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The next regular membership meeting will be held:

Monday, April 13, 2015
8:30-10:00 a.m.
Lena Pope
3200 Sanguinet
Fort Worth, Texas 76107


Paving the Way: The New System of Care Grant

Substance Abuse Assessment

Trauma Committee Update


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Facebook Trauma

2014-15 In-Kind Match Forms

Strategic Plan

Learning Communities

Learning Communities Full Report

Anti-Stigma Campaign

Fort Worth ISD
Family Resource Centers

Kenneth Barr Award

Standards of Care

Grant-Seeking Process

Consumer-Run Qualitative Study Toolkit



Next meeting: Monday, April 13, 2015, 8:30 a.m. at Lena Pope

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 Classes Resume in 2015

Mental Health Connection will offer the California Brief Multicultural Competency Scale (CBMCS) training again in 2015. The first session will be presented April 9, 10, 16 and 17 at All Saints Catholic Church Parish Hall, 214 N.W. 20th Street, Fort Worth 76164. The training will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. each day.

Participants must attend all four days of training to receive credit for 32 CEUs, including 3 ethics credits. The training is $125 for Mental Health Connection members and $175 for non-members.

Seating is limited at each program, so be sure to register early.

Click here for more information on the April training

Click here to register for the April training



Fighting Stigma with Images and Voices

Fine Line: Mental Health/Mental Illness is returning to Fort Worth from April 17 through May 31, and with it will come numerous educational programs for providers and the public alike. A three-hour ethics CEU program will be presented by the artist Michael Nye from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, May 11. The public can take advantage of "Therapeutic Thursdays" that will focus on different aspects of mental health. Area psychiatrists plan to make presentations to the public about mental health topics as well. On May 7, which is Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, The Art Station will present filial education programs for parents and young children throughout the day. Older youth will visit the exhibit on May 5 where they will hear from artist Michael Nye and create group art to express their feelings about Fine Line

Keep an eye on the Fine Line website - www.finelinefortworth.org. Dates and announcements of related programs will be provided throughout the exhibit. 

We also have rack cards that you can distribute to those who may be interested in the program, and we will be providing you with information for your e-newsletters and social media postings.

Fine Line is an unparalleled opportunity to help people understand that mental illnesses can affect anyone, including their friends, their neighbors, their families and even themselves.
If you've seen the exhibit, take a moment to share your reactions and thoughts through #finelinefw. 

The Fine Line exhibit is being presented as a partnership among Mental Health Connection, JPS Health and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. There will be no charge for the exhibit, which will be open at the regular museum hours. All other Museum exhibits will be available at the usual rate. Group viewings of Fine Line can be arranged by calling 817-927-5200.


Frank Adams Award

Mental Health Connection Receives Frank Adams Award

The Texas Council of Community Centers presented Mental Health Connection with the Frank M. Adams Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service at its annual meeting in June. MHMR of Tarrant County nominated Mental Health Connection for the award, which recognizes all of the accomplishments achieved by the collaboration as a result of its volunteer force. Unlike many collaborations, Mental Health Connection has only one paid staff member. The bulk of its work is accomplished by volunteers who are backed by their agencies to contribute time and expertise. As a result of these volunteer efforts, Mental Health Connection is currently implementing its fourth long-range plan. It has leveraged more than $50 million in funding to transform the mental health care system in the community, and is currently in the process of developing Tarrant County as a trauma-informed community.



WorthyRecognize Trauma Campaign Garners
Local, National Awards

The trauma public service campaign launched in May 2013 received two top awards this summer. The ECCOfirst was the Worthy Award for Public Service Campaigns from the Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, which was presented at an Awards Banquet in June. In July, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded the program with a Gold ECCO (Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach) Award in the Parents/Caregivers category. The ECCO award was presented during the Georgetown Institutes in Washington, DC.


Reaching TeensReaching Teens Update

Approximately 900 individuals at 13 area agencies are now scheduled to begin working through the Reaching Teens training. Most agencies plan to have the program in place by September, and more are scheduled to start next year. for approximately 900 mental health providers in the community. Researchers at the University of North Texas Health Science Center will be evaluating the program, working with each agency as it goes through the text and videos that accompany it. The program's author, Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., will be working closely with these initial agencies to facilitiate their work. At the same time, the work of the agencies and the evaluation will help him to roll out the program in other communities.

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.

Tarrant Cares

Nears 26 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. Almost 26 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, ex-offender reentry resources 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
  • Ex-Offender Reentry Resources
  • 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.

1115 Waiver Update

Click here for an update on projects being implemented under the 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.

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

Strategic Plan Implementation Underway

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.

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