Grant Alerts

Substance Abuse and Mental Health (Deadline: April 16, 2018 )

The purpose of this program is to better respond to the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families by providing information, referrals, and support; and to create a mechanism for families to participate in state and local mental health services planning and policy development. SAMHSA expects that this program will be a catalyst for transforming mental health and related systems in the state by strengthening coalitions among family organizations and between family members, policy makers, and service providers.

Administration for Children and Families – Strengthening Child Welfare Systems to Achieve Expected Child and Family Outcomes (Deadline: April 30, 2018)

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to award up to five 5-year cooperative agreements for the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies that focus on improving basic social work practice, policy, and procedures in order to improve outcomes and eliminate systemic barriers to: preventing entry into foster care; adoption; and other forms of permanency.

Administration for Children and Families – Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families (Deadline: September 28, 2018)

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to fund demonstration projects that support the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies that embrace proactive efforts to build on the strengths of families, including those at high risk for child maltreatment, and enhance the capacity of communities to address the well-being needs of families before more formal intervention is warranted.

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By Linda B. Sheriff, Deputy Director and Olga Acosta Price, Director at the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools

At our weekly staff meeting on Wednesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day – we spent considerable time brainstorming ideas for our next blog. Preparing for our presentation at the National Conference for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools that upcoming weekend and putting finishing touches on an article about child trauma to be published in March, led us to settle on a focus of trauma-informed school approaches. We asked ourselves if the subject would be fully appreciated without a recent event to underscore the significance of the topic and decided that schools interact with youth who have experienced trauma on a daily basis, so it was important to have a general discussion on the impact stressors have on students and ways schools can effectively respond.

Little did we know that at about the same time a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was shooting former classmates and teachers. Our hearts were heavy when we learned of the incident. How could this happen again?Read More

New Resources

  • The National Association of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Resource Officers have created the Best Practice Considerations for Schools in Active Shooter and Other Armed Assailant Drills resource which explains the important factors schools must take into account when considering and practicing armed assailant drills.
  • Talk. They hear you.” toolkit is a toolkit developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The toolkit includes resources and materials to easily promote the underage drinking prevention campaign’s message through user-friendly samples and easy-to-follow guidelines, television, radio, and print public service announcements.
  • CDC’s School Health Index (SHI) assessment tool helps school-based obesity prevention and health promotion efforts.

Job Opportunities

MedStar Georgetown – Child Life Education Specialist (Washington, DC)

The incumbent in this position will develop and implement educational programming and provide academic instruction for school-age patients while taking into consideration their medical, developmental, and academic needs. These functions are performed in accordance all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s philosophy, policies, procedures and standards.

Cumberland Valley Children’s Advocacy Center – Child Therapist (London, KY)

Therapist will provide appropriate specialized trauma-focused mental health and crisis intervention services for child victims of abuse and their non-offending family members. As part of the multi-disciplinary team, the therapist/counselor works in partnership with CAC staff, law enforcement, Child Protective Services investigators, the County/Commonwealth Attorney’s office, medical personnel and other key partners to mobilize and strengthen the collaborative approach to the prevention, intervention, investigation, treatment and prosecution of child abuse.

Vertus Charter High School – High School Guidance Counselor (Rochester, NY)

Vertus is seeking a certified high school guidance counselor to join the Vertus team in preparing young men for college and careers. Along with traditional responsibilities, the counselor is responsible for establishing and initiating a college and career program with the ultimate goal of having gainful employment or matriculating to a college where they will be successful and graduate.

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