Announcements

  • November 25, 2014
    Webinar To Discuss Family Involvement in Juvenile Justice

    Date: December 4, 2014, 2 - 3 p.m. EST
    The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change will present the second webinar in a two-part series on family involvement in the juvenile justice system. This webinar will highlight strategies to help families understand the juvenile justice system and learn how to access services. Learn more.

  • October 27, 2014
    Support for Colleges to Assess and Enhance Mental Health Programming
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    The Jed and Clinton Foundation Health Matters Campus Program helps colleges and universities promote emotional well-being, improve mental health programming, reduce substance abuse, and prevent suicide. This program results from a partnership between the Jed Foundation and the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Health Matters Initiative. Learn more.

  • October 27, 2014
    Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Child Traumatic Stress Network

    “Helping Youth After Community Trauma: Tips for Educators” (PDF, 1 page) provides insight into how students may react after a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster or a death in the school community, and how educators can help. Learn more (PDF, 1 page).

  • October 27, 2014
    SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    This paper introduces SAMHSA’s concept of trauma and offers a framework for how an organization, system, or service sector can become trauma informed by integrating the perspectives of researchers, practitioners, and people with experience of trauma. Learn more.

  • October 24, 2014
    SAMHSA’s KSOC-TV: Trauma-Informed Approaches to Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Date: October 27, 2014, 2 - 3 p.m. EST
    This webisode will explore the principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions designed to address the consequences of trauma among children, youth, and families. Learn more.

  • October 24, 2014
    Funding Opportunity: Mental Health Training Initiative for State and Local Juvenile Detention and Correctional Systems
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

    Application Date: October 31, 2014
    Six sites will have the opportunity to receive instruction on the Mental Health Training Curriculum for Juvenile Justice, developed to educate juvenile justice staff about adolescent development, mental health disorders and treatment, the critical role of families, and practical strategies for engaging and interacting with youth. OJJDP and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation jointly support this initiative. Learn more.

  • October 20, 2014
    Save the Date: Listening Session: Improving Community Mental Health Services
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

    Date: November 12, 2014, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
    A listening session will be held to gather feedback on developing the criteria for the Demonstration Programs to Improve Community Mental Health Services (Section 223 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014), which seeks to create certified community behavioral health clinics. Registrants can attend via live webcast or in person at SAMHSA’s office in Rockville, Maryland. Registration for this event is forthcoming. Learn more.

  • October 20, 2014
    Suicide is Preventable: A Message from the Acting U.S. Surgeon General
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    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. Learn more.

  • October 20, 2014
    SAMHSA's 2015–2018 Strategic Plan
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    SAMHSA’s new strategic plan, Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015-2018, outlines how SAMHSA will continue to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, expand prevention efforts, promote emotional health and wellness, increase access to effective treatment, and support recovery. The plan outlines six strategic initiatives for meeting SAMHSA’s mission, new and existing goals, and vision. The plan was developed with input from SAMHSA’s Executive Leadership Team and staff, a diverse group of stakeholders, and the public. Learn more.

  • October 6, 2014
    Adolescents Play a Key Role in Their Own ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services

    The increased frequency of diagnosis in the past 10 years of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children prompted a review of diagnostic and treatment guidelines for ADHD that resulted in new recommended best practices for evaluating and treating adolescents with ADHD. These guidelines point to a need for adolescents with ADHD to take an active role in their own diagnosis and treatment. Learn more.

  • October 6, 2014
    HHS Announces $99 Million in New Grants to Improve Mental Health Services for Young People
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    As part of the President and Vice President’s Now is the Time plan to reduce gun violence and increase access to mental health services, HHS and SAMHSA announced the award of $99 million to train new mental health providers, help teachers and others recognize mental health issues in youth and connect them to help, and increase access to mental health services for young people. Learn more.

  • October 6, 2014
    Coming Soon: New Suicide Prevention App From SAMHSA
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)

    In January, SAMHSA will release a new Suicide Safe app that will help care and health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice to reduce suicide risk among patients. Learn more.

  • September 23, 2014
    Webinar: Suicide Prevention for Alaska Native Communities
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Mental Health; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health

    Date: September 23, 2014, 2 - 3:30 p.m. EST
    Presenters will provide an overview of suicide in Alaska and describe strategies to promote mental wellness and reduce suicide among Alaska Natives. Learn more.

  • January 3, 2014
    SAMHSA’S Prevention Day: February 3, 2014
    Agencies/Departments: Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

    SAMHSA will hold its annual Prevention Day on February 3, 2014, in National Harbor, Maryland, in conjunction with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Leadership Forum. With the theme “The Power of Prevention: Strengthening Behavioral Health and Public Health for the Next Decade,” Prevention Day will feature speakers, plenaries, and workshops that will provide information on effective programs and the latest prevention-related developments in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. Learn more.

  • November 27, 2013
    OK2TALK: Help for Youth

    Developed by the National Association of Broadcasters and featured on MentalHealth.gov, OK2TALK is a new campaign that aims to encourage young people struggling with mental health challenges to talk about their experiences, without fear of stigma, and to create opportunities for open conversations in schools, in the workplace, and among families about mental health. The campaign includes TV and radio PSAs and an online community where youth can share their story by submitting creative content. Learn more.