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Webinar: Preventing Violent Extremism Grant Program

The Cal OES Policy Office will host a webinar to address questions regarding the Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) Non Profit Pilot Grant Program on Wednesday, May 30, 2018  at 10:00 am. To join this webinar, please visit: https://bluejeans.com/866647599?src=calendarLink or call (1-408-740-7256; Meeting ID: 866 647 599) at the previously identified day and time. Additional questions regarding the proposal process, or programmatic issues, should be submitted via e-mail to PVE@caloes.ca.gov. The Cal OES Request for Proposals and supporting grant documents can be found at caloes.ca.gov/grants

$47.4 million Available for Mental Health Awareness Training

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Mental Health Awareness Training grants totaling up to $47.4 million over the next three years.

The purpose of this program is to:

  1. Train individuals (e.g., emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members and their families) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED);
  2. Establish linkages with school- and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services;
  3. Train emergency services personnel, veterans, law enforcement, fire department personnel, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques;
  4. Educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder.

The application due date is Friday, June 8. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 126 grantees with up to $125,000 per year for up to three years. The funding opportunity announcement for this grant is available at: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-18-009.

Stepping Up Webinar: Shortening Jail Stays for Mentally Ill

Stepping Up is hosting a second webinar in the Four Key Measures series, Shortening the Length of Stay in Jail for People with Mental Illness, on Thursday, August 2 from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm. The webinar will provide strategies for shortening the length of stay in jail for people with mental illnesses and describe key data points to collect and analyze to track this measure of success. Part of the Stepping Up framework encourages counties to focus their efforts on impacting one or more of “Four Key Measures” for people with mental illnesses: jail bookings, jail length of stay, connections to treatment and recidivism. Previous webinars in this series are available on the Stepping Up toolkit. For additional information and to register for the webinar, please visit: http://www.naco.org/resources/programs-and-initiatives/webinars.

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