TA Partnership Newsletter — April/May 2013

Feature Articles

TAP Newsletter - April/May 2013 Youth Matter!
Youth Involvement Evolves
James Sawyer, a Youth Involvement Content Specialist with the TA Partnership, discusses the emerging role of youth peer support workers, and a research project that aims to gather more information about the role from the field.

Highlights from the Field
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

  • Congress Makes Adoption Tax Credit Permanent
    The Adoption Tax Credit, now permanent as of 2013, allows adoptive parents of children from foster care to possibly reduce the amount of Federal income tax they owe. A tax credit may also be provided upon the adoption of a child from the United States if the State has determined the child has special needs.
  • ‘Stop and Frisk’ on Trial
    In the face of a class action lawsuit arguing that the New York Police Department’s policy of stopping, questioning, and searching people, known as “Stop and Frisk,” is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy, this article from Al Jazeera examines whether the practice unfairly targets racial minorities.
  • Maryland School Discipline Proposals to Be Changed
    This article from the Washington Post highlights proposed changes by the Maryland State Board of Education to school discipline policies and regulations. Responding to public input, the changes propose a more "rehabilitative" approach that seeks to "reduce suspensions, keep students in school, and teach positive behavior."
  • Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health Awareness Week
    In observance of LGBT Health Awareness Week March 28 to April 1, this statement from Secretary Sebelius describes the efforts of the Obama Administration to improve the health of LGBT people in the United States and elsewhere. Reductions in health disparities and increases in access to care for LGBT populations as a result of the Affordable Care Act are discussed.
  • How Would Mental Health Screening for Kids at School Work? Local Program Offers a Glimpse of Ways to Catch Emotional, Social Issues Early
    As featured in the Palm Beach Post, the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, Florida, is advocating for the use of screening tools in schools to help professionals and families identify behaviors that might indicate a child’s need for mental health supports.
  • As Affordable Care Act Expands Coverage for Children’s Mental Health Services, New Report Exposes Barriers and Opportunities
    This study, released by policy experts at The George Washington University Center for Health and Health Care in Schools, discusses barriers that families face to getting their basic needs met, even with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, as well as improvements that can reduce these barriers.
  • U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Welcomes New Administrator
    On March 25, 2013, Robert L. Listenbee, Jr., assumed the role of Administrator of OJJDP. Mr. Listenbee is a highly respected public defender and juvenile justice system reformer who was instrumental in developing recently released recommendations for a national response to address children’s exposure to violence.
  • DSM-5—The Future Arrived
    The new revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will be published in May 2013. This article discusses the significant changes found in this edition, which include a discontinuation of the multiaxial system used in earlier editions of the DSM. Do you want to explain multiaxial system for all users to better understand?
  • Public Opinion on Health Care Issues (PDF)
    The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (2013)
    This Kaiser Health tracking poll from March 2013 found that two thirds of the uninsured and a majority of Americans overall say they have too little information to know how the Affordable Care Act will affect them and that Americans’ awareness of key elements of the law has declined somewhat since passage, when there was more media attention on the issue.
  • Children’s Mental Health: Experts Urge Focus on Screening Kids
    As reported by the Huffington Post, in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting, mental health experts testified on Capitol Hill about the underserved mental health needs among children.
  • Affordable Care Act to Provide Substance Abuse Treatment to Millions of New Patients
    A. Thomas McLellan, PhD, CEO, and co-founder of the Treatment Research Institute, discusses how the Affordable Care Act impacts substance abuse treatment.

