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SAMHSA’s SMVF TA Center would like to welcome you to attend any of our upcoming events.

  • Through a variety of events each month, the SMVF TA Center promotes increased awareness of resources and promising, best, and evidence-based practices to strengthen SMVF behavioral health care systems. Some events are geared towards the general public, while others are closed events for specific initiatives and audiences. Session information can be found below.

    For questions related to upcoming TA events, please email smvftacenter@prainc.com.

February

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET

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The Crisis Intercept Mapping Learning Community is designed to strengthen ongoing technical assistance support for teams engaged in the Crisis Intercept Mapping for Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Suicide Prevention process. The objectives of the learning community are to (1) increase knowledge of best practices in the crisis continuum of care for SMVF, (2) facilitate team-to-team sharing of insights and strategies, and (3) inspire practice improvement ideas and innovations across teams.

The learning community will meet quarterly beginning in November 2023 via Zoom. Each session will feature an expert presentation followed by team-to-team sharing and group discussion. All Crisis Intercept Mapping team leaders and members are invited to register. You must register for each quarterly meeting separately; registration information will be provided prior to each session.

Session 2: Supporting Military-Connected Children and Youth in Your Community

Presenter: Gregory Leskin, Ph.D. | Director, NCTSN Military and Veteran Families Program, UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Intended Audience: CIM Team Members

March

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET

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Community of Practice (CoP) meetings are designed to strengthen technical assistance support for Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge workgroup leaders and members. CoPs meet monthly to (1) Increase knowledge about suicide prevention best practices related to each specific priority area, (2) Facilitate team-to-team sharing of insights and suicide prevention strategies, and (3) Inspire practice improvement ideas and innovations across teams.

Topic: Regional Small Group Discussion

Intended Audience: Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge team members

Time: 2 - 3 p.m. ET

*Registration Limited* This event is limited to current Governor’s Challenge and Mayor’s Challenge team members. To request to be added to the distribution list for this event, please email smvftacenter@prainc.com.

Team leader calls are designed to provide technical assistance support specifically for team leaders of the Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenges through a monthly 1-hour virtual meeting.

Topic: Supporting Each Other as Leaders Small Group Discussion

Intended Audience: Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge team leaders

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET

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The 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (PDF | 2.3 MB) revealed that 1.2 million adolescents aged 12-17 were reported to have a substance use disorder (SUD). This is a concerning number that we must consider as we look to support children of those who served or are serving. The Military Child Education Coalition (PDF | 163 KB) reports there are almost 2 million children of service members in active duty, National Guard and Reserves. Additionally, it is estimated that 2 million children and youth are of post 9/11 Veterans. These children have added stressors due to the service requirements of their parent or caretaker that put them more at risk. This learning community will focus on the behavioral health needs of military-affiliated children, underscore the importance of understanding risk protective factors, illustrate ways to support through community efforts and provide tools and resources to navigate the myriad of supports available.

The learning community will meet monthly beginning in March 2024 via Zoom. Each session will feature both expert presentations and group discussions.

Session 1: Risk and Protective Factors Unique to Military Youth (NCTSN)

Presenter: Gregory Leskin, Ph.D. | Director, NCTSN Military and Veteran Families and Children, UCLA National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

Intended Audience: Open to anyone who wants to learn about preventing substance use disorders among military youth.

April

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET

REGISTER NOW!

Community of Practice (CoP) meetings are designed to strengthen technical assistance support for Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge workgroup leaders and members. CoPs meet monthly to (1) Increase knowledge about suicide prevention best practices related to each specific priority area, (2) Facilitate team-to-team sharing of insights and suicide prevention strategies, and (3) Inspire practice improvement ideas and innovations across teams.

Topic: Strengthening Community Partnerships

Presenter: Kristina Clark, President and Founder, KM Consulting Group

Intended Audience: Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge team members

Time: 12:30 – 2 p.m. ET

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Join us for an informative webinar on the critical issue of intimate partner violence (IPV) within the Service members, Veterans, and their families (SMVF) community. As highlighted by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) report, Intimate Partner Violence—A Risk Factor for Suicide Among Veterans (PDF | 847 KB), IPV is a significant concern for women Veterans and service members. Regardless of their rural or urban dwelling status, they face higher rates of IPV experiences than their civilian counterparts. However, IPV is not confined to women alone. It can affect anyone, irrespective of their gender or sexual orientation.

