2019-2020 Webinars


2019-2020 Webinars

Working at the Intersections of Domestic Violence, Mental Health, and Substance Use


While it has long been recognized that domestic violence can have significant mental health and substance use-related effects, the lack of collaboration between systems often leave survivors and their families without ways to address both safety and recovery needs. In order to address these intersecting issues, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Administration for children and Families (ACF) issued an Information Memorandum calling for increased collaboration between domestic violence, mental health and substance use disorder treatment service providers and systems.

This webinar series will introduce key issues highlighted in the Information Memorandum, share recommendations and resources for supporting individuals and families experiencing domestic violence, provide examples of innovative state-level collaborations, and offer concrete strategies for service systems and organizations on responding to these intersecting concerns.

All live webinars were closed captioned. For more information, please contact Karla Alegria via email by clicking this link or via phone at 312-726-7020 or 312-726-4110 (TTY).


SAMHSA and ACF Information Memorandum Working at the Intersections of DV, Substance Use, and Mental Health: Research, Resources and Recommendations

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CDT | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm MDT
12:00pm – 1:30 pm PDT | 11 am – 12:30 pm AKDT | 9:00 – 10:30 am HST

Hosted by: The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health in partnership with thebU.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Family and Youth Services Bureau, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program

While it has long been recognized that domestic violence can have significant mental health and substance use-related effects, the lack of collaboration between systems often leave survivors and their families without ways to address both safety and recovery needs. In order to address these intersecting issues, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Administration for children and Families (ACF) have issues an Information Memorandum calling for increased collaboration between domestic violence, mental health and substance use disorder treatment service providers and systems. This webinar will introduce key issues highlighted in the Information Memorandum, along with recommendations, a media toolkit, and resources for supporting individuals and families experiencing domestic violence.

Who should attend?
This webinar is designed for State Mental Health and State Substance Use Disorder Treatment Directors and staff; State Family Violence Prevention and Services Administrators and staff; State, Territory and Tribal Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalitions; and for organizations and practitioners working in the domestic and sexual violence, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment and recovery fields.

Presented by:
Shawndell N. Dawson
Director, Division of Family Violence Prevention and Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Melinda J Baldwin, PhD, LCSW
Special Assistant, Office of the Director
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Kenya Fairley, MSEd.
Supervisory Program Specialist
Division of Family Violence Prevention and Services
Family and Youth Services Bureau
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Carole Warshaw MD
Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC
Director of Policy & Practice for Domestic Violence & Substance Use, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health

Beth Collins, MSW
Domestic Violence Program Specialist, Division of Children, Youth and Families, Colorado Department of Human Services

Elliot Birckhead, JD
Deputy Commissioner of Programs and Policy, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Bureau for Behavioral Health

To listen to this Webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: SAMHSA and ACF Information Memorandum Working at the Intersections of DV, Substance Use, and Mental Health: Research, Resources and Recommendations

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

» Webinar Handouts (PDF)


Recommendations and Collaborative Strategies for Systems and Organizations

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MST
12:00pm – 1:00 pm PST | 11 am – 12:00 pm AKST | 10:00 – 11:00 am HST

In March 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Administration for Children and Families (ACF) issued a joint Information Memorandum calling for increased collaboration between domestic violence, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment service providers, organizations, and systems. The Information Memorandum addressed the fact that while domestic violence has significant mental health and substance use related effects, the lack of collaboration between service systems often leaves survivors and their families without viable ways to address both safety and recovery needs. Building on NCDVTMH’s October 16th webinar introducing the joint Information Memorandum, the second webinar in this series will highlight collaborative partnerships in two states, Maine and Alaska. This webinar will also highlight concrete strategies for service systems and organizations on implementing collaborative responses to these intersecting concerns.

Who should attend?
This webinar is designed for State Mental Health and State Substance Use Disorder Treatment Directors and staff; State Family Violence Prevention and Services Administrators and staff; state, territory and tribal domestic and sexual violence coalitions; and for organizations and practitioners working in the domestic and sexual violence, mental health, and substance use disorder treatment and recovery fields.

Presented by:
Justine Larson, MD, MPH, MHS
Senior Medical Advisor
Center for Mental Health Services
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration

Shawndell N. Dawson
Director, Division of Family Violence Prevention and Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kenya Fairley, MSEd
Supervisory Program Specialist
Division of Family Violence Prevention and Services
Family and Youth Services Bureau
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Carole Warshaw MD
Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health

Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC
Director of Policy & Practice for Domestic Violence & Substance Use, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health

Regina Rooney
Education & Communications Director
Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence

Lauree Morton
Advocacy Initiatives Director
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

To listen to this Webinar, click the link below and follow the instructions on the page.

» Webinar Recording: Recommendations and Collaborative Strategies for Systems and Organizations

Webinar attendees, to access the handouts for this webinar, click the link below.

» Webinar Handouts (PDF)


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