Behavioral Health Alerts


2016

Posted: December 1, 2016

After a Suicide: The Zero Suicide Approach to Postvention in Health and Behavioral Healthcare Settings

Join us for the next Zero Suicide webinar on Thursday, December 8 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM ET entitled After a Suicide: The Zero Suicide Approach to Postvention in Health and Behavioral Healthcare Settings

A patient's death by suicide in health and behavioral healthcare organizations can have a significant impact on family members, other patients, and staff. It may be even more destabilizing or demoralizing in systems where significant changes to improve suicide care have been implemented.

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Posted: October 26, 2016

Fiscal Year 2017 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications from now through December 12, 2016 to expand and/or enhance substance abuse disorder treatment services in existing programs. SAMHSA is also providing a pre-application webinar for interested parties on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 2PM Eastern.

SAMHSA Pre-application Webinar for Adult Drug Courts & Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 2PM Eastern

Do you want more information or have questions regarding the previously announced Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) grants to expand substance use treatment capacity in adult drug courts and adult tribal healing to wellness courts? If so, please participate in the pre-application informational webinar on Thursday, October 27!

Click here for webinar information.

As a reminder, grant applications are due by Monday, December 12, 2016.

SAMHSA Grant Solicitation Released

Apply Today!

Deadline: December 12, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts.

The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance use disorder treatment services in existing programs. Grantees will be expected to provide a coordinated, multi-system approach designed to combine the sanctioning power of drug courts with effective substance use disorder treatment services to break the cycle of criminal behavior, alcohol and/or drug use, and incarceration or other penalties.

Priority for use of grant funds should be given to addressing gaps in the continuum of treatment for individuals in these courts who have substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental disorder (COD) treatment needs. Grant funds must be used to serve people diagnosed with a substance use disorder as their primary condition.

SAMHSA will use discretion in allocating funding for these awards, taking into consideration the specific drug court model (Adult Treatment Drug Courts and Adult Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts), as appropriate, and the number of applications received per model type. Current Closing Date for Applications: December 12, 2016.

Apply Here



Posted: October 20, 2016

Public Health Officials, Apply Now! Behavioral Health Training & Technical Assistance Program

For the second year in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS), the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Behavioral Health Training and Technical Assistance for State, Tribal, Territorial, and Local Health Officials Program.

Through a Request for Application (RFA) process, up to forty (40) health officials will be selected to participate in the second cohort of this 8-month initiative. Selected health officials will gain direct access to behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorders) training and technical assistance to enhance and/or initiate behavioral health efforts within their jurisdictions.

Additionally, participants will have access to the following:

  • 2-day in-person behavioral health training in conjunction with the National Council’s Annual Conference
  • FREE access to the National Council’s 2017 Conference, April 3-5, 2017 in Seattle with tailored conference programming for health officials
  • Toolkit of resources that will include archived webinars, white papers and training materials
  • Bi-weekly e-digest of the latest news and innovative resources in behavioral health
  • Series of webinars tailored to meet the needs identified by the health officials cohort
  • Monthly conference calls to share and solicit feedback from peers related to current and proposed community behavioral health integration and partnership efforts

Program Overview
From November 2016 through June 2017, the program participants will participate in one (1) introductory webinar, one (1) two-day in-person training, the National Council’s Annual Conference, and gain access to additional ongoing trainings and resources. The two-day in-person training (April 1-2, 2017) will precede the National Council’s 2017 Conference from April 3-5, 2017 in Seattle, WA. Program participants will also be granted the opportunity to attend the National Council Conference for FREE. *Thanks to support from the CDC, the National Council will cover travel, lodging expenses, and conference registration fees for selected program participants. In order to inform the technical assistance and resources offered throughout the program, applicants will be asked to complete a behavioral health assessment as part of the application process.

Applicant Eligibility
Any state, tribal, territorial, and local health official who has not previously participated is eligible to apply.

(According to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), the state health official is the “highest level at a state public health agency,” and sometimes referred to as a state health secretary or commissioner of health. The National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO) defines local health officials (LHOs) as “the top executives at a local health department (LHD)” who are responsible for the overall administration of the LHD. Local health department top executives have many different titles across the United States: Director, Health Officer, Nurse Manager, Health Commissioner, and others. The top agency executive is defined as the highest ranking employee with administrative and managerial authority at the level of the LHD.)

Application Submissions
Applications are due by 3:00pm EDT on Thursday, November 10th, 2016. For more information about this program, please review the Request for Applications & Application Questionnaire.

To access the online application, please go to https://nationalcouncil.nonprofitcms.org/a/solicitations/home/1051. Note: The application should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.



Posted: September 29, 2016

ADVISORY: Today, White House to Hold “Making Health Care Better” Event on Suicide Prevention

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the White House will hold the fourth in its “Making Health Care Better” series. Today’s discussion focuses on the progress made in preventing suicide and the policy challenges that remain.

The program in South Court Auditorium will feature Administration, nonprofit and foundation leaders, and advocates working to address suicide prevention and improve access to mental health care.

The White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) had previously released a progress report on actions taken by the Administration since 2009 to improve mental health research, access to care, and treatment; today, DPC published an addendum specifically about suicide prevention, which can be accessed here: http://go.wh.gov/D7hYj9.

The event will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov/live on Thursday, September 29 at 1 p.m. ET.



Posted: September 24, 2016

New Report: Trauma Informed Care for Native Youth

A new report highlights several examples of trauma-informed interventions that aim to improve behavioral health for Native youth, families, and communities. The report, “Addressing Trauma in American Indian and Alaska Native Youth,” is now available online at

https://aspe.hhs.gov/pdf-report/addressing-trauma-american-indian
-and-alaska-native-youth

The report also includes recommendations from the literature concerning promoting traditional healing, community-based practices, and integrated behavioral health services to improve overall wellbeing for AI/AN youth.



Posted: August 8, 2016

Virtual Participation in IHS’ National AI/AN Behavioral Health Conference

Not able to attend the conference in person? The following sessions will be live streamed via Adobe Connect:

  • TRACK A: SUICIDE PREVENTION, INTERVENTION, AND POSTVENTION
  • TRACK D: BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INTEGRATION
  • TRACK E: TRAUMA INFORMED SYSTEMS

More Information/How to Connect



Posted: July 28, 2016

Upcoming Listening Session on Addressing Complex Trauma in Indian Country
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 | 8:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

In February 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell tasked the Intradepartmental Council on Native American Affairs (ICNAA) with developing a comprehensive, integrated Departmental policy to address complex trauma in Native American communities. Improving the health and well-being of tribal communities is an important priority for HHS and HHS is committed to developing effective strategies to address not only the consequences of complex trauma but also to foster culturally responsive models for prevention.

HHS seeks input and recommendations to inform its work establishing and implementing this comprehensive policy. The Chair of the ICNAA invites tribal leadership to a listening session on Addressing Complex Trauma in Indian Country. The listening session will be held at the IHS National AI/AN Behavioral Health Conference in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, August 9, from 8:00 - 12:00 PM PST. This will be the first of a series of opportunities to provide recommendations.

To see a copy of the Dear Tribal Leader letter, please visit the conference website at: www.ihs.gov/dbh/2016conference/listeningsession

Registration is not required to attend the listening session but is required for conference attendance.



Posted: June 27 2016

IHS Releases New Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcements

New Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) were posted to the Federal Register today. MSPI federal program award opportunities were also posted to the MSPI webpage for IHS Federal Facilities...

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Posted: April 8, 2016

Applications Open for We R Native Ambassadors
Applications due June 17, 2016

Native teens and young adults can apply to become a We R Native Youth Ambassador. We R Native is a multimedia health resource for Native youth designed to empower them to take an active role in their own health and well-being. The program is asking American Indian and Alaska Native youth 15 - 24 years old to join their team. Learn More.



Posted: April 8, 2016

New Pocket Guide: Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

SAMHSA is pleased to announce the release of a new pocket guide for health professionals, Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder.

This pocket guide offers:

  • A checklist for prescribing medication
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved medications for use in the treatment of opioid use disorder, including extended-release injectable naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine
  • Screening and assessment tools, including an 11-item scale, the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale
  • Best practices and patient care.

Click here to download or order your copy today.



Posted: April 8, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Violence Against AI/AN Women and Men: 2010 Findings from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
May 18, 2016 | 3:00 pm ET

Few estimates are available to describe the prevalence of violence experienced by American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) women and men. In addition, these estimates are often based on local rather than national samples. The few available national estimates are often based on very small samples. These small samples do not always accurately represent the AI/AN population in the United States. This study provides the first set of estimates from a national large-scale survey of victimization among self-identified AI/AN men and women on psychological aggression, coercive control and entrapment, physical violence, stalking, and sexual violence, using detailed behaviorally specific questions. These results are expected to raise awareness and understanding of violence experienced by AI/AN people. The webinar also will highlight the need for additional services that are needed for AI/AN victims of crime—a need that has been persistently noted but lacked the research to support efforts to increase resources or allocate them appropriately.

Click here to register for the webinar.



Posted: April 8, 2016

Update to the National Violent Death Reporting System: Stories from the Frontlines of Violent Death Surveillance

This updated publication now features nine state profiles; eight stories of typical violent deaths, including suicides; and over 25 innovative ways states turn data into action. With 32 states currently receiving NVDRS funding from the CDC, this report brings increased attention to the importance of investing resources in injury and violence prevention initiatives, and the need for continued support and expansion of this innovative system for preventing violent deaths.



Posted: April 8, 2016

NIH releases summary of research on early childhood risk and protective factors

An online guide about interventions in early childhood that can help prevent drug use and other unhealthy behaviors was launched today by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The guide offers research-based principles that affect a child’s self-control and overall mental health, starting during pregnancy through the eighth year of life. It recognizes that while substance use generally begins during the teen years, it has known biological, psychological, social, and environmental roots that begin even before birth.

Click here for more information.



Posted: April 8, 2016

HHS Issues Guidance on the Use of Federal Funds for Syringe Services Programs

HHS issued guidance regarding the use of Federal funds to implement or expand syringe services programs for people who inject drugs. An overview of the guidance and a link to the complete document can be found here.

The release of the HHS guidance was part of a broader set of public and private sector actions to escalate the fight against the prescription opioid abuse and heroin epidemic, which is claiming the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each year. Here’s a link to the full White House announcement.

Additional information and guidance for HHS grantees will be coming out over the next two weeks from the relevant HHS agencies.



Posted: March 15, 2016

Call for Proposals Open for National American Indian/Alaska Native Behavioral Health Conference

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 registration and hotel reservations will open May 1, 2016.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline: April 15, 2016

The Indian Health Service National Council on Behavioral Health invites proposals for presenters addressing trauma informed behavioral health topics in the following five tracks:

  • Suicide Prevention, Intervention, & Postvention
  • Substance Use Prevention & Treatment
  • Behavioral Health Integration - please add this bullet, it's missing
  • Two Generation (2Gen) Approach (Native Youth & Native Elders)
  • Trauma Informed Supervision, Management, & Leadership

Click here to submit your proposal

CALL FOR EXHIBITORS AND VENDORS
Deadline: May 1, 2016

The Indian Health Service welcomes and encourages interested individuals and programs to showcase their programs or art as an exhibitor or vendor. For additional information on booth space, please click here. Accepted exhibitors and vendors will be contacted by May 15, 2016.

For more information please visit our conference website here or contact the conference helpdesk at [email protected]



Posted: March 15, 2016

Register for the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit
March 28-31, 2016 | Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel | Atlanta, Georgia

The National Rx Drug Abuse Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state, and federal agencies; businesses; academia; clinicians; treatment providers; counselors; educators; state and national leaders; and advocates impacted by prescription drug misuse and heroin use.

Participate in a collaborative environment and up-to-date, data-driven discussions for professionals in the public health and public safety fields. Sessions are organized into 10 educational tracks tailed to provide stakeholders timely and relevant information for their particular field: advocacy, clinical, federal, heroin, law enforcement, pharmacy, prescription drug monitoring programs, prevention, third-party payer, and treatment.

Join SAMHSA’s Acting Administrator, Kana Enomoto, a keynote speaker during the Opening General Session, on Tuesday, March 29, 9:00-11:00 am ET, as she discusses the importance of addressing the existing gaps in substance use treatment. Last year alone, approximately 20 million people in need of treatment did not receive it. Further, an estimated 10.6 million people reported an unmet need for mental health care.

Click here to register for the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit.



Posted: March 15, 2016

25th National/International Native American Indian Alcoholics Anonymous Convention
October 27-30, 2016

The 25th National/International Native American Indian Alcoholics Anonymous Convention will take place October 27-30, 2016. All AA members are welcome. The Convention will include a raffle, speaker meetings, old timers meeting, banquet, talking circles, social powwow, and 24 hour marathon meetings.

The conference will be held at:

Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino
20 Buffalo Thunder Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87506

For more information, please click here.



Posted: March 14, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Blueprint for Change: Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After a Suicide
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 3:00-4:30 pm ET

This webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of Responding to Grief, Trauma, and Distress After a Suicide: U.S. National Guidelines, released last year by the Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force. The webinar is designed primarily for national, state, and organizational leaders who are advancing the cause of suicide prevention in keeping with the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. It will cover how exposure to suicide affects a wide array of people, beyond immediate family members, often in profound ways, including deleterious mental health outcomes, prolonged and even debilitating grief, and isolation and stigmatization. It will also explain how the guidelines' goals and objectives are designed to guide system change at all levels using a public health approach and calls for reinventing postvention to ensure that everyone exposed to suicide receives effective care beyond the initial crisis surrounding a fatality.

If you are interested in participating in the webinar, please send an email to [email protected].



