Implementing Effective Systems of Care for Children, Youth, and Transition-Aged Youth with or At-Risk of SED in Rural Communities

webinar, United States,

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 3:00:00 PM EDT - 4:30:00 PM EDT (Washington DC time)


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In 2017, 4.5% (11.2 million) of Americans 18 years or older had a serious mental illness (SMI), and it is estimated that 6.8 to 11.5 percent of children and youth have a serious emotional disturbance (SED). To address this challenge, SAMHSA has included in the FY2019 – FY2023 Strategic Plan a goal to “Reduce the impact of SMI and SED and improve treatment and recovery support services through the implementation of the comprehensive set of recommendations put forward by the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC).”

On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm Eastern Time, a SAMHSA-sponsored webinar developed under a contract by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NAMHPD) and National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, will take place. During the webinar, the panelists will discuss the challenges, successes, and lessons learned from their experiences in the implementation of effective rural Systems of Care. The discussion will include research findings related to engaging students and families in rural educational settings, cultural considerations, and strategies for engaging youth in remote communities. Presenters will offer insights and recommendations of interest to those who are currently involved in this work and for those who are contemplating the implementation of a rural System of Care. This webinar will be of interest to all audiences.

SAMHSA has a rich history of funding Systems of Care across the country. Implementation of these systems in rural communities is often challenging, in part due to factors such as culture and geography. These challenges require that implementers be well-grounded in community dynamics and demographics and that creative solutions be brought to the design of the framework for successful, rural systems.


  • Kurt Michaels, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Appalachian State University
  • Hannah Soundrarajan, B.S., Youth Engagement Coordinator, Minnesota System of Care
  • Brenda Donaldson, M.S., Family and Youth Engagement Program Manager, Tennessee System of Care, TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Julie Smith, M.S., Child and Youth Care Coordinator, System of Care Across Tennessee (SOCAT)


  • Lynda Gargan, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

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CEU credits will not be offered. However, letters of attendance are offered upon request.

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