April 2013


April 2013
Volume 1, Issue 4

Save the Date!


SOCTI: JUNE 3-4, 2013

Upcoming Events
& Trainings

Intro to Wraparound
Jackson, MS

April 9-11, 2013

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Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Training
April 24, 2013
Baltimore, MD

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Intermediate Wraparound
April 29-30, 2013
Alexandria, LA

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Intro to Wraparound
May 1-3, 2013
Austin, TX

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Intermediate Wraparound
May 14-15, 2013
Bloomington, IN

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University of Maryland
School of Social Work
306 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 706-8300 office main line



Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

freedom_academcyThe Institute for Innovation & Implementation (The Institute) partnered with the Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) in a successful submission for a $50,000 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program strategic planning grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance to improve aftercare services in Baltimore City. 

DJS, in collaboration with Baltimore Mental Health Systems, Inc. (BMHS), will use this award to fund a collaborative strategic planning process to initiate systemic change for the identification and treatment of youth under aftercare supervision with mental health illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. To read more, click here.

In photo above, Kevin Smith, BFA '15, stands in front of a mural depicting the school's social justice mission (Photo by Khalilah Harris, JD '01).


Customizing Health Homes

samhsaDr. Gary Blau from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has publicized a new report by Sheila Pires that provides a rationale for why health homes under ACA should be customized for children and youth with serious behavioral health challenges. 

The report offers practical and financial approaches to health home customization based on intensive care coordination models using high fidelity Wraparound that have emerged from systems of care in children’s behavioral health care.  This report can be found on the Center for Health Care Strategies website at


SOCTI:  June 3 & 4 - Save the Date!

scoti2013 Maryland System of Care
Training Institutes


Upcoming Events:

2013 Tuerk Conference Addiction Treatment
April 9, 2013
Location: The Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD
The purpose of the conference is to increase the participants’ understanding of recent changes in the mental health and addiction treatment system in Maryland. Healthcare reform, parity and integration of mental health and addiction at the state level have produced significant changes that will impact our field for years to come. It is vitally important for professionals to stay informed about these changes and their impact on patient care. For more information and to register, click here.

Transition Conference for Youth with Special Health
Care Needs

April 13, 9 am-4 pm; California, MD
May 18, 9 am-4 pm; Eastern Shore, MD
Free conference for parents and their teens with disabilities or special health care needs, offering information, ready-to-use planning tools and resources for youth, families and providers to ease the health care transition process. For more information or to register, visit, e-mail or call 410.768.9100 ext. 103.

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Training April 24, 2013, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Location: The Institute for Innovation & Implementation
306 W. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
For more information and to register, click here.

Webinar:  The Relationship between Language Delays and Autism in Early Childhood
April 29, 2013, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
High Noon WebCafe, sponsored by MCF (Maryland Coalition of Families for Children's Mental Health. Presented by Dr. Laurie Swineford of the National Institute of Mental Health.  This workshop will help parents and educators learn about early communication impairments and developmental delays.  Most children with language delays do not develop autism. However, ongoing research has been studying the potential risk factors associated with language delays and autism. We will include important information on current research studies and findings.
For more information or to register, click here.  Password is Abc123; Event number is 744 203 351.


Save these Dates:

2nd annual Youth M.O.V.E. Youthapolooza 2013 Lock-In
May 3 – 4, 2013
Location:  Easton, MD
Youth M.O.V.E. Maryland is a youth led statewide organization dedicated to helping create positive change in the lives of young people and the systems (Child Welfare, Juvenile Services, and Mental Health) that serve them throughout the state of Maryland.  The Talbot and Kent County Chapters of Youth M.O.V.E. are starting up in the next couple months and will be hosting this lock-in. Youth from all 9 counties, ages 14 to 17, will be invited.  This is a free event and our goal is to have up to 100 youth participate.  If you are interested in being a volunteer, please email

2013 Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health Conference
May 15-17, 2013
Location: Annapolis, MD
For more information, click here.



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