Posted: March 14, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: The Impact of Alcoholism on Youth and Families
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 4:00-5:00 pm ET

Objectives
  1. Incorporate an understanding of the detrimental effects of alcohol abuse into their clinical treatment.
  2. Apply family interventions to help youth who are living in alcohol abusing homes.
  3. Screen for additional psychosocial issues in the presence of families dealing with alcoholism.

http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/child
passcode: child



Posted: March 14, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Crisis Now
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 3:00-4:30 pm ET

This webinar will cover a new report from the Crisis Services Task Force, entitled Crisis Now: Transforming Services is Within Our Reach. The task force surveyed the status of mental health crisis care and found that the mental health crisis services system in our country is fractured and is contributing to criminalization of people with mental illness, the increasing suicide rate, and rising health care costs. The webinar will review these findings, present consensus recommendations to improve and expand crisis care, and discuss current policy opportunities. It is primarily intended for providers, advocates, hospital and health systems, legislators and legislative staff, and media.

Following presentation, participants will be able to describe: 1) At least 2 current deficiencies in crisis care and their consequences; 2) The 3 Core Elements of effective crisis care systems, 3) Where proposals to improve crisis care fit in current reform proposals.

If you are interested in participating in the webinar, please send an email to [email protected].



Posted: February 26, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Historical Trauma in Tribal Communities
March 1, 2016 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

Presenter:
Art Martinez, PhD (Chumash)
Dr. Martinez will discuss historical trauma, its effect on culture/tradition and the impact across generations in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities. Additionally, he will discuss how to incorporate cultural traditions/ beliefs into the healthcare response to Sexual Assault/Abuse and Domestic Violence

Register:
www.tribalforensichealthcare.org
The Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training Project is funded by the Indian Health Service

Continuing Education:
Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and International Association of Forensic Nurses.
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)TM.
This activity has been approved for 1.0 Nursing Contact Hours.



Posted: February 26, 2016

Bureau of Indian Affairs Announces Launch of 2016 Student Leadership Summer Institute for Native Students

As part of President Obama’s Generation Indigenous (“Gen-I”) initiative to remove barriers to success for Native Youth, Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts today announced the launch of the 2016 Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute, a paid 10-week summer internship program with the agency that begins in early June. The Institute will provide American Indian and Alaska Native post-secondary students with a unique opportunity to learn about federal policymaking and develop management and leadership skills within high-profile offices throughout the Indian Affairs organization. Roberts made the announcement at the National Congress of American Indians’ “Tribal Nations Legislative Summit 114th Congress Executive Council” meeting.

The Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute’s mission is to engage and support the next generation of Native students interested in rising to leadership levels within federal government. The program will provide participants with:

  • An introduction to the government-to-government relationship between the United States and the 567 federally recognized tribal nations;
  • An understanding of how the federal government carries out its trust responsibilities to tribal and individual Indian trust beneficiaries;
  • How the tribal consultation process guides the development and implementation of federal Indian policies and regulations;
  • Real-world exposure to the Indian Affairs organization and its component bureaus, offices and programs that carry out its part of the Secretary of the Interior’s overall responsibilities to Indian Country.

For more information click here.



Posted: February 26, 2016

First Nations Development Institute Accepting Proposals for Native Youth & Culture

The First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals for its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) program that focuses on youth, and incorporating culture and tradition to address social issues in Native communities. First Nations will award approximately 20 grants to Native organizations and tribes seeking ways to preserve, strengthen and/or renew Native culture and tradition among Native youth.

First Nations is seeking projects that focus on one or more of these four priority areas:

  • Preserving, strengthening or renewing cultural and/or spiritual practices, beliefs and values.
  • Engaging both youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices and/or beliefs, where culturally appropriate.
  • Increasing youth leadership and their capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs.
  • Increasing access to and sharing of cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies (traditional and/or modern), as a means of reviving or preserving tribal language, arts, history or other culturally relevant topics.

First Nations prefers to fund projects no longer than one year in length, and with budgets between $5,000 and $20,000. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. All applicants must fully complete the First Nations online grant application.

For more information, click here.



Posted: February 22, 2016

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Materials Available

The 2016 NNHAAD poster is out. The poster and those who want to order copies of materials can visit the website at www.nnhaad.org. The poster will be available as will a download of the new PSAs and other materials. We're excited about 2016 NNHAAD. We're asking that, if people post on social media that they use #NNHAAD so that we can track our reach. Our theme this year is "Hear Indigenous Voices: Uniting bold voices of American Indians, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiians"



Posted: February 17, 2016

The Impact of Early Adverse Childhood Events and Trauma on Physical and Mental Health across a Lifespan
February 19, 2016 | 1:30 pm EST

Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify changes in central nervous system (CNS) structure and function in response to early childhood adverse events and trauma.
  • Identify negative health outcomes associated with early childhood adverse events and trauma.
  • Incorporate information about these negative health outcomes into clinical practice.

More Information (PDF)



Posted: February 17, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Suicide: An Invasive Yet Preventable Disease
Monday, February 22, 2016 | 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Objectives
  1. Correctly identify youth who are more at risk for attempting suicide.
  2. Mobilize communities to engage in prevention strategies.
  3. Implement postvention strategies once a suicide has occurred

http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/preventable
passcode: preventable



Posted: February 17, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Monday, February 22, 2016 | 4:00-5:00 pm

Objectives
  1. Identify two changes in the DSM V (from DSM IV) for diagnosing anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  2. Identify two co-occurring disorders in children with anxiety disorder.
  3. Identify one treatment (medication or therapy) for treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/child
passcode: child



Posted: February 17, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: It Takes a Community to Prevent Suicide: What is Zero Suicide Concept and Practice
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Objectives
  1. Recognize the components for the pathways to care.
  2. Identify steps in adopting a Zero Suicide approach in health care organizations.
  3. Describe the advantages of suicide prevention as a core component for health care.

http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/child
passcode: child



Posted: February 17, 2016

Upcoming Training: Essential Pain and Addiction Training
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 | 12:00-6:00 pm ET

Objectives

  1. Recognize the epidemic of unintentional opioid overdose deaths in the United States.
  2. Identify the importance of education regarding prescription medication misuse, and identification of patients at risk for addictions.
  3. Use the best practices in pain management to provide integrated, collaborative care. This presentation is open to everyone and registration is required. Click here to register.


Posted: February 15, 2016

CMS Releases Information Bulletin

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released an information bulletin focused on the Best Practices involving Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The bulletin contains information about emerging Medicaid strategies for addressing the issue. Click here to view the bulletin.



Posted: February 15, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Exploring the American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum for Suicide Prevention
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 | 2:00-3:30 ET

SAMHSA's Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center is sponsoring this Generational Resilience Learning Community. The discussion will focus on the American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum, a course for Native high school and middle school students designed to reduce suicidal thinking and behavior. Participants will increase their knowledge about this culturally appropriate curriculum and how it can fit with youth suicide prevention and cultural intervention strategies in their schools and communities.

Click here to register.



Posted: February 15, 2016

Upcoming Presentation: Syringe Exchange Programs in Native Communities – Learning From One Another
Friday, February 19, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET

This presentation will focus on syringe exchange program examples from Indian Country. It will demonstrate how each program was built to specifically address community needs, and what each program hopes for the future.

Duration: 1 hr total – 40 minute didactic with 20 minutes for Q/A

To connect click here. If you have questions, please email Jessica Leston, [email protected] or [email protected].



Posted: February 15, 2016

New Report: Strengthening Our Future

SAMHSA is pleased to announce the release of Strengthening Our Future: Key Elements To Developing a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Diversion Program for Youth With Behavioral Health Conditions. Developed by SAMHSA's partners as part of the 2014–2015 Policy Academy Action Network Initiative, this report builds off of SAMHSA's concept of trauma and framework for a trauma-informed approach to:

  • Identify nine implementation domains for achieving a trauma-informed juvenile justice diversion program.
  • Highlight case examples from each of the 2014–2015 Policy Academy-Action Network states (Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee).

Click here to download the report.



Posted: February 15, 2016

Upcoming Webinar: Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records
Friday, February 19, 2016 | 1:00–2:00 pm ET

SAMHSA will hold a webinar to provide an overview of the 42 CFR Part 2 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

HHS published proposed revisions to the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations, 42 CFR Part 2. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, titled Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records, was published in the Federal Register on February 9, 2016. This proposal was prompted by the need to update and modernize the regulations.

The goal of the proposed changes is to facilitate information exchange within new health care models while addressing the legitimate privacy concerns of patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder. The regulatory changes will ensure that patients with substance use disorders have the choice to participate in and benefit from new integrated health care models without fear of the risk of adverse consequences. Due to its targeted population, the Part 2 rules provide more stringent federal protections than most other health privacy laws, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

HHS welcomes public comment on this proposed rule. To be assured consideration, comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. on April 11, 2016. HHS will consider all comments received by the date and time specified, and will respond to the comments in the preamble of the final rule. People may comment on the proposed changes by using one of the methods outlined in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.



Posted: February 5, 2016

Funding Opportunity: Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT)

  • Expected Number of Awards: 7-9
  • Range of Awards: $325,000 to $400,000 per budget period
  • Application Deadline: April 18, 2016 by 5 p.m. ET
  • Technical Assistance Webinar: March 9, 2016 at 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET; Information on accessing the webinar will be posted on the OMH website.

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the United States Department of Health and Human Services announces the availability of funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 for grant awards for the Communities Addressing Childhood Trauma (ACT) Program. ACT is intended to test the effectiveness of innovative approaches in promoting healthy behaviors among minority and/or disadvantaged youth at-risk for poor health/life outcomes due to childhood trauma. These innovative approaches (including curricula) should be designed for minority and/or disadvantaged youth ages 5 to 15 years who have been exposed to childhood trauma, as well as support services to their families. ACT seeks to address unhealthy behaviors in minority youth and provide them with opportunities to learn coping skills and gain experiences that contribute to more positive lifestyles and enhance their capacity to make healthier life choices. ACT funded grantees should serve minority and/or disadvantaged youth and their families who live in communities where they are exposed to chronic traumatic situations repeatedly over long periods of time such as violence (e.g., homicides, nonfatal assaults, school violence, and suicide), domestic violence, some forms of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect, or recovery from disasters or other emotionally harmful experiences. The ACT initiative also promotes the goals of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative launched by President Obama to ensure that all young people can reach their full potential, including boys and young men of color.

Visit Grants.gov for more information and to submit an application, click here.



Posted: January 13, 2016

New SAMHSA Grant Opportunity: Cooperative Agreement for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation

Application Submission Deadline: January 26, 2016

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2016 Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation [Youth Treatment - Implementation (Short Title – YT-I)] grants.

The purpose of this program is to provide funding to states/territories/tribes (hereafter known as states) to improve treatment for adolescents and/or transitional aged youth with substance use disorders and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (hereafter known as “the population of focus”) by assuring youth state-wide access to evidence-based assessments, treatment models, and recovery services supported by the strengthening of the existing infrastructure system. Based on need, applicants may choose to provide services to adolescents (ages 12-18) and their families/primary caregivers, transitional aged youth (ages 16-25) and their families/primary caregivers, or both these populations and their families/primary caregivers. Applicants that select transitional aged youth may chose a subset of this population of focus (e.g., ages 16-18, ages 18-21, ages 21-25).

For additional information about this grant opportunity, click here.

A downloadable recording of an informational webinar will be available here in the coming days.

Technical assistance on programmatic issues can be provided on an individual basis by contacting:
Immaculata Ukoh at (240) 276- 1108 or [email protected]
Melissa Rael at (240) 276-2903 or [email protected]
Technical assistance on grants management and budget issues can be provided on an individual basis by contacting:
Odessa Crocker at (240) 276-1078 or [email protected]



2015

Posted: December 14, 2015

SAMHSA recruiting for Leadership Program in Behavioral Health.

We are recruiting professionals in both the public and private sectors for the 2016 Behavioral Health Leadership Development Program, a part of Project LIFT (Leadership Initiatives for Tomorrow), who wish to enhance their leadership skills by:

  • Understanding the opportunities brought about by health care reform and parity
  • Embracing innovation to effect change
  • Helping to motivate and retain the behavioral health workforce

There is no cost to you, but we do ask for your commitment of time and interest.

Look for the Call for Applications in late December-early January.

CLICK HERE for more information.



Posted: December 11, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: An Overview of PTSD and Treatment Perspectives Among Native American Veterans
Monday, December 14, 2015 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

Objectives
  1. Identify preferences for aspects of treatment/healing programs, as reported by Native American (NA) Veterans that would facilitate engagement in the healing process.
  2. Examine NA Veterans attitudes, beliefs and perceptions toward PTSD and its treatment/healing.
  3. Recognize "military culture" in assessing and managing NA Veterans with PTSD.

http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/ihsrounds
passcode: rounds



Posted: December 11, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Presentation and Management of Trauma in Schools
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Objectives
  1. Assess for common signs and symptoms of childhood trauma and traumatic grief across development.
  2. Utilize trauma screening questions to determine which youth to refer for trauma-focused treatment services.
  3. Provide support and validation to youth and families who are experiencing traumatic stress.

http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/child
passcode: child



Posted: December 11, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Illicit Substance Use around the Time of Birth: Education and Prevention Strategies: IHS Resources
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

This series of one hour webinars brings together clinicians, researchers, and tribal members around the growing problem of illicit drug use in the perinatal period. Doctors, nurses, and tribal members will present evidence-based strategies for managing this complex issue in pregnant and breastfeeding women, newborns, and in the community setting. The series will be relevant to Indian Health Service clinicians, and to tribal communities.

http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/drug_prevention
passcode: prevention



Posted: December 11, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: The Impact of Parent Trauma on Youth Trauma Treatment: Considerations, Tips, and Resources
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Objectives
  1. Assess and identify a parent’s trauma history in the context of the youth’s treatment.
  2. Utilize strategies and specific skills in treatment when working with traumatized parents.
  3. Utilize resources that can be used when working with traumatized parents in the context of the youth’s treatment.

http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/child
passcode: child



Posted: December 10, 2015

National bicycle and pedestrian safety experts and health professionals will connect the dots between active transportation and health.

