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The Webinar archive is where you can access recordings and materials from the Technical Assistance Partnership's previously hosted Web-based learning opportunities from 2006 to the present. You can also search Webinars by topic. View the calendar or register for upcoming Webinars.

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Orientation to 2012 SOC Expansion Implementation ("SOC-X4") Cooperative Agreements

Blau, G., Bob, M., Goldstrom, I., Hunt, S., Peters, S., Rider, F., Sondheimer, D., Stromberg, S., & Wotring, J.

2012 System of Care (SOC) Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreements reflect the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) evolving strategy to improve the behavioral health outcomes of children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. These new cooperative agreements support broad-scale operation, expansion, and integration of systems of care, including implementation of systemic changes in policy, financing, services and supports, training and workforce development, and other areas necessary to expand and sustain the system of care approach in this era of active national health reform implementation work.

This initial webinar provided a historical and contemporary context for your new cooperative agreement. SAMHSA outlined key requirements and expectations for your efforts over the next four years. The roles of the government project officer in support of your efforts were explained. Particular emphasis was placed on three key first year expectations: the beginning of service delivery by April 1, 2013; the submittal of a strategic financing plan for your system of care expansion initiative by September 30, 2013; and requirements for data collection and performance measurement. In addition, representatives of the TA Enterprise team described the array of technical assistance processes and resources they will provide to support your implementation work.

Rural Behavioral Health Town Hall

Francis, K., Sebian, J., Vogt, J.

This webinar involved a facilitated discussion for you to share your ideas as well as discuss your successes and challenges in shaping environments and in providing programs and services to children and families in rural communities, so that we can identify topics and areas of focus for the 2013 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series.

Promoting Suicide Prevention Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Youth

Carnes, M., Fisher, S., Nemenz, W., & Poirier, J.

This webinar discussed issues related to suicide and self-harming behavior among LGBT youth. Presenters shared information, strategies, and resources from (1) Improving Emotional & Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals, a recently published book covering research-based recommendations and practices; (2) SAMHSA's Suicide Prevention Branch; and (3)The Trevor Project (www.thetrevorproject.org), the nation's leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT youth. Presenters shared their expertise and recommendations for how YOU can enhance the well-being of LGBT youth.


A Culturally Responsive Perspective to Integrating Evidence-Based Practice with Systems of Care

Vargas, L. & Martinez, K.

Evidence-based practices have been part of our clinical landscape for the last twenty years since the concept was first introduced into this country from the United Kingdom. They have been a component of systems of care service delivery for many years. This presentation addressed cultural and contextual factors that impact the use of evidence-based treatment and evidence-based practice with our increasingly diverse populations. Examples of how evidence-based practice can be provided within systems of care were presented. Ken Martinez, a Principal Researcher for the American Institutes for Research (AIR), was the facilitator for this webinar.


A Multi-Faceted Approach to Effective Engagement of Dads and Fathers in Child Welfare

Stoner, C., & Murtha, S.

Involvement of fathers in case planning and child welfare services is often challenging, and especially so for those with children who have been removed from their homes and placed in out of home treatment or foster care. Yet we know that engagement of fathers can significantly impact their children’s well-being and future success. Four counties in California stepped forward to address these challenges at the vanguard of California’s Supporting Father Involvement (SFI) project, and have been able to demonstrate numerous positive results stemming from an increase in father involvement related to child care tasks and visitation. In this webinar, jointly presented by the Technical Assistance Partnership’s Fatherhood Learning Community, and the Child Welfare and Family Involvement Communities of Practice, two Napa County child welfare professionals discussed how their county has used its opportunity as a pilot county to devise an impressive and growing set of strategies and tools that are supporting those promising results. In addition, call participants will heard directly from Rich and Rosalio, via their digital stories, who have experienced the positive changes in systems approaches that are associated with their self-acknowledged improvements in constructively enhancing the safety, stability and well-being of their children.

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Standards of Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Youth

Poirier, J., Helfgott, K., & Gonsoulin, S.

This webinar shared strategies from a recently published book, Improving Emotional & Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals. Book contributors shared their recommendations to enhance the well-being of LGBT youth, including four principles grounded in system of care values and 10 strategies for implementing high-quality care. Discussants also shared their thoughts about the implications of these standards for policy and practice in systems of care.

Community-Defined Evidence: A Complementary Approach to Evidence-Based Practice in Communities of Color

Martinez, K. & Nunez, S.

