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June 3, 2021

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President's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Proposes Increase for SAMHSA

The President released his Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Proposal on May 28. SAMHSA's budget request is $9.7 billion, which is an increase of $3.7 billion from the FY 2021 Enacted Budget. This budget aligns with the Administration’s priorities to address mental and substance use disorders in children, adults, families, and communities. Through a sustained focus on implementing evidence-based practices, SAMHSA's budget aims to improve the lives of people across the United States and its territories.

Mental Health Treatment Works—New Public Service Announcement

Mental illness can't always be seen, and it's not something to sort through on your own. Like many health conditions, help for mental illness takes professional diagnosis and treatment. The sooner you seek treatment, the better. Learn how. This PSA is also available in Spanish.


National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants

Application Due Date: Monday, June 21, 2021

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics Expansion Grants (TTA-CCBHC). The purpose of this program is to provide training and technical assistance to active SAMHSA CCBHC Expansion (CCBHC-E) grants in the following domains:
  1. Implementation and adherence to the CCBHC model;
  2. Utilization and integration of evidence-based services in CCBHC-E grant programs; and
  3. Sustainability and alignment of practices with CCBHC and/or state certification criteria.

SAMHSA plans to issue one award of up to $3,000,000 per year for up to 5 years.

Training & Events

Training and events are available for practitioners through SAMHSA's Training and Technical Assistance Centers. Some of these are highlighted below. Visit SAMHSA’s Practitioner Training webpage for a more complete listing.

SAMHSA Headlines offers you a biweekly update of selected upcoming trainings and webinars. However, for a broader range of activities, visit this website, as well as the training sections of individual technical assistance center websites.

Selected events are highlighted below. Note that some of them require advance registration.

Note: If you are unable to access an event or webinar or have questions, please contact the source given at the individual event URL.

CREATE Hope: Carilion Research and Experience in Addiction Treatment and Education—Webinars

Fri, June 4, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET & Sat, June 5, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET

Learn from SAMHSA Chief Medical Officer Neeraj Gandotra, M.D., National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Director George Koob, Ph.D., Beth Macy, and other experts about opioid and stimulant abuse, food and obesity, tobacco use disorder, alcohol addiction, management of addiction and more.

Family Inclusion Webinar Series - Session 1: The Family Experience

Monday, June 7, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

This one-hour webinar will help mental health providers become more familiar with the perspectives and experiences of the family members of people with mental illnesses. We will also identify family types, supports needed, and strategies for utilizing the strengths of families.

National ACT Virtual Meetings to Address Impact of COVID-19—Webinar

Monday, June 7, 2021 3:00 p.m. ET

This month's national ACT Team meeting topic is "Using Behavioral Activation and Gradual Activity Scheduling During This Time of Transition." Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is a multidisciplinary, team-based model that provides intensive community-based and outreach-oriented services to people who experience the most severe and persistent mental illness. The vast majority also have a co-occurring substance use disorder and many experience comorbid medical illnesses as well as homelessness. This is a vulnerable population and their providers—ACT teams—are at elevated risk themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 and Telehealth: Ethical Considerations for Behavioral Health Providers and Support Workers—Webinar

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 11:00 a.m. ET

Telehealth shows promise in increasing access and reach to some of the most vulnerable populations (e.g., people experiencing homelessness, older homebound adults, people in rural areas). As a growing number of clients/service users seek telehealth, behavioral health providers and support workers must consider the related ethical issues. This webinar will discuss the latest scientific knowledge regarding:

  1. telehealth privacy, confidentiality, and security issues;
  2. behavioral health providers and support workers telehealth competence;
  3. communication specific to technology;
  4. research gaps; and
  5. emergency situations

Substance Use Disorders in the LATINX Population (Part 1)—Webinar

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 2:00 p.m. ET

This webinar aims to increase the knowledge of the participants in understanding the mechanisms determining the development of substance use disorder (SUD) and the influence of different components: genetic and environmental, socio-economic and political that influence the development of SUD. This webinar will provide a definition of SUD according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM 5). We will discuss the gross epidemiology of SUD in the main ethnic groups in the U.S., and according to gender and socio-economic status.

Part 2 of this webinar will take place on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 2:00 p.m.

Patient Assessment and Induction—Virtual Clinical Roundtable

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 3:00 p.m. ET

This discussion is designed to promote interactivity through an informal "round table" conversation. Attendees will be given the opportunity to speak directly with the presenter to ask questions and discuss issues.

Establishing a Virtual Private Practice—Webinar

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 4:30 p.m. ET

This session describes steps and strategies to establishing a virtual private practice. Participants will learn how to use social media and an online presence to create a robust and thriving practice, gain insight into billing procedures, and understand how to manage crisis protocols when establishing a virtual private practice. This presentation is particularly tailored to the distinct need for, and challenges of, establishing a virtual private practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Audience participation will be engaged through polling questions, group discussions, and/or use of the chat box.

Motivational Interviewing for COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy—Webinar

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

There are enough COVID-19 vaccines for everyone in the United States, but some people aren't quite sure yet if they are ready to get one. This webinar will teach you to use skills from an evidence-based approach called motivational interviewing to have more successful conversations about COVID-19 vaccines.

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder in the Black Community—Webinar

Thursday, June 10, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a major contributor to limited educational achievement, underemployment, and drug abuse. The recognition that it is a major problem for adults has improved the quality of life for many and improved access to treatment. This webinar will review impairments associated with ADD in adults, diagnosing and treating it in this population, distinguishing the condition from other behavioral disorders, and ways it differs between adults and children.

Addressing Our Bias when Working with the LGBTQ+ Community Part I: Identifying Our Bias and its Impact on Our Work—Webinar

Friday, June 11, 2021 10:00 a.m. ET

This webinar series is a basic level educational event for school mental health providers, teachers, school personnel, and school administrators. This webinar series will explore how bias impacts our worldview and the work with the LGBTQ population, identify health disparities among LGTBQ population, and explore interventions to create a safe space and minimize the impact of implicit bias.

Bipolar Disorder and Measurement-Based Care—Webinar

Friday, June 11, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

Measurement-based care (MBC) is a clinical strategy involving regular symptom measurement and assessment, and using those finding to inform clinical decision-making. MBC is effective and commonly used in treatment of individuals with major depression, though less is known about use of MBC in treatment of individuals with bipolar disorder. This webinar will review MBC principles, specific measures for potential use in bipolar disorder care, and strategies for MBC in bipolar disorder. 

Ask a Peer: COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A for Youth and Families—Webinar

Friday, June 11, 2021 2:00 p.m. ET

Young people who have experienced psychosis and their families may have unanswered questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. A panel of early psychosis peer specialists and local vaccine experts will share their experiences. Join us for a presentation and open conversation on the COVID-19 vaccine, equity, and mental health. Is there a topic you want to know more about? Questions can be submitted in advance.

El Hombre Noble – Sacred Manhood—Webinar

Friday, June 11, 2021 2:00 p.m. ET

This is part 1 of a three-part Virtual Learning Session titled: El Hombre Noble: How to Engage, Embrace and Heal Chicano, Latino Males. This webinar will create a greater awareness and understanding of the intercultural struggle for Chicano, Latino men on how to balance the competing expectations they receive in their development from their family, culture and society and improve understanding of essential elements to consider in working with Chicano, Latino Boys and Men.

Family Inclusion Webinar Series, Session 2: Strategies to Support Family Member Recovery—Webinar

Monday, June 14, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

Family members of people living with serious mental illnesses go through stages of recovery following the diagnosis of their relative. In this webinar, we will identify the recovery stages of family members and identify strategies for mental health providers to support the recovery of family members.

A Medical Dilemma – Pain, Addiction, or Both—Virtual Clinical Roundtable

Monday, June 14, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

This discussion is designed to promote interactivity through an informal "round table" conversation. Attendees will be given the opportunity to speak directly with the presenter to ask questions and discuss issues.

Preventing Underage Alcohol Use Part 3: Addressing Use Among College-Aged Youth—Webinar

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 1:00 p.m. ET

This webinar will support alcohol prevention efforts for youth ages 18 to 20. It will include a review of the data on college-aged youth alcohol use prevalence and patterns, and research on its risk and protective factors. The webinar will discuss how to improve needs assessment efforts focusing on this population, including strategies to improve primary data collection. It will also identify and highlight evidence-based prevention programs intended to serve this population.

Yoga for Stress-related Mental Health Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Part 2—Webinar

Thursday, June 17, 2021 11:00 a.m. ET

This webinar will include discussion of the evidence base for application of yoga in mental health disorders. It will focus on work done by National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, India, during the COVID-19 pandemic and a brief Q&A Session. It will also include practice of cyclic meditation technique for stress management.

Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Black Community—Webinar

Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:00 p.m. ET

Autism has gained increased awareness especially in people of color, but is still under-recognized. Effective treatment approaches have improved outcomes and quality of life for many but a multiplicity of factors reduce availability of care. This webinar will discuss common characteristics of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder. It will also review helping them with social interaction and communication challenges.

Stimulant Use: Current Trends, Impact on the Brain and Implications for Treatment—Webinar

Friday, June 18, 2021 1:00 p.m. ET

This presentation will describe the local and national scope of Stimulant Use Disorders including current trends in use among special populations (e.g., adolescents, women, criminal justice populations, racial/ethnic minorities, and LGBT individuals). The mental health and physical health consequences of Stimulant Use Disorders will be presented, including information on stimulant use and its impact on the brain and cognition. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on effective treatment interventions to people who use stimulants and the necessary adaptations needed to engage and retain special populations in care.

Connecting Prevention Specialists to Native Communities—Virtual Training

Friday, June 18, 2021 1:00 p.m. ET

These monthly trainings are for prevention specialists to support Native communities. They cover topics such as crisis response, creating safe spaces to heal, sexual assault awareness, youth engagement, food sovereignty, etc. We will be sharing resources, and encourage peer support among participants. These trainings take place monthly, every third Friday.


One size does not fit all: Appreciating the diversity of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and the Implications for Mental Health

This May we celebrate Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the diverse history and contributions from our Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities.


Tips for Survivors of a Pandemic: Managing Stress (Spanish Version) - Consejos para sobrevivientes de una pandemia: Control del estrés

This tip sheet describes some of the common reactions to pandemics and other disasters and suggests ways to deal with them. It also covers financial stress, signs to seek professional mental health help, and lists sources of help and support.

Tips for Healthcare Professionals: Coping with Stress and Compassion Fatigue (Spanish version) - Consejos para profesionales de la salud: Cómo enfrentar el estrés y la fatiga por compasión

This tip sheet explores stress and compassion fatigue, as well as signs of distress after a disaster. It identifies ways to cope and enhance resilience, along with resources for more information and support.

Tips for Survivors of a Disaster or Other Traumatic Event: Dealing with Re-traumatization (Spanish Version) - Consejos para sobrevivientes de un desastre u otro acontecimiento traumático: Cómo enfrentar la re-traumatización

Re-traumatization is when stress reactions experienced as a result of a previous traumatic event are relived when faced with a new similar incident. However, as time passes, many people do not realize that the stress they are feeling is related to the previous traumatic experience.

DTAC Bulletin May 2021—Special Populations and Disasters: Children

In disasters, children are a special population—they have unique vulnerabilities that disaster behavioral health planning, preparedness, and response should take into account.

Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19

SAMHSA is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID‑19. View the updated available TTA resources to assist with the current situation.

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