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TA Center Activities

Technical assistance and training opportunities are offered by the National Technical Assistance Center either through our ongoing work or through our cost sharing with states, tribes, territories, and communities.

Building Effective Systems of Care

  • National Training Institutes: The premiere national conference featuring practical information on best practices across the nation in building comprehensive community service delivery systems.
  • National TA Webinar Series: This activity is a topic-oriented, monthly webinar series that seeks to deliver the latest strategies and best-practices for implementing Systems of Care.
  • National Policy Academies: Opportunities for high-level cross agency delegations to work intensively on designing and implementing policies and practice to support their visions for systems reform.
  • Bringing Systems of Care to Scale: Technical assistance with individual state and territory children’s mental health directors to assist and support them in shaping their agendas for reforms in child and family services.
  • Primer Hands On: Systems of Care Training for Leaders: Interactive, two-day training, offered in both English and Spanish, to teach the core principles of building effective systems of care.
  • Database of Topical Resources: Information on building effective service delivery systems can be found on our website under the “Resources” tab.

Early Childhood Mental Health

  • Building Early Childhood Systems: Technical assistance and training on all aspects of early childhood mental health and community service systems to support the wellbeing of young children and their families.
  • Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation: Curriculum-based practice model for increasing the early identification and prevention competencies of professional and paraprofessionals.

Collaboration Across Agencies and Sectors

  • Building Bridges Initiative: Building Bridges is a national initiative working to identify and promote practice and policy that will create strong and closely coordinated partnerships and collaborations between families, youth, community - and residentially - based treatment and service providers, advocates and policy makers to ensure that comprehensive mental health services and supports are available to improve the lives of young people and their families.
  • Child Welfare and Mental Health: Technical assistance around mental health and child welfare collaboration for effective service delivery.  Training is available on using our monograph, A Family Guide to the Child Welfare System to help families and workers partner to achieve better outcomes.
  • Collaboration Across Mental Health, Education, Juvenile Justice, Substance Abuse and Developmental Disabilities: Technical assistance and training, offered by Center faculty in effective collaborative interventions.
  • Primary Care and Mental Health Integration: Training based on Bright Futures Mental Health on effectively integrating primary care and mental health practice into a total community intervention system.
  • Rural Behavioral Health Symposium: The TA Center, in partnership with SAMHSA, American Institutes for Research, and WICHE, will be organizing the 2010 Rural Behavioral Health Symposium from Septemer 21-23, 2010 in Glendale, AZ. This symposium will also draw in expertise from other federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture and Department of Education.

Cultural and Linguistic Competence

  • Leadership and Diversity: Curriculum-based training designed to develop the leadership skills of systems of care leaders within a culturally diverse work and service delivery environment.
  • Implementing Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Organizations' Service Delivery Systems: Training and technical assistance on organizational self-assessment, understanding cultural and linguistic competence, and implementing culturally and linguistically competent service delivery systems.

Workforce and Leadership

  • Leadership Academies
  • Leadership Training: An intensive curriculum-based interactive training program providing leadership development for systems of care administrators and family leaders.
  • Improving Workforce Training and Competencies: Technical assistance on recruiting, training, retaining and building the competencies of our child and family mental health workforce.