HHS Region 3 States

Region 3 Headlines

Publication Date: Jul 26, 2019


October 14, 2019
Governor Carney's Executive Order 24 Directed State Agencies to Focus on Impact of trauma
Delaware will receive almost $7.5 million in federal assistance over five years to increase support for children exposed to trauma and toxic stress. The funding, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Trauma Recovery Demonstration Project Grant Program, aims to strengthen collaborations between families, schools, and mental health providers.

October 14, 2019
More Schools Teaching Mindfulness
Delaware schools are incorporating mindfulness, or practices that focus on the present
moment and being aware of your thoughts, to support social and emotional learning in the classroom. These strategies help students lessen the stressors that students encounter in everyday life.

September 8, 2019
Smyrna School District Launches Program to Help Students Cope with Trauma
“Take Care Delaware” will provide Smyrna School District students with wrap around services in school once district officials are notified of a potential trauma-inducing event outside of school involving law enforcement.

July 26, 2019
Gov. Carney Signs Bill Creating Trauma Support Program for Students
The Take Care Delaware program calls for a police or other first responders to inform school officials when a student experiences a traumatic event.

July 14, 2019
State Opening Second of Three Planned Free Walk-in Clinics for Mental Health
The Sussex County Bridge Clinic opened recently in Georgetown. The facility, staffed by Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health providers partnering with local psychiatrists, offers screening and referrals to treatment, training for administering naloxone, and telehealth services.



October 9, 2019
CDC Funds University of Maryland Initiative to Address LGBTQ Mental Health
The University of Maryland Prevention Resource Center will receive $3.75 million over five years to fund LGBTQ+ mental health disparities-specific research, service and training. The initiative’s priorities include implementing and evaluating a LGBTQ+ cultural competency training for mental health care providers who work with clients of diverse gender identities and sexual orientations.

September 5, 2019
With Behavior Referrals on Rise in Carroll Elementary Schools, Task Force Presents Findings, Recommendations
The Elementary Behavior Task Force shared their recommendations which included focusing on direct services through behavioral and mental health staffing.

September 4, 2019
Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line Offers Two-way Anonymity
In an effort to promote and enhance safer school communities, the Maryland Center for School Safety operates a tool for proactively addressing harmful situations and helping students who need it.

August 6, 2019
Council Bill Seeks to Boost City’s Response to Youth Trauma
A high school student and city councilman drafted the Trauma-Responsive Care Act, a bill crafted to deliver services for Baltimore students suffering from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and other disorders.

August 5, 2019
Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford Introduces First-Ever Handle With Care Maryland Summit
A new collaborative between law enforcement, schools, and mental health providers will help Maryland youth cope with experiencing traumatic events.

July 11, 2019
Maryland Is Experiencing One of its Worst Nurse Shortages in State History According to Reports 
The nursing shortage nationwide is attributed to an aging population, an aging workforce, and a limited supply of new nurses. In addition to these factors, Maryland's shortage is driven by competition for skilled nursing talent with neighboring states that provide higher salaries.

July 10, 2019

Anne Arundel School Board Reviews Mental Health Task Force 
A task force formed between the Anne Arundel County school system and government will address student’s mental health needs. Members will release a final report in May 2020 that will include recommendations for improving service delivery to children and their families.

June 21, 2019

Harford Continues to Encourage Parents to Talk to Their Children About Addiction, Mental Health 
The Harford County Department of Community Services has launched “Harford Talks,” a campaign designed to foster communication between parents and their children about mental illness.



October 20, 2019
Otten, Policy Committee Examine Youth Mental Health
Lawmakers from across Pennsylvania met to discuss improving mental health supports, building capacity, and increasing access to mental health services. Among the House Policy Committee’s top priorities is ensuring the well-being of children residing in the state.

October 15, 2019
Pennsylvania Awarded Grant to Support Access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Pennsylvania has received a $1.3 million grant to expand National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  state-based call centers. The Department of Human Services will partner with three lifeline network centers to form three regional call centers to ensure at least 70 percent of calls are answered in Pennsylvania.

October 9, 2019
Pennsylvania Residents Spent Over One Million Days in the Hospital for Treatment of Mental Disorders in 2018
According to a new research study by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, more than 100,000 people were taken to hospitals for mental disorder treatment in 2018. Patients aged 18-44 were most likely admitted for depression followed by schizophrenia.

August 29, 2019
New Funding from JHF Offers Much-needed Mental Health Support for Teens
The Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Jewish Healthcare Foundation announced three grants supporting teen mental health initiatives in Squirrel Hill and South Hills, and reinvigorating Pennsylvania’s WIC program.

August 26, 2019
Mental Health Focus of Listening Tour
The Pennsylvania Suicide Prevention Task Force recently announced a series of public listening sessions scheduled over a three-month period and occurring throughout the state. Individuals and families affected by suicide through either their own experience or a loved one are invited to share their experience to help inform the task force’s work and reduce stigma around discussing topics like mental health and suicide.

August 5, 2019
Report: Anonymous Tips from Pennsylvania Students Overwhelmingly Concern Mental Health Issues
The Safe2Say report revealed that most of the tips were about bullying and cyber-bullying, followed by self-harm, suicide, depression and anxiety.

July 12, 2019
Wolf Announces $3.68M Youth Suicide Prevention Federal Grant 
Pennsylvania has received a federal grant to support youth suicide prevention efforts in K-12 schools, colleges, and health care settings throughout the state. The $3.68 million grant from SAMHSA is for a five-year project that will help increase capacity and grow the work of existing suicide prevention efforts.

July 5, 2019

Rep. Sappey's Trauma-Informed Education Signed Into Law 
A bill designed to implement trauma-informed education in Pennsylvania schools was signed by Governor Tom Wolf. This legislation will better equip teachers and other school employees identify trauma signs in students, and integrate that knowledge into schoolwide policies, procedures and practices.

June 26, 2019

Pennsylvania Congresswoman Reveals Her Partner’s Death by Suicide to Spur Mental Health Awareness 
Congresswoman Susan Wild’s impassioned speech underscores that mental health issues have no boundaries.



October 16, 2019

Staunton and Waynesboro Schools Get Grant to Improve Mental Health Services
Students in Staunton City Schools and Waynesboro Public Schools stand to benefit from a five-year federal grant received from the Virginia Department of Education. The $2.5 million grant will enable six high schools across Virginia to expand mental health support.

October 10, 2019
Councilman, Sheriff Hosts Community Discussion on Mental Health
Virginia Beach Councilman Michael Berlucchi and Sheriff Ken Stolle are proactively working to address delivery of and access to mental health care services. According to Berlucchi the diagnosis for anxiety and depression is higher in Virginia Beach than in any other city in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area.

September 12, 2019
Petition to Promote Mental Health Awareness and Education Circulates on Grounds
The University of Virginia chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Campus launched a petition calling for improved mental health resources for students.

September 5, 2019
Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center to Host Mental Health, Suicide Awareness Event
A Woodbridge, Virginia hospital is hosting a mental health and suicide prevention resource fair on September 20. This event, which will include discussions about challenges, obstacles, and services available for those dealing with mental health issues, is free and open to the public.

July 15, 2019
Arlington County Aims to Launch Mental Health Court 
The Arlington County Department of Human Services will hold a meeting on July 17 to explore mental health courts as an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders with a mental illness.



June 17, 2019
This Program Uses Black Barbershops As Ground Zero To Quash Stigma Behind Mental Healthcare 
A local pilot program educates barbers about the benefits of acknowledging mental health issues and talking to a professional about them.



October 19, 2019

Rebuilding the Village: A West Virginia School System Strives to Lift Up its Children by Tackling Poverty
A mixed-unit complex under construction in McDowell County is being funded by the teachers union, tax credits and a capital campaign. The project is an ambitious effort to boost academic achievement by improving life for West Virginia schoolchildren coping with trauma associated with household poverty. 

October 6, 2019
WV ACES Coalition Launches Availability for New Program
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Coalition of West Virginia is offering Connections Matter, a new training on how stress impacts the brain and why relationships improve individual and community well-being. The program will help counselors, teachers, and others who engage with children daily to support their efforts.

September 9, 2019
WVU Researcher Finds Link Between Deprivation and Rural Suicide Rates
According to a study published in JAMA Network Open, socioeconomic deprivation disproportionately raised suicide rates in rural counties. The findings are based on an analysis of county-level suicide trends in the United States from 1999 through 2016 for individuals between the ages of 25 and 64. The researchers also found that higher social capital correlated with lower suicide rates.

August 26, 2019
W.Va. Program Battles Substance Abuse by Engaging Families
West Virginia’s students are suffering from the fallout of the opioid epidemic that is engulfing the state’s adults. The trauma these children experience at home affects their ability to learn and their entire lives. ReClaim WV is a program designed to advance the wellness and resilience of West Virginia’s students.

August 7, 2019
Suicide Prevention Training Offered to Community Members
A free interactive training helped address the mental and behavioral health needs of West Virginians. SafeTALK is a half-day training program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention.