Headlines: New Reports and Grant Program Address Health Needs of Pregnant Women and Children Affected by Substance Use

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Headlines: February 7, 2022

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New Reports and Grant Program Address Health Needs of Pregnant Women and Children Affected by Substance Use

A new series of reports from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on substance-exposed pregnancies highlights how pregnant and postpartum women who use substances and their children can benefit from evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies. The reports are being released as SAMHSA begins accepting applications for the Services Grant Program for Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women. This $10 million grant program will provide pregnant and postpartum women and their children with comprehensive substance use treatment and recovery support services across residential and outpatient settings. In addition, for the first time this year, the program will extend services to fathers, partners, and other family members. The application due date for the grant program is April 4, 2022. Read the new reports below:

Save the Date: Strategies to Ensure an Equitable Behavioral Health Care System for Black Americans—Webinar

Thursday, February 24, 2022 2:00 pm ET

Save the date for this event in honor of Black History Month. Noted panelists discuss the gaps in the current health care system and strategies to ensure equity. Please click the link below to join the webinar:


Passcode: 022451

Save the Date: Understanding Behavioral Health Needs in Refugee and Immigrant Communities—Virtual Roundtable

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 1:00 pm ET

The SAMHSA National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health will offer a virtual roundtable to discuss trauma, culture, and culturally responsive approaches to addressing behavioral health needs of refugees, immigrants, and asylees.

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Harm Reduction Grant Program

Application Due Date: Monday, February 7, 2022

The purpose of the program is to support community-based overdose prevention programs, syringe services programs, and other harm reduction services. For assistance, see the SAMHSA Harm Reduction web page, Updated FAQ document (PDF), and a January 26 Webinar recording.

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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.

Engage or Enrage: De-escalation Strategies for Mental Health Crisis (Part One)—Webinar

Thursday, February 3, 2022 3:00 pm ET

Increasingly, specialists in the mental health field are called upon to manage mental health crises in the community. These moments of emotional intensity can often be frightening and dangerous and how we respond is critical. This webinar provides skills on how to best manage these stressful situations. This webinar is part one of two webinars on crisis de-escalation.

Part Two will be presented on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 3:00 pm ET.

Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention After a Suicide—Webinar

Friday, February 4, 2022 11:00 am ET

Native communities experience higher rates of suicide compared to all other racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Given the high prevalence rates, it is imperative to have the necessary tools to reduce suicide in Native American communities by incorporating prevention programs and interventions that are culturally appropriate. Moreover, we will also address different strategies to support tribal communities after a suicide occurs.

Resources for School-Based Behavioral Health Professionals During COVID-19—Webinar Series

Friday, February 4, 2022 3:00 pm ET

This is a four-part virtual training series on working with youth, parents, and other professionals during a global pandemic. This series will focus on mental health in uncertain times, thinking outside the box to support people virtually and in-person, and resource development for providers. All sessions take place starting at 3:00 pm ET.

  • Session 1 – Tuesday, February 4, 2022: Identifying Burn Out, Grief/Loss, and Crisis While Providing Support for Others
  • Session 2 – Tuesday, February 11, 2022: Supporting Passionate Parents and De-Escalating Parents in Crisis
  • Session 3 – Tuesday, February 18, 2022: Connecting With Children and Teens in These Uncertain Times
  • Session 4 – Tuesday, February 25, 2022: Creating a Sense of Community and Finding Resources in Your Area

Telemental-health Group Service Delivery—2-part Webinar

Friday, February 4 and Friday, February 11, 2022 2:00 pm ET

Mental health and substance use disorder treatment and recovery providers have made great strides in virtualizing service delivery, especially individual-based services. However, group counseling services, a mainstay in many mental health, substance use disorder treatment, and recovery support programs, has been more difficult to implement.

This two-part webinar series will address those challenges.

Grief, Exhaustion, and Finding Vitality in Behavioral Health Care for Supervisors & Leadership—Webinar

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 2:00 pm ET

Participants in this webinar will learn about the ways in which the current experiences of a multi-impact disaster cascade are influencing the ability of behavioral health professionals to function in their work, while trying to balance all of the demands of home and family as well. Special attention will be given to the challenges with informational and emotional processing, as well as the necessity of working through issues of grief, loss, and bereavement.

Healing School Communities: Shifting the Dominant Paradigm to Center Student Wellness—Webinar Series

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 3:30 pm ET

February 8 is the opening session of this Community of Practice intended for students, families, educators, and school mental health professionals who are navigating the ongoing impact of racial violence in all forms on student mental health that includes 7 weekly learning sessions.

