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November 29, 2018 



Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) December Meeting

The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) has posted notice of an all-day meeting scheduled for December 11. The public may attend only by webcast or telephone; non-ISMICC members will not be able to attend in person. There will be an opportunity for public comment (limited to two minutes) by telephone at 1PM. The meeting can be accessed via webcast at or by joining the teleconference at the toll-free, dial-in number at 1-800-369-3143; passcode 4784259. 


New Tool Offers Hope To People Experiencing Early Serious Mental Illness And Their Families

This Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) blog post discusses the new tool, the Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator. This online tool allows users to search for specialty programs that treat early serious mental illness, including first episode psychosis. Each program listing includes eligibility criteria, including age range and diagnoses treated, services provided, location, and contact information. Read more.    

Pennsylvania Launches First-in-Nation Stepping Up Technical Assistance Center Focused on Helping Counties Reduce Number of People in Jail with Mental Illnesses

Secretaries of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health, Department of Corrections, and others launched a first-of-its-kind resource center on Oct. 15 in Philadelphia focused on helping counties reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jail through research-driven approaches. Read more.  

The Guidance Center Releases Free Roll Call Mental Health Training Series for Police Departments Across the Country

Mental health calls are among the most complex calls for law enforcement officers to resolve when working in the field. To address some of the challenges officers face when taking these calls, The Guidance Center—a nonprofit child and family mental health service provider offering comprehensive mental health care to children and families in four California communities—recently launched a new series of web-based training modules to provide officers with effective tools for readily recognizing signs of mental illness and interacting with people who may be in crisis. Read more.  

North Carolina Receives 1115 Waiver Approval, a Major Milestone for Medicaid and NC Health Care System

North Carolina received federal approval to implement the transition to Medicaid managed care and integrate physical health, behavioral health and pharmacy benefits. Receiving approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the amended 1115 Demonstration Waiver application submitted by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in 2017 is a major milestone in implementing North Carolina’s Medicaid Transformation and in moving the state’s health care system toward further integration and coordination. Read more.  


Prescription Opioid Misuse Treatment Leverages Mindfulness To Amplify Natural Rewards

New research suggests that Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) treatment reduces opioid misuse among chronic pain patients. In addition, MORE shifts patients' attention away from drug cues and toward cues for natural rewards. Read more.

Exposure to Trauma Raises Risk of Psychotic Experiences by Age 18, Study Suggests

Children and adolescents who are exposed to any kind of trauma before the age of 17 are more likely to have psychotic experiences by age 18, according to a report in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more


Apply Now: Sequential Intercept Mapping Workshops and Trauma-Informed Responses Train-the-Trainer EventsThe Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation, operated by Policy Research Associates Inc., is soliciting applications from communities for two national technical assistance opportunities: (1) Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) Workshops to identify ways that could reduce barriers between the criminal justice and behavioral health systems and begin development of integrated local strategic action plans, and (2) Train-The-Trainer (TTT) events about trauma-informed responses in criminal justice settings. 
To apply for one or both of these opportunities, download the solicitation and submit a completed application form no later than December 21, 2018. Learn more.

DECEMBER 5 & 6: SAMHSA's GAINS Center Virtual Learning Collaboratives Introductory Webinar

Join an upcoming informational webinar to learn about participating in SAMHSA’s GAINS Center criminal justice learning collaboratives. Each Learning Collaborative will bring together six local teams for an intensive learning, strategic planning, and implementation process to address local issues and needs within their topic area. Register for December 5 Webinar. Register for December 6 Webinar.

DECEMBER 11: Making an Impact: How Managed Care Organizations Can Enter the Equation 

This session will share Amerigroup’s integrated care coordination approach for individuals with Intellectual and developmental disabilities and will outline an approach to addressing the physical, behavioral, and social needs of individuals with IDD holistically, providing access to a wide array of services through a single coordination point—supporting meaningful community integration and reducing complexity not only for the individual, but for their families and caregivers. Register now.

DECEMBER 12: Stepping Up Four Key Measures #4: Reducing Recidivism for People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

Part of the Stepping Up framework encourages counties to focus their efforts on impacting one or more of “Four Key Measures” for people with mental illnesses: jail bookings, jail length of stay, connections to treatment and recidivism. Join Stepping Up for the fourth webinar in the Four Key Measures series, which will provide strategies for reducing recidivism for people with mental illnesses involved in the justice system and describe key data points to collect and analyze to track this measure of success. Register now.


Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Disorders Program

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2019 Healthy Transitions: Improving Life Trajectories for Youth and Young Adults With Serious Mental Disorders Program grants (Short Title: Healthy Transitions).  The purpose of this program is to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults, ages 16-25, who have a serious emotional disturbance (SED) or a serious mental illness (SMI), hereafter referred to as serious mental disorders. Learn more.  

Apply Now: Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) State Education Agency Grants

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for FY 2019 Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) – State Education Agency (SEA) grants. Learn more.  

Apply Now: Statewide Consumer Network Program

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is seeking applications for FY 2019 Statewide Consumer Network Program grants. Learn more.


Administrative Simplification Basics Series: Code Sets Did you know that in addition to standards and operating rules, Administrative Simplification also includes adopted medical code sets for use in adopted electronic transactions?

The CSG Justice Center has released an updated version of the 50-State Report on Public Safety that includes 2017 crime and arrest data. The report couples these data with the latest research on strategies that work to improve public safety in addition to offering more than 100 examples of public safety innovations drawn from every state in the country. With 3 core goals, 12 strategies, and 37 action items, the report provides a playbook that policymakers can customize to tackle the issues most relevant to their communities.


David Shern, Ph.D., President
Lorrie Jones, Ph.D., Immediate Past President
Lynda Zeller, Vice President
Lisa Clements, Ph.D., Treasurer
Stephen Baron, M.S.W., Secretary
Members At Large 
Joyce Allen, M.S.W., Tom Betlach, M.P.A., Sheri Dawson, Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., Joe Parks, M.D., Tanya Royster, M.D., Matthew Salo, Dena Stoner, Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D. 
Executive Leadership
Tim Knettler, M.B.A., CAE, Executive Director/CEO, Board Member, Ex-Officio
Ted Lutterman, Government & Commercial Research
Lucille Schacht, Ph.D., Performance & Quality Improvement
Vera Hollen, M.A., Research and Consulting
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