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Conference Call Series

The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health delivers, sponsors, and hosts a variety of presentations. They include conference calls, key note presentations, training sessions, and workshops. Many of these activities include support materials and participant handouts. Some of the key presentations are listed below with downloadable materials when available.

All Calls are held from 1:00 - 2:30 PM E.T. There are no registration fees for the calls. The only costs you may incur are long-distance phone charges.

2009 National TA Center Conference Call Series

December 17, 2009

Eliminating Disparities in Mental Health Care: Practice Level Interventions

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Mental health and mental illness are concepts that have unique cultural meanings. In fact there are some societies, in which there are no similar concepts. Other cultural groups may be clear about the need for assistance, but their experience with the formal mental health system has discouraged their ongoing participation. If the goal is to provide assistance to children, youth and their families who are struggling with emotions and behaviors that are distressing to the child, the family and/or the community at large, the interventions must be structured in a manner that has relevance from the perspective of those in distress.

This call will focus a discussion of the role of evidence-based practices, culturally defined evidence, culture-specific practices and other considerations that can facilitate successful engagement and appropriate and acceptable interventions.

Facilitator
Vivian Jackson, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health and National Center for Cultural and Linguistic Competence
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
Caitlin Ryan,Ph.D., M.S.W.
Director
Family Acceptance Project, Marian Wright Edelman Institute
San Francisco State University
San Francisco, CA
PDF Presentation: "FAMILIES: The Missing Link in Wellness, Prevention and Care for LGBT Children & Youth"

Henry Gregory, Ph.D.
Rafiki Consulting
Former Clinical Director, Progressive Life Center
Washington, DC
Powerpoint: "An Africentric Response to Disparities"

Ken Martinez, Psy. D.
Mental Health Resource Specialist and Cultural Competence Action Team Leader
TA Partnership supporting SAMHSA’s Systems of Care Communities
Washington, DC
Powerpoint: "Community Defined Evidence: Research from the Ground Up"
National Network to Eliminate Disparities (NNED) in Behavioral Health: www.nned.net

Holly Echo-Hawk, M.S.
Board Public Information Officer
First Nations Behavioral Health Association
Vancouver, WA
Powerpoint: "Eliminating Disparities in Mental Health Care: Culture-Specific Practice Level Interventions"

November 19, 2009

Elimination of Disparities in Mental Health Care: At the Organizational and Systems Level

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The elimination of disparities in mental health care requires changes at multiple levels of service delivery. It is the decisions at the policy, executive and administrative levels that provide the vision, mission, and infrastructure to address the elimination of disparities. Unclaimed Children Revisited reports that only a few states report comprehensive and intentional policy steps to include: competency based training, infrastructure support, regular assessments, strategic plan and stake holder involvement.

This call will offer examples of successful work being done by state and local entities to address the availability, accessibility, and affordability of services as strategies to address disparities.

Facilitators
Vivian Jackson, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health and National Center for Cultural and Linguistic Competence
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Joan Dodge
Senior Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
Diana Autin, J.D.
Executive Co-Director
Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)
Newark, New Jersey
Powerpoint: "Addressing & Overcoming Mental Health Disparities: A Parent Organization Perspective"
Word Document: "Statewide Parent Advocacy Network Talking Points"
Word Document: Biosketch of Diana Autin

Arthur Evans, Ph.D.
Director
Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services
Philadelphia, PA
Powerpoint: "Addressing Diversity and Health Disparities in Promoting Health and Wellness"
Word Document: Biosketch of Dr. Arthur Evans

Ed Wang, Psy.D.
Director
Office of Multicultural Affairs, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Member of SAMHSA National Advisory Committee 
Boston, MA
Powerpoint: "Elimination of Disparities in Mental Health Care: Organizational and Systems Level"
Word Document: Biosketch of Dr. Ed Wang

Frederick Sandoval, MPA
Income Support Division Director
State of New Mexico
President
National Latino Behavioral Health Association
Santa Fe, NM
Powerpoint: "New Mexico’s Statewide Eliminating Disparities Plan - Implementation and Update"
Word Document: Biosketch of Frederick Sandoval

