The Federal Communications Commission adopted rules July 16 to establish 988 as the new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for Americans in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors. The rules require all phone service providers to direct all 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16, 2022. During the transition to 988, Americans who need help should continue to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) and through online chats.
SAMHSA is accepting applications for Centers of Excellence (CoE) for Behavioral Health Disparities (CoE-BH Disparities). The purpose of this program is to establish three Centers of Excellence to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance for healthcare practitioners on issues related to addressing behavioral health disparities. It is expected that the recipients will implement training and technical assistance for practitioners to address the disparities in behavioral healthcare in three key populations: African Americans, LGBTQ, and the aging population.
SAMHSA plans to issue 3 grants of Up to $700,000 per year for up to 5 years. Application Due Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Training and events are available for practitioners through SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Centers. Visit SAMHSA’s Practitioner Training webpage
for a full list of the Centers. 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.
Monday, July 27, 2020, 11:00 a.m. EDT
Despite the fact that adolescent substance use is often influenced by a variety of factors, the vulnerability within growth processes places teens at a high risk for substance use, misuse and substance use disorders, as well as potential obstruction of healthy emotional, physical, and social development. This interactive 90-minute webinar will review current adolescent substance use trends including modes of administration and drug impact on youth health. Content will also provide a review of evidence-based adolescent screening tools and how to facilitate them.
This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent vaping. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.
The 42 CFR Part 2 regulations (Part 2) serve to protect patient records created by federally assisted programs for the treatment of substance use disorders (SUD). Part 2 has been revised to further facilitate better coordination of care in response to the opioid epidemic while maintaining its confidentiality protections against unauthorized disclosure and use. To learn more, see also Health Privacy Rule 42 CFR Part 2 Is Revised
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.
On July 15, Second Lady Karen Pence and Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, visited the Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. (BCRI) to learn more about the mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention services offered to those who need help.
SAMHSA is allowing flexibility for grant recipients affected by the loss of operational capacity and increased costs due to the COVID-19 crisis. These flexibilities are available during this emergency time period. Flexibility may be reassessed upon issuance of new guidance by the Office of Management and Budget post the emergency time period. Click the link above for information and resources to assist grant recipients during the COVID-19 emergency. Continue to check this website
These FAQs address general questions associated with award and management of SAMHSA discretionary grants that may arise in relation to COVID-19. This information does not apply to SABG, MHBG, PATH or PAIMI grants. Applicants and grant recipients are strongly encouraged to monitor this website
Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 1:00 p.m. EDT
This is the third and final session in the Rural Social Isolation and Loneliness Series. In this engaging and interactive webinar, we will discuss how you can start the thread of connection in your own community to support those experiencing grief. How has COVID-19 changed this and where are we now as we create new avenues of support for each other and grief becomes even more of our common experience and language?
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 12:00 p.m. EDT
Are you new in the field of substance use? Or do you want a review of the basics of alcohol and other drugs? This course will review some of the basics of pharmacology, which include routes of administration and discussion of terminology (e.g., tolerance, agonist, partial agonist, antagonist).
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 3:00 p.m. EDT (Takes place every Tuesday, July 21 – September 15, 2020 3:00 p.m. EDT)
Would you like the opportunity to enhance your current knowledge or learn how technology can provide an innovative way to approach clinical supervision? This series will provide a 20-hour curriculum that covers topics essential to the development and/or improvement of skills when using technology to conduct clinical supervision in behavioral health settings.
- Understand the role of technology in conducting clinical supervision;
- Demonstrate knowledge of technology-based clinical supervision and application in practice;
- Experience conducting technology-based clinical supervision;
- Identify the therapeutic alliance via technology; and
- Understand the legal and jurisdictional implications for conducting technology-based clinical supervision.
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 3:00 p.m. EDT
Many substance use disorder treatment providers and peer support specialists quickly switched from in-person services to virtual delivery at the onset of the pandemic to continue to serve patients and peers. This presentation will include information regarding HIPAA, 42 CFR Part 2, and the CARES Act as it relates to virtual services, with time built in for Q & A. In addition, participants will be introduced to available tip sheets and technical assistance services provided by the SAMHSA-funded the Center of Excellence for Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI).
Thursday, July 30, 2020 6:00 p.m. EDT
Are you a public health professional looking to expand your knowledge about brain growth and the impact of substance misuse? If so, please join us for this informative webinar that will include an overview of brain anatomy, brain growth, and the chemistry of addiction.
