Mission: The national association of state mental health program directors (nasmhpd) is organized to reflect and advocate for the collective interest of state mental health authorities and their directors at the national level. Nasmhpd analyzes trends in the delivery and financing of mental health services and builds and disseminates knowledge and experience reflecting the integration of public mental health programming in evolving healthcare environments.
Programs: Children's social marketing - provide technical assistance by promoting the importance and role of children's mental health, promoting social inclusion of children, youth, and emerging adults with behavioral health challenges, demonstrating that these behavioral health needs are best met through systems of care, and building community capacity for sustaining system of care values, services, and supports. The goals of the children's mental health initiative (cmhi) is to: develop systems of care for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families; provide a broad array of mental health and other related service treatments and supports to the population of focus; evaluate the effectiveness of the system of care and its component services; involve families in the development of the system and the services.
technical assistance coalition/transformation transfer - the coalition task is designed to assist state mental health authorities (smhas) in planning for and expanding community mental health services and in meeting the challenges of system changes required as a result of health care reform. In the transformation transfer task, smhas facilitate the dissemination and adoption of specialized technical assistance that positions the mental health service system to support the coming health reform system change.
national center for trauma-informed care and alternatives to restraint and seclusion - provides direct on-site service to publicly funded mental health systems in every state. Technical assistance and training is provided weekly across the country to mental health and substance abuse programs, homeless providers, juvenile and adult detention facilities, specialty courts, schools and programs serving persons living with hiv. Hands on consultation and support is the mission of the national center for trauma informed care. Because nctic technical assistance and training is directly linked to services, consumers are the ones benefiting by the cultural change that occurs when staff begin to support individuals in recovery.
other federal and non-federal programs - to provide information and assistance in the field of public mental health. State technical assistance - provide technical assistance and funding support to the substance abuse mental health service administration (samhsa)'s block grant programs, olmstead initiative, mental health planning council, and uniformed reporting system. Promote the adoption and diffusion of evidence-based practices and innovative practices to improve health outcomes of individuals, families, and communities impacted by mental illness, substance abuse, and/or substance use disorders. Suicide prevention hotline -promote public safety by reducing the number of lives lost to suicide, which is the tenth leading cause of death and the third leading cause of death among young adults in the united states. Nasmhpd and its staff volunteer to assist community members in providing crisis services to people who are in a crisis state or need help with their traumatic experiences, substance use, or mental illness. Nasmhpd works closely educating and training community members to recognize the sign of someone who may be in a crisis state and considering suicide. Maryland juvenile justice - nasmhpd was awarded two contracts from maryland department of juvenile services in august of 2016. The first contract is for training in trauma informed approaches for all staff at committed facilities for youth. The concept is to implement trauma informed approaches across disciplines to reduce symptoms, enhance strength based programming and reduce the use of aversive interventions. The second contract allows us to develop a psychoeducational group intervention specifically designed for the committed youth population who have high exposure to toxic stress. Association membership - nasmhpd serves as the national representative and advocate for state mental health agencies and their directors and supports effective stewardship of state mental health systems. Nasmhpd informs its members on current and emerging public policy issues, educates on research findings and best practices, provides consultation and technical assistance, collaborates with key stakeholders, and facilitates state to state sharing. Nasmhpd's vision is that mental health is universally perceived as essential to overall health and well-being with services that are available, accessible, and of high quality. Recovery and resiliency are the overall goals and certain fundamental values guide nasmhpd in its mission, which include person and family centered, integration of health and mental health services, attention to prevention and early intervention, community integration, and emphasis on diversity. Nasmhpd members play a vital role in the delivery, financing, and evaluation of mental health services within a rapidly evolving healthcare environment. The principal programs operated, funded, and/or regulated by nasmhpd members serve people who have serious mental illnesses, developmental disabilities, and/or substance use disorders. This role impacts many other constituencies as well. In recognition of these mutual interests, nasmhpd has effectively responded to, and collaborated with, other organizations and individuals including those representing consumers, families, and state mental health planning and advisory councils. The association provides members with the opportunity to exchange diverse views and experiences and learn from one another in areas vital to effective public policy development and implementation.