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					                                  STATE OF LOUISIANA
                          DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS

        Bobby Jindal
                                                 April 23, 2008                                Alan Levine
        GOVERNOR                                                                              SECRETARY

TO:             OMH Staff and Partnering Agencies

FROM:           Jennifer Kopke
                Assistant Secretary

SUBJECT:        2008 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week-May 4-10, 2008

May is Mental Health Month. The Department of Health and Hospitals-Office of Mental Health, Mental
Health of America in Louisiana and Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health are working together
as a team to make Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2008 the most successful week ever!

Please join us throughout the state of LA for an action-packed week dedicated to education, raising awareness
and advocating for children’s mental health. All attached activities are sponsored by the DHH-Office of
Mental Health, Mental Health of America in LA and Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.

For questions regarding statewide activities occurring daily throughout the week, please contact Trina Evans
Williams, State Project Director of the OMH-Louisiana Partnership for Youth Suicide Prevention (LPYSP)
at 225-342-9457 or e-mail Statewide activities are available to all OMH staff and other
state agency staff, policy makers, parents, teachers, service providers and all other champions for children!

                                            Scheduled Events

              Sunday, May 4, 2008
    Call for Prayer at all Louisiana churches.
                                                                         Monday, May 5, 2008
 Office of Youth Development- Children’s MH                        “Information Packet Push Day”
   packets will be distributed to families at the            Federation of Families, LA Partnership for
secure facilities to include: Swanson, Bridge City,         Youth Suicide Prevention (LPYSP) and Early
           & Jetson Centers for Youth.                         Childhood Support Services (ECSS) are
                                                              teaming up to provide over 3000 Children’s
     Monday, May 5 - Friday, May 9, 2008                    Mental Health Awareness Packets to Louisiana
  Entire Week: Children’s MH packets will be                Stakeholders, policy makers, parents, teachers,
   distributed by the OYD Regional office to                 service providers and all other champions for
 families, contractors, and schools that care for                       children’s mental health
                   OYD youth.
                                                            ECSS-Ouachita –Dr. Tony Young and Kaye
   Child Adolescent Response Team (CART)                   McKnight will appear on Channel 10 @ 6:25am
 (Region 5)- Moment of Silence during the entire            on behalf of ECSS to highlight Children’s MH
                    week.                                                  Awareness Week
                                                             ECSS-Desoto -1:30pm- presentation @ Wee
    Louisiana Youth Enhancement Services                                Care Day Care Center.
     (LA-YES) will travel to local schools to              ECSS-St. Tammany- in collaboration with our
  distribute and read Coloring-Activity books to              PreK-LA4 partners will visit classrooms to
                     students.                                 promote positive peer relations, emotion
                                                                coaching, and communicating feelings.
               Tuesday, May 6, 2008                                Friday, May 9, 2008
   ECSS-Delta-9:00am- Kid Med Clinic, Lake            LA Partnership for Youth Suicide Prevention
      Providence, invited quests are ECSS-             & Mental Health of America in Louisiana
    policymakers, parents, teachers, service         Sponsors the 1st Annual Children’s Mental Health
 providers, & all others champions for children.                  and Awareness Summit
ECSS Desoto-12:00 pm @ Broadmoor Library,                  Galvez Building, 602 N. Fifth Street,
        Shreveport- Parent Support Group                              Baton Rouge, LA
  ECSS Terrebone-6:30pm Family Story Time                           (8:00am- 4:30pm)
         Terrebonne Parish Main Library
151 Civic Center Blvd. Houma, LA 70360, ECSS           LA-YES-1:00-3:00pm- Children’s Mental
   will set up display and distribute brochures,      Health Week Extravaganza at Einstein Charter
     pamphlets-Event open to general public                             School
ECSS- East Baton Rouge Public Health Clinic,
     present Children’s Social & Emotional             ECSS Acadiana- Mini Expo at the site with
Development to all parents attending WIC Clinic.      Network Partners with Rep. Fred Mills, local
Each parent will receive a gift bag with parenting    community members are invited to participate.
          books, color books & handouts.               ECSS-New Orleans-Open House with CMH
                                                           Awareness information provided.
    LPYSP will present the 1st Suicide 101
   Gatekeeper Training for over 100 clergy at         Federation of Families conference-Terrebone-
     Celebration Church in Jefferson, LA                             Display All Day
                                                                Saturday, May 10, 2008
           Wednesday, May 7, 2008                          Federation of Families Houma, LA
ECSS-Delta-9:00am- WIC Clinic will distribute                       Family Fun Day
 MH Awareness packets, E Carroll Health Unit
  ECSS-Desoto-1:00pm- MH Awareness N.
                 Desoto Pre K
  ECSS- EBR- First Church, evening prayer
meeting, present Children’s Social & Emotional
              Development Needs
         6pm McKinley Alumni Bldg.
            1520 Thomas Delpit Dr.
            Baton Rouge, LA 70802

         Thursday, May 8, 2008
 ECSS-Delta- Displays @ Wal- Mart in Oak                       JOIN Us this Year and
      Grove and Rayville (2 hrs. each)                   “Wear a Green Ribbon” during these
 ECSS-Desoto-9:30am Network Presentation                           observances.
ECSS-Ouachita-11:00-12:00 - story hour at the
             Children’s Den
                                                                      Why Green?
  LA-YES-10- 11:30am - Consortium meeting/           Green signifies new life, new growth and new
              panel discussion                                        beginnings.

