Behavioral Health Alerts


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.

Click here to participate in the webinar.



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.

Register now for the webinar



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.

Register now for the webinar



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).

Register now for the webinar



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.

Register now for the webinar



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.

Register now for the webinar



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.

Learn More and Register for the Webinar



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."

Get the National Behavioral Health Barometer



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.

Register now for the webinar



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.

Register now for the webinar



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].



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.

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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

Click here to view (PDF)



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

More Information on Webinar (PDF)



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)

Webinar Registration Instructions (PDF)



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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