National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
NCCWE Weekly Update 2/11/2015

System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements Application Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2015

Anticipated Total Available Funds:
Anticipated Number of Awards: 15-45
Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $3,000,000

The purpose of this program is to improve mental health outcomes for children and youth (birth to 21 years of age) with serious emotional disturbances (SED) and their families. This program will support the wide scale operations, expansion, and integration of the system of care (SOC) approach by creating sustainable infrastructure and services that are required as part of the Comprehensive Community Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (also known as the Children's Mental Health Initiative or CMHI).

KSOC-TV LIVE, Interactive Webisode on “Behavioral Health Needs of Adopted Children and Youth”
Thursday, February 12, 2015 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PST)
Click here to participate online.

Approximately 135,000 children are adopted in the United States each year. Children and youth who are adopted experience various levels of trauma and neglect, and adoptive families are three times more likely than birth families to seek out clinical services for behavioral health.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will explore strategies for supporting the unique behavioral health needs of adopted children and their families. The webisode coincides with the release of a new report Domestic and International Adoption: Strategies to Improve Behavioral Health Outcomes for Youth and Their Families, which summarizes the findings of an interagency meeting hosted by SAMHSA to discuss science, policy, and practice related to the behavioral health challenges of children who have been adopted. The report will be released on February 10, and can be downloaded.

The AIA Announces 2015 Teleconference Series
Long-term Effects of Prenatal Substance Exposure
Ira Chasnoff, M.D. Speaker
March 16 , 10:00-11:30 am (Pacific)

Understanding Ambiguous Loss
This factsheet from MN Adopt defines ambiguous loss; explains how it affects adopted children, birth family members, and adoptive parents; and provides suggestions for helping children manage feelings of ambiguous loss.

SAVE THE DATE:  Together We Can Conference October 13-15, 2015
Speaker RFP Currently Open – Due February 28, 2015

Federal grant to put tablets in the hands of foster families
Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore is pleased to announce that KVC Health Systems, one of the State’s two foster care contractors, has been awarded a $516,600 federal grant to put tablets in the hands of foster families in eastern Kansas and Kansas City.

This technology will allow children in foster care to have a direct link to behavioral healthcare services such as therapy and ongoing education videos.

The grant funding will connect 850 foster families in the Midwest to needed resources. The program was launched last year, with 160 foster families receiving the technology in West Virginia and Kentucky. KVC provides services to families in Kansas, Nebraska, West Virginia and Kentucky.

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