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New Mobile App Connects Texas Veterans to Hotlines, Resources

Posted: April 19, 2014

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has developed a mobile phone app to give Texas veterans quick access to crisis hotlines and other resources.

The app, which can be downloaded from both Google Play and the App Store, works on most iPhones and Android mobile phones. It provides information about local, state and national resources available to Texas military veterans. By using the application veterans can:

  • Get direct access to the national Veterans Crisis Line and the Hotline for Women Veterans.
  • Connect with other veterans in their area.
  • Quickly find services available to military veterans.

The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential 24-hour a day phone line staffed by qualified responders with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans, their family and friends can call the crisis line for help with mental health or other challenges faced by veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

The “Connect With Texas Veterans” feature puts the caller in contact with a member of the Texas Military Peer Network, an affiliation of Texas service members, veterans and their families. The network provides veterans with peer support and trusted information about community resources available to them.

The app’s other buttons connect the caller to the national Hotline for Women Veterans and the Texas Veterans Portal, which includes a comprehensive list of local, state and federal services and benefits.

Download the Texas Veterans App for iPhones. Download the Texas Veterans App for Android phones.

Read more on the HHSC website.

Journal of Health Care for Underserved Call for Abstracts: Asian American, Native Hawaiian Issue

Posted: April 18, 2014

The Johns Hopkins University Press, in collaboration with the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum and the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health has issued a call for abstracts for a special issue on Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Submit abstracts to Winston Tseng. Deadline to submit abstracts is May 2, 2014 by 11:59 am PT

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU) is a peer-reviewed journal focusing on contemporary health care issues of medically underserved communities. JHCPU addresses such diverse areas as health care access, quality, costs, legislation, regulations, health promotion, and disease prevention from a North American, Central American, Caribbean, and sub-Saharan African perspective. Regular features include research papers and reports, literature reviews, policy analyses, and evaluations of noteworthy health care programs, as well as a regular column written by members of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved is the official journal of the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU).

Read the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved author guidelines.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Offers Tribal Community Partnerships Training

Posted: April 17, 2014

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is offering training for professionals and staff who work in programs for tribal youth. “Introduction to Community Collaborative Partnerships” is online training on how to establish and improve collaborative partnerships in Native communities that support tribal youth programs. A learning certificate is available upon completion of the course. OJJDP’s Online University will release two additional courses later this year that will look at effective community partnerships to create alternatives to the detention of tribal youth.

Learn more about this training. Register for the Online University. View the marketing video for this course.

Learning Community Opportunity: Implementation of National CLAS Standards in Behavioral Health

Posted: April 16, 2014

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University is seeking 20 individuals from state, territorial, and tribal level behavioral health systems who are committed to making a difference by implementing cultural and linguistic competency. Applications are due by Friday April 25, 2014 at 5 pm EDT.

Members of state, territorial, and tribal level behavioral health organizations are invited to apply to participate in a free, interactive Learning Community on the implementation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health’s (OMH) National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care or the National CLAS Standards. The Learning Community begins in May, 2014 and ends in May, 2015.

This Learning Community will provide you with an opportunity to engage in collaborative learning about implementing the National CLAS Standards in a behavioral health setting. Through participating in interactive learning sessions, you will gain an in-depth understanding of each Standard and work together with other Learning Community members to develop strategies for implementation. You will then have the opportunity to try out the strategies and share your outcomes and experiences during subsequent learning sessions.

As a participant in the Learning Community, you will:

  • Develop a detailed knowledge base of the National CLAS Standards,
  • Generate and learn valuable implementation strategies to meet the unique needs of the behavioral health systems,
  • Identify common barriers, challenges, and practical solutions to implementation of the National CLAS Standards, and
  • Strengthen your capacity to meet SAMHSA grant expectations regarding National CLAS Standards.

The Learning Community will use distance technology to convene via interactive, web-based learning sessions, seven (7) times on a bimonthly basis over 12 months (May 2014 – May 2015).

Read more about this Learning Community opportunity.

Frequent Involvement in Spiritual Activities Helps Drug and Alcohol Treatment

Posted: April 15, 2014

Frequent involvement in spiritual activities appears to help in the treatment of drug and alcohol abuse in young people, a new study suggests.

Previous studies have found young people who regularly attend religious services and consider themselves religious are less likely to try drugs and alcohol, according to The Wall Street Journal. The reasons could include support from congregations, religious instruction or the belief that using drugs and alcohol violates a person’s religious beliefs, the article notes.

The new findings, which will be published in May in Alcohol Treatment Quarterly, included 195 juvenile offenders. The researchers, from Baylor University and Case Western Reserve University, say fewer teens today are involved in religious organizations. In their study, the researchers found juvenile offenders appear to lack purpose, and feel they don’t fit in. At the same time, they have easy access to both prescription and illegal drugs.

Experts are divided about whether it is appropriate to include Alcoholics Anonymous, which aims to help participants connect to a “higher power” in treatment planning, according to the article. The researchers say their study suggests AA may be helpful for teens.

“There are two key elements of the 12-step program AA uses: helping others and God-consciousness. Those who help people during treatment—taking time to talk to another addict who is struggling, volunteering, cleaning up, setting up for meetings, or other service projects—are, according to our research, statistically more likely to stay sober and out of jail in the six months after discharge, a high-risk period in which 70 percent relapse,” the researchers said.

They found daily spiritual experiences was associated with increased abstinence and social behavior, and decreased narcissistic behavior. The researchers say even teens who start addiction treatment without a religious background can benefit from a group that encourages them to seek a higher power and serve other people.

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