NYAPRS Note: SAMHSA is hosting a free webinar TODAY entitled, “What’s New – Seizing Opportunities for Community Partnerships that Support the Behavioral Health of Service Members, Veterans, and their Families” at 12:30 PM EDT. The webinar features three dynamic women leaders who are advancing efforts to establish the “best of the best” military and civilian partnerships. See below for more information and to register.
SAMHSA's Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families Technical Assistance Center Presents: What’s New – Seizing Opportunities for Community Partnerships that Support the Behavioral Health of Service Members, Veterans, and their Families
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 12:30 PM EDT
SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) Technical Assistance (TA) Center is hosting a webinar featuring three dynamic women leaders who are advancing efforts to establish the “best of the best” military and civilian partnerships. These partnerships are essential in helping to increase access to supports and best practices for SMVF at the federal, state, and local level.
SAMHSA’s Senior Lead for the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Population Focus, Kathryn Power, will facilitate presentations and discussions with the Deputy Director of the White House Joining Forces Initiative, Rory Brosius, and the New York City Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, General Loree Sutton. Ms. Power will also review federal and state interagency efforts to improve access to mental health services for SMVF related to Executive Order 13625.
Deputy Director Brosius will present on the Joining Forces Initiative, led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, which calls on communities to “do what you do best” to help address the needs of SMVF and advances efforts to create behavioral health awareness. As a prime example of establishing effective community partnerships, General Sutton will present on New York City’s ThriveNYC Initiative and their efforts to move frontline approaches from clinic to community. The webinar will also feature SAMHSA’s SMVF Interagency Leadership Initiative, which focuses on collaborating with governors throughout the country and their SMVF policy makers to address this population’s behavioral health needs.
The presenters will provide new ideas and concrete examples of what can be done to help strengthen capacity in the community to address the needs of SMVF and ensure they receive the services and benefits they have earned.
- Identify new approaches to community partnerships that support the behavioral health of SMVF.
- Provide examples of new collaborative federal, state, and community-based activities to inspire and energize commitment to action on meeting the behavioral health needs of SMVF.
- Encourage joint efforts between government, nonprofit, and private sectors in the community to support the recovery and resiliency needs of SMVF.
- Urge states and local communities to take a holistic approach to supporting SMVF services.
A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed.| Regional Administrator, Region I, Senior Lead for the Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Population Focus, SAMHSA
Rory M. Brosius, M.S.W.| Deputy Director, Joining Forces Initiative, Office of the First Lady, Executive Office of the President
Brigadier General Loree K. Sutton, USA, Ret., M.D.| Commissioner of Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs, New York City
Representatives serving SMVF from state, territory, and tribal behavioral health systems, workforce development and training staff, providers, mental health and addiction peers, military family coalitions, and advocates.