CMHI TA Center announced

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As most CMHI grantees know the Technical Assistance Center contract has been awarded to the Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network). Here is the text of the letter that was sent to grantees today. Please note that the TA Network was unable to get the most up to date list due to the federal government shut down so the Children's Mental Health Network is sharing this information as well to help spread the word.

Friday, October 04, 2013 4:12 PM
Subject: Introducing the TA Network

Good Afternoon,

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network), the new national technical assistance center for the States and communities funded by the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (Children’s Mental Health Initiative or CMHI). The TA Network looks forward to working with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch (CAFB) and each of the CMHI grantee sites in our work together over the next several years to expand and sustain Systems of Care and improve outcomes for children, youth and young adults with behavioral health needs and their families across the nation.

The Institute for Innovation and Implementation (The Institute) at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work will lead the TA Network as the coordinating entity and centralized contact. In addition to The Institute, the TA Network core partners include (in alphabetical order):

In addition to our core partners, the TA Network includes a rich, diverse group of advisors, consultants and other resource organizations.

The TA Network recognizes and values the wealth of national, regional, state and local capacity that has evolved within and across Systems of Care  over the past 25 years and is excited to launch our technical assistance network approach in full partnership with the CAFB, CMHI grantees, families and youth, and all of our partners. We intend to leverage this incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in the delivery of a flexible, developmentally-phased model to create a nimble, timely, and relevant technical assistance capacity. We are committed to delivering field-driven, data-informed, and culturally responsive technical assistance. Our approach will incorporate flexibility and strive to deliver expertise tailored to the specific needs of States and communities within a rapidly changing and increasingly sophisticated climate driven by health reform, technological advances and other major shifts affecting children, youth and families.

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) will continue to provide technical assistance to tribal and urban Indian grantees under a separate contract. We look forward to sharing resources and collaborating with NICWA. We also would like to recognize and thank the American Institutes for Research for their dedication and professionalism in providing this service for the past 14 years. The TA Network is in the process of working with the CFAB and our colleagues at the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University to ensure a seamless transition that respects and supports each CMHI grantee’s technical assistance needs.

If you have any questions during this transition, please feel free to call The Institute at 410-706-8300 or contact us by email at mzabel@ssw.umaryland.edu (Michelle), mmatarese@ssw.umaryland.edu (Marlene), or dsulzbach@ssw.umaryland.edu (Denise). While the federal government is on shutdown status and most SAMHSA staff are furloughed, our ability to respond to technical assistance requests will be limited. We will make note of your requests and questions and will seek guidance from the point of contact at SAMHSA during the shutdown. The shutdown also has inhibited our ability to obtain a complete and comprehensive list of contacts for each of the CMHI grantee sites. We recognize that our contact list is incomplete. Please feel free to share this letter with your colleagues and send us contact information for staff who you would like to be added to the TA Network’s listserv. We appreciate your patience with this situation.

In partnership,

Michelle Zabel, TA Network Project Director
Marlene Matarese & Denise Sulzbach, Co-Deputy Directors

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