Other sessions in series include:

  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022: Beyond Schooling: Toward Models of Education & Youth Protection
  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022: Developing and Implementing Culturally Responsive Curricula
  • Tuesday, March 1, 2022: Cultivating Joy and Healing Through Pedagogy and Practice
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2022: Interrupting/Examining the Impact of Oppression and Resistance on Student Wellness
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022: Centering Wellness While Humanizing School Systems Change
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022: Closing Session for Healing School Communities – Shifting the Dominant Paradigm to Center Student Wellness: A Community of Practice

Cannabis and Physical and Mental Health: What do We (Think We) Know?—Webinar

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 12:00 pm ET

This webinar is part of a series on the current science of cannabis, "The Landscape Is Getting Greener."

Creating Calm: Effective Engagement With People Who Are Distressed—Webinar

Thursday, February 10, 2022 11:00 am ET

Many of the people we interact with are actively experiencing high levels of distress. This may be due to health conditions, poverty, family challenges, or other life stressors. The Creating Calm training series will focus on attendees' experiences and provide concrete tools for engaging with clients in distress.

Impact of COVID on Substance Use Disorders—Virtual Clinical Roundtable

Thursday, February 10, 2022 1:30 pm 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.

Brief Intervention Facilitation: Enhancing Skills and Increasing Efficacy—Webinar

Monday, February 14, 2022 10:00 am ET

The Brief Negotiated Interview is an evidence-based approach to conducting a person-centered conversation to incite behavior change. The content is based on the brief intervention component of SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment) which utilizes basic Motivational Interviewing (MI) core communication skills. NOTE: This workshop is recommended for those who have gone through the SBIRT training who would like more time to practice the Brief Intervention communication skills.

Professional Boundaries and Ethics—Webinar

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 9:45 am ET

Successful outcomes largely depend upon the quality of interpersonal relationships with people receiving services. Workers must maintain a balance between being supportive, empathic, and understanding, yet professional at the same time. This training explores the nature of boundary issues at work by looking at the five different risk areas for most staff, offering tips and best practices for reducing the risk of boundary problems in the workplace.

Providing Culturally Responsive Care to the LGBT Population—Webinar

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 12:00 pm ET

This training introduces key terms and concepts such as gender identity and sexual orientation, treatment considerations for clinical work, and addressing the specific needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

How to Create Compelling PowerPoints Slides and Handouts—Webinar

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 12:00 pm ET

Looking for tips and tricks on how to create compelling slide decks and handouts for your meetings and presentations? Learn how to design memorable and effective slide decks and handouts.

Considerations for Developing a Child Welfare Drug Testing Policy and Protocol—Webinar

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 1:00 pm ET

Please join the SAMHSA National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare and a panel of professionals from agencies with in-depth experience to learn more about developing a drug testing policy for child welfare agencies. As parental substance use affects many families who come to the attention of child welfare, drug testing is one tool child welfare often uses as a component of their assessment procedures when working with parents.

Treating Pain and Addiction in Serious Mental Illness—Virtual Roundtable Discussion

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 1:30 pm 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.

Depression and Collaborative Care Within Primary Care Settings—Webinar Series

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 1:00 pm ET

With the ongoing pandemic, the prevalence of depression has increased significantly. This three-part series will review evidence-based screening, diagnosis, and treatment of depression within primary care settings. The first session will focus on screening for and Diagnosis of Depression in Primary Care.

Subsequent sessions include:

  • Session 2 – Tuesday, March 1, 2022: Evidence-Based Treatment of Depression
  • Session 3 – Tuesday, March 15, 2022: Pathways of Care: Building a Depression Follow-Up Program

On-the-Spot: Telehealth for Treatment and Recovery Services—Webinar

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 12:30 pm ET

Join this one-hour forum with knowledgeable providers and subject matter expert(s) who will answer questions and lead discussions around a variety of topics related to successes and challenges of using technology to offer clinical/peer recovery services via digital technologies.

Treatment of Mental Illness and Chronic Disease Comorbidity in the Black Community—Webinar

Thursday, February 17, 2022 12:00 pm ET

African Americans have a disproportionately higher risk of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), type 2 diabetes, and hypertension than other ethnic or racial groups. African Americans suffering mental illness are at even greater risk of poor outcomes associated with these conditions. This webinar will review common medical comorbidities seen in African Americans suffering from mental illness, review contributing factors, and discuss strategies to improve outcomes.

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Ready to Respond: Mental Health Beyond Crisis and COVID‑19 (PDF)

SAMHSA is pleased to release ongoing resources to help mental health system leaders and providers deliver needed support services and establish integrated programs that continue to build out a robust mental health continuum of care. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the pre-pandemic rising suicide rates, the opioid crisis and numerous challenges in meeting demands for mental health services across the country, the 2021 Compendium of Ready to Respond: Mental Health Beyond Crisis and COVID-19, comes at a critical time.

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