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The next regular membership meeting will be held:

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


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Next meeting: Monday,June 8, 2015, 8:30 a.m. at Lena Pope, 3200 Sanguinet, Fort Worth 76107

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"

Fine Line: Mental Health/Mental Illness
Educational Programs


Thanks to the generosity of Mental Health Connection members, more than 20 free educational programs are being presented in conjunction with the exhibit, Fine Line: Mental Health/Mental Illness. MHMR of Tarrant County has ensured there will be CEUs for the programs as well. Sessions are interactive and are appropriate for professionals, parents, health care workers, clergy, law enforcement and anyone else who wants more information.

The exhibit and all educational programs presented at the Museum are free and do not require registration. All other museum exhibits will be available at the regular price.

Click here to see all of the educational activities being offered at no charge during the Fine Line exhibit. Updates on the educational programs will be posted on the Event Information page at www.finelinefortworth.org.

Be sure to share your thoughts about Fine Line at #finelinefw.

Reaching 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.

TarrantCares.org Nears 26 Million Hits Since LaunchTarrant Cares

Do you or your clients need to find local health or social services? What aboutinformation on medicationsandmedical 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 andmore. 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.

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.

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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