PEI Provider News Volume 7, Issue 41

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Volume 7, Issue 41

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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Save the Date - Partners in Prevention 2021

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The 21st Annual Partners in Prevention Conference will take place at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas on November 2-4, 2021. Our hybrid conference is still evolving to align with social distancing and the safety of all presenters and conference goers.

Our 2021 theme is Forging Forward Together: Nurturing Communities and Families.

We seek to recognize the challenges of the past year and the power of coming together, carving out paths towards a future that supports prevention and early intervention professionals and the communities they support and partner with.

Feel free to share this message with others. Start the conversation on your social media accounts! #pipcon2021

For questions, please contact

How Will You Attend PIP?

Partners in Prevention is planning a hybrid-model conference at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, with select conference sessions available virtually. Please help us get an idea of your preferred method of attending this year's conference by answering one question below. Thank you!

Take Our 1-Question Survey

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Visit our Virtual Idea Board!

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Just like you, PEI is dedicated to incorporating and uplifting the voices of individuals with lived experience in our programming and practices. As we continue our work in this area, PEI is interested in hearing from you!

Launch Virtual Idea Board

We invite you to visit in our Virtual Idea Board. On this board you will see three sections:

  • The top left identifies PEI’s current initiatives to incorporate lived experience.
  • The top right provides you an opportunity to share other ideas of how you would like to see PEI incorporate lived experience in the future.
  • The bottom is where we want to hear about what is being done in your programs to incorporate lived experience.

To provide your feedback and information

  1. Access the idea board;
  2. Click on the post-its within the “How Would You Want PEI to Incorporate Lived Experience?” and “Current Community Provider Initiatives” sections;
  3. Type in your response!

We ask that you include all relevant information in the idea board by July 5th. Your collaboration will assist PEI in understanding the current landscape of utilizing lived experience in prevention programming across Texas. We will share the compiled information from the idea board in an upcoming PPN. If you have any questions regarding how to navigate the idea board please contact

Thanks in advance for your collaboration!

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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

Foundations of Infant Mental Health Practice in Home Visiting (Self-Paced Course)

Caring about the parent-child relationship is a primary purpose of home visiting with families. By using the power of observation, listening, and inquiry with a family, you activate a parent's learning so they use the same strength-based skills with their child. This course covers critical issues in infant mental health, including brain development and attachment. It provides practical ways home visitors can use observation and listening to strengthen the parent-child relationship. It also incorporates strategies for incorporating reflection to extend the 'learning together.’ Note: This qualifies for .3 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

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Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

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Essentials of Home Visiting Webinars - Now Free for Grantees

Access the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal free of cost. Use this link to register.

Domestic Violence: Safety Planning

Date: June 22nd
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: June 21st at 12:00 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, how can you support families impacted by domestic violence to develop a safety plan? This webinar discusses developing a working knowledge of community resources and collaborating with formal and informal institutions to support families using a strength-based, family-centered approach. This webinar complements the Domestic Violence in Home Visiting self-paced course. 

Matching Family Needs to Resources

Date: June 23rd
Time: 2:30 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. CDT
Register by: June 22nd at 2:30 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, it can be challenging to align available resources to the needs of families. This webinar explores how to carry out your role in the infant mental health spectrum and feel confident in connecting families to community resources and supports when the need arises. This webinar complements the Foundations of Infant Mental Health in Home Visiting self-paced course.

Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health® Approved Training Opportunity

Upon completion of the Achieve OnDemand learning experience, participants earn in-service training credits from First3Years Texas. Review this crosswalk, which details The Essentials of Home Visiting trainings that support each Endorsement Knowledge & Skill Area, as well as credit hours a professional may earn upon completion.

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More Training Opportunities

2021 Texas System of Care and CRCG Conference: Registration Now Open!


The 2021 Texas System of Care (TxSOC) and Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCG) Conference is an interagency conference for youth, family members, state leaders, child-serving providers, and community leaders to learn how to implement innovative strategies to shift from coordination to collaboration, participate in networking opportunities, and share best practices in coordinating systems and services for young people with significant mental health and/or cross-agency needs. *Captioning and other accommodations are available upon request on the registration website if you register by June 27.

For more info, visit:
or contact Kisha Ledlow:

Free PAX Tools Training Opportunity

The Educational Service Center Region 13 is partnering with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to offer a free training on evidence-based PAX strategies. The nine-hour virtual training is appropriate for childcare and youth workers, juvenile justice staff, after-school and summer camp, behavioral health providers, coaches, youth ministers, and peer support providers.

Trainings usually cost between $225 and $600 per participant, but for a limited time, they are able to offer full scholarships to Texas organizations/providers working with youth and or families.

Participants who complete the training receive a lifetime certification and access to all members-only resources and materials, including live monthly advanced support calls with PAXIS Institute trainers and a substantial resource kit for their organization.

All scholarship trainings must be completed by August 31, 2021. Contact Donna Wasielewski for more information about this training.

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Cook Children's Joy Campaign Coping Skills Videos


The latest article released from the Cook Children’s Joy Campaign includes six videos featuring therapists demonstrating coping skills for kids, teens, or anyone who could use it when feeling stressed, anxious, or depressed. The videos are located on their online newsroom (downloadable), website, and YouTube page. Hopefully these tips can serve as tools to help children and families during difficult times.

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Texas Veterans Suicide Prevention & PTSD Awareness Month

PTSD Month

During June, which is Texas Veterans Suicide Prevention and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month, Texas Health and Human Services Commission encourages military veterans to access the resources available to them for suicide prevention and PTSD.

HHSC administers the Mental Health Program for Veterans in partnership with the Texas Veterans Commission. The program funds peer-to-peer counseling for veterans and their families through local mental health authorities and local behavioral health authorities.

HHSC also funds and administers the TexVet initiative which includes a website hosted by the Texas A&M University Health Science Center. The website helps veterans navigate through resources available in their communities including mental health care providers, social groups, job placement programs, and legal assistance. Veterans can also find additional resources by visiting

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Communications Toolkit for Child Care Relief Funds (CCRF)

Please help encourage child care programs to apply for funding and encourage child care programs to apply throughout the 30 day period that the application is open (June 11 – July 11). It's likely many will wait until the last minute.

Please go to to download two items that might be helpful:

  1. A communications toolkit – Includes English and Spanish versions of a sample email and sample social media posts. The language/message can be modified as needed. There are different samples, based on sending out the information before or after the June 11th launch date.
  2. A flyer in English and Spanish – You can add this to your website and/or include this in your communication with providers. They should have received an email invitation from TWC on June 11th.

Additional information on the Child Care Relief Funds and business coaching opportunities available for child care providers at that same link:

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Are Now Easy to Schedule

Everyone age 12 and older is now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people may stop wearing masks or maintaining social distance in most indoor and outdoor settings.

Get your vaccine appointment through the Texas Public Health Vaccine Scheduler. People can also sign up by calling 833-832-7067. Operators are available to assist you from 7 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week. 

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

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Share Your Work!

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