October 15, 2009

The Elimination of Disparities in Mental Health Care: An Overview

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Attention to health disparities has been on the national agenda for decades. However, the focus on disparities in mental health has been more recent, formally brought to the attention of the nation in the Supplement to the Surgeon General’s Report on Mental Health in which it was noted that:

  1. minorities have less access to, and availability of, mental health services,
  2. minorities are less likely to receive needed mental health services,
  3. minorities in treatment often receive a poorer quality of mental health care, and
  4. minorities are underrepresented in mental health research."(p.13)

This presentation will provide an update on the nature of disparities for racial and ethnic groups and other marginalized populations in mental health, clarification on the types of disparities that exist in mental health, the root causes of these disparities and an overview of the strategies that are being used to address them.

Facilitator & Presenter
Vivian Jackson, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health and National Center for Cultural and Linguistic Competence
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC
Powerpoint: "Eliminating Disparities in Mental Health Care: An Overview"

Presenters
Annelle Primm, M.D.
Director
Minority and National Programs, American Psychiatric Association.
Co-editor
"Disparities in Psychiatric Care: Clinical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives" (2009)
Powerpoint: Eliminating Disparities in Mental Health Care: An Overview (Part 2)

Mario Hernandez, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Child and Family Studies
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, University of South Florida
Powerpoint: Making Change Happen: Creating and Sustaining Culturally and Linguistically Competent Organizations and Systems

Shannon CrossBear
Technical Assistance Specialist and Co-Director of Evaluation and Training
National Federal of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Powerpoint: Systemic Disparities: Impacting Families and Youth Outcomes

September 17, 2009

Safe Schools/Healthy Students: A Unique Federal Initiative to Promote Safe and Healthy Environments in School Settings

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This call will introduce participants to the promising strategies underway in states and communities implementing the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) program initiative. The SS/HS Initiative seeks to develop practical knowledge about what works best to promote safe and healthy environments in which America's children can learn and develop. It is a unique, Federal initiative designed to prevent violence and substance abuse among our Nation's youth, schools, and communities and is a collaborative grant program supported by three Federal agencies-the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice.

Since 1999, more than 276 urban, rural, suburban, and tribal school districts, in collaboration with local mental health and juvenile justice providers, have received grants using a single application process. These grantees are implementing comprehensive programs that address the following five elements: 1) Safe school environments and violence prevention activities; 2) Alcohol and other drug prevention activities; 3) Student behavioral, social and emotional supports, 4) Mental Health Services and 5) Early childhood social and emotional learning programs. The call will explore the following:

    • Role of the SS/HS initiative and it's impact in addressing barriers to learning
    • Exploration of integration efforts between Systems of Care and Safe Schools/Healthy Students
    • Partnerships that support a public health approach to school mental health in school settings
    • Implementation strategies and lessons from other child serving systems, states, communities and organization.

Facilitators
Joyce Sebian
Senior Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC
Powerpoint: "Supporting the Mental Health and Development of All Children in Schools: A Public Health Approach to Children’s Mental Health"

Joan Dodge
Senior Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
Deborah Haber
Director
National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention
at Education Development Center (EDC)
Newton, MA

Julia Rollison
Senior Analyst
National Evaluation Team
Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative
MANILA Consulting Group, Inc.
McLean, VA
Powerpoint: Safe Schools/ Healthy Students

Sandra Keenan
Education Resource Specialist
American Institutes for Research
Washington, DC
Powerpoint: Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program(Systems of Care)

Brigitte Manteuffel
Principal Investigator and Vice President
Macro International, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
Powerpoint: Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program: School-Related Outcomes for Youth 14-18 Years Old

No Call in August 2009

July 16, 2009

Making Services and Supports Work For Youth and Young Adults With Mental Health Needs Who are Transitioning to Independence: A Pioneering Community Program

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Increasing concern and attention is being drawn to the specific service and support needs of youth and young adults with mental health needs. A pioneering community transition program will present on how it has met this challenge. A Program Director and a young adult with mental health needs will demonstrate the elements of a community, cross agency system of transition services essential for engaging consumers and achieving positive outcomes. Lessons learned from program implementation will be shared along with ideas on how state policymakers can assist community program implementation.

