NITT-TA. Now is the time. Technical Assistance Center.

About the Now Is The Time Technical Assistance (NITT-TA) Center

Learn about the Now Is The Time Technical Assistance (NITT-TA) Center, its partners, and support for grant programs that link youth with mental health services.

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The purpose of the Now Is The Time initiative is to reduce gun violence and increase access to mental health services. SAMHSA supports a number of activities through this initiative, including developing and funding new grant programs.

The NITT-TA Center is the national training and technical assistance (T/TA) center for states, tribes, municipalities, communities, and local education agencies funded under the following grant programs:

Center Objectives

The objectives of the NITT-TA Center are to:

  • Enhance cross-system capacity to design, implement, and sustain policies, programs, and services that create positive youth outcomes
  • Promote behavior change among stakeholders involved in the design and implementation of comprehensive delivery systems
  • Expand the development and sharing of knowledge
  • Promote networking and coalition building
  • Build leadership skills and competencies
  • Increase cultural and linguistic competence for comprehensive approaches
  • Foster developmentally appropriate youth and family engagement

The Center achieves these objectives through

  • A strong, centralized T/TA center with support from youth and families
  • Peer-based learning, including site visits and grantee meetings
  • Ongoing communication across multiple channels
  • Development of high-quality products, publications, and distance learning opportunities
  • Multifaceted T/TA across many content and process strategies
  • Specialized TA in cultural and linguistic competence and youth and family engagement
  • Ongoing integration of data into the T/TA system

Center Partners

The NITT-TA Center collaborates with the following partners to provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) to Healthy Transitions and Project AWARE grantees:

Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS)

The Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) provides centralized coordination and management of the NITT-TA Center. The small, California-based nonprofit has a comprehensive T/TA infrastructure system and a history of success in fostering grantee learning communities. The group’s expertise includes high-volume, cost-effective T/TA services in the following areas:

  • Youth and young adult mental health
  • Substance abuse prevention and early intervention
  • Evidence-based programs and practices
  • Strategic planning and evaluation

Change Matrix

Change Matrix is a small, women- and minority-owned business with a history of working with SAMHSA grantees. Change Matrix provides skilled facilitation, mediation, strategic planning services, and content expertise in the areas of:

  • Multi-system collaboration
  • Cultural and linguistic competence
  • Health disparities and equity
  • Engagement of diverse populations

Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA)

FREDLA is the national advocate for executive leaders of family-run organizations focused on the wellbeing of children and youth with mental health, emotional, or behavioral challenges, and their families. FREDLA contributes expertise in:

  • Family engagement
  • Peer supports and peer-to-peer sharing
  • Collaboration with family and youth stakeholders
  • Lived experience with children’s mental health systems

University of South Florida (USF)

The University of South Florida (USF)is a research-based university. It is a national leader in children’s mental health and children’s systems of care, and has extensive experience with state and local mental health agencies. The University of South Florida contributes:

  • Research, policy, and evaluation expertise
  • Direct T/TA experience
  • Content expertise in children’s mental health


WestEd is a large nonprofit with 17 offices nationwide. WestEd brings expertise in the fields of youth development, positive school climate, and school-based prevention. It offers research, policy, evaluation, and T/TA service delivery knowledge in the following areas:

  • Mental health
  • School climate and services
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Youth development and engagement
  • School collaborations
  • High-risk populations

Youth M.O.V.E. National

Youth M.O.V.E. National is a youth-driven organization devoted to improving services and systems that support youth development. The organization represents lived experience across systems and settings, including mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, foster care, and homeless settings. Youth M.O.V.E. National creates positive change in areas that include:

  • Youth-engaged systems development
  • Youth leadership
  • Positive youth development
Last Updated: 08/28/2017