Since the early 1990s, when the concept of evidence-based practices (EBPs) was introduced, those of us who serve communities of color have been searching for best practices that are both effective (that work) and culturally appropriate for communities of color. The behavioral health field has seen a proliferation of EBPs, but we must ask if they both work and match children, youth and families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Some do and others do not. Community-defined evidence, like practice-based evidence, is a complementary approach that "widens the tent" of best practices. Community-defined evidence includes practices that may not have been tested using a randomized control trial standard, but through the use of community-defined standards, are determined to be both effective and culturally and linguistically appropriate for communities of color. This webinar presented information about what community-defined evidence is, the criteria used to describe it, and examples from around the country that may work in your community


Improving Law Enforcement Officers’ Response to Children and Youth with Behavioral Health Needs: Strategies That Work

Slaton, E. & Denney, T.

Law enforcement officers often serve as first responders to emotional and mental health crisis in rural communities. This webinar offered presentations and interactive discussion about strategies for effective law enforcement handling of and response to emotional and mental health crisis. The first half of this webinar addressed the underlying factors that can cause negative outcomes when law enforcement responds to youth in mental health or emotional crisis, including effective strategies for rural communities. Steps that family members, caregivers and youth can take to improve outcomes when involved with law enforcement were also discussed. The second half of the webinar presented components of an effective law enforcement training model based on the Mental Health First Aid training curriculum. Key elements of a successful training team and the training experience, as well as tips and tools for engaging law enforcement professionals in an ongoing training relationship, were shared.

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System of Care Expansion Planning Grants: What You Need to Know

Blau, G., Collins, Y., Cross, T., DiDomenico, E., Edwards, R., Harris, A., Hicks, R., Holmes-Bonilla, L., Horne, A., Louise, T., Mrozowski, S., Stromberg, S., Stroul, B., & Wotring, J.

The Technical Assistance Enterprise (TA Enterprise), on behalf of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), Child Adolescent Family Branch, hosted the first Webinar for the six additional System of Care Expansion Planning Grantees. The Webinar was joined by presenters from other CMHS-funded program partners including the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) and Vanguard Communications. The Pennsylvania System of Care Partnership, the ENGAGE Ohio System of Care, and the Texas Expansion grantee presented information about their experience. The presentation provided a general overview to help new grantees initiate the required tasks for the Expansion Planning Grants.

Supporting Students through Collaborative Partnerships in Schools

Osher, D., Grabill, D., Bossing, L., Stern, K., Vannatta, S., & Wood, S.

Today's schools work under increased expectations to improve student achievement. Research shows that positive school climate improves academic and behavioral student outcomes and that when multi-tiered systems of support are in place, students, staff, and families report high levels of satisfaction in areas such as safety, involvement, and connectedness. During this webinar, strategies for planning, training, implementation, and data analysis were reviewed by communities that have experienced successful outcomes from their partnerships and collaboration.

As a follow up to the August 8, 2012 webinar, The Impact of Unmet Mental Health Needs and School Disciplinary Practices on Student Behavior Problems and Justice System Involvement, this webinar provided examples of interventions and supports for students who are involved with the mental health and juvenile justice systems and ways in which they can be more successfully supported in school. State- and community-level partners provided examples and information on schools implementing school-wide, multi-tiered supports to improve academic and social-emotional outcomes for all students.

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Building Systems of Care to Support Effective Therapeutic and Programmatic Interventions and Resources for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Youth and Their Families

Lazear, K., Mallery, C., Forssell, S., Fisher, S.

This webinar shared strategies from a recently published volume, Improving Emotional & Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals. Authors of the chapter on therapeutic and programmatic interventions and resources discussed their expertise and recommendations to enhance the well-being of LGBT youth.


Discussing Implicit Bias: The Dialogue Continues...

Francis, K., Jackson, V.

Participants engaged in a discussion about implicit bias and its impact on decision making when working with children, youth and families in systems of care. Participants also had the opportunity to learn about resources that are available to assist in addressing implicit bias.

Addressing Disparities in Communities of Color through Integrated Care

Ida, D.J., Ybarra, R.

This webinar demonstrated how integrated care can address health acre disparities for communities of color. Culturally relevant models of integrated care were examined and core components to culturally competent care integration were reviewed.

The Impact of Unmet Mental Health Needs and School Disciplinary Practices on Student Behavior Problems and Justice System Involvement

McLaughlin, J., Gonsoulin, S., Read, N., Martinez, K.

