Children's Mental Health System of Care Expansion Implementation Project - Behavioral Health Disparities Impact Statement Webinar

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:30
Tallahassee  Florida  32399
United States

The Florida Department of Children and Families Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office (SAMH) Children’s Mental Health System of Care Expansion Implementation Project in conjunction with the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Hub, College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, University of South Florida invites you to a webinar.


Behavioral Health Disparity Impact Statements (BHDIS):Developing and Using BHDIS to Improve Florida’s Services to Youth & Families


Peter Gamache, PhD is the CEO for Turnaround Achievement Network and a consultant and evaluator for the Center for Mental Health Services Children &Families System of Care Initiative and with the Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network). Dr. Gamache provides technical assistance to numerous states and communities and is a member of a number of national workgroups for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration addressing the needs of children, youth and their families.

Kathy Lazear, MA is the Co-Director of the Cultural and Linguistic Competence Hub of the Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health and a faculty member at the University of South Florida. Ms. Lazear has been providing technical assistance, consultation and evaluation services to support the development of systems of care for over 20 years.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015 * 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET


To participate via computer/VoIP, please register by clicking here:

If you are unable to listen from your computer and need to call in, please email


Behavioral health and clinical staff, SOC coordinators, & directors, CLC Coordinators, supervisors, program managers and executives in substance abuse, mental health, prevention agencies, community coalitions, managing entities, and community based care agencies, and DCF program staff. 


An increasingly diverse population leads to an increasing need to address behavioral health disparities and disproportionalities. A BHDIS helps to see the “big picture” on overall outcomes for children youth and families within a larger system of care. BHDIS can help improve quality and efficacy of care, enhance provider knowledge and skills, and improve youth and family satisfaction. BHDISs are increasingly required by federal funding agencies, such as SAMHSA’s System of Care Expansion, Offender Reentry Program, Targeted Capacity Expansion/HIV for Minority Women, Now IS the Time, Healthy Transitions, and Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals Services in Supportive Housing.

This webinar will focus on the following:

  • Understanding the needs and rationales for a BHDIS
  • How to gather and interpret disparities data
  • How to create a BHDIS

For more information Please contact:
P. Qasimah Boston, DRPH
Project Director
Children's Mental Health System of Care Expansion Implementation
Department of Children & Families
Substance Abuse & Mental Health
850.717.4435 |