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2014 Georgetown University Training Institutes of Children’s Mental Health Systems of Care!

Posted: April 14, 2014

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is offering Training Institutes on improving services and supports for children, adolescents, and young adults with or at risk for mental health challenges and their families.

The Training Institutes will provide in-depth, practical training on innovative approaches, and how lessons learned from systems of care can guide efforts to improve service delivery in a dramatically changing environment. The Institutes are designed for a wide range of individuals, including:

  • State, tribal, territorial, and local policy makers, administrators, planners, leaders, and advocates
  • Providers, clinicians, care managers, peer support providers, health and behavioral health managed care organizations
  • Family members, youth, and young adults
  • Educators, technical assistance providers, and evaluators
  • Individuals from all partner child-serving agencies, such as mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, education, substance use, primary care, early care and education, and systems for transition-age youth and young adults

Read more about the 2014 Training Institutes! Submit Poster Presentations.


April is Alcohol Awareness Month: Faith Community Bulletin Insert

Posted: April 11, 2014

The Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Pacific Southwest ATTC; HHS Region 9) has adapted a 2014 version of the Alcohol Awareness Month Faith Community Bulletin Insert developed by the Mid-America ATTC. This new version targets persons who may be drinking at risky or harmful levels rather than focusing on just those who have substance use disorders. This product can be easily downloaded and used by churches, temples and mosques for their Sunday/Sabbath-day bulletins, newsletters or bulletin boards. The 5½" X 8½" double-sided informational sheet provides:

  • Low-risk drinking limits established by NIAAA
  • Standard drink size
  • Costliness to society of risky and harmful levels of drinking
  • Negative consequences associated with risky and harmful drinking
  • Ways to cut down on alcohol use                             

Directions for printing: Download a color PDF bulletin insert. Feel free to print, post, and distribute the bulletin insert, as well as share this with friends and colleagues in your local faith community. This bulletin insert is designed as a two-sided 5.5”w X 8.5”h sheet. The document has been set up to print 2 double-sided inserts per 8.5” X 11” sheet.  Once printed, the 8.5” X 11” sheets should be cut in half to create the 5.5”w x 8.5”h inserts. It is in color, but will also print well in black & white.

Feel free to share this with faith communities in your region. For more information about these inserts, contact Beth Rutkowski at

Download the Bulletin Insert in English (pdf). Download Bulletin Insert in Spanish (pdf).

Campaign Aimed at Engaging the Gay Community, Confronts Stigma around HIV

Posted: April 10, 2014

Greater Than AIDS was onsite at the 26th annual Creating Change Conference to promote the new ‘Speak Out’ campaign aimed at engaging the gay community and confronting the silence and stigma around HIV. Held this year in Houston, January 29 through February 2, Creating Change brought together thousands of organizers, activists, and leaders of the community to discuss LGBT equality.

Together with conference hosts the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Greater Than AIDS, the Task Force, and organizations such as the Black AIDS Institute captured the voices of the LGBT community in a series of interviews with conference attendees. At least one theme surfaced: HIV is still an LGBT issue and something the community needs to talk about. Greater Than AIDS compiled the interviews into a new video, “Creating Change with Our Own Voice.”

Watch the video

Women’s Health Leadership Institute: American Indian/Alaska Native Community Health Representative

Posted: April 09, 2014

The Women’s Health Leadership Institute (WHLI) is organizing a Workshop -- American Indian/Alaska Native Community Health Representative (CHR) Workshop. This workshop seeks to train and support experienced Community Health Workers (CHWs) and CHRs in leadership development to enhance their capacity to address women’s health disparities. Please contact Rosie Piper at or send a fax to (520) 761-2153. Deadline to apply is April 18, 2014.

Read more about the workshop.

Military’s Mental-Health System Faces Shortage of Providers, Lack of Good Diagnostic Tools

Posted: April 07, 2014

The shooting rampage at Fort Hood has once again focused attention on the military’s ­mental-health system, which, despite improvement efforts, has struggled to address a tide of psychological problems brought on by more than a decade of war.

Military leaders have tried to understand and deal with mounting troop suicides, worrying psychological disorders among returning soldiers, and high-profile violent incidents on military installations such as the one that left four people dead and more than 16 injured at the Army post in Texas on Wednesday.

But experts say problems persist. A nationwide shortage of mental-health providers has made it difficult for the military to hire enough psychiatrists and counselors. The technology and science for reliably identifying people at risk of doing harm to themselves or others are lacking.

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