TA Partnership Newsletter — December 2012/January 2013

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Highlights from the Field
Highlights from the Field articles provide information about innovative and promising activities from the system of care communities supported by the TA Partnership in the hopes that communities can learn from their peers around the country.

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News You Can Use

  • Disabled Parents Face Bias, Loss of Kids
    This report from Minnesota Public Radio examines the barriers and biases that advocates say still exist for disabled parents in the United States. It cites a report by the National Council on Disability that estimates 6.1 million children have parents with disabilities and that removal rates are as high as 80 percent for parents with psychiatric or intellectual disabilities.
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Culturally Adapted for Latino Children
    This summary report illustrates how the DePelchin Children's Center's Lazos Program utilized a culturally modified version of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy adapted for Latino children to meet the unique needs of a community in Houston, Texas.
  • 3 Tips to Keep Your Teen Focused During the Holiday Season
    This article, from U.S. News & World Report, suggests strategies for helping high school students maintain their school focus amidst the distractions of the holiday season.
  • Investment in Children’s Mental Health is Financially and Socially Smart
    In this article from The Huffington Post, Judith Sandalow, Executive Director of the Children's Law Center, offers some talking points to consider when negotiating or advocating for keeping mental health services active in an era when communities are struggling to spend government dollars more effectively.
  • OJJDP Releases Fall 2012 Issue of Journal of Juvenile Justice
    The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) released the fall issue of its online publication, Journal of Juvenile Justice. This issue highlights programs that use new and coordinated responses to system-involved youth, and includes articles addressing the impact of race on pre-adjudication detention and the characteristics of incarcerated youth with a history of homelessness.
  • NIH awards $100 million for Autism Centers of Excellence Program
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced grant awards of $100 million over five years for the Autism Centers of Excellence (ACE) research program, which will feature projects investigating sex differences in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), as well as ASD and limited speech.
  • AIDS Is a Deeply Personal as Well as Societal Concern for Young Americans of Color
    Published in alignment with World AIDS Day, this news release from the Kaiser Family Foundation discusses a survey of teens and young adults that gathered data about how AIDS concerns them personally and socially. Survey results showed that Black and Latino youth were significantly more concerned than White youth and young adults. Perceptions of stigma are also discussed, as well as how HIV prevention services have been provided differently to Black, Latino, and White youth and young adults.
  • Updated SAMHSA National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs
    SAMHSA's national inventory of public and private treatment programs and facilities has been updated. The directory features programs that are licensed, certified, or otherwise approved by substance abuse agencies in each state.
  • Instead of Telling Teens to “Just Say No,” Program Helps Them Make Their Own Decisions About Drugs
    Read about how the Oncare System of Care is implementing Seven Challenges, a program designed specifically for adolescents with drug problems.

Research Update

  • Child Welfare Outcomes 2007–2010: Report to Congress (PDF) This report, published by the Department of Health and Human Services, examines performance of States in seven outcome areas. These include decreases in recurrence of child abuse/neglect, incidence of child abuse/neglect in foster care, time in foster care to reunification without increasing reentry, time in foster care to adoption, and placements of young children in group homes or institutions. The other two outcomes consist of increases in permanency for children in foster care and placement stability.
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Evaluation Brief This study analyzed the effects of the implementation of PBIS on discipline referral rates for all students, as well as students with disabilities. The goal was to better understand if a reduction in discipline referral rates for a school will also reduce similar rates for students with disabilities.
  • Frequency, Quality, and Severity of Temper Tantrums May Point to Diagnosis of Mental Health Challenges This study, led by Dr. Lauren Wakschlag of Northwestern University, developed a questionnaire to examine the frequency, quality, and severity of tantrums in children. This type of research may lead to better ways to screen, diagnose, prevent, and treat mental disorders in young children.
  • Gender Differences in Mental Health Symptoms Among Juveniles in Placement National Institute of Corrections (2012)
    Researchers found that justice –involved girls in placement facilities had a higher prevalence of mental health symptoms than boys, including depression and anxiety, suicidal ideation, and traumatic experiences. Understanding these differences will aid in creating gender-specific assessments and tailored treatment protocols in juvenile placement facilities.
  • Intimate Partner Violence and its Impact on Children (PDF) This report discusses the prevalence of children's exposure to intimate partner violence, an often hidden form of child maltreatment that can result in significant emotional and behavioral problems. The report provides suggestions for how to help children after the violence has stopped.
  • Effectiveness of Lifestyle Interventions in Child Obesity: Systematic Review with Meta-analysis (PDF) The first of its kind, this meta-analysis looked at the impact of lifestyle interventions that included a dietary component on both weight change and cardio-metabolic risks in overweight/obese children. This systematic review discusses how lifestyle interventions can promote improvements in weight and cardio-metabolic outcomes.
  • Data on Youth Access to Alcohol, Cigarettes, and Drugs (PDF) Data from the 2012 National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse shows that 31–50 percent of youth ages 12 to 17 report that they can obtain alcohol, cigarettes, prescription drugs, and (or) marijuana within a single day or less.
  • Mindfulness for Children and Youth: A Review of the Literature with an Argument for School-Based Implementation Multiple studies reflect growing evidence that the introduction of mindfulness practices, which focus on paying purposeful attention in the present moment, in schools can help youth improve skills needed for successful transition through adolescence, including stress reduction and advancement in psychological and psychosocial development.

