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US-Mexico Border Initiative Webinars

The U.S. Counties along the Border Initiative will be offering FREE online Webinar workshops to support prevention providers and their communities. This year the Webinars will be offered in English and Spanish within the same month. The Webinars will focus on the Strategic Prevention Framework Modules which can be implemented in building healthy communities in all areas of behavioral health. The Initiative looks to focus on several of the SAMHSA 8 Initiatives including Substance Abuse Prevention, the Military, Tribal Communities, Health Reform and Mental Health. Workshops in these specific areas will also be given throughout the calendar year. Please visit our website for more information.

Webinar Calendar: October 2011 - March 2012

  • October 19 - Module 1: Community Assessment (Why data? Where is my data for my community?)
  • October 26 - Module 1: Community Assessment in Spanish
  • November 16 - Module 2: Capacity (What is Community Planning? How do we build capacity?)
  • November 30 - Module 2: Capacity in Spanish
  • January 11 - Module 3: Planning (Planning a vision for community goals! Creating logic models)
  • January 25 - Module 3: Planning in Spanish
  • February 15 - Module 4: Implementation (Prevention strategies, Resources, Where do I find Evidenced-based interventions?)
  • February 29 - Module 4: Implementation in Spanish
  • March 14 - Module 5: Evaluation (Why evaluation? Collecting relevant data, monitor throughout life of the program)
  • March 28 - Module 5: Evaluation in Spanish



NLBHA Members selected to present at Alternatives 2011

Alternatives 2011, the annual national conference organized by and for individuals with psychiatric histories, has selected several NLBHA members to present at the annual conference starting October 26, 2011.


Title: Understanding Stigma in the Latino/a Community

Presenters: Blanca Deleon & Gilberto Romero

Session Date: 10/29/2011

Abstract: This workshop will address why Latino/Latina communities have been one of the most underserved and underrepresented groups in the United States when it comes to mental health services. Participant will be able to understand different barriers that keep Latinos/Latinas away from seeking help. We will discuss cultural issues such as language, spiritual practices, values and traditions and the importance of multi-cultural sensitivity and competence as well as additional factor and barriers posed by immigration status, fears of being considered a public burden and involuntary treatment.



Training Sheds Light on Latino Health Care

Training Sheds Light on Latino Health Care

Session stresses role of culture in treating mental illnesses

By Sandra Baltazar Martínez

Sunday, June 19, 2011; The Santa Fe New Mexican

Nearly two dozen behavioral-health providers got some advice on better serving Hispanics and Latinos with mental health issues at a daylong training session last week in Santa Fe.

Fredrick Sandoval, executive operations manager with the nonprofit National Latino Behavioral Health Association, said health providers need to understand Hispanic culture to successfully treat patients.

The session was sponsored by OptumHealth New Mexico, a state contractor. The 22 participants received six continuing-education credit hours for their participation.

This is one of two pilot programs sponsored by OptumHealth. The contractor also will be offering training for providers who work with the LGBT community.

Sandoval, who was the Cultural and Linguistics Coordinator for the last year and a half of Gov. Bill Richardson's administration, said Hispanics have higher rates of alcoholism, pregnancy, suicide and drug use than Anglos. Providers "need to understand that when people come into their organization, they have to pay closer attention to these circumstances and offer Hispanics more resources, more services, " he said. "There is something about intervention that is not working for us."

In New Mexico, about 47 percent of Hispanics who need mental health services seek them, but only a few complete the treatment cycle, Sandoval said. During the presentation, he mentioned the importance of involving religion and family in the therapy. Both are key components in the healing process, he said.

Alfredo Garcia, dean of New Mexico Highlands University's School of Social Work, said he attended Wednesday's training because he's looking for new ideas and information to incorporate into the curriculum of the school's social-work master's degree program.

Five other social-work professors already have participated in the training, Garcia said. "A lot of that information I was aware of, but the way (Sandoval) presented it made a lot of sense, " he said, specifically noting the spiritual aspect of the culture.

Social-work students at Highlands' Albuquerque campus will be trained to work with Mexican immigrants and native New Mexicans, Garcia said.

Paul Rentz, a clinical psychologist in Santa Fe, said he decided to attend because he's interested in the process of acculturation.

The longer immigrants remain in this country, the more prone they are to having mental health issues, he said.

Sandoval said that's probably because assimilation comes at a high price. Immigrant mothers, for example, likely didn't have to leave their home to work in their country of origin. Here, their role changes.

Jana Spalding, OptumHealth New Mexico vice president of consumer and family affairs, said the Hispanic population is underserved. Cultural training helps providers "know how to interact with the Hispanic population in a way that is culturally appropriate, " she said. This is especially crucial because in many Hispanic families there is a stigma behind seeking mental health services, Spalding said.

Many people categorize depression as "sadness" and never look for help because they correlate therapy or visiting a psychologist with "being crazy, " she said.

"The problem is that there are people who remain 'sad' for 30 years. They lack the information, and the thought about feeling better never crosses their mind, " she said.

2018-2019 Scholarship Application

The Josie Torralba Romero (JTR) Scholarship Fund seeks to honor its namesake, who was the first President and one of the founders of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) by providing academic scholarships to Latino students interested in pursuing a college degree in behavioral health related academic areas.

Scholarship Application