Research Update

  • LGBT Parenting in the United States (PDF) This research brief provides an analysis of several data sources on LGBT parenting in the United States. Among other findings, the briefs notes that LGBT individuals and same-sex couples raising children face greater economic challenges than their non-LGBT counterparts.
  • The Cultural Competency Organizational Assessment-360 (COA360) The newly validated, multidimensional COA360 tool is designed to assess the cultural competency of healthcare organizations as it relates to cross-cultural interactions and the provision of health services to clients/patients with limited English proficiency.
  • The State of Minnesota Responds to Local Tragedy Through Research A tragic murder-suicide perpetrated by a 16-year old youth in Minnesota two years ago became a catalyst for a research project, funded by the Minnesota State Department of Human Services, that seeks to learn more about a preventative approach to treating depression and its effect on overall pediatric healthcare.
  • The Role of Risk: Mentoring Experiences and Outcomes for Youth with Varying Risk Profiles Funded by a public-private partnership, this study describes the positive effects of mentoring, such as decreased depressive symptoms, increased social acceptance, and increased positive academic attitude and grades, for youth with risk profiles. The critical role of early training and on-going support for mentors is also described.
  • Better Care for Teens with Depression This article describes a study underway to determine whether “collaborative care,” a concept that allows individuals with depression or other mental health issues to receive both their medication and basic talk therapy at their primary care doctor’s office, could be used in treating adolescents with depression.
  • Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) 2011 Results Report Summary This Annie E. Casey Foundation summary provides information on the progress of JDAI sites and the impact of their efforts to decrease use of detention, reduce commitments of youth to State custody, and increase public safety. JDAI sites continue to report significant success in securing millions of dollars from public and private sources to support detention reform.
  • New Studies of Incredible Years Curricula Continue to Find Improved Behavioral Outcomes for Children Numerous recent studies have shown that Incredible Years, a set of curricula for children up to age 12 who are at risk for or are currently exhibiting conduct issues, has positive effects on parent-child relationships and child behavior.
  • Energy Drinks: What Teenagers (and Their Doctors) Should Know D. Ahrendt, V. Patrick, K. Blankson, & A. Thompson (2013)
    Energy drinks mixed with alcohol can be a deadly combination for teens. This article reviews current information about the content of these energy drinks, as well as their benefits and risks for adolescents.

Organizational Development and Sustainability


Funding Opportunities

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


  • One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare
    June 12–14, 2013 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania One Child, Many Hands is the nation’s premiere multidisciplinary conference for child welfare practitioners, policymakers, and administrators. The event will feature cutting-edge plenary panels and a variety of workshops presented by national and international experts.
  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to Host Two-Week Course on Health Disparities
    August 5–16, 2013 | Bethesda, Maryland This course will introduce the principles and practice of health disparities research, with a focus on concepts, methods, key issues, and applications. Participants will gain an understanding of the knowledge and research tools needed to conduct and develop translational and transdisciplinary research and interventions to eliminate health disparities.
  • Using the Autism Spectrum Disorders Collection
    April 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2013; 1:00 p.m. ET | Virtual During April, the IDEA Partnership will sponsor multiple webinars titled “Using the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Collection.” The ASD Collection includes resources that can help stakeholders develop a further understanding of ASD and enhance their current work.
  • Why Wellness Works: Breakthroughs and Pathways to Whole Health
    June 5–8, 2013 | National Harbor, Maryland This conference, presented by Mental Health America, will feature expert speakers covering topics such as the management of mental health conditions and accompanying chronic conditions, recovery strategies, and the Affordable Care Act.
  • 7th Global Youth Justice Training Institute
    June 11–13, 2013 | Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts Global Youth Justice’s 7th Training Institute is primarily designed for individuals and teams of two to five adults from local communities involved with local youth justice and juvenile justice diversion programs, often referred to as teen court, peer court, youth court, student court, and youth peer jury. This Training Institute is for adults enhancing, expanding, and (or) establishing one of these diversion programs prior to December 2013.
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) 76th Annual Conference
    July 14–17, 2013 | Seattle, Washington NCJFCJ’s 76th Annual Conference will focus on a wide range of juvenile and family law topics including child abuse and neglect, trauma, custody and visitation, judicial leadership, juvenile justice, domestic violence, drug courts, and substance abuse.
  • The Psych Congress
    September 30–October 3, 2013 | Las Vegas, Nevada The U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress, or Psych Congress, is the nation’s largest independent educational conference for psychiatrists, primary care physicians, psychiatric nurses, and psychologists. The conference provides a well-rounded curriculum covering a variety of mental health and practice management topics.
  • 15th Annual Summer Conference on Pediatrics
    July 10–13, 2013 | Napa, California Presentation topics will include asthma, seizures, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and autism spectrum disorders. Participants will receive educational information and resources.
  • National Prevention Week
    May 12–18, 2013 National Prevention Week is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-supported annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This observance is an opportunity to join with other individuals, organizations, and coalitions in your community to promote prevention efforts, educate others about behavioral health issues, and create and strengthen community partnerships.


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