Organizational Development and Sustainability


Funding Opportunities

  • Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research
    Application Deadline: January 16, 2013 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking applicants for eight awards of up to $335,000 to finance innovative ideas that promise to contribute meaningfully to improving health and health policy in America.
  • Multiple Funding Sources for Children and Youth
    Application Deadline: Rolling The Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools features a large variety of funding sources for children and youth in 2013.
  • AmeriCorps Funding
    Application Deadline: February 6, 2013 This AmeriCorps State and National funding opportunity will focus grant making for fiscal year 2013 in six focus areas identified by the Serve America Act: (1) disaster services, (2) economic opportunity, (3) education, (4) environmental stewardship, (5) healthy futures, and (6) veterans and military families. The Corporation for Community Service will fund programs that use an evidence-based/evidence-informed approach to demonstrate community impact and solve community challenges.

Publications and Web Sites

Child Welfare

Cultural and Linguistic Competence


Family Involvement

Juvenile Justice

Mental Health

Organizational Development and Implementation

Primary Care

Substance Abuse

Youth Involvement


  • Reflective Supervision Training
    Virtual/Multiple Dates The World Association for Infant Mental Health is featuring a training DVD that can help practitioners better understand the technique of Reflective Supervision. Affiliate trainings will be held in Michigan and Colorado.
  • National Juvenile Justice Mentoring Forum: Mentoring Partners in Action: Successful Children and Safer Communities
    January 23, 2013 | Washington, DC Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is convening leaders from the government, the corporate sector, non-profit organizations, philanthropic organizations, and other partners for this event, which will focus on bringing to scale and sustaining successful mentoring programs that reduce juvenile delinquency, school dropout rates, and disconnected youth.
  • Georgetown Public Policy Initiative 2013 LEAD Conference
    January 24–25, 2013|Washington, DC This conference, "Positive Outcomes for At-Risk Children and Youth: Improving Lives Through Practice and System Reform," will focus on promoting effective solutions to the challenges facing the most vulnerable young people.
  • 2013 National Mentoring Summit: Mentoring Works: Inspire. Achieve. Advocate.
    January 24–25, 2013 | Washington, DC This summit, organized by the National Mentoring Partnership, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Corporation for National and Community Service, Harvard University, and the United Way, will feature workshops on cutting-edge training tools, innovations in financial sustainability, and the latest trends and research on mentoring.
  • 2013 Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth: Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education, and Research
    February 1–3, 2013 | San Diego, California This conference will highlight current practices and research related to the integration of mindfulness practices, which focus on paying purposeful attention in the present moment, in work with youth in clinical settings, classrooms, homes, and communities.
  • Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs Annual Conference
    February 9–12, 2013 | Washington, DC This conference is an opportunity to meet with Federal, State, and local leaders and gain knowledge and tools to strengthen maternal and child health services and programs. The theme of the meeting is, "Advancing the Maternal & Child Health Vision: Leadership, Quality & Action."
  • 27th Annual Conference on Prevention of Child Abuse
    March 4–5, 2013 | San Antonio, Texas This statewide conference presented by Prevent Child Abuse Texas will offer training and information on topics and model programs for leaders in child abuse and neglect prevention. Keynote topics will include trauma in young children and the effect of drugs and alcohol on pregnancy and vulnerable children.
  • Navigating Difference: Cultural Competency Training
    May 14–16, 2013| Seattle, Washington Navigating Difference: Cultural Competency Training, provided by Washington State University Extension, is designed to assist outreach professionals in expanding their skills when working with diverse audiences.
  • The 4th Annual West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders
    May 30–June 2, 2013 | La Quinta, California Conference attendees will learn about relevant topics in the field of addictions, network with professionals in the field, and access the industry's most current products and services.
  • 15th Annual Summer Conference on Pediatrics
    July 10–13, 2013 | Napa, California Participants will learn more about, and receive educational resources related to, multiple topics impacting pediatric care, including asthma, seizures, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and autism spectrum disorders.


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