TA Partnership Newsletter — June/July 2012

Feature Articles

TAP Newsletter - June/July 2012 Cover Families Matter!
REACH Academy Series Learn about the REACH Academy series that the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health and the Rural Cares system of care developed to educate and empower families.

Highlights from the Field
The Highlights from the Field articles provide information about innovative and promising activities from the system of care communities supported by the TA Partnership in the hopes that communities can learn from their peers around the country.

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News You Can Use

  • July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
    The goal of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is to improve access to mental health treatment and services through increased public awareness.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness Web site provides resources to help get involved with and plan related community events.
  • June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month
    This article highlights the Portland Pride Festival and Parade, held in observance of LGBT pride month, and a local PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chapter that places a special emphasis on serving the transgender community, people of faith, and youth.
  • Safeguarding Your Child’s Future (PDF)
    This brief from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides tips on how to protect children’s identity. It also covers how to run credit checks and what do to if an identity has been compromised, including how to file a report with the FTC and the police.
  • Yoga Could Help Teens Ward Off Anxiety
    This article describes the results of a study of student participation in a yoga class versus a traditional physical education class and the benefits for teens.
  • New Regulations Seek to Keep Youth Who Are Incarcerated Safe from Sexual Abuse
    The U.S. Department of Justice recently released the final regulations for the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. The standards are intended to help prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in juvenile and adult correctional facilities.
  • Broadway Play Treats Mental Illness with Honesty
    Winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama and three Tony Awards, "Next to Normal" is a musical that treats mental illness with honesty, artistry, and originality, as it depicts the struggles faced by the protagonist, a suburban housewife with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and her husband and adolescent children.
  • Behavioral Health: Can Primary Care Help Meet the Growing Need?
    This video and podcast from the Kaiser Family Foundation addresses several questions surrounding the health reform law regarding behavioral health services, such as States’ abilities to cover increased enrollment costs and concerns around the size of the workforce.
  • Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Recognizing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month
    In June, national attention is focused on PTSD, a debilitating condition that affects nearly 1 in 29 Americans who suffer from anxiety, sleep issues, anger or irritability, and recurring reminders of traumatic events. As this statement from Secretary Sebelius indicates, the Federal government is supporting new research to determine the causes of PTSD, while developing better tools to identify, treat, and prevent this disease.
  • Financial Burdens Affect Children’s Mental Health
    As this article discusses, financial worries don’t just affect caregivers and adults, and when adults are in peril and stressed, their children and youth are affected.

Research Update

Organizational Development and Sustainability

Funding Opportunities

  • Community-Based Participatory Research Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities–Planning Phase
    Applications Deadline: June 25, 2012 The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities will fund the planning and development of effective interventions to reduce health disparities, using community-based participatory research approaches and the strengthening of partnerships between researchers and health disparity communities.
  • American Legion Foundation Child Welfare Grants
    Application Deadline: July 15, 2012 The American Legion Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about innovative organizations and their programs that benefit youth.
  • Infrastructure Development Program in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
    Application Deadlines:  June 19, 2012; December 19, 2012; December 19, 2013; December 19, 2014 This funding opportunity from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality solicits Resource-Related Research Project grant applications from organizations that will improve health outcomes by developing and disseminating evidence-based information to consumers, clinicians, policy makers, and health care administrators. Organizations will also respond to needs expressed about the effectiveness of clinical and health system design interventions for specific consumers.
  • Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency Program
    Application Deadline: July 15, 2012 Organizations and youth groups can apply to become their area’s 2013 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agency. This opportunity, from Youth Serve America, will allow groups to promote youth voice and community collaboration, while building an understanding of fund raising and capacity building.
  • Cooperative Agreements for State Adolescent Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination
    Application Deadline: July 11, 2012 The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is providing funding to States, territories, and tribes to improve substance abuse treatment for adolescents by developing a learning laboratory with collaborating local community-based treatment provider sites.
  • Parent-Child Education Program Grants (PDF)
    Application Deadline: October 15, 2012 This funding opportunity from AVANCE addresses their mission of strengthening families in low-income, high-need Hispanic communities by providing effective parent education and support programs.

Publications and Web Sites

Child Welfare

Cultural and Linguistic Competence


Family Involvement

Juvenile Justice

Mental Health

Organizational Development and Implementation

Primary Care

Substance Abuse

Youth Involvement

Non-TA Partnership Events

  • GCYF Parent Organizing and Community Engagement Training Institute for Grantmakers
    July 24–26, 2012 | Orlando, Florida Sponsored by Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families (GCYF), this conference will educate participants about the challenges encountered and effective strategies utilized when engaging parents as advocates and how this can influence policy and budgets nationwide.
  • 2012 Conference: Texas Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children
    June 28–30, 2012 | San Antonio, Texas The focus of the 2012 conference for the Texas Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children will be “Creative Connections for Diverse Learners.
  • 18th National Symposium on Juvenile Services
    October 14–18, 2012 | Las Vegas, Nevada This conference will give juvenile services and other human services professionals the opportunity for training, networking, and the sharing of innovative program service approaches being implemented within juvenile justice systems throughout the country.
  • 14th Annual International Fatherhood Conference
    June 12–15, 2012 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida The National Partnership for Community Leadership is sponsoring the 14th Annual International Fatherhood Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Partnerships and Collaboration: “Expanding Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Family Program Connections.
  • Healthy Teen Network’s 33rd Annual National Conference
    October 16–October 19, 2012 | Minneapolis, Minnesota The theme of this year’s conference is “The Power of Youth: Joining Forces to Achieve Positive Outcomes.
  • National Federation of Families 23rd Annual Conference
    November 14–18, 2012 | Washington, D.C. With a theme of “Sustaining and Expanding Excellence in Children’s Mental Health Services and Supports,” this conference will support the vision that, in every corner of our nation, families of children and youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges can secure the services and supports needed for their children to grow up healthy and able to maximize their potential.
  • Northeast Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders: Trauma, Addiction, and Relationships
    September 12–15, 2012 | New Brunswick, New Jersey This conference will address issues of behavioral health and addictions using an integrated approach that considers the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of each individual.