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Winter 2014, Volume 22, Number 1


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Project LIFT Seeks Leadership Program Applicants

SAMHSA's Project LIFT (Leadership Initiatives for Tomorrow) is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of emerging leaders serving communities in greatest need of behavioral health services. Project LIFT seeks candidates for its 2014 Behavioral Health Leadership Development Program. Participants will form an interactive learning community, enhancing their own leadership competencies while learning about the policy and practice implications of health reform. SAMHSA recognizes that investments in leadership development can improve employee retention, performance, problem-solving abilities, organizational agility, and business sustainability – ultimately improving the health outcomes of patients as well as the community's overall wellness.

The program seeks professional and peer workers who have been in the behavioral health field for 5-10 years, are committed to the field, and are willing to disseminate knowledge about health reform upon completion of the program. If interested in learning more about the application requirements, please call (240) 276-1691 or e-mail

Applications are due February 7; the program is scheduled to commence the third week of March 2014.

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Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program Awards $56.9 Million

SAMHSA has awarded up to $56.9 million in grants for the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program. The program develops and implements evidence-based programs, effective policies, and innovative strategies that address youth violence and promote the wellness of children, youth, and families. The grants will be awarded annually over the course of four years and will support work to increase the number of children and youth who have access to behavioral health services, decrease the number of students who abuse substances, increase supports for early childhood development, improve school environments, and reduce the number of students who are exposed to violence.

The grantees include the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the New Hampshire Department of Education, the State of Nevada, the Michigan Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Mental Health, and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Works, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

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Save the Date: Leadership Forum and SAMHSA's Prevention Day Exit Disclaimer

The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 24th National Leadership Forum and SAMHSA's 10th Prevention Day Exit Disclaimer will take place February 3-6, 2014 in National Harbor, MD, just outside Washington, DC. The theme this year is "The Power of Movement." During the SAMHSA Prevention Day Event, SAMHSA will launch the "Start the Talk" parent simulation tool that is part of the "Talk. They Hear You." campaign. The campaign is designed to help parents start the conversation about alcohol and underage drinking with their children.

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