A myriad of keynote and break out sessions will inform and inspire your work.

Ohio has one of the most dynamic Safe Routes to School programs in the country. At this conference you’ll see and hear about its many nationally-recognized innovations.

Plus, you will have plenty of time to network and share with colleagues from across the country in Ohio’s vibrant capital city Columbus, named the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year.

More Information



Posted: November 11, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Reconnecting You to the Circle: The Importance of Traditional Practices for Prevention
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 2:00 pm ET

As tribal and urban American Indian and Alaska Native communities strive to address the issue of youth suicide, it is critical to seek a better understanding of youth perspectives and to focus on healing and strength-based approaches to wellness.

The SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center invites you to join the webinar “Reconnecting Youth to the Circle: The Importance of Traditional Practices for Prevention,” presented in conjunction with Native American Heritage month. The webinar is Part 1 of the Generational Resilience Learning Community series.

This interactive web-based learning community will offer opportunities for participants to hear youth stories about their connection to their language and cultural traditions as well as strategies for engaging youth and connecting them to the circle.

CLICK HERE to register.



Posted: October 15, 2015

SAMHSA Always Looking to Strengthen their Pool of Reviewers

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) utilizes a pool of grant reviewers to reviews applications for their funding opportunity announcements. What is unique about their pool, is that it is based upon reviewers who voluntarily submit their own application to serve in that capacity, rather than a pool that is recruited just when a review panel is needed. So SAMHSA has a large and diverse pool of subject matter experts from which they can select a qualified panel of grant reviewers any time. However, there is always a need to grow that pool and ensure that all communities are represented. So please, visit their site, and complete an application and submit your paperwork to become a SAMHSA grant reviewer, and help to ensure that there is a strong Native presence within their pool of reviewers.

http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/review/grant-reviewer-application



Posted: October 2, 2015

25th Annual National/International Native American Indian Alcoholics Anonymous Convention
November 26-29, 2015

25th Annual National/International Native American Indian Alcoholics Anonymous Convention will be held at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino (4000 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV). The convention will feature 24-hour marathon meetings, AA speaker meetings, talking circles, an old timers meeting, a social powwow, and other events. For more information, click here.



Posted: October 2, 2015

IHS Announces DVPI Awardees

IHS announced it awarded approximately $7.4 million to 56 IHS, Tribal, and Urban Indian organizations to provide prevention, intervention, and treatment services to American Indians and Alaska Natives who have experienced domestic or sexual violence. These IHS grants and federal program awards are a new phase in the Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI), which previously funded 65 health programs in a five-year demonstration project to expand outreach and increase awareness of domestic and sexual violence, and expand services to victims and communities. In the first four years of the demonstration project, DVPI projects provided over 50,000 crisis interventions, victim advocacy, and counseling encounters and made more than 38,000 referrals for domestic violence services.

These new awards dramatically expand our efforts to provide community based, culturally appropriate services for domestic and sexual violence," said IHS Principal Deputy Director Robert G. McSwain. "American Indian and Alaska Native communities have called on IHS for more support to prevent domestic and sexual violence and the IHS Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative funding represents a commitment to these critical health needs."

Please visit the IHS Newsroom to view the entire press release.



Posted: September 30, 2015

IHS Announces MSPI Awardees

The Indian Health Service, through its Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Division of Behavioral Health, today made 117 Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative funding awards totaling $13,237,000 to prevent methamphetamine use and suicide in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Funding will go to Tribes, Tribal organizations, Urban Indian organizations, and IHS federal government programs. These awards will help increase access to health services and also build the capacity of American Indian and Alaska Native communities to provide prevention, intervention, and treatment services to American Indians and Alaska Natives who are at risk of suicide or methamphetamine use.

View the press release for more information, a list of awardees by IHS Area, and a link to the updated IHS MSPI website.



Posted: September 30, 2015

Upcoming Webinar Series: Guide to Successful Grant Proposals

In a new 3-part webinar series designed for community-based organizations, the Office of Minority Health Resource Center will share the basics of successful federal grant applications. Three key topics will be covered on the following dates:

Foundations of Grant Writing
Tuesday, October 6 at 3:30 pm ET

Why All the Excitement about Logic Models?
Tuesday, October 20 at 3:30 pm ET

Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities
Thursday, November 5 at 3:30 pm ET



Posted: September 4, 2015

American Indian/Alaska Native Hope for Life Day Toolkit

September is National Suicide Awareness Month. The first ever National American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Suicide Prevention Hope for Life Day will occur on September 10, in conjunction with the World Suicide Prevention Day. The goals for the day include changing the conversation about suicide and to promote hope, life, cultural resiliency, and community transformation.

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s American Indian/Alaska Native Task Force put together a toolkit to assist health professionals and grassroots organizers with community engagement, speaking with Tribal leaders, promotional materials, and cultural activity suggestions.

VIEW TOOLKIT HERE



Posted: September 4, 2015

Implementing Alcohol Screening & Brief Intervention into Primary Care: Experiences among Three CDC-Funded Grantees webinar
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | 1:00pm-2:00pm ET

Practical experiences associated with the implementation of alcohol screening and brief intervention (SBI) into routine health care are often understudied and under disseminated in the research literature. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed an implementation guide outlining useful steps to integrate alcohol SBI into clinical practice settings. Three Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Regional Training Centers (FASD RTCs) across the U.S. were funded by CDC to pilot implementation of alcohol SBI into multi-site primary healthcare systems. Pilot sites located in Alaska, Nevada, and Tennessee included three health systems across ten clinical settings.

The University of Nevada, Reno's Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies is pleased to offer this free webinar whose purpose is to highlight key aspects of the alcohol SBI implementation processes that were unique to each party involved in the pilot testing and resulted in important lessons that are applicable for others implementing alcohol SBI. Attendees will learn about available resources and receive practical recommendations that will increase the likelihood of their own success integrating routine alcohol SBI into clinical settings.

Presenters:
Elizabeth Dang, MPH - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sandra Gonzalez, MSSW, LCSW - Baylor College of Medicine
Joyce Hartje, PhD - University of Nevada, Reno
Becky Porter, MS, LPC - University of Alaska Anchorage

Contact Hours: This webinar has been approved for a total of 1.0 contact hour through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Certificates indicating the number of contact hours earned are issued to all participants at the end of the training via e-mail; certificates are sent out 7-10 days after the training has concluded.

REGISTER HERE

For more information on alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention or FASD, please click here. Please contact Carolyn Edney at [email protected] with any questions.



Posted: September 1, 2015

Suicide Prevention Series: Practical Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Individuals at Risk for Suicide
September 1, 2015 | 3:30 pm ET

Presented by Shawn Sidhu, MD

Next Webinar
September 29, 2015, 2:00 pm ET

Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify core principles of Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
  • Apply these principles to individual therapy.
  • Utilize practical and tangible skills in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for use in individual therapy.

Connection Information

  • Go to: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/sps
  • Select the "Enter as a Guest" option
  • Enter your name, first and last, with designation in the box designated Name (ex: Jane Doe, MD).
  • Enter the passcode : sps
  • Click on the "Enter Room" button

More Information (PDF)



Posted: August 24, 2015

Financing Care Transitions for Individuals at Risk for Suicide
September 16, 2015 | 12:30–2 p.m. ET

Learn about potential financing mechanisms for post-discharge care services for individuals who are at risk of suicide at the upcoming webinar, Financing Care Transitions for Individuals at Risk for Suicide. The speakers will discuss current financing models, as well as expected changes that will alter the national health services payment landscape. The discussion will focus on three case studies—an accountable care organization, a behavioral health plan, and a county-led crisis program—as examples of innovative financial models that support services for individuals in crisis.

Register To Attend the Webinar



Posted: August 24, 2015

Upcoming Panel Discussion: The Evidence Supporting Traditional Practices
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

On behalf of SAMHSA and the SAMHSA American Indian and Alaska Native Team, you are invited you to join a panel discussion entitled “The Evidence Supporting Traditional Practices” on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen, and engage with an exciting group of expert panelists that will discuss topics on Evidence-Based Practices, Practice-Based Evidence and Traditional Practices that are being utilized in rural and urban Native communities.

Click here to register.



Posted: August 24, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Zero Suicide and Trauma-Informed Care
Thursday, September 3, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET

In a trauma-informed approach, a behavioral health organization understands and develops a framework to best serve clients with histories of trauma. The system, and all employees in the system, understands the role that trauma can play in each person's care and recovery. With trauma-informed care, the organization develops safeguards to ensure that the setting in which services are delivered, and the particular services offered are competent, safe, evidence-based, patient-centered, and do not re-traumatize individuals with histories of trauma. The input of those with lived trauma experience is essential in the development, delivery, and evaluation of services. The Zero Suicide approach frames care for those at risk for suicide in much the same way that trauma-informed care provides a framework for serving those with histories of trauma.

Click here to register.



Posted: August 21, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Question & Answer Session: MSPI & DVPI FY2015 New Funding Cycle - Technical Assistance Webinar #4
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 | 2:30 – 3:30 pm ET

This fourth technical assistance webinar will provide an opportunity for Tribes, Tribal organizations and Urban Indian health organizations (UIHPs) to ask questions about the application process for the MSPI & DVPI FY2015 new funding cycle. The primary focus of the webinar will be to address frequently asked questions for the application process and provide a question & answer session for new inquiries. A brief update on the application submission process and requirements will be provided if there are minimal questions from the audience. The application submission deadline for Tribes, Tribal organizations, and UIHPs is September 8, 2015 via Grants.gov.

Pre-registration is not required. Click here to participate in the webinar.



Posted: August 21, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: "Just a Dream": Indigenous Two-Spirit Youth Sharing of Personal Stories
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET

The SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center invites you to join a webinar for the Two-Spirit Tuesday's! Learning Community. Part 3 is titled We Are All One Family; Let's Not Make This "Just a Dream": Indigenous Two-Spirit Youth Sharing of Personal Stories.

This learning community will be composed as a panel discussion of Two-Spirit Native youth leaders who will share their personal struggles, challenges, successes, and triumphs. These inspiring Two-Spirit leaders will discuss their brilliant work to support the Two-Spirit community, and offer insight and recommendations on how tribal communities, families, and allies can support Two-Spirit health and wellness.

Click here to register.



Posted: July 29, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Opioid Use Disorders in the American Indian/Alaska Native Communities
Thursday, July 30, 2015 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

This webinar will review the epidemiology and genetics of addiction and substance use disorders in American Indians and Alaska Natives. Co-morbidities of physical injuries and behavioral health issues will be reviewed. The patient assessment will be reviewed in detail and intervention strategies including buprenorphine will be covered.

Click here to register.



Posted: July 29, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Methamphetamine and Substance Abuse Prevention
August 12, 2015 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

This webinar will cover examples of practice-based, evidence-based, and culturally-informed programming which have proven successful for addressing methamphetamine and substance abuse prevention and treatment in urban Indian community settings.

Target audience: Urban Indian Health program staff and providers, behavioral health care providers, and allied health professionals

Participate via audio conference:

877-394-5901; code: 2743401

Or click here to register.



Posted: July 29, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Social Media
Friday, August 14, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

Recent developments in the field of media and suicide research reflect a change in focus from traditional to online media and an increasing attention to stories of hope and recovery and their potential to help prevent suicide. In this webinar the presenters will focus on their recent research investigating how stories of recovery delivered via newspaper reports and fictional films impact various audiences. Furthermore, they will present findings on the role of the Internet in conveying information about suicide and suicide prevention in the United States and in Europe.

Click here to register.



Posted: July 29, 2015

Upcoming Webcast: Responding to Suicide Clusters on College Campuses
August 20, 2015 | 1:30 – 5:00 pm ET

SAMHSA and the JED Foundation invite you to join the upcoming, two-part web conference, "Responding to Suicide Clusters on College Campuses."

Participants will learn from experts in suicide prevention and college-focused mental health about our current understanding of suicide clusters on college campuses and in other settings.

Presenters will discuss the epidemiology and demographics of suicide clusters; what we know about settings in which clusters are more likely to occur; and how to reduce the risk of "contagion" through effective communication, intervention, and postvention both on campus and off campus.

A panel of clinicians who have experienced suicide clusters on their campuses (or have worked with campuses that have had clusters) will discuss their experiences and lessons learned about managing a campus response to a cluster; planning for postvention after a cluster; and handling communication and media reporting.

Learn More and Register for the Web Conference



Posted: June 8, 2015

Accepting Applications: American Indian and Alaska Native Leadership Academy

The National American Indian & Alaska Native ATTC would like to offer support to future American Indian and Alaska Native leaders in the behavioral health and addiction service fields by inviting participation in a comprehensive leadership preparation program which provides a balance of traditional training seminars, distance education, and field education. We are currently seeking participants and mentors for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Why participate in the American Indian & Alaska Native Leadership Academy?

This program will provide opportunities for participants to:
  • Develop personal leadership styles and skills
  • Network with other developing leaders, and gain practical experience for the "real world"
  • Earn a Certificate of Leadership

This program provides a meaningful experience for mentors, including opportunities to:

  • Offer professional networking, and take the behavioral health and
  • addiction services fields into the future
  • Encourage mentee’s intellectual and professional development
  • Foster agency growth as a result of engaging in mentee projects
  • Experience self-fulfillment through mentee growth

For more information, click here.



Posted: June 8, 2015

Save the Date: 2015 National Behavioral Health Conference
August 4-6, 2015 | Phoenix, AZ

The Indian Health Service Headquarters’ Division of Behavioral Health is hosting this conference in partnership with the Phoenix Area’s Office of Health Programs. This conference is for behavioral health providers, nurses, primary care providers, executives, and others from Indian Health Service, Tribal, and Urban facilities to build the model for integrating behavioral health into primary care.

Location and Registration details coming soon.

The IHS Tele-Behavioral Health Center of Excellence will broadcast conference sessions.

For more information please contact Andrea Czajkowski, [email protected].



Posted: June 8, 2015

Archived Webinar: Project Lazarus

On May 21, 2015, a virtual webinar on Project Lazarus was presented. Project Lazarus is a non-profit organization established in 2008 to address the extremely high drug overdose death rate in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Project Lazarus believes that communities are ultimately responsible for their own health and that every drug overdose is preventable.

The Project Lazarus Model can be conceptualized as a wheel, with three core components (The Hub) that must always be present, and seven components (The Spokes), which can be initiated based on the specific needs of a community.

The learning objectives included:
  • Define the components of a successful community-based prescription opioid overdose prevention program.
  • Describe the possible roles that prescribers and substance use treatment providers can play in overdose prevention and supporting patients/families/friends with chronic pain/Substance use dependency beyond the traditional clinical setting.
  • Identify ways in which the Project Lazarus model can be adapted for replication in a medical practice or community.
  • Define the components of a successful community-based naloxone acceptability and access program with current laws.

Click here to download the slides.

Click here to view the webinar.



Posted: May 22, 2015

NPR Covers the struggles of Native Americans and Addiction

NPR put out an internet and radio story titled Many Native American Communities Struggle With Effects Of Heroin Use recently that spoke to the unique challenges that many American Indian people face when both trying to quit using substances and then trying to cope and move through with recovery. The story can be read and streamed HERE


Posted: May 20, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Domestic Violence Typologies
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | 1:00-2:30 pm ET

Popular notions of domestic violence (DV) as well as prevailing practice ideas often suggest that domestic violence is a monolithic phenomenon with angry, violent men using coercive control to dominate their female partners. While this is true of a great deal of the abuse and violence seen by DV practitioners, it does not adequately describe the full range of DV dynamics, behaviors and motives. This presentation will examine 30 years of research into classifying and understanding types of domestic violence including the work of Michael Johnson, Amy Holtzworth-Monroe, Edward Gondolf, John Gottman and others. Application to lethality assessment, batterer intervention and victim safety are considered along with the historical/political contexts in which this work has been received.

Pre-registration is not required for non-VA employees. Click here to participate on June 10, 2015.



Posted: May 20, 2015

All Tribes’ Call – Webinar
Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) for Indian Country

Please join IHS, SAMSHA and CMS on an All Tribes’ Call - Webinar to learn more information about how Medicaid reimbursement might be available for mental health services provided to persons in residential treatment centers. Under the Medicaid laws, Medicaid payment is not allowed for services provided in Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) that have more than 16 beds. However, there are exceptions to this rule. The purpose of the call will be to learn about the IMD exclusion, the exceptions, and what this means for Indian Country.

When: June 9, 2015, 4:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Registration: http://go.cms.gov/imdwebinar
Call-in Information: 1-888-490-2759, Participant passcode: 617132

More Information (PDF)



Posted: May 11, 2015

Fort Peck Hosts a Trauma-Informed Prevention and Intervention Conference

The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, Fort Peck Community College (FPCC), Indian Health Service (IHS), Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), and representatives from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIH CC) are partnering on the symposium aimed at understanding and addressing violence within the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. This important event will take place May 27-29, 2015 in Poplar, MT and feature presentations and panel discussions with experts in the areas of trauma prevention and intervention. Goals of the symposium are to:

  • Engage the community about the prevalence and impacts of current and historical trauma on health across the lifespan,
  • Discuss community-based approaches to address trauma, and
  • Provide an opportunity to develop a plan to become a trauma-informed tribal community.

Registration for the Fort Peck Health and Resilience Symposium: Creating a Trauma-Informed Tribal Community is now live! You can register for this free event at: https://fortpeckhealthsymposium.eventbrite.com.

In addition to community members, professionals in the fields of medicine, nursing, social work, education, the judiciary system, and law enforcement are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions about the event, please email the Planning Committee at [email protected], or contact Paula Fire Moon at (406) 768-6330.



Posted: May 8, 2015

Forum Puts Spotlight on Indigenous Youth

Indigenous peoples suffer great risk of suicide. For example, in some regions the suicide rate among young indigenous women and men is five to six times the rate of non-indigenous youths. Some communities report even higher rates. The alarming over-representation of suicide among indigenous youth was one of the main topics during the two-week long 14th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which concluded on May 1. Click here to read more.



Posted: May 7, 2015

Call for Papers for Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans

We hope you will join us in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 19th through the 21st for the 2015 Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans. The Summit is an opportunity to share best practices, discuss common concerns and make new connections as we work to improve the quality of life of Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries. You can learn more about the Summit on the web page:
http://www.cdd.unm.edu/summit2015

And a quick reminder that the deadline for Call for Papers for the Summit on Traumatic Brain Injury and Native Americans is approaching. The deadline is May 22, 2015. Please contact Lyn Wilson-King for any questions.

The Summit is seeking proposals on evidence-based policies, programs or services in five areas:
  • The epidemiology of brain injury among Native Americans, including evidence on prevalence, incidence, comorbidity and demographics of Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries;
  • Increasing the knowledgeability of health and other service providers about culturally appropriate approaches to increasing awareness among Native Americans about brain injury, screening, and prevention;
  • Advances in state of the art medical and rehabilitation treatments that allow Native Americans with traumatic brain injuries to reintegrate into their communities and live as independently as possible;
  • The use of indigenous healing practices in the treatment of brain injury and examples of successful integration with western medicine; and
  • Non-medical short- and long-term services, including culturally appropriate peer support, information and resources, alternative therapies, advocacy and respite among Native Americans with brain injuries.

Information on how to submit a proposal or register for the Summit may be found on the Summit web page. If you have any questions, please contact Lyn Wilson-King at [email protected].



Posted: April 20, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Using Evidence Based Practice: An Overview of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention

Monday, April 27, 2015 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET

The Indian Health Service will be hosting a free webinar through its TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence. The learning objectives for the webinar include:

  1. Identify psychiatric diagnoses at-risk for suicide attempts.
  2. Interpret suicide narrative and risk/protective factors for thorough case conceptualization.
  3. Integrate clients past suicidal history with learned affective, behavioral, and cognitive strategies during relapse prevention protocol.

To logon, go to:
http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/sps
passcode: sps



Posted: April 20, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Essential Pain and Addiction Training

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 11:00 am-5:00 pm ET

The Indian Health Service will be hosting a free webinar through its TeleBehavioral Health Center of Excellence. The learning objectives for the webinar include:

  1. Identify psychiatric diagnoses at-risk for suicide attempts.
  2. Interpret suicide narrative and risk/protective factors for thorough case conceptualization.
  3. Integrate clients past suicidal history with learned affective, behavioral, and cognitive strategies during relapse prevention protocol.

Please log-in 30 min before the listed start time to do your Pre-Test and for sign-in. Sites with multiple participants are advised to sign in earlier, or bring additional devices to complete the Pre-Test individually, in a timely manner.

http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/painandaddiction
passcode: addiction



Posted: April 17, 2015

Recently Published: Advancing Suicide Prevention Research with Rural American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

As part of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Task Force, a multidisciplinary group of AI/AN suicide research experts convened to outline pressing issues related to this subfield of suicidology. Suicide disproportionately affects Indigenous peoples, and remote Indigenous communities can offer vital and unique insights with relevance to other rural and marginalized groups. Outcomes from this meeting include identifying the central challenges impeding progress in this subfield and a description of promising research directions to yield practical results. These proposed directions expand the alliance’s prioritized research agenda and offer pathways to advance the field of suicide research in Indigenous communities and beyond.

Click here to read the article.



Posted: April 17, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Healing our Relatives Learning Community – Part II

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 3:00-4:00PM ET

Communities can look to culture as a way to help members heal from trauma. The SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center invites you to join a webinar on this topic for the Healing Our Relatives Learning Community, Part II-Building the Capacity of Trauma-Informed Approaches in Tribal and Urban Communities. As a continuation of the first Healing Our Relatives Learning Community, presenters will share examples of how culture can support trauma-informed practices. Participants will discuss how to strengthen services for healing trauma by using trauma-informed approaches.

Click here to register.



Posted: April 17, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Online Anallysis of SAMHSA Public-Use Data with Survey Documentation and Analysis

Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 1:00-2:00PM ET

SAMHSA invites you to attend a webinar to learn the fundamentals of analyzing SAMHSA public-use data online without using specialized software or downloading data. Join this webinar, hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA), to learn the basics of analyzing SAMHSA public-use data with Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA) on the SAMHDA website. The webinar will provide an overview of SDA's interface, analytic functions, and available help resources. The presenters will demonstrate how to use SDA for variable recoding and computation, crosstabulation, comparison of means, and regression.

Click here to register.



Posted: April 17, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: What are the Most Effective Services to Treat and Prevent Suicidal Behavior?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | 2:00-3:00PM ET

Individuals at risk for suicide intersect with care systems at many points. This gives providers multiple opportunities to deliver effective services that reduce suicide risk, if the proper systems, policies and protocols are in place. Determining evidence-based components for improving care systems and linkages between care systems (e.g., emergency departments, community providers) is necessary for efficient and effective suicide care delivery. Join this webinar to hear from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Prioritized Research Task Force about the advances in engaging at-risk individuals who avoid care and improving care transitions and the research challenges that remain.

Click here to register.



Posted: April 17, 2015

Register for the Tribal Action Plan (TAP) Portal Learning Community

The Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Inter-departmental Coordinating Committee (IASA) and the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OIASA) cordially invites you to register for the Tribal Action Plan (TAP) Portal Learning Community. The TAP Portal provides information on TAP development, funding opportunities, trainings, webinars and technical assistance for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The goal of the TAP Portal is to assist Tribes in developing TAPs which will serve as comprehensive strategic plans to address alcohol and substance issues within Tribal communities. According to the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-211) (“TLOA”), the law requires the Departments of Health and Human Services, Interior and Justice to coordinate resources and programs to assist Indian Tribes, as defined at 25 U.S.C. § 2403(3), “to achieve their goals in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of alcohol and substance abuse”. It was determined that there is a need to align, leverage, and coordinate Federal efforts and resources at multiple levels within each agency to effectuate comprehensive alcohol and substance abuse services and programs for AI/AN individuals, families, and communities. Therefore, the federal partners will assist Tribes in the development of a TAP to coordinate resources and programs relevant to alcohol and substance abuse prevention and treatment and will “enter into an agreement with the Tribe for the implementation of the Tribal Action Plan”.

To register, visit https://tap.bja.gov. In addition to registering for the site please visit the TAP section on the TLOA website at http://www.samhsa.gov/tloa/tap. If you have questions, feel free to contact Michael Koscinski at (240) 276-2486 or [email protected].

Federal partners are committed to strengthening their relationships with Tribes by and sharing and disseminating information in a streamlined fashion. We encourage you to visit the TAP Portal periodically for various updates.



Posted: March 20, 2015

National Report Shows Suicide Research Critically Underfunded

Action Alliance's first-ever Portfolio Analyses calls for substantial suicide prevention research investments

Washington, DC -- The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, today, issued a crucial report on the state of the nation's suicide research efforts. Results from the "U.S. National Suicide Prevention Research Efforts: 2008-2013 Portfolio Analyses" show that investments in suicide research are severely lagging relative to research on other leading causes of death. In 2013, over 41,000 Americans died by suicide. Suicide, the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., receives a small fraction of research dollars in comparison with conditions which cause comparable numbers of deaths such as influenza or hypertension. 1 With a large-scale research investment focused on a comprehensive prevention strategy, timely and effective evidence-based interventions could save thousands of lives per year, especially among middle-aged Americans, an age group with an increasing suicide rate...

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Posted: March 10, 2015

CDC Releases Data on Prescription Opioid Analgesic Use

The CDC released a report in February titled Prescription Opioid Analgesic Use Among Adults: United States, 1999-2012. The report can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db189.pdf and is part of a National Center for Health Statistics Data Brief.

Summary: The percentage of adults aged 20 and over who used a prescription opioid analgesic in the past 30 days significantly increased from 5.0% in 1999–2002 to 6.9% in 2003–2006, and then remained stable through 2011–2012 (6.9%). Together with findings from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1988–1994), these findings indicate that the use of opioid analgesics among U.S. adults has more than doubled since 1988–1994, when 3.4% used opioid analgesics (4). Among adults who used opioids during 1999–2012, the percentage of adults who used only a weaker-than-morphine opioid analgesic declined from 42.4% to 20.0%, while the percentage of adults who used a stronger-than-morphine opioid increased from 17.0% to 37.0%.



Posted: March 10, 2015

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities to Hold Public Meeting Focused on Prevention in Indian Country
Thursday, March 26 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a federal advisory committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 (P. L. 112-275), will hold an open meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Wednesday, March 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Thursday, March 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Location: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Attendance: Individuals interested in attending the meeting in person or via webinar and teleconference must register in advance (see link below). The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Members of the public will not have the opportunity to ask questions or otherwise participate in the meeting, either on the phone or in person.

To attend in person or via webinar/teleconference, and receive a copy of the agenda and presentation slides by email, please register by Monday, March 23: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8209953633791455745

Meeting agenda: CECANF was established to develop a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect. The purpose of the March 25-26 meeting is for Commission members to explore key issues related to addressing and preventing child abuse and neglect fatalities in Indian Country. It will include presentations and discussions related to issues of jurisdiction, data collection and data sharing, and the quality and quantity of services. Speakers will include Tribal leaders, Federal agency representatives, and practitioners. Commission members will then continue discussing the work plans of the Commission subcommittees, the information that they have obtained to date, and emerging high-level recommendations.



Posted: February 27, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Overview of Motivational Interviewing
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | 1:00-2:30 pm ET

This course is jointly offered by the Department of Defense, U.S. Public Health Service, and Veterans Health Administration, Employee Education System. The purpose of this knowledge based virtual conference is to provide an overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is an evidence-based counseling approach that attempts to directly affect motivation and increase the likelihood of an individual following through on their intentions to make a behavior change. This presentation looks at the fundamentals of MI so that credentialed healthcare providers within the VA/DoD systems can consider implementing MI strategies into their own practice. Upon completion of this training, participants will leave with the knowledge of the core MI concepts for motivating clients to engage in treatment within the VA/DoD systems. Non0VA staff do not need to preregister for this training.

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Posted: February 27, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in the Workplace
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | 3:00-4:00 pm ET

The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S) is hosting “Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention in the Workplace” on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 3:00-4:00 pm ET. The presenters will discuss research that is being conducted in the workplace, explain the impact this research has had, and identify needed research and practice going forward.

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Posted: February 16, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Women in the Mirror: Addressing Co-Occurring Mental Health Issues and Trauma in Women with Substance Use Disorders
March 5, 2015 | 3:00-4:30 PM ET

Women with substance use disorders have alarmingly high rates of co-occurring mental health issues and histories of trauma. Failure to address these issues and their interconnections can lead to significant setbacks in recovery. This session offers current information about effective interventions and strategies for supporting women with co-occurring substance use, trauma, and mental health issues. Topics include: trauma, eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and PTSD among women with substance use disorders.

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Posted: February 16, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Military Sexual Assault and Male Survivors
Monday, March 2, 2015 | 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET

In recent years, the issue of military sexual assault has been reported heavily in the press, documented in cinema, and gained the attention of Congress and the Executive Branch of our government. One aspect of military sexual assault that has become increasingly clear is that men are also victims. Though the incident rate for military women is higher, 85% of the active duty force are men; so, the actual numbers of male military sexual assault survivors are higher. Military culture, response, and retaliation can make male victims less likely to report their assaults, and male survivors face unique issues in their recovery.

This webinar will: Define military sexual assault (MSA) and military sexual trauma (MST); discuss the scope of the problem within the U.S. Armed Forces and issues faced by male survivors; describe the Department of Defense's and Department of Veterans Affairs' response; discuss important aspects of the recovery process for male veterans; and, discuss health care services available in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

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Posted: February 12, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Breaking the Silence, Breaking the Cycle: Honoring Youth Voices, Part I
Thursday, February 19, 2015 | 3:00 p.m. ET

This webinar will give participants an understanding of the importance of youth engagement for implementing prevention programs and services. SAMHSA grantees and other participants will have an opportunity to hear youth share their own stories about personal trauma and loss, as well as their strength and resilience as they strive for wellness.

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Posted: February 12, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Trauma-Informed Care in Indian Country
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 | 1:30 p.m. ET

This webinar will provide an overview of the trauma-informed care activities and efforts in Indian Country. American Indian and Alaska Native communities are impacted by health disparities and other social conditions which decrease a sense of well-being and the ability to thrive. This presentation will address efforts to create a better foundation for trauma-informed care services across federally recognized tribes and urban based programs.

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Posted: February 6, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Health Care Settings
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S), a CDC-funded research center focusing on a public health approach to suicide prevention and research, will be hosting a webinar called "Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Health Care Settings". Health care settings provide an important opportunity for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. Speakers will address research that is being conducted in health care settings, explain the known impact the research has had, and identify needed research and practice going forward.

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Posted: February 6, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: The Fundamentals of Writing a Responsive Grant Application
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET

The Health Resources and Services Administration will be hosting an online seminar to help grant applicants better understand:
  • The basics of every grant application
  • Writing your narrative to match the review criteria
  • How the application pieces fit together to respond to respond to all aspects of the Funding Opportunity Announcement

Registration: The day of the event through the link for the webcast below

Send your questions to [email protected]

To join/register for this Webcast, go to: http://services.choruscall.com/links/hrsa150211.html



Posted: February 6, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Medication Misuse by the Elderly
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

Addiction is often overlooked as an important clinical issue in older adults. However, with a rapidly growing population of older adults who grew up during an era of increased illicit drug and alcohol use there are reasons to believe that there will be a greater impact of alcohol and prescription drug abuse on the next generation of older adults. As older adults seek the majority of behavioral health care either in primary care settings or from mental health providers, it is necessary to consider the unique avenues in which patients are identified and how addiction programs can meet the needs of older adults.

This webinar will review clinically relevant concepts related to identifying, assessing, and treating older adults with addiction related disability and identifies the state of research in this area. Click Here to Register



Posted: February 3, 2015

American Indian/Alaska Native Drug Abuse Prevention Research Travel Awards to attend the Society for Prevention Research 20th Annual Meeting

May 26-29, 2015 Washington, D.C.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is providing travel awards to researchers and/or students focused on drug abuse prevention research with American Indian/Alaska Native populations to attend the Society for Prevention Research 23rd Annual Meeting, “Integrating Prevention Science and Public Policy.” This conference will take place in Washington, DC, from May 26 to 29, 2015. NIDA travel awards will support travel, conference registration, and lodging expenses.

Prior to the conference, but NOT as part of the application packet, travel award recipients will be asked to submit a brief concept paper (2-3 pages) that describes a research project they are interested in conducting. At the conference recipients will meet with senior prevention researchers and/or NIH staff to discuss the concept. In addition to attending sessions of unique interest, they will attend a session developed for travel award recipients as well as a networking lunch, a morning session on NIH funding, and the Diversity Network meeting.

More Information/Application (DOC - file download)



Posted: February 2, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Principles of Effective Suicide Care: Evidence-Based Treatments
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 | 1–2:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Individuals at risk for suicide who seek help from a behavioral health professional should expect to receive care that is research informed, collaborative, and focused explicitly on suicide risk. Research suggests that practitioners who receive formal training in suicide care models have improved confidence, competence, and efficacy.

In a comprehensive Zero Suicide approach, a skilled and savvy workforce with extensive training in suicide care and treatment is critical.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Explain how evidence-based approaches to treatment improve outcomes for those at risk for suicide.
  • Recognize the importance of treating suicide symptoms directly.
  • Describe two evidence-based models of suicide care.
  • Understand the perspective of people with lived experience and how it is affected by receiving evidence-based care.

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Posted: February 2, 2015

Upcoming Training: Reclaiming Our Roots: Rising from the Ashes of Historical Trauma
Friday, February 27, 2015 | 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85226

The National American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, in conjunction with the Pacific Southwest AATC, are hosting a symposium on current behavioral health and substance abuse issues in Indian Country, presented by leading experts in the field. Topics will include:
  • Understanding how historical and generational trauma and adverse childhood experiences impact a child's development
  • PTSD in Native veterans
  • Traditional healing and historical trauma
  • Impact of trauma on spirituality
  • Impact of trauma on physical/medical issues in the educational system


Posted: February 2, 2015

Free, Confidential Online Anger Management Training For Veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a free online course that teaches skills and tools to get along better with people and control your reactions to irritating events. The training module, Anger and Irritability Management Skills (AIMS), is based on a highly effective in-person course that has been used by thousands of Veterans. AIMS allows users to take this valuable training anonymously at the time and location of their choice. AIMS helps veterans better understand what makes them angry and gives them practical tools to manage what they do when they are angry. Users can develop a personal Anger Control Plan to help them continue to use what they’ve learned.

www.veterantraining.va.gov/aims



Posted: February 2, 2015

Native STAND Training Opportunity

The Center for Healthy Communities is coordinating with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board to recruit Tribes and tribal organizations who serve American Indian/Alaska Native high-school aged youth to receive training on the delivery of Native STAND (Students Together Against Negative Decisions), a healthy decision making curriculum for enhancing and promoting positive development and well-being.

Training Program: The Native STAND training program will take place June 21-27, 2015 in Portland, Oregon in conjunction with the Summer Research Training Institute for AI/AN Health Professionals and the THRIVE (Tribal Health - Reaching out InVolves Everyone) Youth Conference.

Apply: For more information about the Native STAND program, eligibility, or to apply visit www.oregonprc.org. Applications are due February 15, 2015



Posted: February 2, 2015

Native STAND Informational Webinar
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The webinar will be offered to those interested in learning more about the Native STAND program, curriculum, the dissemination project, training timeline and application process.

Registration: Simply follow the instructions below on the day of the presentation.
  1. Go to: https://npaihb.adobeconnect.com/qip
  2. Select the "Enter as a Guest" option (no passcode needed)
  3. Input your first and last name
  4. Select Enter Room
  5. Dial telephone number: +1-800-832-0736; MeetingOne Conference Room Number: 5008642


Posted: January 28, 2015

New Report Tracks the Behavioral Health of America

The "National Behavioral Health Barometer" (Barometer) provides data about key aspects of behavioral health care issues affecting American communities. Those issues include rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance use, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders.

The Barometer shows these data at the national level, and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Barometer indicates that the behavioral health of our Nation is improving in some areas, particularly among adolescents. For example, past-month use of both illicit drugs and cigarettes has fallen for youth ages 12–17 from 2009 to 2013 (from 10.1 percent to 8.8 percent for illicit drugs, and 9.0 percent to 5.6 percent for cigarettes). Past-month binge drinking among children ages 12–17 has also fallen from 2009 to 2013 (from 8.9 percent to 6.2 percent).

"The Barometer provides new insight into what is happening on the ground in states across the country," said SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. "It provides vital information on the progress being made in each state as well as the challenges ahead. States and local communities use these data to determine the most effective ways of addressing their behavioral health care needs."

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Posted: January 28, 2015

National Council for Behavioral Health Launching Free Six-Part Webinar Series

The National Council for Behavioral Health is launching a six-part webinar series in collaboration with the Action Alliance and National Institute for Mental Health featuring the Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention.

Please join the following free events:
  • January 29: Why do people become suicidal?
  • February 24: How can we better detect/predict suicide risk?
  • April 2: What interventions prevent suicidal behavior?
  • April 29: What are the most effective services to treat and prevent suicidal behavior?
  • May 27: What suicide interventions outside of health care settings reduce risk?
  • June 24: What research infrastructure do we need to reduce suicidal behavior?

The first webinar in the series, “Why do people become suicidal?” will take place on January 29, 2015 from 2:00-4:00pm ET. Register now.



Posted: January 28, 2015

Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult and Family Drug Courts

Application Due Date: Friday, March 27, 2015

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $325,000

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Grants to Expand Substance Abuse Treatment Capacity in Adult and Family Treatment Drug Courts. The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment services in existing adult and family “problem solving” courts, which use the treatment drug court model in order to provide alcohol and drug treatment (including recovery support services supporting substance abuse treatment, screening, assessment, case management, and program coordination as well as family-focused services in the case of Family Treatment Drug Courts) to defendants/offenders. For more information, CLICK HERE.



Posted: January 26, 2015

Tribal Consultation Conference Call on Draft Criteria for Certifying Community Behavioral Health Clinics

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 | 4–5 p.m. Eastern Time

Conference Number: 1-888-324-8108 | Passcode: 5175172

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D., invites tribal leaders to join a conference call on the draft criteria for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs). During this call, Administrator Hyde will review SAMHSA's current activities to implement Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, respond to questions, and seek your input about ways to ensure tribal issues are addressed.

SAMHSA received numerous comments from the November 12, 2014, listening session, public comment period, and the November tribal consultation call. These comments contributed to the development of a set of draft certification criteria, which will be available for public input in February 2015.

The overall goal of this initiative is to create and evaluate a demonstration program for up to eight states. The program will establish CCBHCs according to specified criteria that would make them eligible for enhanced Medicaid funding through a Prospective Payment System.

Download Letter to Tribal Leaders

Questions? Contact [email protected].



Posted: January 19, 2015

What Is Your Elevator Speech? Tips and Insights for Communicating With State Legislators

You are invited to attend this free webinar on January 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7562431443908430850
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This timely topic is directed toward agencies responsible for implementing statewide health care data systems (hospital discharge, APCD).

Speakers:
  • Dick Cauchi, National Conference for State Legislatures (NCSL): NCSL is a bipartisan organization serving lawmakers and staff of the nation’s 50 states, territories, and Commonwealths.
  • Norm Thurston, Ph.D., Director of the Utah Office of Health Care Statistics (APCD/Hospital Discharge System) and a newly-elected Representative to the Utah House.


Posted: January 13, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Tribal Action Plan: Peer-to-Peer Discussion and Planning Practice

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time: 10:00am AST/11:00pm PST/12:00pm MST/1:00pm CST/2:00pm EST

This webinar will provide an in-depth review of the Comprehensive Assessment Process for Planning Strategies (CAPPS) model, along with examples of successes in Indian Country. CAPPS offers a step-by-step process to define the purpose for planning, identify strengths and needs, and develop an effective strategy to maintain momentum throughout the plan's implementation.

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Posted: January 13, 2015

Upcoming Webinar: Healing Our Relatives Learning Community

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015

Time: 11:00am AST/12:00pm PST/1:00pm MST/2:00pm CST/3:00pm EST

The SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center invites you to join a webinar for the Healing Our Relatives Learning Community. The topic is "Part 1: Trauma-Informed Approaches in Indian Country."

This webinar will give participants an understanding of the impact of trauma on communities and recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma; identify ways of healing that do not re-traumatize individuals and communities, but rather create an environment of healing; be able to identify at least two AI/AN interventions that use trauma-informed approaches; and engage in interactive discussions about trauma-informed approaches and how local prevention efforts can be strengthened when prevention staff utilize this knowledge in their daily work.

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Posted: January 13, 2015

Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Multiple Settings

The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S), a CDC-funded research center focusing on a public health approach to suicide prevention and research, will begin its third annual webinar series on January 20, 2015. The ICRC-S draws suicide prevention directly into the domain of public health and injury prevention and links it to complementary approaches to mental health.

The settings which will be addressed in this year's ICRC-S webinar series, Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Multiple Settings, will include:
  • Health Care
  • Schools
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • The Justice System
  • The Workplace
  • Social Media

Each monthly webinar will be one hour and will provide an opportunity for dialogue with the webinar presenters. The first webinar in the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention's (ICRC-S) 2015 webinar series will take place on Tuesday, January 20th from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The series will launch with an overview of the impact of research on national goals for suicide prevention. The webinar will also go over the efforts of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the 2014 work of the Research Prioritization Task Force, and the links between research and practice.

To register for the January 20th webinar, go to: http://edc.adobeconnect.com/e67djhffw6h/event/registration.html



Posted: January 8, 2015

Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) 2015 Policy Academy

The Center for Social Innovation (C4) invites State, Territory, and Tribal government substance use disorder and mental health agencies to participate in the 2015 Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Policy Academy. C4 has been contracted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to operate BRSS TACS, to promote widespread adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems for people with substance use disorders, mental health conditions, and/or co-occurring disorders.

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Posted: January 6, 2015

Upcoming Webinar on Opioid Addiction and Treatment
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

PCSS-MAT will be hosting a webinar titled Treatment Options for Opioid Dependence: A Role for Agonists vs. Antagonists on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Eastern Time. The webinar is sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association, and seeks to accomplish (among other outcomes the following): 1.) Review the epidemiologic trends in opioid abuse in the U.S., including associated morbidity and mortality; 2.) Describe prescribing trends for prescription opioids in the past two decades, along with the consequences for opioid misuse; 3.) Consider the advantages and limitations of the three primary treatment options for opioid use disorder: residential and drug-free approaches, agonist maintenance, and antagonist maintenance; and 4.) Discuss the three FDA-approved medication treatments for opioid use disorder. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) designates this live educational activity for a maximum of one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

To register for this webinar, visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/545965170.

If you have any further questions please contact [email protected].


2014

Posted: December 31, 2014

A Free App that Can Help Prevent Bullying

The power to prevent bullying is in your hands—or, more specifically, on your phone! SAMHSA’s free app, KnowBullying, features conversation starters, tips, warning signs, reminders, and even a section for educators so that caring adults can build strong relationships with the youth in their lives.

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Posted: December 31, 2014

Native STAND - Student Together Against Negative Decisions

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? How about Native STAND - Student Together Against Negative Decisions? We are recruiting Tribes and tribal organizations to participate in a new Native STAND Training Program.

Native STAND is a comprehensive curriculum for Native high school students that promotes healthy decision-making. The curriculum is highly interactive and skills-based, and focuses on STD/HIV and teen pregnancy prevention, while also covering drug, tobacco, alcohol use, and healthy relationships. Sessions focus on positive personal development, including team building, diversity, self-esteem, goals and values, negotiation and refusal skills, and effective communication.

Applicants must provide assurances that they: (1) are able to attend a week-long summer training program in Portland, Oregon; (2) are able to access high school aged youth in their local community; and (3) have support from their Tribe or tribal organization to implement Native STAND. We will provide travel and accommodations for the training in Portland and all the curriculum materials. In addition, we will provide community grants for the first two years in the program ($5,000 per year). Participating organizations will be expected to provide information to our program evaluators for 5 years. Please contact Michelle Singer at [email protected] or visit our website at www.oregonprc.org

Summer Training Dates: June 21-27, 2015. Portland, Oregon.
Applications are due by: February 15th, 2015
Apply online: www.surveymonkey.com/s/Native_STAND



Posted: December 19, 2014

Coming Soon: New Suicide Prevention App From SAMHSA

As a leader in suicide prevention, SAMHSA is developing a new suicide prevention app for mobile devices, optimized for tablets. The free app called Suicide Safe will help providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and reduce suicide risk among their patients.

Suicide Safe helps providers:
  • Explore suicide prevention resources, including the SAFE-T (Suicide Assessment Five-step Evaluation and Triage) card and easily download it for use offline.
  • Study interactive sample cases to learn and review the five steps of the SAFE-T.
  • Access information, including suicide prevention wallet/pocket guides, educational opportunities, and other supportive resources.
  • Access patient education materials, including crisis hotline wallet cards, fact sheets, and treatment resources.
  • Browse conversation starters that provide sample language and tips for talking with patients about their suicidal ideation.
  • Use the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to provide timely referrals for patients.

SAMHSA's free Suicide Safe app will be available in January 2015 for iOS® and Android™ mobile devices.



Posted: December 16, 2014

Native Connections: Identifying Your Community Issues
Part 2 of the Community Readiness Assessment model webinar series

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 2:00pm Eastern

As Part 2 of the Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center's six-part Community Readiness Assessment (CRA) webinar series, this webinar will review the CRA model and examine the process to assess a community's readiness level. The webinar will also identify the issue of suicide prevention and begin preparing grantees for the next step in the process.

Who should attend:
Native Connections Grantees
Any staff conducting the CRA

Training objectives:
  • Review the purpose, dimensions, and stages of the community readiness model.
  • Explain the process for using the community readiness model.
  • Describe the step-by-step guide to doing an assessment by identifying the issue of suicide prevention.
  • Please share this information with anyone who will be working on the grant. We encourage you to involve all grant partners in this important webinar.

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Posted: December 13, 2014

Webinar Series to Start: Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Multiple Settings

Tuesday, January 20th from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S), a CDC-funded research center focusing on a public health approach to suicide prevention and research, will begin its third annual webinar series on January 20, 2015 with a webinar from 2:00 – 3:00pm EST titled Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Multiple Settings. The ICRC-S draws suicide prevention directly into the domain of public health and injury prevention and links it to complementary approaches to mental health. The settings which will be addressed in this year's ICRC-S webinar series, Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Multiple Settings, will include:

  • Health Care
  • Schools
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • The Justice System
  • The Workplace
  • Social Media
Each monthly webinar will be one hour and will provide an opportunity for dialogue with the webinar presenters.

The first webinar in the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention's (ICRC-S) 2015 webinar series will take place on Tuesday, January 20th from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The speakers for this webinar will be Eric Caine, M.D., ICRC-S Director and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester, and Jane Pearson, Ph.D., Chair, Suicide Research Consortium, National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Caine and Dr. Pearson will launch this series with an overview of the impact of research on national goals for suicide prevention. They will discuss the efforts of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the 2014 work of the Research Prioritization Task Force, and the links between research and practice. Jerry Reed, Ph.D., M.S.W., ICRC-S Co-Director and Director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, will moderate.

To register for the January 20th webinar, go to: http://edc.adobeconnect.com/e67djhffw6h/event/registration.html



Posted: December 11, 2014

SAMHSA Webinar: Safety Planning & Means Reduction in Large Health Care Organizations

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 | 3–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Safety planning and lethal means reduction are integral parts of comprehensive suicide care. Clinicians should develop safety plans collaboratively with all persons identified as at risk for suicide immediately after identifying the risk.

To develop effective safety plans and organizational policies for lethal means assessment and counseling, training for staff is necessary. Furthermore, input from those with lived experience is essential.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify safety planning and ways to reduce lethal means as part of a comprehensive Zero Suicide approach.
  • Discuss ways to maximize the effectiveness of a safety plan.
  • Develop an organizational policy for lethal means reduction.
  • Explain the importance of input from people with lived experience.
  • Space is limited, but the slides and recording will be available after the webinar on the Zero Suicide toolkit, www.zerosuicide.com.

Learn more and register for the webinar



Posted: December 8, 2014

IHS Launches Alcohol and Substance Abuse Website

The Indian Health Service, Division of Behavioral Health is pleased to announce the launch of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) website. The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program’s objective is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse among the American Indian and Alaska Native population. ASAP strives to meet the goal through implementation of alcohol and substance abuse programs within tribal communities, including emergency, inpatient and outpatient treatment, and rehabilitation services in rural and urban settings. Please view the site at: http://www.ihs.gov/asap/



Posted: November 25, 2014

Behavioral Health Resources for American Indian/Alaskan Native Veterans

Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Regional Operations, Region 10 (Seattle)
Monday, December 1, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (PST)

Please join our discussion of behavioral health programs and services for American Indian/Alaskan Native Veterans.

More information/Register



Posted: November 25, 2014

SAMHSA Webinar -
Power of Storytelling: Opportunities for Healing through a Community Lens

December 4, 2014 - 2pm EST

Storytelling is inherent to tribal cultures and many find hope and resiliency through these messages. Implementing storytelling as a tool for prevention work can assist American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities with developing solutions to address the behavioral health challenges they face.

This webinar will discuss traditional and current storytelling trends that are shaping prevention efforts in AI/AN communities.

More Information

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Posted: November 24, 2014

Youth Gardening Grant

National Gardening Association and KidsGardening.org: 2015 Youth Garden Grant. Awards funds to schools or non-profit organizations that demonstrate a relationship between a garden program and education related to the environment, health and nutrition issues, and character education. Deadline is December 5, 2014. Learn more.



Posted: November 24, 2014

Webinar on Toxic Stress and Substance Use

The Tribal Forensic Healthcare project invites you to join an upcoming webinar: Bringing Life and Hope to Kids Exposed to Toxic Stress including Substance Abuse. Due to unforseen circumstances, the date has been changed. The new date for this webinar is December 10, 3:00 -4:30 pm Eastern Time. For more info and to register see the attached flyer or go to: http://www.tribalforensichealthcare.org/events/webinars



Posted: November 21, 2014

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, released their Fall 2014 Newsletter

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Posted: November 18, 2014

State-of-the-Art Review Article: Psychological and Medical Care of Gender Nonconforming Youth

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/11/12/peds.2014-0772.abstract

Gender nonconforming (GN) children and adolescents, collectively referred to as GN youth, may seek care to understand their internal gender identities, socially transition to their affirmed genders, and/or physically transition to their affirmed genders. Because general pediatricians are often the first point of contact with the health care system for GN youth, familiarity with the psychological and medical approaches to providing care for this population is crucial. The objective of this review is to provide an overview of existing clinical practice guidelines for GN youth. Such guidelines emphasize a multidisciplinary approach with collaboration of medical, mental health, and social services/advocacy providers. Appropriate training needs to be provided to promote comprehensive, culturally competent care to GN youth, a population that has traditionally been underserved and at risk for negative psychosocial outcomes.



Posted: November 17, 2014

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKAN NATIVE VETERANS WEBINAR

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Regional Operations (ORO), Region 10 (AK, ID, WA, OR) proudly presents a national webinar on Behavioral Health Resources for American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) Veterans

December 1, 2014, from 10:00 am – 11:30 am PST

Join the webinar and view the presentation online by clicking here:
https://hrsa.connectsolutions.com/r46aphbib7g/

Join the conference call by calling:
1 866-756-1071 and enter participant Code 6844772

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Posted: November 14, 2014

Webinar-
Breakthroughs in HCV Medical Options: What Primary Care Clinicians Should Know

Date and Time: November 19, 2014, 1 pm Eastern

This webinar will provide an overview of the new treatment options available for Hepatitis C. This webinar will be presented by Jorge Mera, MD. Dr. Mera is an infectious disease doctor working for the Cherokee Nation

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
  1. Recommend HCV screening policy as per national guidelines
  2. Integrate HCV diagnosis and linkage to care into existing primary care services
  3. Plan HCV+ patient needs, including access to treatment

This webinar is designed for Educators, Health & Educational Administrators, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Counselors, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Psychologists, Dentists, Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Social Workers, Allied Health Professionals. This presentation is open to everyone and no registration is required. Simply go to: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/hcv, Enter the room with your name under the “Guest” option, use passcode: hcv There is no cost required and IHS is offering 1 hour of FREE CME, CE or CEU credit is available for attending this webinar (through the UNM School of Medicine, Office of Continuing Medical Education, New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Continuing Education Credit, or American Psychological Association Continuing Education). Details on how to claim the credit will be provided during the presentation. http://psychiatry.unm.edu/centers/crcbh/docs/accreditationetc.pdf

Recording: All sessions are recorded for those unable to join them real-time, however, CME/CE credit is not available for viewing the recording. You can access previous recordings at: http://bit.ly/TBHCEarchive



Posted: November 4, 2014

IHS Hosting Webinar on Native American Youths and Suicide

On Wednesday, November 12, at 4:00 pm EDT, The Indian Health Service will host a webinar titled Assessment and Evaluation of Suicidality in Native American Youth. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Shawn Sidhu. This webinar was previously postponed, so please note the new date and time. Pre-registration is not required. You can connect to the webinar by going to http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/child/ and using passcode child.



