News and Events2024-03-05T12:29:00-08:00

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AABH CoE recorded webinar Structural Racism and Black Mental Health

reviews the history, impact, and influence on today’s social determinants of mental health for African-Americans with a structural competency approach applied to exploration of the ongoing impacts of slavery and institutional racism, impact on clients and clinicians, and the role of medical and mental health professionals in raising their awareness and combatting these issues.


Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery’s Prenatal-25 team

released the summary of the system recommendations about youth substance use disorder following informative sessions held the summer of 2023 in light of recent residential facility closures. The listening sessions brought insight from diverse stakeholders including behavioral health providers, Managed Care Organizations, Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organizations, and others. The key themes and needs discussed in these groups are condensed in the summary and reviews the immediate needs to address as well as long term planning for youth behavioral health services.

Newly published:

The 2024 Apple Health DC: 0-5 Crosswalk’s newest version. This version updates the clinical manual for diagnosis of mental health conditions for infants and young children for diagnostic and billing/ documentation purposes.”

2024 FY Behavioral Health Tracker

now available: Children’s Hospital Association’s tracker includes information on state-level pediatric behavioral health investments- many focusing on school-based services, behavioral health workforce investments, and increases in Medicaid provider reimbursement rates.


School-based behavioral health peer support services grant opportunity!

  • Applicants may be:
    • A community-based non-profit organization.
    • Public school entities like a school, school district, or Educational Service District, including charter and locally or federally operated tribal schools.
    • A health care organization sponsoring a school-based health center.
    • Projects must serve a school with a high proportion of students (60% or more) from a historically underserved community or population. Please see the RFA for more information.
    • Applications are due by 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time on February 16, 2024. Learn more and register here.

Behavioral health facilities grants opportunity!

  • Approximately $70 million in grants are available across three different facility types
  • The Department of Commerce Behavioral Health Facilities (BHF) grant application is now open, with funding available for three categories:
  • Regional Needs
  • Children and Minor Youth
  • Intensive Behavioral Health Treatment Facility (IBHTF)

Request for Applications

Children’s Hospital Association shares National Governor’s Association’s request for applications for governors’ youth mental health policy academy for a year-long governors’ policy academy on youth mental health. The policy academy will support the development or advancement of up to six governors’ holistic agendas to protect and support strong youth mental health and emotional wellbeing across all state agencies, including strategies addressing prevention, awareness, treatment, and community and youth engagement. The academy builds off of NGA’s 2022-2023 Chair’s Initiative on Strengthening Youth Mental Health and the release of the youth mental health Playbook for Governors. The application deadline is Jan. 19, 2024 and the academy will run through January 2025.

Report on State Health Equity Strategies

Children’s Hospital Association shares the National Governors Association releases a report on state health equity strategies – On Wed., Dec. 13, The National Governors Association (NGA) published a report highlighting innovative strategies states are implementing to address health equity needs. In the report, “Leading State Approaches and Communication Strategies to Support Health Equity,” NGA outlines nine state and territory strategies that focus on reducing health disparities for people with disabilities, people of all races and ethnicities, and among rural populations.

State of Children’s Health interactive dashboard

helps “educate policymakers, the public and more on the status of children’s health in their state and congressional districts. The database draws regularly from CMS, the American Community Survey, the National Survey of Children’s Health, the Children’s Hospital Association and more. A printable factsheet is available that can be tailored to highlight state-specific and some congressional-level data. You will be able to discover facts related to children’s health such as:

  • Health insurance coverage status
  • Access to health care services, including children’s hospitals
  • Special health care needs
  • Access to mental/behavioral health treatment
  • Vaccination rates
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Adverse childhood experiences”

CHA State FY 2024 Behavioral Health Tracker

includes information on states’ pediatric behavioral health investments for FY 2024. This tracker includes information for the 43 states that had their enacted state budgets available as of Jul. 18, 2023. Key themes within the state initiatives include a focus on school-based behavioral health services, investments in the behavioral health workforce and increases in Medicaid provider reimbursement for behavioral health services.  Along with the tracker, sorting instructions have been included to allow users to filter through these initiatives by category. This tracker will be updated after all state legislatures have completed their sessions and all enacted state budgets become publicly available for review.


Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network

is conducting a needs assessment and needs your help! MHTTCN is currently surveying people working in behavioral health in the Region 10 States of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. The results will guide educational, training, and technical assistance for their upcoming year of operations. Please consider providing your perspective and sharing the survey link with your networks. No individual participant names or identifiers will be recorded or shared; responses are anonymous. All data will be securely stored and results will be presented in aggregate form making it impossible to identify responses.

Trainings and Events Calendar

The Power of Connection: Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training

FREE CEUS - The Power of Connection: Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training 6/20/2024 12 PM- 4:30 PM. This training will review a main suicide prevention strategy with incorporating horses into therapy. Live horse demonstration with no experience required. Register and learn more here.

Ongoing Trainings and Events

Calling Coordinated Care provider

Spots going fast for the FREE March Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) training in Wenatchee. Learn more about the training and registration requirements here. TF-CBT Certification Program – Official Website (tfcbt.org) Interested but not a Coordinated Care provider? Click here Training – Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification Program (tfcbt.org)

Families and caregivers

– want training and resources for how to navigate systems including “mental health and substance use, as well as other disabilities and challenges within the educational and judicial systems and more?”

Visit Washington State Community Connectors – https://wsccsupport.org/

Now Matters Now

Skills, tools, trainings for preventing, addressing, and learning about suicidal thoughts

Podcasts We Are Watching

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network

presents their new podcast-Dreams, Dilemma, and Dialogues.

In this four-part podcast, educators and school mental health providers come together to explore the topics that most inspire and challenge them as healing-centered practitioners. Hosts Oriana Ides and Candice Valenzuela, along with special guests from the field, discuss key issues impacting our schools, classrooms, and communities. Dreams, Dilemmas & Dialogues invites you to join the conversation on revolutionary approaches to teaching and learning, and to explore the transformative potential of anti-racist pedagogy.

University of Michigan presents Breaking Down Mental Health

– a podcast to discuss mental health topics from the “very basic to the more complex, to better prepare all providers to answer the call to action during this mental health crisis within our pediatric population.

Mental Health America

presents a weekly podcast about mental health on their In the Open Episodes.


Mental health challenges are now the most prevalent and disabling conditions in children today. Get in touch today and start making the difference.

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