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Mental Health Connection
of Tarrant County

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.

There will be NO Mental Health Connection meeting in July

The next meeting of Mental
Health Connection will be:

Monday,August 11, 2014
8:30-10:00 a.m.
The Women's Center
1723 Hemphill
Fort Worth, Texas 76110

Trauma-Informed Community Update


jobs.jpg Announcements


Minutes of previous meetings


2014 Committee Resolution

Ten-Year Anniversary Brochure

Community Solutions
Wraparound Outcomes

Quick Links


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: August 11, 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"

CBMCS Training in July and August

Improve your skills with clients whose culture, values and ethnicity are different than yours. You will have two opportunities to participate in California Brief Multicultural Competency Scale (CBMCS) training over the summer. The first session will be offered July 17, 18, 24 and 25. Your second chance to participate in this unique, interactive training will be August 7, 8, 14 and 15. Participants must commit to attending all four days, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Both trainings will be held in the All Saints Catholic Church Parish Hall, 214 N.W. 20th Street, Fort Worth 76164. CEUs are available for those who participate in all four days of the training.

For the first time this year, Mental Health Connection's Cultural Connection has opened CBMCS training to non-members. Fees for the program are $125 for members of Mental Health Connection and $175 for non-members. The fees cover all materials and lunch each day. Anyone who works for a Mental Health Connection member agency is considered a member.   

Check to see if my agency is a Mental Health Connection member

Register for the July training

Register for the August training

GinsburgMental Health Connection Kicks Off Reaching Teens

Resilience expert Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., returned to Fort Worth in early March to kick off a new training program called Reaching Teens. Approximately 250 people attended the kickoff, including staff members of the 13 agencies that are piloting and helping to evaluate the training. Additional participants learned more about the program so they can kick it off later this year or early next year.

Reaching Teens consists of a textbook and 450 videos that link to the lessons. It is evidence-informed, but is not a traditional curriculum. Instead, agencies and individuals can use the lessons best suited to their and their clients' needs. All professionals can earn up to 65 CEUs over three years if they complete the full text. The American Academy of Pediatrics published the training and is providing all CEUs.

Mental Health Connection is spearheading the project at Dr. Ginsburg's request. During his training on trauma in November, Dr. Ginsburg learned that Mental Health Connection is an organization "unlike any other in the country" due to its successful collaboration. His goal was to launch Reaching Teens throughout a community so all people who work with teens - from parents to mental health providers to pediatricians to law enforcement - can speak the same language and provide continuity for teens across systems. Dr. Ginsburg has agreed to help all of the pilot agencies determine the best way to use the training based on their unique needs. He will also work with the agencies through telephone consultations over the next year. 

Because of its willingness to work with Dr. Ginsburg on a community-wide program, Mental Health Connection is able to offer the $300+ text and videos for just $125 for those who want CEUs and $75 for those who do not. Agencies participating in the pilot are: ACH Child and Family Services, Alliance for Children, The Art Station, Child Protective Services, Cook Children's Medical Center, The Excel Center, Fort Worth ISD, MHMR of Tarrant County, Lena Pope Home, The Parenting Center, Santa Fe Youth Services, Tarrant County Juvenile Services, and the Youth Advocacy Program.

1115 Waiver Update

Click here for an update on projects being implemented under teh 1115 waiver.

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.

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

Family Resource Centers Review the First 10 Years

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

Tops 17 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 17 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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