The recording of the launch event for National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2014 is now available. The event featured Honorary Chairperson Chiara de Blasio and her parents (New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City's first lady Chirlane McCray), senior federal officials, and four incredible young adults who shared their stories of resilience and hope. Learn more.
This bulletin summarizes findings from analyses of data from the Pathways to Desistance study, which followed more than 1,300 serious youthful offenders for seven years after their court involvement. These analyses addressed the overlap of behavioral health problems and offending behavior (PDF, 16 pages), the care young people with disorders received while in juvenile justice settings, and the care received in the community upon their release. Implications for juvenile justice practice and policy and potential opportunities for system improvement are discussed. Learn more (PDF, 16 pages).
Application Deadline: August 7, 2014
The purpose of this grant program is to create statewide networks that represent mental health and addictions recovery communities to improve access to, and the quality of, behavioral health systems, services, treatment, and recovery supports statewide. This program is designed to bridge and unify recovery networks for mental health consumers, families of children with serious emotional disturbance and youth, and those in recovery from addictions. Learn more.
SAMHSA and The MacArthur Foundation have announced a new collaboration that will aim to support early diversion for justice-involved American Indian youth with behavioral health needs. Through this initiative, four tribes will receive technical assistance to guide the establishment of models and strategies for diverting youth with behavioral health disorders as early as possible from the juvenile justice system to appropriate, culturally relevant, community-based behavioral health services. Learn more.
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.
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.
FindYouthInfo.gov is the U.S. government Web site that helps you create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest, youth-related news.