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Mental Health Connection
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New Parking Arrangements
The Women's Center has arranged for us to park at
Hope Works Church,
1701 Hemphill, just north of
The Women's Center,
during Mental Health Connection membership meetings. Please
park either at the Church
or in the lot on the South side of The Women's Center
so we leave space for clients on the North side.

The next meeting of Mental
Health Connection will be:

Monday,April 14, 2014
8:30 a.m.
The Women's Center
1723 Hemphill
Fort Worth, Texas 76110


1115 Waiver Trauma-Focused Project
by Tracy Koller,
MHMR of Tarrant County

Mental Health
First Aid Report

by James Turnage
MHMR of Tarrant County



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Minutes of previous meetings


2014 Committee Resolution

Ten-Year Anniversary Brochure

Community Solutions
Wraparound Outcomes

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Facebook Trauma

2013-14 In-Kind Match Forms

Strategic Plan


DataLink Utilization Charts

Learning Communities

Learning Communities Full Report

Blue Ribbon Committee on
Mental Wellness in the Workplace

         Final Report

         Detailed Final

         Mental Health 
         Coverage in       
         Tarrant County


              Full Report

Anti-Stigma Campaign

Hand in Hand


Fort Worth ISD
Family Resource Centers

Kenneth Barr Award

Standards of Care

Grant-Seeking Process



Next meeting: April 14, 2014

Click here for Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D.'s, PowerPoint presentation on resilience

Click here for an update on the 1115 Waiver projects

Click here to learn more about helping children through traumatic experiences

Click here to see "The Changing Expectations of the Juvenile Justice System in Texas"

April CBMCS Training Canceled

The California Brief Multicultural Competency Scale (CBMCS) training scheduled for April has been canceled. Please watch for information on a new date, possibly in May. Programs in July and August will be held as planned.

Participants must attend all four days of the training. For more information, contact Lydia Garcia or Estrella Griggs. In addition to a possible new training in May, the remaining CBMCS trainings in 2014 will be offered on the following dates:

July 17, 18, 24 and 25

August 7, 8, 14 and 15

Each training will be held at All Saints Catholic Church Parish Hall, 214 N.W. 20th Street, Fort Worth 76164, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Registration fees are $125 for Mental Health Connection members and $175 for non-members. The registration covers 32 CEUs, including 3 Ethics CEUs, as well as all materials and lunch each day. Any employee of a Mental Health Connection member agency is considered a member. Click here to see the list of members.

Click here for more information if you are interested in becoming a Mental Health Connection member.


TraumaTrauma Symposium PowerPoint

On November 11, approximately 800 people heard Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., discuss the role of resilience in helping children deal with traumatic events. He also addressed self care for providers who help children deal with their difficult life experiences. Attendees' enthusiasm for Dr. Ginsburg's presentation resulted in two standing ovations during the day-long symposium.

Watch the Mental Health Connection website for information about future trauma trainings and additional work towards developing Tarrant County as a fully trauma-informed community.

We appreciate the contributions of all the Symposium sponsors: ACH Child and Family Services, Cook Children's Medical Center, The Excel Center, JPS Health Network, Lena Pope Home, Inc., MHMR of Tarrant County and Millwood Hospital.

Click here for Dr. Ginsburg's PowerPoint presentation

Click here for more information on the Mental Health Connection Trauma-Informed Committee

Click here for information on the impact of traumatic events on children.


1115 Waiver Update

At the October Mental Health Connection meeting, Susan Garnett of MHMR Tarrant County and Wayne Young of JPS Health gave an update on projects being implemented under the 1115 Waiver. Click here to view the PowerPoint.

Changing Expectations of Juvenile Justice in Texas

Randy Turner, director of Tarrant County Juvenile Services, updated Mental Health Connection members on current and future initiatives within the Juvenile Justice system at the September membership meeting. Click here to see his PowerPoint presentation, which includes statistics about the decreasing number of youth entering the Juvenile Justice system. The presentation also provides information on ways Tarrant County is working to help youth and family who are already in the system, along with prevention programs being implemented in the community.

2013-14 In-Kind Match Forms

The 2013-14 In-Kind Match Forms for Hand in Hand are now available. Please begin using these forms as soon as possible. The sign-in sheet for meetings and other events did not change. However, there are some changes on sheets for wraparound team meetings and wraparound services. Click here for the latest forms.

Healthy Lifestyles Initiative Feedback

In August, UNT Health Science Center conducted a focus group with Mental Health Connection members. Click here to see the results of the focus group.

American Hospital Association Recognizes Mental Health Connection

In a letter to the White House, the American Hospital Association has cited Mental Health Connection as an example of the ways hospitals have worked in their communities to address behavioral health needs. Wayne Young, Vice President of Operations and Administrator of Trinity Springs Pavilion at JPS Health, sits on the Governing Council of the AHA’s Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services. In a recent conference call, he shared the work of Mental Health Connection. The Section contacted him for permission to use the information about Mental Health Connection in the letter to the White House.

Click here to read the letter.

Strategic Plan Implementation UnderwayStrategic Plan

Work is underway to implement Mental Health Connection's Strategic Plan, which was developed in a year-long process that involved hundreds of volunteers. If you would like to help drive the future of mental health care in Tarrant County, sign up for one of the platforms working on the plan implementation. You might want to be on a committee, or simply offer consultation. Regardless of the role, you can be a part of the change that is coming. It’s your chance to make a difference. Contact the platform managers to let them know you are interested in helping.

Click here for Platform Manager contact information

Click here to review the plan

Mental Health Connection Launches Trauma Public AwarenessTrauma Campaign

Families often do not realize that childhood traumatic events can result in alarming behaviors years later. They may think that children "just get over" the traumatic experience. Or the adults may not realize that some events can be traumatic to children even if they are not to adults.

Families also may not realize that their child's emotional and behavioral problems could be related to traumatic experiences from years earlier.

To help parents, caregivers, teachers and others understand the causes and effects of traumatic events on children, Mental Health Connection has kicked off a new public awareness campaign. During May, you will see bus ads, billboards and movie ads that guide families to a new website about trauma in children, www.recognizetrauma.org. There are also brochures, posters and first-responder cards. The website discusses causes and effects of traumatic events in children, as well as ways supportive adults can help build resilience so children can move forward. The website also provides information on Tarrant County agencies that provide trauma-informed therapies.

Click here to see the materials developed for this new campaign. Feel free to download the art to help spread the word about the website.

Click here to order brochures and posters.

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Family Resource Centers Review the First 10 Years

The Fort Worth ISD Family Resource Centers celebrated their 10th anniversary this year. Click here to see a recap of achievements since the centers opened.

Tarrant Cares

Tops 16 Million Hits Since Launch

Do you or your clients need to find local health or social services? What about information on medications and medical tests? Then TarrantCares.org is the place for you. More than 16 million users have hit the Tarrant Cares.org website since its launch on March 30, 2011. While on the site, they find resources for local services ranging from healthcare and housing to employment, support groups and more. A library of more than 30,000 articles on health, parenting and other topics also includes information on medications and medical tests – all written in everyday language.

Create your own personal health record that you can share with physicians or anyone you want. Tarrant Cares protects your records with the same security used by banks.

Specialized sections within Tarrant Cares offer information specifically related to:

  • Adult and juvenile community corrections
  • Children and families
  • Domestic, sexual and other violence
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Mental/behavioral health
  • Prenatal to age 5
  • Public health and healthy communities
  • Seniors/adults with disabilities
  • Veterans, service members and their families

Join the millions of others who have found help on TarrantCares.org by checking it out today.

To help tell others know about Tarrant Cares through your agency's newsletter, Facebook page, Web site and more, click here for art and articles that will help.


Mental Health Connection Offers Toolkit for Consumer-Run Qualitative Study
System of Care communities that want to conduct their own consumer-run qualitative study can click here for a toolkit to help them get started.


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