Posted: November 3, 2014

DOJ launches the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit – promotes connection with NASADAD members

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has released a toolkit with a wide range of resources pertaining to naloxone treatment and law enforcement. These resources, organized and presented as the Law Enforcement Naloxone Toolkit, aim to enable and improve responses to opioid overdoses. Drug overdoses cause 110 deaths per day in the United States, and law enforcement officers need every tool they can get to reduce this number. The toolkit provides information on naloxone, a pure opioid antagonist with no potential for abuse. The toolkit also provides information on how law enforcement can collaborate with State substance abuse agencies. With 80 resources from 30 contributing law enforcement and public health agencies, the toolkit has the potential to be instrumental in developing naloxone intervention programs.

You can find the toolkit here:
https://www.bjatraining.org/tools/naloxone/Naloxone%2BBackground



Posted: October 20, 2014

Native American Calling Upcoming Show on Health

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Leaving Domestic Violence

Last month, we talked about the reasons why someone might stay in an abusive relationship. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this hour, we will discuss what it takes to leave abusive relationships. What steps do individuals need to take to get away from a violent partner? Who is supporting victims of domestic violence and giving them the tools they need to leave? Guests include: Romalita Laban (Hopi) Executive Director of Hopi Tewa Women's Coalition to End Abuse.

Friday, October 24, 2014 - Your Family Health History

Almost every adult has filled out a health history form at the doctor's office. Why is it important for you to know about diseases that struck your parents, grandparents or aunts and uncles? Knowing your family's health history is more important than you think. It can give your doctor some clues about issues you, or your children, may face someday. If you know that certain diseases and conditions run in your family, you can take preventative steps or get tested early. Has knowing your family health history helped you address a health concern? Join us as we talk about why health history matters.

Native America Calling is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture. The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern. Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848, and listen in online by clicking here.



Posted: October 14, 2014

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month - a good time for families, schools, and communities to take stock of current efforts to reduce and prevent bullying. In recognition of the efforts to improve school climate and reduce rates of bullying nationwide, the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) have released a variety of resources to inform youth, those who work with youth, members of the media, parents, and schools. These resources and more may be found at Stopbullying.gov. With all of these new resources and attention, it’s a great time to consider how you can help raise awareness about bullying and take action to stop it.



Posted: October 13, 2014

Center for American Indian Health hosting Winter Institute

Johns Hopkins University/Center for American Indian Health (CAIH) is accepting application for scholarships for their annual Winter Institute. The institute will take place in early 2015, are is designed to introduce indigenous health leaders to public health approaches to address health disparities in tribal communities. Deadline is November 1, 2014. Learn more.



Posted: October 7, 2014

Suicide is Preventable: A Message from the Acting Surgeon General.

Acting Surgeon General RADM Boris D. Lushniak speaks on the importance of suicide prevention in support of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline "PreVENTable" video campaign. We all have a role to play in preventing suicide. Please view his important message at: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USHHS/bulletins/d2e751



Posted: October 3, 2014

National Native American Youth Art Competition Announced

Flying With Eagles, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to developing Native American youth as peer leaders to combat suicide and substance abuse, announced the launch of their first ever Native American Youth Art Competition.

The competition is open to all Native American youth and young adults age 21 and under. The contestants are not required to be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe.

The first project is designing the featured artwork for a soon to be released line of sweatshirts, tee shirts, hats and other clothing items. Applicants will be provided with an outline of the project and are to add their creativity and originality. The contest closes October 31, 2014.

An application form, competition guidelines and awards information is available by sending an email to: [email protected]. For more information, contact Blair Gilbert (215) 872-8300.



Posted: October 2, 2014

Articles on Seasonal Suicide

With winter approaching and spring not too far behind, it may be a good idea to begin to be thinking about the effect that the seasons have on your local suicide rates. Below are three articles that may help you in addressing any seasonal suicide problem.

Seasonal Variation of Suicide Rates within Alaska: Associations of Age and Sex

Seasonal spring peaks of suicide in victims with and without prior history of mood disorders

How can one explain changes in the monthly pattern of suicide?



Posted: September 30, 2014

Office of Minority Health Looking for Research Advisors

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health would like to invite you to nominate a delegate to serve on the American Indian and Alaska Native Health Research Advisory Council (HRAC). Nominations are requested from the following Indian Health Service (IHS) Areas: Phoenix & Nashville; as well as one National At-Large member...

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Posted: September 30, 2014

ASIST Training coming to Chinle Service Unit Area

ASIST is a 2-day training suicide prevention intervention course. An ASIST training is coming to the Chinle area, and will be held at the Chinle Unified School District (CUSD) Administration Building Board Room and Conference Room in Chinle, Arizona on October 8-9, 2014 (Wednesday and Thursday). The training is free to all who work or live in the Chinle Service Unit Area. For course registration or for more information, please contact Tehnijah Jake, Mental Health Specialist Chinle Health Promotion/MSPI at [email protected] or (928) 674-7178/7873.

To view the training flyer, please click here (PDF).

To view or print the registration form, please click here (DOC).



Posted: August 28, 2014

SAMHSA hosts a Two-Part Webinar Series on Understanding the Connection Between Suicide and Substance Abuse

Part 1. Understanding the Connection Between Suicide and Substance Abuse: What the Research Tell Us
Date: September 11, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT/1:00 p.m. CDT/12:00 p.m. MDT/ 11:00 a.m. PDT
Duration: 90 minutes

Substance abuse and suicide are critical public health issues affecting millions of people annually. It is clear that these two issues are closely related–but how can practitioners work more effectively, across disciplines, to address them? This webinar will examine current research findings that explore the connections between substance abuse and suicide, highlighting in particular factors that contribute to both problems and can be addressed in a coordinated way.

Part 2. Mobilizing Partnerships and Resources to Address Substance Abuse and Suicide
Date and Time: TBA
Duration: 90 minutes

Growing awareness of the connections between substance abuse and suicide has motivated many states and communities to begin looking for ways to better align their efforts to address these problems. But effective collaboration–particularly across disciplines–takes planning and preparation. This webinar will explore the essential ingredients of effective collaboration, highlighting some of the innovative ways practitioners are working together to prevent substance abuse and suicide.

To register, visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/suicide_sap



Posted: August 22, 2014

PCSS-MAT Archived Webinar on Opioid Use Disorders

Hospitalized patients often experience significant pain associated with their illnesses or injuries, and even those actively addicted to opioids may still require pain relief. However, research has almost exclusively focused on outpatients with chronic pain rather than medical inpatients with acute pain. In the absence of objective biomarkers for pain, differentiating those patients in acute pain from those who are seeking opioids for non-medical reasons remains challenging in the acute medical setting. Patients misusing opioids are prone to painful conditions from trauma, soft-tissue infections, and overall poor health. They may require higher opioid doses due to tolerance and hyperalgesia, and may be undertreated due to bias about addiction. Given that adequate pain relief has become an important goal in hospital settings, this presentation will provide some guidance on how to assess and manage medical inpatients who may be requesting prescription opioids for non-medical reasons.

Click here to view the archived webinar.



Posted: July 19, 2014

Webinar on Tribal Action Plans

The Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OIASA) and the IASA Tribal Action Planning (TAP) Workgroup will host a webinar entitled “Developing Your Tribal Plan” on Thursday July 31, 2014 from 2-3PM EDT. This webinar will allow Tribes, jurisdictions, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to listen to and engage in a presentation on the Tribal Action Planning process, its value and proven outcomes, and overall interagency efforts authorized under the Tribal Law and Order Act. Please note that registration is not required to participate in this webinar. For more information please CLICK HERE (PDF).



Posted: July 3, 2014

SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center Webinar:
All My Relations: The Impact of Lateral Oppression in AI/AN Communities

July 10, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

This webinar will be the second session in a 3-part series exploring lateral oppression as it relates to interpersonal and professional relationships. During the presentation, Barbara Aragon will provide an overview of and facilitate discussion on the impact of social, collective, and historical trauma and how, when unaddressed, this trauma can dilute or distort traditional values. This distortion then lays the foundation for lateral oppression and violence which can affect “all my relations.” Ms. Aragon will also discuss how participants can develop a self assessment and healing plan, and will share the efforts some tribes have used to address this issue...

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Posted: July 2, 2014

Successful Indigenous Recovery Program in Michigan

The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan has recently released a fact sheet on their innovative Anishnaabek Healing Circle program which trains and certifies Recovery Mentors and Care Coordinators from the local Tribal community to provide billable recovery management services to Native Americans and their family members. This innovative program has been approved by the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) to meet the educational requirements for the new Michigan Peer Recovery Mentor Certification (CPRM-M). CLICK HERE for the fact sheet.



Posted: July 2, 2014

Apply for an SBIRT Grant

The National Council for Behavioral Health is announcing a request for applications for the 2014 Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative to support community behavioral health organizations interested in implementing screening for substance use.

The National Council received a $1.3 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support the implementation of screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT), an evidence-based practice, for adolescents in up to 30 community behavioral health organizations throughout the country. The project will also address how Medicaid, through its Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) mandate, can pay for SBIRT services.

View project commitment criteria and download the RFA/State Lead Application, Community Behavioral Healthcare Organization Profile, and Program Structure attachment on our 2014 Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse Initiative website. Applications must be submitted by State Leads (regional/state associations or departments) by July 11, 11:59pm Pacific.

Please direct any questions to Aaron Williams, Project Director, at [email protected] or to Chris Bodner, Project Coordinator, at [email protected].



Posted: June 27, 2014

The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention is hosting a free webinar titled Advances in Suicide Prevention: Research, Practice, and Policy Implications for LGBT Populations

Thursday, July 10, 2014
3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Featured speakers:

  • Stephen Russell, Ph.D., University of Arizona, Interim Director, Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. President, Society for Research on Adolescence
  • Ann Haas, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Caitlin Ryan, Ph.D., ACSW, Director, Family Acceptance Project, San Francisco State University

There is no charge. Space is limited. Please register at: http://edc.adobeconnect.com/e1ta2xrhtb7/event/registration.html. After you register, you will receive an e-mail containing information about how to participate in the webinar. Please note that we do not offer CEUs or certificates for our webinars. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].



Posted: June 23, 2014

Webinar: The Promotion of Health Professions as a Workforce Development Strategy in Indian Country

Wednesday June 25, 2014
3:00-4:00 PM ET (12PM PT/1PM MT/2PM CT)

Come join the Promotion of Health Professions as a Workforce Development Strategy in Indian Country webinar to learn more about the basic tenets of workforce development and about a specific example of a healthcare workforce development program in Native communities, the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program. The Tribal HPOG program, administered by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provides opportunities for health education and training for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients and other low-income individuals. ACF’s Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) and its partners, Red Star Innovations and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) to conduct an evaluation of tribal HPOG. Presented by NIHB and NORC, by the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principal elements of a workforce development program;
  • Understand the intent and design of the Tribal HPOG program, and strategies designed to facilitate educational and employment attainment among low-income tribal students; and
  • Consider strategies that they could adopt in their own communities to engage, support, and train health professions students.

This webinar is intended for those professionals who are actively working in the areas of Tribal health and/or education and training. Tribal officials and leadership will also find benefit from the content of this webinar as a means to support Tribal wellness.

DIAL-IN INFORMATION
Pre-Registration is not required.
Dial-in: 1-866-215-5504
Passcode: 9287 393#

AdobeConnect link: http://norc.adobeconnect.com/workforcedev8045/



Posted: June 22, 2014

IHS Releases RPMS Behavioral Health System Patch

IHS is excited to announce the release of the RPMS Behavioral Health System v4.0 Patch 4 software. This patch includes the ability to document diagnoses using DSM-5 codes (if your program has transitioned to DSM-5) as well as other minor modifications. As with any new RPMS software release, all sites are encouraged to install this new patch as soon as possible. IHS strongly recommends reading the installation notes prior to installation.

IHS will be holding two Adobe Connect training sessions to review and demonstrate the changes in the BHS application. They are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10am MT
  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 1pm MT

IHS We are working on scheduling a couple of more for the second week in July, as well, in case you are not able to make the ones in June. To register for any of these sessions, please go to the RPMS Training website and register for a class listed as the Behavioral Health System v4.0 –eLearning courses. The RPMS training link is http://www.ihs.gov/RPMS/index.cfm?module=Training

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Wendy Wisdom at [email protected]

RPMS Program Release Notice (PDF)



Posted: June 20, 2014

Advances in Suicide Prevention: Research, Practice, and Policy Implications for LGBT Populations Webinar

Thursday, July 10, 2014; 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time

n its efforts to address behavioral health disparities, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has prioritized the goal of suicide prevention among vulnerable populations, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Despite strong indications of elevated risk of suicidal behavior in LGBT people, limited attention has been given to research, interventions, or suicide prevention programs targeting these populations. This webinar will offer participants up-to-date information about what is already known about LGBT suicide risk across the lifespan as well as what is being done to improve future research...

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Posted: June 13, 2014

Indigenous Health Conference puts out a Call for Abstract

The Indigenous Health Conference is currently accepting abstracts for their international conference November 20-21, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. Abstracts are due on June 23, 2014. The conference objectives are as follows:

  • Discuss health disparities & burden of disease among Indigenous peoples in Canada, highlighting certain conditions with a high burden of disease.
  • Start a dialogue about potential long term solutions towards health equity.
  • Challenge stereotypes and misperceptions about Indigenous peoples in Canada.
  • Discuss cultural competencies and safety in working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations.
  • Job Fair to facilitate matching healthcare providers with working opportunities with Indigenous populations.

For more information, please view the call for abstract flyer (PDF).



Posted: June 12, 2014

NIHB Hosting Webinar on Program Planning Phases

Title: How to Develop and Establish an Effective Program: One Year Planning Phases as a Key to Success

June 18, 2014 at 3-4 PM Eastern Time

Planning is the foundation for effective program implementation. However, long-term planning and organizational activities often get under-prioritized when faced with other deadlines and programmatic implementation. And often, grant applicants may avoid including specific language or set aside times dedicated to planning in their grant applications for fear that this will not be seen as productive ventures. So when the opportunity to take advantage of a funded planning period – such as a one year planning grant – presents itself, it is important to come to the table prepared and equipped....

