PEI Provider News Volume 6, Issue 25

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PEI Provider News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 6, Issue 25

Welcome to PEI Provider News! Our weekly e-newsletter to providers combines provider resources, stories of interest, exclusive educational opportunities and grant information.

Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus Guidance from DSHS and the Governor is available online for all Texans as we respond to the pandemic. Information changes weekly; it's a good idea to bookmark this page for the most up-to-date, accurate information on current response efforts. 

Help and Hope COVID-19 resource page: Visit to find updated resources for providers and the general public.

Coronavirus Resources for PEI Providers: Information on the COVID-19 virus for providers.

"Caring Deeply, During COVID and Always"

The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing at the University of Texas published a Q & A with CPS Director of Field Erica Bañuelos discussing how caseworkers are responding and adapting to the pandemic to continue to serve families and protect children.

FDA Issues a Warning About Hand Sanitizer Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers due to an increase in the number of hand sanitizer products that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol can be toxic when absorbed through the skin and life-threatening if ingested. 

Visit the FDA's Updates on Hand Sanitizer with Methanol page to see the full list of hand sanitizers the FDA is advising consumers to not use. 

Training Tuesdays with PEI

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Join us from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Standard Time each Tuesday as we explore current, relevant topics based on state trends, featuring PEI speakers and guest experts.

July 21: Selecting a Caregiver

What's the best way to help choose a caregiver that will keep children safe? We'll explore the answer to that question, and provide detailed insight and guidance on different types of child care settings, using the DFPS website for finding child care, how to maintain safety of children in child care and more.

July 28: Introduction to Continuous Quality Improvement

Join Prevention and Early Intervention's 'Training Tuesdays' for an exploration of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). This is an introductory webinar, covering key elements of CQI and including real-world examples of how organizations use CQI in their work to improve services and processes. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe CQI, identify SMART Aims, and understand the components of the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle.

Be Strong Families Trainings for PEI

PEI is excited to announce a series of free trainings facilitated by Be Strong Families. These trainings will be conducted virtually, and open to all PEI providers statewide. Space is limited to 30 participants per option so register today. Each participant will be emailed training materials.

Making Effective Referrals

Everybody needs help sometimes; when the right assistance comes at the right time, it can be lifesaving. This workshop teaches participants how to implement a client-driven, partnership-based approach to Information & Referral Services (I&R) where the focus is on building parents’ skills to research and access services as they both build their knowledge of what's available in the community.

This two-day training will take place July 29-30 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Register today.

Vicarious Trauma/Vicarious Resilience

Understanding how other people’s trauma impacts our own well-being is the first step to improving our ability to sustain positive relationships. The workshop begins with learning about and identifying our own signs of trauma exposure response and our emotional triggers. Participants practice strategies for de-escalating their own and others’ emotional responses at the moment. Participants will be introduced to Journey to Vitality, a framework for wellness. This 2-day training will be offered two separate times.

Choose only one option below:

For more information email:

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Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Resources

We can reduce (and ultimately eliminate) preventable drownings by equipping parents and caregivers with life-saving water safety education. This webinar will teach you about the Colin’s Hope Water Safety Education Card, website and online Water Safety Quiz along with other important caregiver resources that you can share with families in your community, and how you can access and order these FREE resources today.

To take the course: Type or paste the course names above into the search bar on the PEI Learning Hub.

• Click on the course and select “request.”
• On your transcript select “launch” to begin.
• When the video is complete, go to "completed" courses in your transcript.
• Select "evaluate" to provide feedback.

For questions, contact

A 21st Century Vision for Child Welfare

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Collaboration, innovation and intervention = prevention. These are the keys to unlocking a child welfare system that ensures protected children and stronger families. Join TexProtects for a visionary discussion with DFPS leadership and Casey Family Programs on new and innovative ways to build healthy and resilient families and communities to ensure children are safe at home.

The webinar begins July 23rd at 12:00 p.m. Register Now

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2020 Virtual Texas Fatherhood Summit

July 24th is the final Fatherhood Friday. The virtual summit runs from 10:30 a.m. - noon.Register today Questions? Contact

Multicultural Mental Health: an Infographic

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July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. To raise awareness, the National Alliance on Mental Illness created an infographic on mental health challenges across diverse communities, the various critical issues they face and ways to find support.

To find help across Texas contact the Texas Youth Helpline at (800) 989-6884. 

Virtual Summer Festivals

Here's a few virtual summer festivals to share with your community and clients, courtesy of Red Tricycle.

  • Every Saturday in July the DC JazzFest is streaming never-before-seen footage from years gone by with live-streamed shows taking place now. Enjoy a weekly jazz concert from the comfort of your own home while letting the kids get the wiggles out! 
  • Starting in July, SummerStage Anywhere is presenting exclusive digital arts content that you can watch from anywhere. Culture talks, DJing, and arts programs for kids and families are available.