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Rural Behavioral Health Webinar: Resource Poor or Rich?: Asset Building to Provide Behavioral Health Services for Children, Youth and Families in Rural Communities

August 28, 2013 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Led By: 
Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, and the Mental Health Promotion Branch, Center for Mental Health Services

Please join us for the third webinar in the 2013 Webinar series discussing behavioral health issues for children, youth and families in rural areas. The Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series 2013 is sponsored by the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, and the Mental Health Promotion Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University, and the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health.


This webinar will focus on practical strategies for harnessing the assets that exist within rural communities and among families, children and youth to address behavioral health needs and well-being.  By emphasizing the principles of family-driven and youth-guided approaches, presenters will discuss the importance of meaningful integration of these principles into the delivery of services and programs in rural communities. The webinar will highlight the wraparound/advocacy model utilized by Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., in working with cross-system involved youth and families in its upstate New York locations, including a tribal community. The webinar will also highlight time banking as a strategy for effective asset building in a rural community in northern California. Time banking is a reciprocal service exchange where community members share time for services, where each hour of service is valued the same. Presenters will discuss the efforts of two rural communities to identify and maximize community assets.


Karen B. Francis, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health


Gary Blau, Ph.D., Branch Chief, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, CMHS/SAMHSA

Michael Marks, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research

Stephanie Hart, President, New York State, Youth Advocates Program, Inc.

Terry Daniels, Co-Founder, Hourworld, Lake County, California

Event Registration:

To register for this event, please visit: 

You will need to register to receive information on how to attend the event. Please note that registration for this event will close Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. E.T.


If you have any questions about registration, please contact Allyson Pakstis at or (202) 403-5678.

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