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Through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently awarded $232.2 million in grants for behavioral health care and suicide prevention for at-risk communities. More than $200 million of this new funding will increase local capacity for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline and […]
Published: 10/03/2023
Depression is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how someone feels, thinks, and handles daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. For more information on depression, visit the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)'s health topic page or view their available brochures. You can also take an online depression screening test through MHA. MHA's […]
Published: 10/03/2023
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Education released the first federal definition of bullying. The definition includes three core elements: unwanted aggressive behavior observed or perceived power imbalance repetition or high likelihood of repetition of bullying behaviors   Below, we offer resources and upcoming events that […]
Published: 10/02/2023
On this day, we commemorate Indigenous Peoples' Day and offer resources developed by our Network that address the culture, resilience, and the history of Indigenous people and their communities.  At the Intersections of Psychosis and Marginalization Healing Our Protectors Historical Trauma and Healing Impact of Western World View on Indigenous Behavioral Health Join the Conversation: […]
Published: 10/02/2023
Observed each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices that benefit employers and employees. The theme for NDEAM 2023 is “Advancing Access and Equity.”   Despite significant job gains over the past two years, many workers are […]
Published: 10/02/2023
Giving Voice to Marginalized Families/Natural Supporters and Underrepresented Paths to Healing and Wellness   All distress happens in relationship with others, but so too does healing. We all need supportive allies in our lives in times of stress and mental distress. A new series of webinars is designed to explore and give voice to the […]
Published: 10/02/2023
  We have had a BUSY start to the fall season. Our team traveled to conferences across the country, led virtual learning communities, and hosted new webinars to excited attendees ready to learn and engage.   Needless to say — September was fantastic, and we can't wait to see what October brings!   Click here […]
Published: 10/02/2023
  It's been a busy September here at the Mid-America MHTTC! Our team has traveled to, or virtually presented at, conferences across the country this month. You might have seen us at:  Annual Conference for Behavioral Health | Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas - Topeka, KS 2023 Missouri Behavioral Health Conference | Missouri […]
Published: 10/02/2023
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has published their most recent version of “Maintaining Fidelity to ACT: Current Issues and Innovations in Implementation,” a practical guide in the field of mental health treatment. Dr. Maria Monroe-DeVita played a significant role in this publication as a Subject Expert. The guide examines the principles […]
Published: 09/28/2023
This October, the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC are honoring Domestic Violence Awareness Month by sharing culturally responsive and trauma-informed training and resources that support individuals and families experiencing domestic violence (DV), intimate partner violence (IPV), and substance use disorder (SUD). Research shows there is an association between DV/IPV and SUD, and these co-occurring […]
Published: 09/27/2023
  The Mid-America MHTTC staff and members of the Munroe-Meyer Psychology Department recently received a two-day implicit bias training from Dr. Vicki Sapp.   Dr. Sapp is Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Affirmative Action, ADA Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator at SUNY Fredonia, and has a vast amount of experience in psychology, diversity, equity, […]
Published: 09/26/2023
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month   From September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration that honors the cultural contributions and identities of Hispanic and Latine people in the United States. This month, we shed light on the multitude of mental health experiences within Hispanic and Latino communities, including those who identify as Afro-Latino, Black, Indigenous, and […]
Published: 09/25/2023
As part of SAMHSA’s 2023 National Recovery Month efforts, SAMHSA’s Office of Recovery has released the Recovery from Substance Use and Mental Health Problems Among Adults in the United States Report. Based on data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey sponsored by SAMHSA, key findings from the report include: […]
Published: 09/20/2023
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Published: 09/19/2023
Because individuals with vision loss can experience a higher prevalence of depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues as compared to their sighted peers, Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading nonprofit eye health and safety organization, has engaged experts from around the country to raise awareness, provide education and offer newly developed resources for patients, care […]
Published: 09/18/2023
September 19 Competencies for Peer Support Workers in Crisis Services: Listening Session A 90-minute listening session with peers who currently provide support in crisis settings to review our draft self-assessment tool. This self-assessment tool was designed based on the Core Competencies and is intended for peers new or familiar with crisis work to reflect upon […]
Published: 09/18/2023
In honor of National Recovery Month, our colleagues from the Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network (Region 1) would like to highlight the important role of recovery friendly workplaces. Join them for this upcoming event. The four major dimensions of recovery remain: Home, Community, Health and Purpose which have been critical pillars on the road to recovery. The Recovery Friendly Workplace Initiative […]
Published: 09/14/2023
SAMHSA has issued a new practical guide on Maintaining Fidelity to ACT: Current Issues and Innovations in Implementation. To support continued efficacy of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), it is critical to reaffirm its fundamentals and promote awareness of new developments relevant to implementation of the model. Serving as a follow-up and companion product to SAMHSA’s […]
Published: 09/13/2023
  In collaboration with the Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska (BHECN) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center's design thinking program, the Mid-America MHTTC proudly co-hosted a two day summit focused on addressing issues in behavioral health workforce development.    Over the course of the two days, participants split into groups and dove into […]
Published: 09/13/2023
The Desk Guide: Engaging and Effective Teletherapy with Youth & Students is now available! Visit the product page to download this helpful new resource!     This product was created by our valued partners at WAFCA.     
Published: 09/12/2023
September is Suicide Prevention Month. Suicide can happen to anyone at any time, but it is not inevitable. Offering supports to those in crisis can help prevent suicide. Here are some recent resources: Enhancing Awareness of Positive Emotions to Reduce Risk for Suicidal Behavior in Youth Competencies for Peer Workers on Crisis Triage Teams Competencies […]
Published: 09/11/2023
  The Mid-America MHTTC's series, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Other Considerations, is now available as an enduring continuing education material. This opportunity will expire on Sept. 4, 2024.    This series is for case managers, counselors, peer specialists, behavioral specialists, therapists, and nurses that may work with pregnant people. It was […]
Published: 09/07/2023
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries […]
Published: 09/07/2023
By: Laura Saunders, MSSW Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based, cost-saving substance use prevention service, as well as an important public health intervention method. Approximately 26% of adults in the U.S. report heavy substance use in the past year, and the unhealthy use of alcohol is the fourth-leading preventable cause of death in […]
Published: 09/06/2023
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