SAMHSA-Sponsored Webinars in August


Integrating Peers in Crisis Response Services
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, 1:30 p.m. ET

Throughout the country, states and communities are implementing crisis response models ahead of the realization of the nationwide, 3-digit 988 hotline for suicidal and mental health crises by July 2022. 988 implementation calls for not only 24/7 crisis call centers, but also mobile crisis teams and crisis stabilization programs.

This webinar will showcase how peers are currently working as part of the crisis response system, including on the NAMI HelpLine and in a peer-run respite center. It will then explore how to center racial equity and lived experience in building a crisis response system.

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  • Kaitlin Gazi, Peer and Family Member Volunteer, NAMI HelpLine; Cognitive Skills Trainer and Personal Care Aide
  • Keris Myrick, MBA, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate, Co-Director, S2i; Executive Committee Board Member, National Association of Peer Supporters
  • Paula Verrett, MSW, CPS, Director, Iris Place Peer Run Respite Program of NAMI Fox Valley

Providing Team-Based Services to Youth in Crisis
Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, 1:30 p.m. ET

Mental health symptoms were already common among teens and young adults and have increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. And access to crisis care for youth is challenging in many, if not most, parts of the country. To address the need for youth services, the Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT) program at the University of Texas delivers telemedicine services to public school students experiencing a mental health crisis. The program’s team is made up of social workers, psychologists, mental health practitioners, child psychiatrists, and community health workers who work together to assess and triage a student’s needs, provide connections to care, and brief interventions as needed.

This webinar will showcase how the TCHATT team works collaboratively with the student, family, school and community providers, and will showcase opportunities — including new federal resources — that other communities can leverage to replicate this model to meet their local needs.

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  • Angela Kimball, National Director, Government Relations, Policy & Advocacy Team, NAMI
  • Roshni Lani Koli, M.D., Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; Medical Director for Pediatric Mental Health Services, Dell Children’s Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin
  • Luanne Southern, Executive Director, Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium