PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 31

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A PEI Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 31

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

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Child Abuse Prevention Month


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and we sent out a social media toolkit to help empower communities with resources to support Texas children, youth, and families where they live, work, and play!

We encourage you to promote child abuse prevention awareness this month with your networks to equip families with knowledge and resources to support child abuse prevention practices in Texas.

Governor Abbott's Child Abuse Prevention Month Proclamation includes a call for unity in keeping every child safe, and lifts up the many organizations across Texas whose tireless work is key to achieving this goal.

4 Ways To Support National Child Abuse Prevention Month:

Whether it’s a message in your email newsletter, a feature on your website, or a social media post, every action helps to make the well-being of children and families a priority. More info here.

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PEI Community Awards Nominations

Each year, the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Division recognizes people across Texas who go the extra mile to serve their communities. We're looking for those people and organizations that have created solutions to problems, made positive, lasting changes for the community they live in, and brought people together with their resilience, care, and kindness. 

Nominate your youth, parent, and professional champions!

For rules, categories, nomination form, and more info:


Award Nomination Form


Last day to nominate is Friday, May 14th.

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Parenting Tips Calendar Call for Artwork

Our Call for Artwork is underway, and we're already getting some amazing creations. We encourage all grantees to participate in submitting their child and youth art for the 2022 Parenting Tips Calendar by May 1st

Check out this beautiful example sent to us by the El Paso Center for Children below!

FAMILY Example

We’d love to see what "strong Texas families" look like to the children you support in your community. Artwork should be at least 8.5x11 (the size of a standard sheet of paper) and should have a focus on highlighting the strength and diversity of Texas families.

For more information, questions, support brainstorming, or to express interest, contact Tom Stephan.

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Training Tuesdays

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Join us every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month as we explore current, relevant topics based on state trends, featuring PEI speakers and guest experts.

Prevention During a Pandemic: Pivots, Innovations, and Lessons Learned

Date: April 20th
Time: 3:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. CST

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose challenges, concerns, and stress to Texas families and the organizations that serve them. Join Prevention and Early Intervention Assistant Commissioner Sasha Rasco and panelists as they discuss on-going prevention strategies in the context of the pandemic, what we’ve learned from efforts in Texas over the past year of navigating the pandemic, and what they envision for the road ahead.

Making PEIRS Reports Work for You: Tracking Surveys and Other Tasks in PEIRS

Date: April 27th
Time: 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CST

Join PEI’s Research and Evaluation Team as we highlight reports in the PEI Reporting System that help you track surveys and data collection tasks in PEIRS. The first half of the webinar will highlight tools for all PEI providers and the second half will highlight tools for those with the home visiting tab.

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Connect with the PEI Learning Hub

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To take these courses: Type or paste the course names below into the search bar on the PEI Learning Hub:

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

For questions, contact

Achieve OnDemand: Supervising Home Visitors (Self-Paced Course)

Supervision plays a vital role in keeping home visits centered on parent-child relationships and the content focused on the achievement of outcomes. Supervisors know, however, that home visitors routinely work with families whose complex needs go beyond what home visits alone can address. This course offers practical strategies new and experienced supervisors can use to make the most of their interactions and time with home visitors to meet these challenges. Explore best practices to ensure your team achieves success with families with your critical support as their supervisor. Note: This Achieve OnDemand learning experience qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Handling Aggression

Keeping Yourself Safe in Difficult Situations

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Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

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Essentials of Home Visiting - Now Free for Grantees

Beginning Tuesday, April 6th, PEI Grantees will have access to the Essentials of Home Visiting live webinars free of cost. Visit the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal to view the schedule and register for upcoming webinars. Questions? Contact the Support Team by email or call (312) 481-8859.

Promoting Effective Parenting with Motivational Interviewing (Webinar)

Date: April 13th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: April 12th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

Reflective practice is essential to providing high-quality home visiting services and engaging with families. The utilization of motivational interviewing in reflective practice can greatly enhance the effectiveness of services and improve relationships with families served. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. This webinar identifies the fundamental elements of motivational interviewing and explores strategies for using motivational interviewing in home visiting. This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

Achieve OnDemand: Being Present with Families (Webinar)

Date: April 27th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: April 26th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

How do our personal values and experiences impact the work we do? The qualities of being nonjudgmental, present and an active listener will be covered as well as some potential barriers to active listening. This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

Free Be Strong Families COVID-19 Daily Webinars 

Be Strong Families hosts a series of webinars in English (12:00 P.M. CDT) and Spanish (1:30 P.M. CDT) daily. Check out their website for topics including grieving experiences and expectations, family storytelling workshop, self-care for caregivers, financial resilience, and candid experiences of COVID-19. 

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External Training Opportunities

Webinar: Prioritizing Equity and Community Wellbeing in the Wake of Catastrophic Events

Date: April 13th
Time: 11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST

While catastrophic events create disruptions and contribute to trauma across populations, they also highlight the resilience of communities and can propel leaders to address long-standing inequities magnified by the disruption. This peer learning forum will focus on what equitable recovery looks like in the current context, and how resilient communities can help prevent suicide and trauma. This webinar will: 

  • Use the Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience (ACE|R) framework to think about equitable community-level recovery and systems change that supports wellbeing in the long term.
  • Identify actions agencies and organizations have taken before or during periods of disruption such as the COVID-19 pandemic to create protective environments, strengthen economic supports, and advance other suicide and trauma prevention strategies.
  • Discuss what actions are needed moving forward to further community wellbeing, prevent suicide and trauma, and intentionally address racial and other inequities.

Webinar: Changing Social Norms about Help Seeking as a Prevention Strategy

Date: April 14th
Time: 1:00 P.M. - 1:45 P.M. CST

Social norms around seeking help can promote or stand in the way of families getting timely support to prevent their involvement with the child welfare system. Learn how the FRIENDS National Center's Prevention Mindset Institute is working to address this issue. Speakers: 

  • Valerie Spiva Collins, FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
  • Valerie Lebanion, Community Collaboration for Children, Kentucky
  • Sasha Rasco, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
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Funding Opportunities

Preventing Violence Affecting Young Lives (PREVAYL)

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released CDC-RFA-CE21-2104: Preventing Violence Affecting Young Lives (PREVAYL). CDC intends to commit $10 million over 5 years and fund at least eight recipients to address multiple forms of violence impacting teens and young adults, ages 10-24. Applications are due May 1, 2021, with awards expected by August 2021. 

For more information email

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COVID and Texas

DSHS Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. As Texas opens COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone age 16 and older, the Texas Department of State Health Services offers the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. Read more on this this and all state health updates at DSHS News Releases.

Even after you get a dose of the vaccine, continue to wear face masks, practice social distancing and regular handwashing to slow the spread. 

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Share Your Work!

If you have any events or news that you would like to share in the next e-newsletter please email