Announcements

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

”A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives” outlines the research areas that show the most promise in helping to reduce the rates of suicide attempts and deaths in the next 5-10 years. In addition, a series of webinars addresses the six key questions in the action plan:

• January 29: Why do people become suicidal?
• February 24: How can we better detect/predict suicide risk?
• April 2: What interventions prevent suicidal behavior?
• April 29: What are the most effective services to treat and prevent suicidal behavior?
• May 27: What suicide interventions outside of health care settings reduce risk?
• June 24: What research infrastructure do we need to reduce suicidal behavior?

The action plan was developed by NIMH and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force. The webinars are being sponsored by the National Council for Behavioral Health, in collaboration with the Action Alliance and NIMH. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services
Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:

Deadline: November 20, 2014
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, We R Native encourages native youth to participate in the 30 Day Photo Challenge by posting photos that show what it means to be Native American. Winners will receive $75 (1st), $50 (2nd), or $25 (3rd). Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)

“Substance Use Disorders Today: Access, Recovery, and the ACA” was the first ONDCP and SAMHSA meeting on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Leading experts in the fields of substance use and mental health treatment gathered on January 21, 2015, to discuss the latest programs and policies and how ACA is expanding coverage and access to services. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, National Institute of Corrections

This guide informs administrators working in correctional settings about the benefits and challenges of using “video visiting,” in which incarcerated individuals communicate with family members via video conferencing technology or virtual software programs. The guide discusses reasons to consider video visiting, implementation considerations, and evaluating a video visiting program. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:

Developed by the National Association of Broadcasters and featured on MentalHealth.gov, OK2TALK is a new campaign that aims to encourage young people struggling with mental health challenges to talk about their experiences, without fear of stigma, and to create opportunities for open conversations in schools, in the workplace, and among families about mental health. The campaign includes TV and radio PSAs and an online community where youth can share their story by submitting creative content. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

OJP’s Program Plan for 2015 is now available online. This searchable online document contains current funding opportunities for initiatives within the OJP. The plan includes funding opportunities for juvenile justice programs on juvenile re-entry, tribal and other minority youth, children’s exposure to violence, juvenile drug courts, at-risk or system-involved girls, cross-over/dual-system youth, and youth violence prevention. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

OAH will now use the hashtag #OAHPicks to highlight updates on new infographics related to the topic of adolescent health. Learn more.  

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Response Deadline: January 30, 2015
NIDA is seeking input on the research priorities that should be included in its strategic plan. NIDA is interested in hearing from researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public. The strategic plan will guide the agency for the next five years. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education; Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center

Five new online courses are available for practitioners in the field of K–12 school emergency management that address the following topics: (1) Developing a Bereavement and Loss Annex; (2) Developing a COOP Annex; (3) Developing a Food Contamination Annex; (4) Planning for Infectious Diseases; and (5) Planning for Large Events. Learn more (note: users must create an account).

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education

The new home page of the Department of Education is streamlined, mobile friendly, and features more readily accessible press content. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

With the theme “Bring Our Missing Children Home,” the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest aims to increase awareness about child abduction. Students in grade 5 are invited to create posters that reflect the theme and to submit an application that describes the importance of collaboration in bringing missing children home safely. The winner from each state will be entered into a national competition, and the national winner, along with his or her parents and teacher, will be invited to Washington, DC, to participate in the Missing Children’s Day ceremony. Learn more.  

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education

Data released on states’ graduation rates in 2011–2012 show that 16 states reported graduation rates at or above 85 percent, an improvement from 9 states reporting these rates in 2010–2011. This is the second year for which all states used a common metric to report graduation rates, allowing greater uniformity, transparency, and comparisons between across states and districts. Learn more.  

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
The White House

The My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge encourages communities to implement cradle-to-college-and-career strategies aimed at improving life outcomes for all young people. Cities, tribal nations, towns, and counties will be charged with building and executing robust plans to ensure that all young people can achieve their full potential. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Comment Deadline: March 9, 2015
Mandated by Congress, SAMHSA’s block grants are noncompetitive grants that provide funding for substance abuse and mental health services. Comments on multiple facets of the 2016-2017 Draft Block Grant documents can be submitted to blockgrants@samhsa.hhs.gov. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA will hold its annual Prevention Day on February 3, 2014, in National Harbor, Maryland, in conjunction with the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America National Leadership Forum. With the theme “The Power of Prevention: Strengthening Behavioral Health and Public Health for the Next Decade,” Prevention Day will feature speakers, plenaries, and workshops that will provide information on effective programs and the latest prevention-related developments in the areas of substance abuse and mental health. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Date: October 27, 2014, 2 - 3 p.m. EST
This webisode will explore the principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions designed to address the consequences of trauma among children, youth, and families. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

SaferRide is a new mobile app developed by NHTSA to prevent drunk people from driving. Using a simple interface, people who have been drinking can easily call a taxi or a pre-programmed number. The app can also pinpoint the user’s location, making it easier to get home safely. SaferRide is available on Google Play for Android devices and on Apple’s iTunes store for iOS devices. Learn more.

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

This research brief analyzes what young, uninsured Americans can expect to pay if they purchase insurance through the Insurance Marketplace, estimating that nearly 5 in 10 uninsured, single young adults who are eligible could pay $50 or less per month. Learn more (PDF, 8 pages).   

Posted: April 17, 2015
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education

Comment Deadline: July 21, 2014
The Department of Education is requesting public comment on the actions that the Department should take to address significant disproportionality in special education based on race and ethnicity. The Department would like input on actions related to (1) identifying, placing, and disciplining children with disabilities and (2) ensuring that funds reserved for comprehensive, coordinated early intervention services under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) are used to effectively address significant disproportionality. Learn more.