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The American Psychiatric Association's Health Minds Monthly Poll found that 86% of pet owners say their pets have a mostly positive impact on their mental health.   Click here to read the full article.
Published: 08/11/2023
CDC released the latest provisional estimates for suicide deaths in the United States in 2022. After declining in 2019 and 2020, suicide deaths increased approximately 5% in the United States in 2021. The provisional estimates released indicate that suicide deaths further increased in 2022, rising from 48,183 deaths in 2021 to an estimated 49,449 deaths in […]
Published: 08/11/2023
  Mid-America MHTTC Integrated Primary Care Program Director Dr. Holly Roberts spent the first few days of August at APA 2023.   Hosted by the American Psychological Association, APA 2023 brought together thousands of psychology professionals in Washington DC to network and learn from their fellow psychologists.    Dr. Roberts presented in the symposium, "Application […]
Published: 08/08/2023
  Serving educators and school professionals is one of our passions here at the Mid-America MHTTC. So, with the new school year just around the corner in our region — we thought now would be the perfect time to assemble a list of free resources for this community!    MID-AMERICA MHTTC EVENTS (Upcoming webinars): Supporting […]
Published: 08/07/2023
Check out these resources from the Southeast MHTTC School Mental Health Initiative to help make 'Back to School' a time to thrive for teachers and all students.   1. Comprehensive report including creative strategies for recruiting and retaining School Mental Health Providers       Recruitment and retention of School Mental Health Providers are essential to strong, healthy […]
Published: 08/07/2023
Changing the Conversation: Belonging in the Workplace Ronitia Hodges and Ashley Stewart discuss the importance and benefits of fostering an authentic and inclusive environment in the workplace. This podcast episode is sponsored by the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC). Listen Here!     August 22 Reclaiming Native Psychological Brilliance: Wise Practices- […]
Published: 08/07/2023
Coordinated Specialty Care for First Episode Psychosis: Costs and Financing Strategies Coordinated Specialty Care (CSC) is a multi-component, evidence-based, early intervention service for individuals experiencing a first episode of psychosis (FEP) that can improve their quality of life and social and clinical outcomes. This newly released SAMHSA report includes data on the cost of CSC […]
Published: 08/04/2023
  Hello, August!   With two webinars, one summit, and quite a few learning communities and technical assistance consultations, we're busy preparing for all the engaging learning opportunities we're partaking in this month.   Click here to read the full August newsletter.      
Published: 08/01/2023
The Mid-America MHTTC's area of focus, Integrated Primary Care, has a brand new product — Pediatric Integrated Primary Care: An Implementation and Training Manual for Professionals. This thorough manual walks professionals through all the ins and outs of integrating a behavioral health provider into a primary care practice. By creating a medical "home" for patients, their […]
Published: 08/01/2023
Recently released SAMHSA Advisory: Digital Therapeutics for Management and Treatment in Behavioral Health. Over the last few years, we've seen rapid changes in digital health, including the widespread use of electronic medical records, mobile applications, wearable devices, and the expansion of telehealth.  Digital Therapeutics (DTx), or health software intended to treat a disorder or condition […]
Published: 08/01/2023
July 31 Enhancing Awareness of Positive Emotions to Reduce Risk for Suicidal Behavior in Youth The objectives of this event are to: Describe how both positive and negative attentional biases may contribute to suicide risk Describe the Broaden and Build theory of positive emotions Describe specific strategies to increase one's attention to positive emotions and […]
Published: 07/31/2023
On July 25, 2023, President Biden announced new actions that would improve and strengthen mental health parity requirements and ensure that more than 150 million Americans with private health insurance can better access mental health benefits under their insurance plan. The proposed rule reinforces MHPAEA’s fundamental goal of ensuring that families have the same access […]
Published: 07/27/2023
Drs. Collins and Clifasefi, of the University of Washington's Harm Reduction Research and Treatment (HaRRT) Center, have released a book that goes over the history of harm reduction, empirical evidence for harm reduction treatment (HaRT), and provides practitioners with the tools to integrate harm reduction in daily practice. Input from community members is included and we would […]
Published: 07/27/2023
Mental health digital therapeutics (DTx) involve the use of software programs to deliver evidence-based and validated interventions to treat mental and behavioral health disorders, such as chronic insomnia, panic, and substance use disorders. They are not direct-to-consumer apps. They require a prescription (or “order”) by a licensed practitioner and can be used independently or as […]
Published: 07/24/2023
When first responders (law enforcement, fire, and EMS) encounter people who use drugs (PWUD), they have an opportunity to connect individuals to a variety of different substance use services depending on their needs. This resource document provides practical, evidence-based information for first responder agencies and their partners on implementing programs that can facilitate access to […]
Published: 07/24/2023
This guide is designed for outreach workers, crisis counselors, or other workers or volunteers providing support to rural populations after a disaster. It provides staff with knowledge and strategies to best support diverse rural communities. The guide also considers risk factors, strengths, and common disaster reactions unique to rural communities to support best practices for […]
Published: 07/24/2023
The Northeast & Caribbean Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) is currently conducting a research study to increase our collective understanding of the experience, knowledge, attitudes, and perceived needs of mental health providers in delivering services and supports to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. With the information gained from this survey, we hope […]
Published: 07/24/2023
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month "Once my loved one accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can't we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans. The message must […]
Published: 07/24/2023
"Once my loved one accepted the diagnosis, healing began for the entire family, but it took too long. It took years. Can't we, as a nation, begin to speed up that process? We need a national campaign to destigmatize mental illness, especially one targeted toward African Americans. The message must go on billboards and in […]
Published: 07/20/2023
  The Mid-America MHTTC's Tele-Behavioral Health Consultation (TBHC) Primary Care Webinar Series now features opportunities for enduring continuing education credits! Starting today, July 17, participants can complete four enduring materials for continuing education for free.   These enduring materials are intended for physicians, physicians assistants, nurses, and nurse practitioners. Participants will need to participate in a […]
Published: 07/17/2023
July 20 Identification and Management of Mental Health Symptoms and Conditions Associated with Long COVID  Please join the MHTTC Network, SAMHSA and Abt Associates for an upcoming learning opportunity highlighting SAMHSA's new Advisory, Identification and Management of Mental Health Symptoms and Conditions Associated with Long COVID.  This webinar will provide a high-level overview of Long COVID (as described in the Advisory), […]
Published: 07/17/2023
In its first year, the 988 three-digit dial code has grown and evolved to give hope to millions of people in need by connecting them with trained crisis counselors. The transition to 988 from a full ten-digit number was an immense step forward and offered an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen and transform crisis care in […]
Published: 07/14/2023
Maryland's public education system will undergo extensive changes under a major law approved in 2021 called The Blueprint for Maryland's Future. All of the state’s 24 school systems are required to submit a strategy for implementing the Blueprint's five distinct "pillars," or priorities. One of the requirements of this landmark legislation is providing annual training […]
Published: 07/14/2023
  Enduring continuing education credits are now available for the Mid-America MHTTC's series Moving Towards Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC).   Participants have the opportunity to take the three enduring models for credits through June 2024. Sessions include: CCBHC Model Overview, Evolution and What’s Ahead, CCBHCs: Why, Who, and How, and CCBHC: Understanding the National Landscape, the […]
Published: 07/14/2023
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