Friday, July 31, 2020 1:00 p.m. EDT
This is one of two learning sessions in the Supporting School Mental Health in the Context of Racial Violence Series. It is intended for students, families, educators, and school mental health professionals who are navigating the impact of racial violence on student mental health. The conversation will focus on:
- Strategies for supporting students’ mental health while navigating racial violence (in and out of school);
- Opportunities for the field to improve its commitment to fostering a workforce ready, able and willing to hold racial violence as a mental health issue; and
- Steps we might take to advance school mental health supports for students experiencing racial violence.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00 p.m. EDT
Liberating Structures (LS) can be referred to as a menu, repertoire, or curated collection of facilitation methods that are designed to be versatile and adaptable in many different situations and local contexts. All of the methods share a set of core principles, purposes, and organizing elements meant to more widely distribute participation and engaging a fuller range of people's intelligence while tapping into the creative promise of difference.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00 p.m. EDT
This first session in a series of six virtual meetings focused on the significant intersection between brain injury, mental health, and addiction. It is open to a general audience and provides attendees with a working knowledge of traumatic brain injury and its relation to mental health. This session is a prerequisite for anyone interested in attending any of the four Intensive Workshops that follow.
Other webinars in this series include:
- Tuesday, August 18, 2020: Traumatic Brain Injury and Addiction and Substance Use/Abuse Community;
- Tuesday September 8, 2020: Traumatic Brain Injury and the Veterans Community;
- Thursday, September 10, 2020: Brain Injury and the Mental/Behavioral Health Community;
- Tuesday, October 6, 2020: Traumatic Brain Injury and the K-12 Education Community; and
- Tuesday, October 27, 2020: Open Session Webinar: Traumatic Brain Injury and the Primary Health Care Community.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00 p.m. EDT
Today’s marijuana is much more potent than in the past, with pot edibles, candies, cookies, ice creams, and waxes being up to 99% THC. In comparison, marijuana in the Woodstock era contained 5% THC. This webinar will take participants through the latest facts and figures on what is really happening in legalized states and the overall goal of the legalization movement.
Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:00 p.m. EDT
This webinar will examine potential policy recommendations and promising practices that may help reduce and prevent youth vaping. Due to the recency of the spread of vaping, there has been insufficient time for research to confirm evidence-based programs that can specifically prevent vaping. However, based on knowledge of the risk factors for vaping, as well as of the evidence-based cigarette and tobacco product use prevention programs, several promising practices exist.
Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:00 p.m. EDT
Digital technologies, including apps, wearable sensors, and social network platforms, offer unprecedented opportunities for health research and clinical care. However, this rapidly evolving landscape is outpacing regulatory structures for protecting research participants. This presentation will describe how technologies are being leveraged to capture personal health data for research and draw attention to nuanced technical and ethical aspects that require careful consideration during the study design phase.
Friday, August 7, 2020 1:00 p.m. EDT
This session will provide information on the 10th, 11th, and 12th largest populations of Hispanic origin living in the United States: Ecuadorians, Peruvians, and Nicaraguans. Each group accounted for 1% of the U.S. Hispanic population in 2017. The presenters will provide information about the languages, traditions, customs, values, spirituality, and the social, historical, and political context that led them to immigrate to the United States. In addition, they will discuss migration trauma and its impact on mental health. This is a basic level workshop designed for mental health providers, school mental health providers, and school administrators.
Clinical Roundtables – Webinars
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 2:00 p.m. EDT
Thursday, July 30, 2020 12:00 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 p.m. EDT
The Providers Clinical Support System (PCSS) is conducting a series of special Clinical Roundtables to provide you with the information you need as you care for your patients with Opioid Use Disorder. The goal of the PCSS Clinical Roundtable is to support interactions among addiction experts and health professionals through an informal “roundtable” conversation. More information is available at the PCSS calendar of events
This flyer highlights key Psychological First Aid concepts and resources that disaster responders and outreach workers may use when assisting individuals affected by the pandemic. It also provides resources for further assistance.
This flyer provides information and tips for coping during a pandemic, as well as resources for additional assistance.
The wallet card provides stress reduction tips and techniques as well as lists sources for additional assistance.
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.
The resources in this Bulletin include information for parents and caregivers about how children may experience and respond to disaster, signs of the need for professional mental health assistance, and how they can help their children in the most effective way.