IPV is not just a risk factor for suicide, but also a gateway to a host of physical, mental, and social health problems. These include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, substance misuse, financial difficulties, and homelessness.

In this webinar, we bring together experts from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the RAND Corporation, and VA to shed light on the implications of IPV. Attendees will gain an overview of IPV, including the latest data and research findings. We will delve into a recent study by RAND that focused on enhancing support for women Veterans.

Additionally, we will discuss federal initiatives related to IPV. Attendees will hear about the release of the first-ever U.S. National Plan to End Gender-Based Violence: Strategies for Action (PDF | 1.6 MB) and SAMHSA’s related efforts. Moreover, there will be an opportunity to become familiar with VA’s IPV Assistance Program (IPVAP), including proactive measures taken by VA to assist SMVF affected by IPV.

We will explore how we can collectively support those who have been impacted by IPV. Following the presentations, we will open the floor for questions, providing you with the opportunity to engage directly with the subject-matter experts. Join us as we strive to increase understanding of IPV and strengthen access to resources for those impacted by IPV within the SMVF community.

Intended Audience: This event is open to the public.

Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET

REGISTER NOW!

The 2022 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (PDF | 2.3 MB) revealed that 1.2 million adolescents aged 12-17 were reported to have a substance use disorder (SUD). This is a concerning number that we must consider as we look to support children of those who served or are serving. The Military Child Education Coalition (PDF | 163 KB) reports there are almost 2 million children of service members in active duty, National Guard and Reserves. Additionally, it is estimated that 2 million children and youth are of post 9/11 Veterans. These children have added stressors due to the service requirements of their parent or caretaker that put them more at risk. This learning community will focus on the behavioral health needs of military-affiliated children, underscore the importance of understanding risk protective factors, illustrate ways to support through community efforts and provide tools and resources to navigate the myriad of supports available.

The learning community will meet monthly beginning in March 2024 via Zoom. Each session will feature both expert presentations and group discussions.

Session 2: SAMHSA’s Talk They Hear You Resource for Military Families

Presenter: Robert M. Vincent M.S.Ed. | Associate Administrator for Alcohol Prevention and Treatment Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Intended Audience: Open to anyone who wants to learn about preventing substance use disorders among military youth.

  • Past Events

    February

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Community of Practice (CoP) meetings are designed to strengthen technical assistance support for Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge workgroup leaders and members. CoPs meet monthly to (1) Increase knowledge about suicide prevention best practices related to each specific priority area, (2) Facilitate team-to-team sharing of insights and suicide prevention strategies, and (3) Inspire practice improvement ideas and innovations across teams.

Topic: New Safety Planning App

Presenter: Colleen Becket-Davenport, Psy.D. | Psychologist – Tech into Care Team, National Center for PTSD , U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Intended Audience: Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge team members

Time: 2 – 3 p.m. ET

Intended for Suicide Mortality Review (SMR) team members, this SMR Community of Practice session will feature Dr. Alison Athey, a licensed clinical psychologist with RAND Corporation. Dr. Athey will discuss aspects of military culture that may influence death investigations. She will also review tools to promote military cultural competency among Suicide Mortality Review Committee members, as well as strategies that have worked for other teams and communities.

Session 2: Expanding Faith-based Partnerships

Topic: Military Cultural Competency in Suicide Mortality Reviews: Why It Matters

Presenter: Alison Athey Ph.D., M.A | Associate Behavioral/Social Scientist, RAND

Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET

The behavioral health workforce shortage throughout the United States is well documented. At the same time, there is a growing demand for military culturally responsive services for service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF). This learning community will examine strategies to strengthen and empower the behavioral health workforce to meet the unique needs of SMVF.

The learning community will meet monthly beginning in December 2023 via Zoom. Each session will feature both expert presentations and group discussions.

Session 3: Educating Civilian Providers

Presenter: Jenna Pryor | Program Director, Psych Armor

Intended Audience: Open to anyone interested in how we can empower the behavioral health workforce to meet the needs of Service Members, Veterans, and their Families

Time: 2 – 3 p.m. ET

*Registration Limited* This event is limited to current Governor’s Challenge and Mayor’s Challenge team members. To request to be added to the distribution list for this event, please email smvftacenter@prainc.com

Team leader calls are designed to provide technical assistance support specifically for team leaders of the Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenges through a monthly 1-hour virtual meeting.

Topic: PsychArmor Marketing Toolkit

Intended Audience: Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge team leaders

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