Expert Help and Training for Youth

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) C.A.R.E.S. Center for Excellence in Behavioral Health

Supports historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in efforts to increase the number of racial and ethnic minority students entering behavioral health fields, including careers related to the treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) and co-occurring mental health disorders (CODs). Helps students discover and access behavioral health as an area of study and behavioral health career opportunities. Raises awareness of inequities and health disparities among minority and marginalized communities affected by substance use and mental illness.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Project

Provides training and technical assistance to juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTC) to enhance the capacity, knowledge, and skills of JDTC programs to effectively deliver services to justice-involved youth impacted by substance use and create safer and healthier communities. Offers resources, materials, and programming to support JDTCs in implementing best practices and building recovery capital and other support services for youth offenders and their families dealing with issues related to substance use.

Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC)

Consists of a network of 10 regional resource centers, a central coordinating office, a National Hispanic and Latino MHTTC, and a National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC that provide support to individuals and organizations working in the mental health field. Aims to raise the knowledge and skill base of the mental health workforce and promote the implementation of new and evidence-based practices for a full range of mental health prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Offers a variety of education, training, resources, and information, with focus areas that include rural mental health; early childhood, youth, and young adults; suicide prevention; culturally informed practices; population-based approaches; and more.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Gang Center (NGC)

Offers a variety of evidence-based resources, information, training, strategic tools, technical assistance, and expert help to communities facing severe and emerging gang problems. Assists with the development of comprehensive strategies to prevent gang involvement, reduce gang-related crime and violence, and improve public safety and well-being in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the nation.

Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
National Mentoring Resource Center

Offers training and technical assistance to mentoring practitioners and programs seeking to implement and operate mentoring programs to achieve positive outcomes for justice-involved youth. Provides youth mentors with information, tools, program, and training materials to support the use of evidence-based practices and innovative models designed to increase the quality and effectiveness of various program types, including group, peer, school-based, or web-based mentoring. Promotes mentoring as an important approach to support youth safety and well-being, prevent or decrease their involvement with the justice system, and reduce crime.

Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Program (PMHCA)

Provides tele-consultation, training, technical assistance and care coordination using telehealth to help providers integrate behavioral healthcare services into pediatric primary care. Supports the use of telehealth and other technologies to improve the ability of providers to diagnose, treat, and refer children with mental health conditions. Seeks to increase access to treatment and referral services for children and adolescents with behavioral health conditions in rural and underserved areas.

Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center

Offers support services, technical assistance, information, and training to K-12 schools and institutions of higher education to help strengthen their emergency preparedness. Includes information and resources on the development of emergency operation plans, including how to prepare for opioid-related emergencies and support students dealing with substance use issues in rural and urban areas.

Sponsor: Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS)