Friday, March 23, 2012

Conference: Government & Business Continuity Thought Leadership

 Washington DC’s Preeminent Government & Business Continuity Thought Leadership Event is Back!

The North East Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (NEDRIX) and the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) is hosting a 1 day conference on May 1, 2012 in Washington, DC. This event will bring together senior managers and practitioners from the government and private sector to share best practices, develop relationships and foster public/private sector information exchange.

Building on a fantastic inaugural event, this year will again focus on resiliency efforts in both the public and private sectors and quality information sharing.

“Resiliency Integration of complementary disciplines and approaches.” Over the past decade both the government and private sector have independently and collectively focused on developing and implementing various programs to ensure their organization is resilient to any threat or hazard. These complimentary programs include Continuity, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP), Emergency Management and Cyber Security. This event brings together experts from both the government and private sector to discuss how these programs are working to integrate and streamline while sharing their best practices, insights and case studies. In addition, there will be a collaborative table-top exercise that will foster communication and information sharing amongst all attendees.

This event will be held at George Mason in Fairfax, Virginia. Limited seating is available so registration is a requirement.

Click here to review the agenda.

To Register

The BCI and NEDRIX organizations would like to give every participant a little more, so registration for the 2012 event is being handled on a “tiered basis.”
To register, you must complete the short form below. Upon submission, you will be directed to a payment page where you may choose your payment level and complete the process. Once payment has been completed, you will receive a follow up email with all pertinent event information.
  1. Standard Registration - $25 – Entrance into full day event

  2. Premium Registration - $99 – Cost includes entrance to full day event + a free hard copy special edition of the Business Continuity Institute’s Good Practice Guidelines ($89 value)

  3. Platinum Registration - $125 - Cost includes entrance to full day event + a free 1 year subscription to the Business Continuity and Resiliency Journal – The award winning peer-reviewed professional journal. ($149 value) 

Grant Opportunity: Offender Reentry Program. Deadline: May 1, 2012

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 

FY 2012 Grant Request for Applications (RFA) 

Offender Reentry Program
Short Title: ORP

Request for Applications (RFA) No. TI-12-003
Posting on March 19, 2012
Original Receipt date: May 1, 2012

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No. : 93.243

Key Dates

Application DeadlineApplications are due by May 1, 2012.
Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372)Applicants must comply with E.O. 12372 if their State(s) participates. Review process recommendations from the State Single Point of Contact (SPOC) are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.
Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) / Single State Agency CoordinationApplicants must send the PHSIS to appropriate State and local health agencies by application deadline. Comments from Single State Agency are due no later than 60 days after application deadline.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2012 for the Offender Reentry Program grants. The purpose of this program is to expand and/or enhance substance abuse treatment and related recovery and reentry services to sentenced adult offenders returning to the community from incarceration for criminal offenses. Applicants are expected to form stakeholder partnerships that will plan, develop and provide a transition from incarceration to community-based substance abuse treatment and related reentry services. Because reentry transition must begin in the correctional facility before release, limited funding may be used for certain activities in institutional correctional settings in addition to the expected community-based services.
The Offender Reentry Program (hereafter referred to as ORP), provides an opportunity for stakeholders to work together to give adult offenders/ex-offenders with substance use and/or co-occurring mental disorders the opportunity to improve their lives, including recovery from substance use and mental disorders and developing the capacity and skills to become fully-functioning parents, employees and citizens. SAMHSA's interest is to actively support and shape offender reentry treatment partnerships so that clinical needs are met and clients are treated using evidence-based practices consistent with the disease model and the problem-solving model, rather than with the traditional criminal justice model. A long-term goal of this program is to build sustainable systems of care for adults needing substance abuse treatment and recovery support services as they return to the community from incarceration. In alignment with the goals of SAMHSA's Strategic Initiative: "Trauma and Justice", this program will help "reduce the pervasive, harmful, and costly health impact of violence and trauma by integrating trauma-informed approaches throughout health, behavioral health, and related systems and addressing the behavioral health needs of people involved in or at risk of involvement in the criminal and juvenile justice systems". By providing needed treatment and recovery services, this program is intended to reduce the health and social costs of substance abuse and dependence to the public, and increase the safety of America's citizens by reducing substance abuse related crime and violence. (See Appendix J for additional background information.)
ORP is one of SAMHSA's services grant programs. SAMHSA intends that its services grants result in the delivery of services as soon as possible after award. Service delivery should begin by the 4th month of the project at the latest.
Offender Reentry Program grants are authorized under Section 509 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. This announcement addresses Healthy People 2020 Substance Abuse Topic Area HP 2020-SA.

What is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) is a key strategy of the
Caring for Every Child's Mental Health Campaign, which is part of the Public Awareness
 and Support Strategic Initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The effort
seeks to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and
that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth.

In 2011, the national theme focused on building resilience in young children dealing with
trauma. More than 100 national organizations and 1,100 communities across the country
held their own Awareness Day events, focusing either on the national theme or
adapting the theme to the populations they serve.

This year, National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day is Wednesday, May 9.
SAMHSA hopes to increase community involvement in 2012 by engaging local groups
in a national conversation about the importance of children's social and emotional
well-being. Local groups are also encouraged to offer individuals attending Awareness
Day events an opportunity to become a "hero of hope" by making a pledge to
take action to help a child or youth.

The national event that will be held in Washington, DC, on May 9 will carry the
message that, with the help of caring adults and informed child-serving systems,
young people can demonstrate resilience following traumatic experiences. The
national focus will look at the needs of children and youth ages birth to 18 in
systems including juvenile justice, child welfare, and education who have
experienced trauma. In addition, SAMHSA and the Awareness Day collaborating
organizations will continue to examine strategies to assist military families in
enhancing their resilience.

With the theme of "Heroes of Hope", the national event in Washington, DC, will
feature young people from across the U.S. who have demonstrated resilience
from trauma. Each youth will be asked to identify heroes, both personal and
high-profile, who have supported them through their experiences. The event
will feature performances in tribute to these heroes, and an award will be
presented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to a celebrity
Hero of Hope. A live webcast of the event will be posted on SAMHSA's
Web site via the Awareness Day page and will be archived for 6 months.

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