Facilitator
Gary Macbeth, M.S.W.
Senior Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
Gwendolyn White
Director
System of Care Inititative in Allegheny County
Department of Human Services
Pittsburgh, PA

Dan Delucey
Youth Engagement Specialist
System of Care Initiative in Allegheny County
Department of Human Services
Pittsburgh, PA

Presentations & Resources
1. Partnerships for Transition (Powerpoint Slideshow)

June 18, 2009

Supporting Young Children through Mental Health Consultation

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Early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) is emerging as an effective strategy for supporting young children's social/emotional development and addressing challenging behaviors in early care and education settings. As such, states and communities have begun investing considerable amounts of public and private funds to develop and implement ECMHC programs across the country. To guide these efforts and provide data-driven information about effective strategies for delivering mental health consultation, Georgetown embarked on a national study of six high quality consultation programs that have generated positive outcomes. This call will highlight findings from this study and offer listeners an opportunity to hear from several study sites about their consultation models and lessons learned.

Facilitators
Roxane Kaufmann
Director
Early Childhood Policy
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Frances B. Duran
Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
German Walteros
Associate Director
Instituto Familiar de la Raza
San Francisco, CA

Cassandra Coe
Early Intervention and School-Based Program Coordinator
Instituto Familiar de la Raza
San Francisco, CA

Mary Mackrain
State Program and Training Director
Child Care Expulsion Prevention Initiative
Birmingham, MI

Sherida Falvay,
Director
Michigan Department of Community Health
Division of Mental Health Services to Children and Families
Lansing, MI

Presentations & Resources
1. Supporting Young Children Through Mental Health Consultation (Powerpoint)
2. Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (Powerpoint)
3. Child Care Expulsion Prevention (PDF)

May 21, 2009

A Public Health Approach to Children's Mental Health: A Comprehensive Framework for Health - Call 3 (Community Perspective)

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The third call will focus on the community perspective. The public health approach must be adapted to fit the different settings and contexts within the United States. Interventions that are effective in one community may not be as successful in another. The process must be adapted to fit the needs of each particular population or community. Presenters from various communities will share their data gathering approach, intervening efforts and strategies to ensure that intervening occurs with quality, access and sustainability.

Facilitators
Rachele C. Espiritu, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Elizabeth Waetzig, J.D.
Senior Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
Tricia Bridgewater, Ph.D.
Counseling Psychologist
Nevada R-V School District
Nevada, MO

Carol Massie, R.N.
School Nurse
Southern Reynolds County R-II School District
Ellington, MO

Debbie Mintz, M.S.W.
Students FIRST Project Director
Howard Center
Burlington, VT

Denise Nelson, B.S.N., R.N.
Health Services Coordinator
Nevada R-V School District
Nevada, MO

Presentations & Resources
1. Georgetown Overview Slide (Powerpoint Slideshow)
2. Connecting Schools, Public Health, and Mental Health (Powerpoint)
3A. Students First Project (Powerpoint);
3B. Supplementary Docs: Pyramid, Pyramid Elements, Core Competencies (PDF)

April 16, 2009

A Public Health Approach to Children's Mental Health: A Comprehensive Framework for Health - Call 2

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This call is a joint activity of the Georgetown National TA Center and the Children, Youth & Families Division of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Workgroup on a Public Health Approach to Children's Mental Health. The second call will present a public health approach from the state perspective. Collaboration across systems and sectors, from the child mental health care system to the public health system to all other settings and structures that impact children's well-being, is critical when adopting a public health approach to mental health. This call will highlight the collaboration and coordinator efforts of three states as they have attempted to pull together the variety of systems' efforts.

Facilitator
Rachele C. Espiritu, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
Patsy Carter, Ph.D.
Clinical Director
Children, Youth and Families
Missouri Department of Mental Health
Co-Chair of NASMHPD Workgroup: Public Health Approach to Mental Health
Jefferson City, MO

Marjorie Cole, M.S.N.
State School Nurse Consultant
School Health Services Program Manager
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Jefferson City, MO

Joyce Sebian, MS Ed.
Senior Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presentations & Resources
1. A Comprehensive Framework for Health (Powerpoint)

March 19, 2009

A Public Health Approach to Children's Mental Health: A Comprehensive Framework for Health - Call 1

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To advance the movement towards a public health approach to mental health, SAMHSA supported a team of Georgetown faculty to develop a monograph that presents a framework for a public health approach to children's mental health grounded in values, principles and beliefs. The mission of the monograph is to inform and energize a national, state and community-based movement to apply a public health approach to strengthen the mental health and well-being of children and youth. As such, the National TA Center is hosting three consecutive calls that will highlight national, state and community perspectives on this approach. The first call will provide an overview of the framework and will include the perspective of national leaders from multiple disciplines. Speakers will provide reactions to the monograph and share ideas on how to advance the movement from the perspective of their organizations. Speakers will include leaders from mental health, public health, advocacy organizations and family advocacy organizations.

Facilitators
Joyce Sebian, M.S. Ed.
Senior Policy Associate
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health;
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Neal Horen, Ph.D.
Co-Director Training and Technical Assistance (GUCCHD) /Clinical Psychologist National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
Gary Blau, Ph.D.
Chief, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Department of Health and Human Services
Washington, DC

Sandra Spencer
Executive Director
National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
Rockville, MD

Janice Cooper, Ph.D.
Director
Child Health and Mental Health
The National Center for Children in Poverty, Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University

Yumiko Aratani, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate / Associate Research Scientist
The National Center for Children in Poverty, Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University

Presentations & Resources
1. Building a Movement: National Perspectives (Powerpoint)

February 19, 2009

Implications of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Legislation for Children and Youth with Mental Health and/or Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders and Their Families

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After 12 years of dedicated advocacy, the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 was signed into law by President Bush on October 3, 2008 as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act. This milestone legislation will end health insurance benefits inequity between mental health/substance use disorders and medical/surgical benefits for group health plans with more than 50 employees. When enacted, 113 million people across the country will have the right to nondiscriminatory mental health coverage. What are the implications for children with mental health and/or co-occurring substance use disorders and their families? What are the limitations of the legislation? Mental health advocates will provide an overview and address these issues on this conference call. The timing of the call will allow participants to provide feedback and suggested changes to the proposed rule.

Facilitator
Sybil K. Goldman, M.S.W.
Senior Advisor
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenters
Andrew Sperling, J.D.
Director of Legislative Advocacy
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Arlington, VA

Pamela Greenberg, M.P.P.
President and CEO
Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness
Washington, DC

Michael Houston, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
George Washington University Medical School
Chair of the Committee on Health Care Access and Economics of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
Washington, DC

Presentations

1. The Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act (Powerpoint)
2. Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act (Powerpoint)
3. Implementation of Mental Health Parity: Possibilities and Pitfalls (Powerpoint)

January 15, 2009

Unclaimed Children Revisited: The Status of Children's Mental Health Policy in the United States

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In November 2008, the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) released a report, Unclaimed Children Revisited: The Status of Children's Mental Health Policy in the United States. It is based on a study that documents how current child mental health policies across the 50 states and territories of the United States respond to the needs of children and youth with mental health problems, those at-risk and their families. The purpose of the study was to identify best policy practices that support family- and youth-focused, research-informed, developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports. The report updates Jane Knitzer's landmark study Unclaimed Children: The Failure of Public Responsibility to Children in Need of Mental Health Services. In this latest study, Cooper, Knitzer and their colleagues at NCCP offer potential policy solutions, based on the study findings, for advancing the next generation of reforms in children's mental health. Janice L. Cooper, PhD, will present on the report and lead a discussion on the implications of the study's findings and proposed recommendations for the children's mental health field.

Facilitator
Jim Wotring, M.S.W.
Director
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health
Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development
Washington, DC

Presenter
Janice Cooper, Ph.D.
Director
Child Health and Mental Health
The National Center for Children in Poverty, Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University
Powerpoint: The Status of Children's Mental Health Policy: Moving Forward

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