those around them. 

The Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing recently released a new report on the forces shaping adolescent health around the world. The report's four key messages encourage investments toward adolescents' current and long-term well-being; helping adolescents engage with their communities; collaboration across sectors to reduce inequities; and ensuring that all sectors serving youth adapt to rapid cultural, social, and economic change. In the spirit of these themes, the following tips and resources can help engage adolescents and young adults in summer opportunities to foster their healthy development.

  1. Connect youth to work experiences. Spring is a great time for adolescents to explore jobs and internships that are available to them once the school year is over. Programs like AmeriCorpsUpward Bound, and Registered Apprenticeships provide teens and young adults with work-based learning and leadership opportunities, as well as fundamental support as they enter the workforce. Additionally, the White House launched Youth Jobs+ to leverage business support and create additional pathways to youth employment.

  2. Instill a spirit of service in youth. Youth volunteerism and participation in mentorship programs are associated with a number of positive outcomes, including decreased rates of truancy, depressive symptoms, and drug use, and increases in positive academic attitudes and grades. Research suggests that mentoring may help youth with disabilities transition into the workplace and adulthood. Check out OAH's resources for teens on how to get involved in service-learning opportunities and volunteer programs.

  3. Encourage youth to participate in out-of-school time programs. Particularly in the summer months, out-of-school time programs can address learning loss issues while tapping into youth's interests across multiple sectors. From faith-based retreats to STEM summer camps, these programs offer supportive and engaging activities for youth to explore their leadership and pre-employment skills outside of school. Learn more about summer learning loss, as well as best practices for summer learning programs and other summer learning resources.

  4. Connect youth to health services. During the summer months, young people may have more time to catch up on their healthcare needs. MyHealthFinder is an easy-to-use interactive tool and the authoritative go-to resource for evidence-based guidance on recommended preventive services, including those for adolescents and young adults. Also make sure to check out OAH's action steps and resources on fostering adolescent-friendly facilities to ensure meaningful engagement and more responsible health systems for youth.


For more information on promoting adolescent engagement and health throughout the year, check out the action steps and resources in our call-to-action, Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow℠ (TAG) and don’t forget about our Adolescent Health Library, which provides adolescent health resources from the federal government. 

Call for Abstracts: Integrating Evidence-Based Practice and Implementation Science in Academic and Field Curricula

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Co-Editors: Rosalyn M. Bertram, PhD (University of Missouri-Kansas City); Suzanne E. U. Kerns, PhD (University of Denver); and Patricia L. Kohl, PhD (Washington University in St. Louis)

For this special issue of the Journal of Social Work Education, we invite proposals for manuscripts that will focus on how to integrate evidence-based practice and implementation science into academic and field curricula. This special issue will advance our discourse beyond previous debate about the nature and appropriateness of evidence-based practice.

Proposal abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted by July 31, 2016. Editors of the special issue will select the most relevant abstracts and send invitations to submit complete manuscripts in September 2016. Invited manuscripts of accepted proposals must then be submitted for peer review by December 31, 2016. We expect this important special issue to be published in early 2018.


The context for social work education is rapidly changing. We must develop social workers who consistently use evidence to inform their practice, who are capable of delivering empirically supported interventions, and who understand and can apply implementation science and frameworks to support effective service delivery.

Referencing a recent Institute of Medicine report, then NIMH Director, Thomas Insel, challenged service professions to fully embrace and integrate evidence-based practice. Increasingly, major funding sources require delivery of practice models with proven effectiveness for specific populations and behaviors of concern. Furthermore, despite political rancor, bipartisan legislation is emerging that requires delivery of evidence-based practice, including the following:

  • The Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), has been approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives.
  • The Every Student Succeeds Act includes more than 80 mentions of evidence and evidence-based practice and distributes power to states and districts to implement those provisions.
  • Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is developing bipartisan congressional support for the Families First Act, which will require programs supported by Title IV-E funds to deliver well-defined promising practices beginning in 2017, then evidence-informed practices, and by 2023, evidence-based practices.


We seek conceptual and research-based manuscripts that present the following:

  • Examples of how the process of evidence-based practice, the delivery of evidence-based practice models, and the application of implementation science can be successfully integrated into academic and field curricula.
  • Demonstrations of how a focus on implementation science and frameworks in academic and field curricula manifests social work values and ethics and addresses accreditation standards.
  • Demonstrations of how teaching a process of evidence-based practice, as well as specific evidence-based treatment models, manifests social work values and ethics and addresses accreditation standards.
  • Strategies to successfully overcome faculty barriers to integrating the process of evidence-based practice, specific evidence supported treatment models, as well as implementation science and frameworks in academic and field curricula.

Timeline for Proposal Abstracts and Manuscript Submissions

  • A proposal abstract of no more than 500 words outlining the basis and scope of a complete manuscript should be sent by July 31, 2016, to Rosalyn M. Bertram PhD (
  • Editors of the special issue will select the most relevant abstracts and send an invitation to submit a complete manuscript by September 2016.

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 
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  • 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.

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