NAO Update
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July 1, 2013

1. From the Executive Director's Desk

Rob Trachtenberg is currently returning from vacation. Check for his message next week. Thanks! Happy Fourth of July!

2. From A-TrACC
VMH Webinar 313. AHECs & CSSP Partner to Promote Online VMH Training Options
All AHECs can continue to improve behavioral health access and services for veterans by referring providers to the free CSSP online courses. Each AHEC has been assigned a unique web link for accessing the courses. Providers using your link to access and complete the course are tracked so that they can be included in your CE reports. This outreach extends the impact of the national AHEC Veterans Mental Health Project and increases awareness of the tremendous work AHECs have done in the past 2 years. This is something every AHEC in the country can do! Tools and methods for encouraging targeted providers to take the online courses will be shared.

Monday, July 22, 3 to 4 pm Eastern: Register

Remaining Veterans Mental Health Trainings

Click here for the schedule of remaining Veterans Mental Health CE programs. While all programs were to be completed by August 1, some AHECs ran into scheduling issues with venues, institutions and/or speakers and extensions were granted. The A-TrACC contract for this project ends September 29, however, so it is essential that all participating AHECs complete their trainings and submit reports by August 15 if possible.

3. Northwestern CT AHEC Requesting Proposals from AHECs Interested in Participating in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps
NWCTAHEC seeks AHECs to participate in the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps by serving as the host site for a full-time AmeriCorps member. AmeriCorps members will be trained as Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors and will implement Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings for a wide cross-section of community members who work with young people.

The Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps is made possible through an award from the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps National Direct.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based training program that helps individuals and communities respond appropriately to young people who may be experiencing a mental health issue. In the aftermath of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, President Obama and other national, state and local leaders are calling for the widespread implementation of Youth Mental Health First Aid as a strategy to improve access to mental healthcare services for young people suffering from mental illness.

The national network of AHECs is uniquely positioned to provide AmeriCorps members with the resources necessary to bring about positive sustainable change in a community's ability to improve access to mental health care. Building synergy between the AmeriCorps mission of mobilizing volunteers to create solutions to our nation's toughest challenges with the AHEC mission to improve access to health care for vulnerable populations will position AHEC as a national leader responding to pressing community healthcare issues.

Click here to download a copy of the Youth Mental Health First Aid Corps Request for Proposals.

Mission Statement: The National AHEC Organization supports and advances the AHEC Network to improve health by leading the nation in the recruitment, training and retention of a diverse health workforce for underserved communities.

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