TA Partnership Newsletter — February/March 2013
What Roles Can Families Perform in Systems of Care? A New Tool Provides Some Answers
Marie Niarhos, a Family Involvement Content Specialist with the TA Partnership, shares an update about a new resource—a “Checklist of Family Roles in Systems of Care Communities”—developed by the TA Partnership’s Family Involvement Community of Practice.
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
Things People Never Told Me: When You Start Living on Your Own From Foster Care, There Are Some Things in Life That People Seem to Forget to Tell You About (PDF)
This toolkit from the Better Futures Project, Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures examines the experiences of youth transitioning from foster care and suggests tools that youth need to become independent and successful adults.
Consideration of the Institute of Medicine Report on the Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Individuals (PDF)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released a report responding to the Institute of Medicine’s publication, “The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding,” published in March of 2011. Read the statement from NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins about the new report and opportunities for advancing LGBT health research.
Maryland School Discipline Proposals to Be Changed
This article from the Washington Post highlights proposed changes by the Maryland State Board of Education to school discipline policies and regulations. Responding to public input, the changes propose a more "rehabilitative" approach that seeks to "reduce suspensions, keep students in school, and teach positive behavior."
National Call for Improved Mental Health Treatment
Spurred by national events in recent months, conversation about mental health and safety in schools has grown. This press release, from the Children's National Medical Center, highlights the importance of these issues and the support that President Obama's administration is giving to this important dialogue.
National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health Responds to White House Invitation
In January, Vice President Biden and his staff began a series of dialogues with various national stakeholder groups to discuss President Obama's gun violence platform. The National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (FFCMH) was among the distinguished invitees. This statement, from FFCMH Executive Director Sandra Spencer, confirms FFCMH's commitment to working with the Administration to ensure individuals have access to mental health services and supports.
Amber Alert's Success Noted on 17th Anniversary
January 2013 marks the 17th anniversary of the Amber Alert Program. In this blog post, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, Mary Lou Leary, discusses the growth of the program, lists resources for parents and guardians, and outlines training and technical assistance opportunities for stakeholders.
Children's Mental Health: Experts Urge Focus on Screening Kids
This article from the Huffington Post suggests that gaps in the United States mental health system may prevent children with mental health challenges from receiving effective treatment. Mental health experts say only one quarter of children with psychological disorders are seen by mental health professionals and receive adequate care.
Memorandum for the Secretary of Health and Human Services: Engaging in Public Health Research on the Causes and Prevention of Gun Violence (PDF)
This memorandum from President Barack Obama, released January 16, 2013, announces the need for public health research on gun violence, which he has deemed a national epidemic. Research into this subject matter will be a top priority as a way to understand the causes of gun violence and identify which prevention efforts would be most effective.
News from the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)
NASADAD has released two documents: (1) the Consensus Statement on the Use of Medications in Treatment of Substance Use Disorders, which addresses the benefits of using medications to treat substance use disorders and concludes that health insurance plans should cover the cost of these medications; and (2) State Regulations on Substance Use Disorder Programs and Counselors: An Overview, which discusses the role of the Single State Agency and the way individual States monitor treatment programs.
President Obama Calls for Mental Health First Aid in Gun Control Proposal
As part of his plan for protecting our communities against gun violence, President Obama is calling for Mental Health First Aid training for teachers and school staff to help them recognize young people struggling with mental health issues before they escalate.
- Putting Youth Relationship Education on the Child Welfare Agenda: Findings From a Research and Evaluation Review (PDF) This research and evaluation review, published by Child Trends, focuses on relationship education for youth in foster care and explores how positive relationships and developing the skills to manage healthy intimate partner relationships, can improve outcomes for youth, particularly those aging out of foster care.
- The Economic Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care This brief, developed by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, discusses the well-being of LGB youth aging out of foster care, compared with that of their heterosexual peers. The data comes from a longitudinal study—the Midwest Study of Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth.
- The State of Minnesota Responds to Local Tragedy Through Research A tragic murder-suicide perpetrated by a 16-year old youth in Minnesota two years ago became a catalyst for a research project, funded by the Minnesota State Department of Human Services, that seeks to learn more about a preventative approach to treating depression and its effect on overall pediatric healthcare.
- Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs of Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems (PDF) Originally released in 2010, this is the second edition of this paper. It includes references to two practice guides—created by the National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk—focused on interagency collaboration and student support services.
- One in 10 Students Misses a Month of School This article provides an overview of a report from the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University and the Get Schooled Initiative that analyzed chronic absenteeism among students of all ages. The results show that 1 in every 10 students misses a month of school.
- Recent Study Finds That Psychotropic Medications Are Prescribed Appropriately Among U.S. Teens A study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health found—using nationally representative data—that prescribed psychotropic medications are not being misused or overused among youth in the United States.
- Physician Advice to Adolescents About Drinking and Other Health Behaviors This report discusses a study that analyzed 10th graders' responses to a survey about drinking habits, as well as the advice about different types of drinking behaviors that they received from their physicians within the last year. The results showed that more physicians need to follow professional guidelines when counseling adolescents about unhealthy alcohol abuse.
- Protective Communities May Reduce Risk of Drinking in Teens Research from Pennsylvania State University suggests that teenagers who live in a caring community may be less likely to abuse alcohol compared to peers who report fewer positive experiences in their community. Research also suggests that spending time with antisocial peers can increase the risk of alcohol abuse.
- Improving Youth's Decision-Making Skills This brief summarizes research on youth decision making and offers tips for promoting youth decision-making skills in your community.
Organizational Development and Sustainability
Indian Education Professional Development Grants Program (PDF)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2013 This grant program aims to increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve other Indians by providing training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers and other educational personnel and improving the skills of qualified Indian individuals who work in the education field.
The Foundation Center
Application Deadline: Multiple Supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is a leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Access the center's website for information on grants for which your community might be eligible to apply.
Sober Truth on Preventing Underage Drinking Act (STOP Act) Grants
Application Deadline: March 1, 2013 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's STOP Act grants aim to strengthen collaboration among Federal, State, local, and tribal governments and communities to reduce and prevent alcohol use among youth.
Publications and Web Sites
Making Children and Families a Priority: Raising the Bar
April 14 – 17, 2013 | Washington, DC This national conference, presented by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), will offer training and information on cross-cutting strategies and innovative practices as referenced in the CWLA Standard of Excellence National Blueprint (to be released during the conference), which sets the vision and future of child welfare.
- True Colors 2013: Celebrating Our Heroes of the Past, Present, and Future
March 21 - March 22, 2013| Storrs, Connecticut 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.
Making Careers Happen Web Conference 2013
February 27, February 28, and March 1, 2013 | Virtual Practitioners, educators, students, family members, and community partners can join three interactive web conferences to learn about effective transition practices and how school-agency collaboration can help promote these practices from multiple perspectives.
Information Sharing Certificate Program
March 17 – 20, 2013 | Washington, DC The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform's Information Sharing Certificate Program is designed to enable leaders to overcome information sharing challenges, while respecting laws and other provisions that protect the privacy and other rights of youth and their families.
National Council for Behavioral Health 2013
April 8 – 10, 2013 | Las Vegas, Nevada Conference attendees will receive information about improving their organization's trauma-informed care, planning for and responding to disasters, encouraging organizational wellness and staff satisfaction, addressing compassion fatigue, and building a trauma-informed community that includes other social services and supports.
15th Annual Summer Conference on Pediatrics
July 10 – July 13, 2013 | Napa, California Topics will include asthma, seizures, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and autism spectrum disorders. Participants will be provided with educational resources.
The Fourth Annual West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders
May 30 – June 2, 2013| La Quinta, California This conference provides multiple workshops and seminars on addiction-related topics, as well as valuable networking opportunities with hundreds of regional, national, and international participants in the addictions field.
24th Annual Service Learning Conference
May 14–16, 2013| Seattle, Washington This conference will focus on service learning as a way for young people to help address needs in their communities.
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