PEI Grantee News Volume 8, Issue 11

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PEI Grantee News
A PEI Newsletter Volume 8, Issue 11

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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PIP Conference 2021 Game Winners!

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Congratulations to our PIP Conference App game winners!

Our first place winner, Stephen Losiewicz (BCFS Health and Human Services), will receive free registration and a hotel stay for PIP in 2022.

Our second and third place winners Sandra Vela (NFP at Women's Hospital) and Sylvia Gómez Flynt (Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance) will receive free PIP 2022 registrations!

The PIP conference site is still live and available for participants to explore. 

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Connect With the PEI Learning Hub

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To take a course: Use the Search Bar to find topics of interest 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

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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

Maintaining Boundaries in Home Visiting for Supervisors

Date: November 16th
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. CDT
Register by: November 15th at 10:00 A.M. CDT

As a supervisor, how can you help home visitors set and maintain boundaries with the families they serve? The discussion will cover self-awareness, challenges home visitors face, and how to support staff. Note: this webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors self-paced course.

Matching Family Needs to Resources

Date: November 18th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: November 17th at 12:00 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. Note: this webinar complements the Foundations of Infant Mental Health in Home Visiting self-paced course.

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External Webinars and Workshops

NAMI: 988 Reimagine Crisis Response Workshops

NAMI National, along with a host of other major national mental health care organizations, is hosting a series of workshops around the implementation of 988. This is part of “REIMAGINE: A Week of Action to Reimagine Our National Response to People in Crisis,” taking place November 16th-18th. For more information, visit their website

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Job Opportunities

DSHS State Child Health Coordinator

Are you the next state child health coordinator? The Texas Department of State Health Services' (DSHS) Maternal and Child Health Unit Maternal and Child Health Unit is hiring for a statewide child (ages 1-12) health expert. This role identifies emerging trends in child health and promotes best practices by planning, developing, and implementing programmatic work to achieve Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant performance measures.

How to Apply: Apply now through the Texas Health and Human Services/DSHS job portal. The application deadline is Nov. 23, 2021.

Early Childhood Data Systems Specialist

Texas Workforce Commission is hiring for an Early Childhood Data Systems Specialist. This position will work closely with an early childhood inter-agency work group, the state’s early learning council, and other stakeholders across the state to develop Texas’s early childhood integrated data systems roadmap. If you like to work at the intersection of research and practice, are a data system nerd, or feel passionate about using data to inform decisions, you should apply.

How to Apply: Read more and apply here.

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Parent Advisory Council - Paid Positions Available

The Texas Prenatal to Three Collaborative is working with National Center for Families Learning to recruit parents of children ages 0-3, for a one-year, paid engagement on the statewide parent advisory council to the collaborative.

Fathers, individuals of diverse race/ethnic backgrounds, and parents in rural areas of Texas are encouraged to apply before the November 19th deadline.

Please feel free to forward the application to any families or parent groups you work with.

Questions? Please contact

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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.

Anyone working with pregnant/postpartum women and families interested in learning more about Plan of Safe Care can take advantage of the introductory webinar opportunities listed below. These webinars will provide an overview of the Plan of Safe Care tool, including:

  • Key components
  • Available trainings
  • Implementation resources

Two 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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Research Corner

New Policy Brief: Strengthening Connections to Behavioral Health in Rural Jurisdictions

Relative to urban jurisdictions, rural communities experience higher rates of substance abuse, poorer physical and mental health outcomes, and increased rates of incarceration. Rural communities also face a unique set of challenges: fewer mental and behavioral health providers, fewer funding resources, and a target population with poorer health outcomes spread out over a wider geographical area.

This policy brief outlines three key insights that can help resource-constrained jurisdictions repurpose existing resources and leverage trusted relationships across emergency services to develop diversion pathways that better serve their residents. Read the full Policy Brief

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COVID Vaccines and Pregnancy Posters

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The Texas Department of State Health Services' (DSHS) TexasAIM program recently developed a free poster in English and Spanish to encourage pregnant people, people who are breastfeeding and people trying to get pregnant now or in the future, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Providers can now order the 17 X 24 posters from the Health and Human Services/DSHS Warehouse. These posters can be put in hospitals, clinics or other places where families visit.

You can also download and print the color and black and white 8.5 X 11 posters from the links below.

Social Media Content to Promote Awareness About COVID-19 Vaccines You can also use DSHS' social media content about pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccines through the DSHS Basecamp website. 

If you choose to use DSHS' social media content, please tag @TexasDSHS when sharing the graphics or videos on social media. 

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Funding Opportunity

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MaryLee Allen PSSF Funding Grant Opportunity  

The Texas Center for Child and Family Studies (Center) seeks applications to develop and establish or expand and operate coordinated programs focused on the following areas: 1) community-based family support services, 2) family preservation services, 3) family reunification services, and 4) adoption promotion and support services. 

The emergency supplemental funding aims to identify the unmet needs for services or support that families at risk or in crisis are experiencing during the pandemic to address the four key areas mentioned above.

Once selected, organizations will have until November 1st, 2022 to spend down project funding.  Applications are due December 3rd, 2021. 

View full details of the RFA and a link to the online application here.

If you have additional questions about the RFA, please email

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