  LPYSP-11:30am- 1:30pm- It’s Everybody’s
Business- Lunch & Learn for Community Leaders         Therefore, we wear the green ribbon to raise
     Hosted by the Jefferson Youth Suicide             awareness, better the lives of children with
Prevention Coalition and location is the Jefferson      series emotional disorders and show our
             Parish Public Library                       support of these children and families.
One major area to be emphasized during this week is the 1st Annual Children’s Mental Health
Summit. This summit is scheduled to occur on May 9, 2008. This is the Children’s Mental Health
Week “Culminating Event.” Please join us in our state’s capital for this one action-packed
day dedicated to raising awareness, education, and advocacy for children’s mental health.
The 2008 summit will inform, inspire, and invigorate everyone involved with suicide
prevention—survivors, clinicians, educators, advocates, policy makers and OMH staff.

                                Annual Summit Activities include:

   •   A Tool Bag of National Resources will be given to all participants.
   •   Awareness Event with Statewide Youth Poster / Essay Display & Agency exhibits.
   •   Youth Panel of Experts and Parent Panel of Experts
   •   Education and training sessions on child traumatic stress, Psyche First Aid, Hurricane
       Preparedness, Engaging Parents, Youth & Service Providers, the latest prevention
       research, policy updates, and much, much more.
   •   Discussions with leaders in the field, including Dr. Rahn Kennedy Bailey, Meharry
       Medical College, and Dr. Melissa Brymer, National Child Traumatic Stress Network,
       and Dr. Michael Scheeringa, Tulane School of Medicine.

                      Children’s Mental Health Week Kick- Off Activities include:

   • April 3, 2008 ECSS- Kid’s 1st Conference
                        Distribution of materials/ information @ Kid Med Clinic
   • April 5, 2008 LA-YES- Children’s Mental Health Fair
   • May 1, 2008 MHAL- Orange Day
   • May 1-2, 2008 LPYSP- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
                           (2 day training)
   ● May 20, 2008 ECSS- Mental Health Awareness Fair sponsored by: Tyler MHC from
                         9:00am- 3:00pm.

       Entire Month of May: Mental Health Highlights
       LPYSP will sponsor the 2008 Youth Suicide Prevention Statewide Poster/Essay Contest
       and entry deadline date is May 31, 2008.

       Tyler MHC Children’s Services & ECSS have permission to decorate the bulletin board
       in the lobby area with information about children’s mental health and artwork
       completed by the children.

Each participant must pre-register for the annual summit with the LPYSP. The Annual Summit
Registration Form is attached to this letter. Space is limited and registration is on a first come,
first served basis. All registration fees are being paid for by DHH-OMH from the LPYSP-Garret
Lee Smith grant award that is funded by SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. Please
do not register for this Annual Summit if you think you will not be able to attend. Travel
and meals are on your own. There is no charge for this valuable Summit, and attendees can
earn four continuing education unit hours.
If you have any questions regarding the 1st Annual Children’s Mental Health Summit or the
2008 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week Activities, please contact Trina Evans
Williams, State Project Director of the OMH-Louisiana Partnership for Youth Suicide
Prevention (LPYSP) at 225-342-9457 or e-mail

Key Supporters for the summit include DHH-OMH-Louisiana Partnership for Youth Suicide
Prevention, Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Mental Health of America,
Early Childhood Support Services, Louisiana Youth Enhancement Services, LA Spirit, Children
Adolescents Response Team, Office of Youth Development and the Office of Public Health.

Children’s Mental Health and Awareness Week Planning Committee Members Include:

 Louisiana P           aip for
   Youth Suicide Prevention


Your support of this Summit and the 2008 Children’s Mental Health and Awareness Week is
greatly appreciated as we work together as a team to implement successful strategies that will
improve the mental health of LA children: One Child at a Time!

* Application has been submitted and pending approval for 4.0 contact hours of CEU’s by the
National Association of Social Workers- Louisiana Chapter, the Louisiana Counseling
Association, Louisiana Professional Counseling Association, Certified Prevention Specialists
and the Addictive Disorders Regulatory Authority.*

                                      OFFICE OF MENTAL HEATLH
               628 N. 4TH Street: P.O. BOX 4049: BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA 70821-4049
                              PHONE #: 225/342-2540 : FAX #: 225/342-5066
                              “AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER”