PEI Grantee News Volume 8, Issue 14

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PEI Grantee News
A PEI Newsletter Vol. 8, Issue 14

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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Happy Birthday Get Parenting Tips!


Get Parenting Tips Turns One This Week!

This Wednesday, December 15th, Get Parenting Tips celebrates one year of supporting families! Thank you for all of the visits and follows. Here's to many more years!

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DFPS Publishes Two Reports

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has published two separate reports today:

All reports can be found on the DFPS website.

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SAFE COA Accreditation


Congratulations to SAFE for COA accreditation!

By receiving accreditation through the Council on Accreditation, SAFE is now recognized as following best practices in service delivery, human resources, training, finance, risk management, compliance and quality improvement, supervision, administration and board governance. The COA publishes standards for child welfare, behavioral health, and community-based human and social service providers. These standards undergo a rigorous, multi-stage development and vetting process to ensure that they remain relevant and reflect current best practices.

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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

Implementing Tools to Enhance Home Visiting

Date: December 14th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: December 13th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

As a supervisor, there are many tools that you can leverage to operate your home visiting programs, enhance the quality of services delivered to children and families, and improve outcomes for those served by your program. However, it can be difficult to identify and implement these tools while still
focusing on your day-to-day operational tasks. In this webinar we will explore how a supervisor can collect and use data to assess and improve the quality of their home visiting program build a mosaic of data in an assessment framework.
Note: This webinar complements the Supervising Home Visitors self-paced course.

Home Visiting Boundaries

Date: December 15th
Time: 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. CDT
Register by: December 14th at 12:00 P.M. CDT

As a home visitor, how does setting and maintaining boundaries with the families you support enhance your work with them? In this webinar we will discuss various situations that call for establishing boundaries, strategies for establishing supportive boundaries with families, and the role of reflective supervision in setting and maintaining boundaries. Note: This webinar complements the Basics of Home Visiting self-paced course.

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Central Texas African-American Family Support Conference


Date: February 3-5, 2022

The CTAASFS conference provides opportunities to learn more about mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, substance use disorder and physical health challenges and solutions affecting families in and surrounding Central Texas. The conference is open to professionals of all walks of life and members of the public with lived experience navigating health and social systems. CEUs are available.

Learn more and register online

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COVID-19 Information and Resources


Webinar: Part Two of the COVID-19 Vaccination Education Webinar Series

Date: December 15th
2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. CDT

Part two of the webinar series will continue to equip frontline staff with accurate information about vaccinations for children. Dr. Haywood Brown, Obstetrician, and Dr. Mishelle Nace, Pediatrician, will provide information and answer submitted questions about vaccinations for pregnant women and children. This webinar will also provide resources for information on speaking to families about vaccines. 

Pregnancy Posters

COVID Vaccines and Pregnancy Posters

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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Children's Crisis Services Survey



The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has developed a brief survey about children’s mental health services. Specifically the survey is looking at the needs and gaps related to state psychiatric hospital services and community-based services that may reduce the need for state psychiatric hospital services. HHSC will use the survey results to help in future planning for crisis mental health services and service delivery for children up to age 18.

Your expertise is requested

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Survey responses will remain anonymous. Pursuant to state law, parental consent is required for certain minors to complete the survey. HHSC encourages you to share the survey link with staff, local stakeholders and members of your local communities.

To complete the survey go to:

The survey will remain open through January 14, 2022

If you have questions about the survey email or

For more information about HHSC State Hospital Services click here.

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Scholarship Opportunity

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is offering two $5,000 scholarships in honor of Stephany June Bryan. Scholarships will be awarded based on the following criteria and preferences: 

  • Lived experience with a mental health challenge and/or caring for a person with a mental health challenge. 
  • Financial impact of living with a mental health challenge and/ or caring for a person with a mental health challenge and the need for financial support to advance education/training. 
  • Impact of living as a person of color. 
  • Preference for a person residing in central Texas. 
  • Verification of enrollment for education/training. 

Due Date: Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 11:59 A.M. CST

Visit the Hogg Foundation website for more information and application instructions. 

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Funding Opportunity


AmeriCorps Texas Planning & Operating Grants Now Available for 2022-2023

Apply for resources to launch & operate an AmeriCorps Texas program in 2022. Grow the reach & impact of your nonprofit, school, or agency by leveraging the power & resources of national service! We are offering new funding opportunities for organizations interested in launching an AmeriCorps program in Texas. Grants are available to support organizations in either planning & development or launching & operating new AmeriCorps programs that engage individuals in direct service to address critical needs across Texas. Notice of Intent to Apply form is due Thursday, March 3, 2022.

Planning Grant Notice of Funding

Planning Grant recipients receive financial support up to $75,000 and OneStar training & resources to develop an AmeriCorps program from September 2022-August 2023. Planning grantees are expected to be better prepared to compete for an AmeriCorps operating grant in the 2023-2024 grant cycle.


Operating Grant Notice of Funding

Operating Grant recipients should be prepared to launch an AmeriCorps program with AmeriCorps members starting service in September 2022. All AmeriCorps members must serve solely within Texas. Grant amount awarded is based on the number of AmeriCorps members serving with your program.


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Job Opportunities

PEI Parent Partner Position

Do you know a parent that has experience serving on a parent advisory committee, has been a mentor, or who has been active in prevention or other services in your community? If so please share this exciting opportunity!

Our Parent Partner assists PEI in effectively incorporating parent input into the work we do with the families of Texas. The right applicant will offer their skills and expertise to:

- Review and provide guidance to PEI staff in the development of policy,

- Practice and promote family-focused philosophy,

- Assist in integration of new methods and procedures as it relates to parent support,

- Plan, develop, and revise policy and procedures,

- Prepare routine and special reports about the work we’re doing in this area (including presentations!).

Check out the job link and apply today!

PEI Training and Development Specialist Opening

PEI is searching for a Training and Development Specialist to perform advanced (senior-level) training and development work designed to advance the skills and knowledge of the prevention workforce and improve existing trainings. Work involves analyzing training needs, coordinating, and conducting training sessions using a variety of training methods, and developing and evaluating training programs. May plan, assign, and/or prioritize the work of others. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment.

See the job link for more info.

PEI Division Administrator for Research and Evaluation

The Prevention and Early Intervention Division is accepting applications for a PEI Division Administrator for Research and Evaluation.

This position helps oversee our data and IT system, evaluation projects, continuous quality improvement work, and deep dives into data to help tell the story of prevention in Texas. Position will supervise six staff and is housed in Austin. Learn more

Office of Court Administration Liaisons

Early Intervention Court Liaisons will develop and nurture relationships withcommunity resources and services that provide support to families, to create and maintain a community system of care for young children and their families. These positions will support the local child protection court and help develop prevention service capacity in targeted communities through connection to local referral networks to better connect and inform families of services available. 

There are three Early Intervention Court Liaison positions available, one in each of the following counties: Bell, Galveston, and Lubbock.

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