PEI Grantee News Volume 8, Issue 6

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Welcome to PEI Grantee 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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Partners in Prevention Conference Updates

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Our 2021 Conference is open for registration! 

Join us virtually at the largest annual gathering of prevention and early intervention professionals in Texas. The conference attracts parent educators, youth service providers, civic leaders, policy advocates, researchers, DFPS staff, Prevention and Early Intervention grantees, and others with a professional interest in child and family well-being, youth development and juvenile justice. Attendees benefit from a wide variety of presentations, including but not limited to lived experience from parents and youth, fatherhood engagement, ethics, diversity, equity and inclusion, program evaluation, home visiting, and positive youth development.

Click here to register for PIP.

For any questions about registration contact us at

Start the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using conference hashtag #pipcon2021

Grantee Registration Codes are Live

Your program point of contact has already received a registration link and discount codes. 

Each PEI Grantee has been granted two complimentary in-person registrations and two virtual registrations (per contract). 

If you would like to register additional virtual attendees the cost is $100.

For any questions about registration contact us at

Reserve Your Hotel Room Today!

Our hotel is the Renaissance Austin Hotel. Here's your reservation link:

Book Your Hotel Room

Important Hotel Dates

  • Start Date: Monday, November 1st, 2021
  • End Date: Monday, November 5th, 2021
  • Last Day to Book: Monday, October 15th, 2021

Our Commitment to Safety

The Prevention and Early Intervention Division wants every attendee to feel and be safe during PIP. We are following CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines before and during PIP.

What this means:

  • We strongly encourage mask wearing, hand washing, and social distancing throughout the conference.
  • Items for participants are packed separately and safely before they are given to attendees.
  • Masks and sanitizing hand gel will be included in your conference bag.
  • Wristbands to signify level of comfort with direct contact or proximity to other conference attendees will be offered to each attendee. 

For more information, please contact 

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Grantee Feedback Survey

Tell Us How We're Doing!

As we begin Fiscal Year 2022, we remain dedicated to partnering and supporting you in the best way possible. To continue making improvements in our partnership we want to share our anonymous Grantee Survey with you.

Please take a few minutes to give us your honest feedback about how we’re doing.

Grantee Survey

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Community Maltreatment Risk Map Trainings

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Introduction to the 2019 Maltreatment Risk Maps

Date: October 13th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CST

Participants will be guided through navigation and interpretation of the 2019 Texas Maltreatment Risk Maps including: 

  • What the risk scores mean for your community.
  • Understanding the metrics in the maps. 
  • How to use the risk scores in your planning.

Deep-Dive and Technical Assistance for the 2019 Maltreatment Risk Maps

Date: November 10th
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. CST

Join us for a deeper dive into the technical aspect of risk map data. We will also explain how to find the original data used in the maps so communities can track their own data over time.

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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

Domestic Violence in Home Visiting (Self-Paced Course)

Domestic violence is a prevalent and recurring issue in home visiting. In this course, you will build your confidence to address domestic violence while working with families as their home visitor. Topics include the impact of violence on family systems, parenting, and child development. Common scenarios and strategies are presented for talking with parents about keeping themselves and their children safe. This course supports you in developing a non-judgmental approach in working with families whose background and circumstances may or may not be differ from your own.

Bullying and Other Disruptive Behavior: For Employees

Bullying and Other Disruptive Behavior: for Employees provides the information employees need to understand this type of behavior and know how to shut it down when it happens.

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Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance Webinars

Are you a trained and/or certified Parent Café host?

My Health My Resources (MHMR) of Tarrant County will be hosting Parent Café Enhanced Technical Assistance and skill building webinars for all providers who have participated in virtual Parent Café training.

Webinar Topic: Developing Café Themes

This webinar will consist of coaching participants on creating Parent Café Themes. Making sure your story, ties in all the protective factors and relates back to your theme.

Date: Thursday, Oct 28th
Time: 9:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

Register Now

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Essentials of Home Visiting Courses

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Grantees can now download a complete list of upcoming trainings on the PEI Learning Hub

Did you know?

Essentials of Home Visiting Trainings:

  • are approved training opportunities for multiple credentials.
  • are IACET accredited (International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training) 
  • count towards training requirements to earn and renew a Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® from the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.

Upon completion of the Essentials of Home Visiting learning experiences, 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.

Access the Essentials of Home Visiting live webinars through the Essentials of Home Visiting Portal free of cost. 

Use this link to register for any webinars from Start EarlyTM

Trauma in Families and Communities

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

As a home visitor, how can you support yourself and the families you work with in an intentional and trauma-informed manner? This webinar identifies common missteps in working with families impacted by trauma. We will examine different strategies you can employ to support your families who are experiencing trauma. This webinar complements the Impact of Trauma in Home Visiting self-paced course.

The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

Date: October 21st
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: October 20th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, how can you help families understand child growth, child development, and how parenting techniques may impact their child's development? This webinar focuses on risk factors, family patterns, and cultural beliefs related to domestic violence. This webinar complements the Domestic Violence in Home Visiting self-paced course.

Being Present With Families

Date: October 28th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: October 27th 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.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. We encourage grantees to explore and share opportunities for learning, celebrations and events across Texas with their communities in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month 2021. Here are some upcoming events:

October 12th at 6:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. Houston
National Hispanic Heritage Month Bus Tour.