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Posted: June 6, 2014

National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence
March 19-21, 2015
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

The National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence provides valuable professional education on the latest health research, practice, policy, prevention and advocacy responses to domestic and sexual violence (D/SV) in the U.S. and around the world. The Call for Abstracts is open online and the deadline for submissions is June 27, 2014. For more information and to submit an abstract, go to: www.futureswithoutviolence.org/nchdv.



Posted: June 2, 2014

Article Calls Attention to Suicide Rates Among the Military

The USA Today posted an article online in April titled War-year military suicide rate higher than believed that called attention to the increased rates of suicide among US veterans. Across almost all indicators (duty status, sex, military branch, etc.) rates of suicide were higher amongst military service men and women. The article can be found here, and reminds us that we cannot forget our solider – those newly returning home, retired or domestic active duty.



Posted: June 2, 2014

American Journal of Public Health Releases AI/AN Issue

The June, 2014 edition of the American Journal of Public Health is dedicated to raising awareness and disseminating research on public health among American Indian and Alaska Native populations. The edition features 34 articles, commentaries or editorials on public health topics including, but not limited to: pneumonia, suicide prevention, cancer, chronic liver disease, dialysis, heart disease, and substance use. The journal is available online. Users can visit http://ajph.aphapublications.org/toc/ajph/104/S3 to access the table of contents. Most of the articles are free to access in PDF format.



Posted: June 2, 2014

American Journal of Public Health Publishes two articles on Suicide Risk in AI/AN Communities

The June, 2014 edition of the American Journal of Public Health was recently released and focuses on issues of American Indian and Alaska Native health. The edition features two articles on suicide risk and prevention in AI/AN communities that are available online.

Suicide Among Young Alaska Native Men: Community Risk Factors and Alcohol Control – available to order from http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2013.301503

Suicide Mortality Among American Indians and Alaska Natives, 1999–2009 – available for free at http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/pdf/10.2105/AJPH.2014.301929



Posted: May 30, 2014

ICRC-S Webinar - Suicide and Older Adults

Wednesday, June 11
2:00 - 3:00 ET Webinar, 3:00 - 3:30 ET Online Discussion Forum

Dr. Kim Van Orden will present the latest research on the epidemiology and public health significance of late-life suicide. She will provide an overview of risk and protective factors and models for integrating these factors. She will conclude with what is known about how to intervene to prevent late-life suicide.

The online discussion forum will take place on the ICRC-S Forum section of the ICRC-S website immediately following the June 11th webinar from 3:00 - 3:30 PM ET. Further instructions to register for the forum will be featured in the webinar. The discussion forum will provide an opportunity for further dialogue with the webinar presenter and give webinar participants a chance to share additional information and resources related to the webinar topic. The webinar and discussion forum are designed for researchers and state or local practitioners in injury prevention and suicide prevention.

More Information

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Posted: May 20, 2014

Helping Hearts Hurt: Understanding Compassion Fatigue and How to Plan for it and Prevent it

Ecoee Rooney, MSN, RN-BC
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm (Eastern)

HOSTED BY TRIBAL FORENSIC HEALTHCARE
Compassion Fatigue is a preventable and natural consequence of the work with traumatized populations. Understanding it, planning for it, and preventing it can increase the sustainability of the human resources devoted to this work.

To register, go to www.tribalforensichealthcare.org



Posted: May 20, 2014

Webinar:
Children’s Mental Health Awareness: Supporting Wellness in Our Families and Communities

May 29, 2014 • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

In collaboration with the SAMHSA SPRC, this webinar will focus on strengths-based prevention efforts supporting wellness in children and families across Indian Country. It will also include a brief discussion of prevention training and technical assistance and wellness resources offered by both agencies, as well as current best practices for engaging communities in prevention efforts...

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Posted: May 16, 2014

Upcoming Webinar: Engaging Families in Youth Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery

May 21, 2014 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time

Families are critical supports for youth in substance abuse prevention and recovery and can be the biggest asset or an obstacle. Hosted by the SAMHSA Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse (OIASA), this presentation will focus on the approaches staff can use while working with youth to create a supportive home environment while taking into account the historical or ongoing trauma many American Indian and Alaska Native communities are struggling with.

Participant Log In Information:
Adobe link: http://copper.adobeconnect.com/r8whxojh1m9/
Dial in: 1-888 510‐1762
Conference ID: 8669820
For more information please see the webinar flyer (PDF).



Posted: May 12, 2014

SPRC Research to Practice Webinar
Thursday, May 22

Promoting Help-Seeking Among College Students: Strategies for Suicide Prevention
3:00 - 4:30 PM EDT

This webinar will focus on one component of a comprehensive, public health approach to suicide prevention and mental health promotion on campuses: increasing student help-seeking. Presenters will share recent research findings and will describe strategies their campuses are employing to increase the likelihood that a student who needs mental health services will seek out and secure assistance...

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Posted: May 12, 2014

SAMHSA Suicide and Substance Use Prevention Grant Opportunity

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Tribal Behavioral Health (Short Title: Native Connections) grants. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance abuse and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native young people up to and including age 24.

This program will help grantees reduce the impact of substance abuse, mental illness, and trauma on AI/AN communities through a public health approach. In addition, this grant will allow AI/AN communities to support youth and young adults as they transition into adulthood by facilitating collaboration among agencies.

Learn more and download application materials here:
http://beta.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-14-013

Applications are due Tuesday, June 17 2014

Pre-application webinar on May 2nd, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 3:00-4:30pm EST
Conference number: 234259
Participant passcode: 7676645

Interested parties can register to participate on the webinar by clicking on THIS LINK.



Posted: May 12, 2014

Youth Coping Skills Webinar

Indian Health Service is hosting a webinar titled When Bad Things Happen: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2:00pm-3:00pm Eastern Time, and will be conducted by Dr. David Graeber. There is no need to pre-register for the webinar. Please log on to http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/child/ and use the passcode “child”.



Posted: May 11, 2014

CDC Announces Upcoming Tribal Advisory Committee Meeting

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced the next face-to-face meeting of the Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC). The meeting will be hosted by the Tribes of the Bemidji Area and will be held August 12-14, 2014 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa by Traverse City, Michigan. The CDC will be sending out a Dear Tribal Leader Letter soon. This is a good opportunity to consult with Tribal leaders about challenges and successes with health and public health systems and programming, funding, access to information and data, and other related topical areas in order to funnel this information to the official Area TAC representative. As the agenda has not been published yet, it is not known what portions of the meeting will be closed and what will be open, however, attendance is encouraged and a wonderful opportunity to provide live testimony and to listen to the testimony of others.



Posted: May 6, 2014

White Bison Offers Trainings

White Bison is a non-profit organization with offices in Colorado Springs, CO and Washington, DC. They host the Wellbriety Training Institute, which supports training, technical assistance and support for Tribes and organizations hosting Wellbriety activities. They have several trainings coming up on a variety of Wellbriety topics. Please call (719) 548-1000 or visit www.wellbrietytraining.com for more detailed training information and registration links.

  • Mending Broken Hearts – Adults – June 11-13, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Sons of Tradition – July 23-25, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Daughters of Tradition I & II, July 23-25, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Families of Tradition – July 28-30, Grand Rapids, MI


Posted: May 1, 2014

ICRC-S Webinar: The Intersection of Suicide Research and Public Health Practice: Exploring Research and Practice for Populations at Increased Risk of Suicidal Behaviors

Wednesday, May 14
2:00 - 3:00 ET Webinar, 3:00 - 3:30 ET Online Discussion Forum

This webinar will begin with a discussion about moving from "research and practice" to practical research. The speaker will present background information about the language used around suicidal behavior, the epidemiology of those behaviors in the U.S., and possible risk and protective factors. Research efforts will be framed within guidance from the Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention, and connected to related international work. The presentation will also highlight the shift from using suicide attempt survivors as research subjects to engaging them as partners in the development and implementation of new studies...

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Posted: April 25, 2014

Minority Fellowship Program-Youth

The purpose of this grant program is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of culturally competent master’s level behavioral health professionals serving children, adolescents, and populations in transition to adulthood (aged 16 – 25) in an effort to increase access to, and quality of, behavioral health care for this age group.

Application Due Date: Wednesday May 14, 2014

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Posted: April 25, 2014

Improving Life Trajectories for Youth, Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions

The purpose of this program is to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults ages 16 – 25 that either have, or are at risk of developing a serious mental health condition.

Application Due Date: Friday, June 13, 2014

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Posted: April 14, 2014

Research-Based Strategies Help Reduce Underage Drinking: A Review

Strategies recommended by the Surgeon General to reduce underage drinking have shown promise when put into practice, according to scientists at NIAAA. These approaches include nighttime restrictions on young drivers and strict license suspension policies, interventions focused on partnerships between college campuses and the community, and routine screening by physicians to identify and counsel underage drinkers.

NIAAA researchers Ralph Hingson, Sc.D., and Aaron White, Ph.D., evaluated studies conducted since the 2007 Call to Action To Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking. A report of their findings appears in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

The researchers’ analysis of recent studies on driving policies found that certain driving laws affecting underage drivers deter drunk driving and reduce fatal crashes. Graduated driver licensing laws, which include nighttime restrictions, and use/lose laws that lead to license suspension for an alcohol violation, have been effective, the review revealed. Individuals under the age of 21 are half as likely to drive after drinking in States with the strongest use/lose and graduated licensing laws, based on a national study.

The Surgeon General’s Call to Action also recommended addressing college drinking by increasingly involving the surrounding community in intervention efforts. Studies since 2007 have shown the effectiveness of this approach, with successful programs implemented on campuses in North Carolina, West Virginia, Rhode Island, California, and Washington State. “While progress has been made in addressing underage drinking, the consequences still remain unacceptably high,” said Dr. Hingson, director of NIAAA’s Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research. “We must continue research to develop new interventions and implement existing strategies that have been shown to be effective.”

Source:
Hingson, R., and White, A. New research findings since the 2007 Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking: A review. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 75(1):158–169, 2014. PMID: 24411808.



Posted: April 10, 2014

ICRC-S Webinar:
Youth Suicide Prevention in Indigenous Communities: Making a Case for Broader Interventions that Build on Injury Prevention Principles

Monday, Apr. 14 - 2:00 - 3:00 ET Webinar, 3:00 - 3:30 ET Online Discussion Forum

Youth Suicide Prevention in Indigenous Communities: Making a Case for Broader Interventions that Build on Injury Prevention Principles, the third webinar in the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention's (ICRC-S) 2014 webinar series, will take place on Monday, April 14th from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. A 30-minute online discussion forum will be held immediately following the webinar...

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Posted: April 4, 2014

Webinar -
Youth Wellness: Impact of Suicide

April 9, 2014 • April 23, 2014
2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT

The April 2014 Youth Wellness Learning Community will address the topic of suicide and how it affects American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. We invite you to attend the April 9 webinar, which will be a panel presentation led by exceptional guest presenters. They will guide attendees through the subject of suicide on a personal, mental, and communal level with a question and answer period at the end of the presentation. Participants are encouraged to return on April 23 for an open forum discussion on suicide prevention, how it has affected AI/AN communities, and how communities have overcome traumatic events.

Save The Date Flyer (PDF)

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Posted: April 4, 2014

Linking Sexual Violence to HIV Risk Webinar

On April 15, 2014, the DBH will host a webinar titled, “Linking Sexual Violence to HIV Risk.” The webinar will feature a presentation by the Pine Ridge Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) and will provide practical steps for addressing HIV and sexual violence in your local patient population. Please find the attached flyer (PDF) containing login information. CME/CEU credit will be offered.



Posted: March 27, 2014

Community, Family, and Culture: Protective Factors in the Promotion of Native Men's Health

The Dialogue on Native Men’s Health Continues

(Washington, DC) – The fourth in the Native Men’s Health webinar series, Community, Family, and Culture: Protective Factors in the Promotion of Native Men’s Health webinar focuses on men’s roles as part of community and traditional indigenous culture as positive ways of promoting men’s health. The webinar is being hosted by the Indian Health Service (IHS), Men’s Health Network (MHN), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE).

This webinar affords a unique opportunity to hear from three outstanding speakers. Dr. Clayton Small, CEO for Native PRIDE, will share his inspiring work instilling culture-based resilience among Native men and boys. Mr. Al Pooley, founder of the Fatherhood is Sacred and Motherhood is Sacred programs, will share his culture- and family-based approaches to restoring Native men’s health. Mr. Bill Ward will share his background in community-based cancer education throughout a number of Native communities.

WHAT:
Community, Family, and Culture: Protective Factors in the Promotion of Native Men’s Health webinar

WHEN:
Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST
(Please log in at least 10 minutes beforehand)

HOW:
Join the meeting here: http://ihs.adobeconnect.com/r77im31j7f9
Room Passcode: ihs123
Audio Conference Details:
Conference Phone Number:
United States: 1-800-832-0736
Please enter Room Number 7360200



Posted: March 24, 2014

March 24th is World Tuberculosis Day

Today is a day to call attention to the impact that tuberculosis has had on all of our communities. The World Health Organization has created specific messages and materials that can be used to increase awareness and knowledge of tuberculosis in your community.

To learn more, visit http://www.who.int/campaigns/tb-day/2014/event/en



 

Behavioral Health Inquiries:

Carolyn Angus-Hornbuckle, JD
Director of Public Health Policy and Programs

National Indian Health Board
910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Phone: 202-507-4089
Washington, DC 20003
[email protected]

 

 

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