Youth with unmet mental health needs may present difficult and disruptive behaviors within the school environment. Many current school disciplinary practices like “zero tolerance,” “three strikes,” and others, place youth with behavior issues at greater risk of unnecessary justice system involvement. In this webinar, presenters first examined the impact of unmet mental health needs on student behavior and the larger classroom and school environments. Then, they explored the need for schools to adequately address student mental health needs and utilize more supportive and relational discipline approaches rather than relying on punitive responses. A representative from the U.S. Department of Education discussed their efforts to assist schools in this endeavor and highlight districts and localities that have made great progress. They also presented examples of how some districts have planned and implemented a supportive discipline system.

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Indicators of Family Involvement

Patterson, C., Mullendore, G., Strech, G., Jones, L., Cordero, R.

In system of care communities, we work toward being family driven in our practices and policies. Defining what this looks like in communities has been a question that comes up over and over. In 2011, a workgroup composed of lead family contacts and evaluators from three communities completed some focused work listing indicators of family involvement. This webinar presented communities with concrete examples and ways to evaluate your work toward achieving a family-driven system of care.

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The Affordable Care Act: Considerations for School Behavioral Health Programs in Rural Communities

Manderscheid, R., Lawler, T., Kitson, J.

This webinar discussed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the implementation of school-based behavioral health programs. Ron Manderscheid provided a presentation about the overall trends in health care reform and the implications for behavioral health. He also discussed the importance of rural schools as a major setting for behavioral health care and explored key planning and implementation strategies that communities can explore for financing these critical prevention and treatment services for children, youth, and young adults. Features of the ACA were discussed as well as considerations for providers working with children (ages birth to 24) and families in rural communities.

Terry Lawler shared examples of infrastructure, partnership, system integration with promotion, prevention and treatment, and funding of mental and behavioral health in schools and community settings. This will include a discussion of an approach to create collaborative teams of school staff and community providers that are essential to coordinating and integrating mental, emotional, and behavioral health. She identified key elements necessary for communities to build infrastructure that support coordination among providers and finance sources for prevention. Terry also discussed an approach used in accessing and maximizing funding for child behavioral health that can support your community as you manage reform with the ACA. Lastly, she discussed potential implications for strengthening this work in rural schools through the ACA, illustrating examples of how their successful management of funding changes, such as a reduction of TANF dollars.

Child Welfare 101

Heath, C., Jones, C., Weaver, M., Cohen, R., Dessalegn, T., Weisgal, R.

In the United States, the child welfare system provides for the safety and permanency of children, and for the well-being of children and families...but how does child welfare interface with systems of care? This webinar explored this topic. Catherine Heath from the Children’s Bureau at the Administration on Children, Youth and Families began by giving an overview of the federal, state, and local roles in child welfare and an explanation of federal funding streams for child welfare services. Her presentation of current trends and priorities in child welfare highlighted the similar principles, values and outcomes inherent in both systems of care and current child welfare policy and practice.

Also, two system-of-care communities provided real on-the-ground examples of how they have worked collaboratively with their child welfare agencies to develop effective programs and services for two very different target populations: pre-school age children (Los Angeles County, CA) and transition-age youth (Hamilton County, Ohio). Each community will be represented by their partners from mental health and child welfare.

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Cultural Connection: An Innovative Approach to Cultural and Linguistic Competence in a System of Care

Hoft, V., Hoffman, C., Griggs, E., Garcia, L.

This webinar outlined a replicable approach to cultural and linguistic competence (CLC) in a system of care. The presentation included relevant research and a discussed initiatives that the Tarrant County (Texas) governance body, Mental Health Connection, is implementing with partner agencies. The webinar provided an overview of how to develop a strong governance structure necessary to implement change at the practitioner, organizational and administrative levels. Strategies addressed included the community's partnership with juvenile justice to institutionalize California Brief Multicultural Competency Scale (CBMCS) training; outcomes of their CLC Book Club; and an approach to planning their lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) initiative. Because sustained change is a complex, non-linear and a multi-level process, the discussion highlighted the origins, development, successes and challenges along the way. The Cultural Connection recognizes that the work is ongoing - a journey, and that there are many paths along the way as it continually strives to fulfill the vision of equitable and culturally proficient mental health services for children and youth. Presenters included Charles Hoffman, Project Director, Hand in Hand; Virginia Hoft, Executive Director, Santa Fe Youth Services; Lydia Garcia and Estrella Griggs, Santa Fe Youth Services; Stephanie Norton, Clinical Director, Hand in Hand; Allison Giles, Cook Children's Hospital System; and Kay Barkin, Lead Family Contact.


Implementation Cooperative Agreements for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program

Hicks, R., Wotring, J., Blau, G., Stroul, B., Horne, A., Rider, F., Rodriguez, C., Mullendore, E.G., Kluesner, J., Tobler, J.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Center for Mental Health Services sponsored a Webinar to provide technical assistance on the preparation of applications for the Implementation Cooperative Agreements for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program. http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/2012/sm_12_003.aspx

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Taking Trauma-Informed Care Statewide

Barto, B., Burrell, J., Hannigan, S., Perez, A.,

The System of Care Expansion Planning grants call for development of a plan to incorporate trauma-related activities into the service system, including trauma screening, trauma treatment, and a trauma-informed approach to care. To support planning in that area, this webinar provided information about the impact of trauma on youth and their families. The presenters discussed a brief history of trauma-informed care, how it applies to children with serious mental health issues, and what SAMHSA is currently implementing with trauma-informed care. Presenters discussed how trauma-informed care is being implemented in four states and their approach for expanding this in their states.

Making the Most of Medicaid Financing to Sustain Your System of Care

Rider, F., Schwalbe, L.

Arizona’s former behavioral health commissioner, Leslie Schwalbe, and her former children’s services bureau chief, Frank Rider, helped participants examine several ways jurisdictions can use Medicaid funding to expand and sustain individualized and cost-effective community-based services and supports. The presenters drew from their respective work in many other states to identify numerous examples of positive Medicaid program innovations that are likely to resonate in many communities.

As we know, our nation’s healthcare system is in the midst of perhaps its most profound period of change in nearly half a century. While we await the U.S. Supreme Court’s judgments about the Affordable Care Act, Leslie and Frank helped to sort out those Medicaid program opportunities that might be affected by that decision, and the many more that can be accessed no matter the outcome of that case.

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Trauma-Informed Approaches to Healing for Children and Families in Rural Communities

Donato, I., Perez, A.

This webinar discussed how trauma impacts populations in rural communities, especially racial and ethnic populations from immigrant and refugee communities. These populations have often experienced trauma in their home countries, in the immigration and resettlement process, and are exposed to ongoing risk factors that put them at a higher risk for mental health and substance abuse disorders including trauma-related disorders.

The presenters discussed a brief history of trauma-informed care, how it applies to rural communities, and what SAMHSA is currently implementing with trauma-informed care. The intersection between disparities that exist based on geography with disparities that exist by race, ethnicity, and other factors was also presented along with the discussion of how the determinants such as poverty, housing, social exclusion, loss of cultural and linguistic social networks, family chaos, and other factors increase children’s risk of exposure to trauma. Lastly presenters discussed a model for trauma-informed healing and service delivery for rural populations that have experienced trauma and provided highlights from the perspective of health promotion and strengths-based approaches.

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State Strategies to Promote Improved Access, Quality and Outcomes for Racial, Ethnic, and other Underserved Cultural Groups

Balderrama, H., Rodriguez, C., Jackson, V., Martinez, K.

This webinar offered System of Care Expansion Grantees the opportunity to examine potential partnerships with state led initiatives on cultural and linguistic competence as you engage in the planning process and content development of the System of Care Expansion Strategic Plan. The webinar provided examples from Virginia, Washington and Massachusetts on processes for infusing CLC in program creation and development, a system-wide process for addressing disparities, and a ground level interface with System of Care Expansion Grantees.

A Youth Guide to Treatment and Treatment Planning: A Better Life

Grealish, M.

This webinar introduced the newest installment of the Youth Guide series, A Youth Guide to Treatment and Treatment Planning: A Better Life by Mary Grealish and Mark Chenven. The primary purpose of the guide is to ensure that young people are prepared to take the most active role possible in every aspect of their treatment, from assessment to creation of individualized treatment plans. The treatment and service plans referenced in the guide will hopefully influence youth to hold their helpers to the highest possible standards in terms of what they are offered. It will also encourage them to advocate for unique and creative interventions that are tailored specifically for them.

The presenter provided a detailed description of the content of the Youth Guide to Treatment and Treatment Planning: A Better Life as well as suggested how to use it. Participants were able to ask questions to adapt how they use the guide to best suit their programs and the young people and families they serve. It also gave participants ideas on how to design interesting, individualized plans that engage young people and help them acquire the skills they need to be happy and successful.

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May I Please Have the Keys? Youth-Directed Planning for Life after High School

Grabill, D., Abate, K., Wyman, H., & Sawyer, J.

Successful transition to post-secondary education, employment, and independent living begins with student interest-driven transition planning. This webinar explored approaches to effective planning that chart a course for the high school years and beyond. Webinar participants who are familiar with multi-tiered frameworks for programs and services recognized the application of this framework to transition planning: strategies for all students; providing specialized experiences for some students; and putting intensive-level practices in place to support transition planning for those students whose planning needs are more complex. This webinar also focused on the roles of youth, family members, school staff, and others when the student has an Individualized Education Plan.

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Let's Make a Plan! Social Marketing for Your Expansion Grant

Tobler, J., Bisset, K., & Hannigan, S.

Do you want to know how social marketing can help your expansion community?
Are you trying to figure out where social marketing fits in your strategic planning?
Do you want to hear how other expansion grantees are approaching social marketing planning?

If so, then join the Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign to learn about strategic communication and social marketing strategies.

This webinar:
• Discussed what social marketing is;
• Reviewed the social marketing process and social marketing plan;
• Explained why social marketing planning is important for expansion grantees and the planning process;
• Shared what expansion grantees should currently be doing in terms of social marketing;
• Described the fundamentals of the social marketing plan; and
• Shared an example of a social marketing plan.

Representatives from Massachusetts joined the presentation to share how their team first approached social marketing, where they are in the social marketing process, and challenges they had encountered along the way.

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An Essential Ingredient: The Application of the Family-Driven Value in System of Care Expansion Planning

Karenchak C., King, T., Mrozowski, S., Muley, L., Spencer, S., Blau, G.

During the past quarter century, the behavioral health field has shifted from viewing parents as the cause of their child’s issues to accepting them as active participants in treatment, policy development, and system reform efforts. No one disagrees with the important role that families can play, only on how to make it happen. This webinar presented three leaders from Pennsylvania who shared how they assure that family voice makes a significant difference in the development and expansion of systems of care. Teresa King, Family Involvement Content Specialist for the TA Enterprise, provided examples of how these strategies can be applied across the country as part of system of care expansion planning efforts.

Dr. Gary Blau and Sandra Spencer also presented national perspectives on the topic. Sandra is the Executive Director of the National Federation of Families, and Gary is Chief of the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch at SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services.

Expanding Youth Engagement: Moving Beyond a Local Focus

Dicharry, G., Winterberry, H., & Padilla, E.

System of care communities across the nation have begun to move towards building and sustaining their efforts on a larger scale (e.g., across multiple counties). Though youth engagement is integral to systems of care, it has often been challenging to implement in these scaled-up efforts. This Webinar is intended to educate jurisdictions on how to expand youth engagement to impact system transformation efforts. Participants heard from two states with different approaches to expanding youth engagement. Presenters described their approach to meaningfully engaging youth in decision making and share their lessons learned.

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SOC Financing for (Intelligent) Dummies

Rider, F. & Wotring, J.

Have you ever sat in a budget planning meeting and thought they were speaking a foreign language? Have you had a good idea about financing a service, but were not sure if it would work? Do you tend to sit in finance strategy meetings but defer to “the experts”? If you identify with any of these situations, then this Webinar is for you!

The presenters demystified some of the terms and concepts involved in effective financing of systems of care. The “dynamic duo” outlined a general approach to strategic financing and offered examples from their respective state-level work in Michigan and Arizona.

Participants were provided references that will be helpful in future work, and had the opportunity to ask questions. Remember: the only “dumb” questions are those that remain unasked!

Related Resources:

  • Financing Acronyms List (S. Peters, January 2012) (DOC)
  • Effective Financing Examples from the Field (USF, 2009) (PDF)
  • Intersect of ACA and SOC Issue Brief (Wotring, Stroul 2011)(PDF)
  • Mental Health Financing in US Primer (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2011)(PDF)
  • SOC Funding Sources Matrix (Rider, 2012) (DOC)
  • Useful Websites to Support SOC Financing (Rider, January 2012) (DOC)