Enjoy a tour of East downtown with Mister McKinney of Mister McKinney’s Historic Houston. Enjoy a margarita and a Reina Dessert at the Mexican-American History and Culture in 20th Center Houston Mural by artists Laura López Cano and Jesse Sifuentes. Then Hop on an open-air bus to enjoy downtown’s history and culture. National Hispanic Heritage Month Bus Tours.

Ongoing in Houston
The Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston 
Culinary Pop-Up Events.

Enjoy delicious food and promote Hispanic culture. Culinary Pop-Ups.

Online (Austin)
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
2021 Ceremony honoring community members.

¡Felicidades! Congratulations! The ESB-MACC is honored to announce our Awards of Excellence winners for 2021. These awards, which were established by the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board in 2009, recognize those individuals in Austin that have demonstrated significant leadership and have made meaningful contributions in the Latino cultural arts. Awards of Excellence 2021.

Online (Austin)
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.
Foto ATX 2021: Recuerdos - Celebrating 14 Years of Culture at the E.S.B. Mexican American Cultural Center.

Recuerdos is a collection of photos taken by MACC photographers Ulises Garcia and Mari G. Hernandez during events at the ESB MACC from 2007 to the present. Commemorating 14 years of the MACC’s existence, this selection of work features images from our signature events, collaborative programs, educational programs, and the Latino Artist Access Program. Foto ATX 2021: Recuerdos.

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External Webinars

Webinar Recordings: DSHS Maternal and Child Health Series

Recordings from this summer's Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) webinars are now available on the DSHS Healthy Texas Mothers and Babies Online Webinar Channel

If you did not attend these webinars, you can still view the recordings.  

A Call to Action: Improving Maternal Health Outcomes in Texas This webinar series was inspired by the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve Maternal Health, and shared recommendations for improving maternal health and reducing maternal mortality and morbidity disparities in Texas. 

Perinatal Depression Series-DSHS Grand Rounds DSHS Grand Rounds hosted a series of continuing education presentations on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders as proposed in the Health and Human Services Postpartum Depression Strategic Plan (FY20). The series includes the following presentations:

  • Screening and Early Detection: Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy and Postpartum
  • Perinatal Mood Disorders: Diagnosis, Treatment & Referral
  • Trauma & Maternal Health: Conceptualizing Impact and Providing Evidence-Based Care for PTSD during the Peripartum
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Plan of Safe Care Tool

Plan of Safe Care is a new tool designed to support pregnant and postpartum women and families with high social risk for poor family outcomes, such as those with/at risk for substance use issues or child welfare involvement.

We welcome anyone working with pregnant/postpartum women and families interested in learning more about Plan of Safe Care to join us an introductory webinar.

These webinars will provide an overview of the Plan of Safe Care tool, including:

  • Key components
  • Available trainings
  • Implementation resources

Three training opportunities are available (you only need to attend one).

To learn more about the Plan of Safe Care, order brochures and portfolios, and complete trainings, please visit Texas Safe Babies.

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Young Minds Matter Virtual Conference

Date: October 21st and 23rd 
Register (free)

Since 2010, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has hosted a free biennial conference in Houston focusing on children’s mental health topics. Virtually connect with others through art, community-building, and healing activities to strengthen and improve the mental health and well-being of youth and their families in the greater Houston area and across Texas. 

Participants will be able to:  

  1. Describe ​”upstream” community approaches that can strengthen community healing, connection, and justice.  
  2. Engage in candid and productive discussions about how structural inequities and racism impact the mental well-being of children and youth of color.  
  3. Demonstrate the power of engaging historically excluded groups (people of color, individuals and families experiencing financial challenges, mental health challenges, etc.) in all aspects of multisector, collaborative work. 
  4. Identify barriers and strategies to lift up the voices of youth and residents as the decision-makers and leaders of their community.

CEUs will be offered for the following: marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors, social workers, and certified addiction professionals.


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Funding Opportunity for THV-MIECHV Grantees

MIECHV Innovation Awards - General Data/Technology Innovations (Track One)

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is accepting applications for (FY) 2022 HRSA-22-089: MIECHV Innovation Awards - General Data/Technology Innovations. The purpose of these awards is to fund the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovations that leverage data- and technology-driven strategies to enhance home visiting service delivery through in-person and virtual home visits by state and territory Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) recipients.

Nonprofit organizations currently funded in FY 2021 under the MIECHV Program are eligible to apply for Track One if the state for which they were funded to provide MIECHV services in FY 2021 does not apply. DFPS-PEI is not applying for this grant opportunity and is encouraging eligible grantees to apply.

Track One aims to leverage data- and technology-driven innovations in the key priority areas identified below to improve MIECHV service delivery consistent with the service delivery model(s) being implemented by the awardee.

  • Priority 1. Integrate administrative data measuring social and structural determinants of health (SSDOH) into home visiting data to better assess existing disparities and measure progress toward advancing health equity;
  • Priority 2. Create or enhance early childhood integrated data systems through data interoperability or other data sharing strategies;
  • Priority 3. Develop data- and technology-driven recruitment and retention strategies, such as centralized intake, to identify and reach families who are historically unserved by home visiting or who face disproportionate barriers to accessing or participating in services; and/or
  • Priority 4. Advance professional and workforce development by identifying, introducing, and evaluating the use of new technologies.

General Information

  • Due Date for Applications – November 26, 2021
  • Estimated Award Amount - $2,000,000 or up to $4,000,000 if proposed as a collaboration.
  • Estimated Number of Awards – Up to seven (7)
  • Period of Performance – March 1, 2021 to September 30, 2024

More Information

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