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Tips, Tools and Toolkits

"Talk. They Hear You." Application

Shares information about SAMHSA's "Talk. They Hear You." free app that can help parents talk their kids about underage drinking. This app features an interactive simulation that uses avatars to help parents practicing bringing up the topic of alcohol, learn the questions to ask, and get ideas to keep the conversation going. 

A Day in the Life of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

Describes the general process of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation using candid, unfiltered stories to illustrate what consultants do within early care and education settings in collaboration with families, teachers, children and other partners every day. 

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Reports and Briefs

A Blueprint for Using Data to Reduce Disparities/ Disproportionalities in Human Services and Behavioral Health Care

Describes a framework and multistep process to reduce disparities and disproportionilites in your community or state. The steps are (1) readiness, (2) community engagement, (3) identification, (4) assessment, (5) intervention, (6) evaluation/continuous quality improvement, (7) replication, and (8) sustainability.

A Framework for State Leadership and Action in Building the Components of an Early Childhood System

Offers an overview of critical early childhood system components according to their evidence base, status of development, exemplary state actions in building the component, and exemplary state actions in linking each component with other components.

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A Rapid Teen Substance Use Screening Tool for Clinicians

Includes information from a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse that says a rapid teen substance abuse screening tool for clinicians can help a busy doctor flag a teen's substance abuse issues.

Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs of Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems

Examines similarities in the poor academic experiences of children and youth in child welfare and juvenile justice, identifies common risk factors, reviews promising legal and policy reforms and evidence-informed practices, and focuses on ways to improve cross-system collaboration to improve educational outcomes for these children and youth.

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A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide: Developing a Comprehensive Financing Plan

Aids states, communities, tribes, territories, and organizations in efforts to assess their current financing structures/strategies; identify outcomes to achieve; consider a variety of financing strategies; and to prepare to develop a strategic financing plan.

Above the Influence: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Hotlines

Provides links to multiple hotlines, websites, and other resources for youth who are struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse.

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Presentations and Webinars

Bullying Prevention and Suicide Prevention for Schools: A Digital Approach from SAMHSA

Provides an overview of the risk and impact of bullying and suicide in school-aged children, highlight the connection between these public health issues and the “whole child” concept, and discuss how SAMHSA’s mobile apps and other key resources can help school staff promote bullying prevention and suicide prevention in schools.

Creating Self-Sustaining, Replicable School Mental Health Programs: A User's Guide

Identifies the key factors for maximizing school mental health sustainability and replicability, including community collaboration, maximizing funding streams, role clarification, identifying necessary ancillary services, expanding insurance benefit sets among other factors. 

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Learning Modules

Introduction to Strategic Communication Planning

This interactive, self-paced learning module presents a strategic approach to communication planning, including how to assess your current situation and develop communication goals and objectives.

Introduction to the Best Practice Tutorial Series

Offers a series of tutorials designed to enhance skills and knowledge about how to implement effective mental health consultation in community-based programs.

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Offers a 24 hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline that is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK(8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.