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Daring Dialogues: Cultural & Linguistic Competence in a System of Care - TX

Texas System of Care

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT)

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This webinar is the third of a series aimed toward increasing awareness and understanding about the System of Care framework in Texas.  It is part of the training and technical assistance activities associated with the Achieving Successful Systems Enriching (ASSET) expansion grant. ASSET is focused on improving outcomes for children and youth with complex mental health needs and their families. The intended audience for this webinar includes anyone involved with children or youth programs or services interested in learning about family and youth voice in a System of Care framework. 

1.5 Continuing education hours approved 

Texas Department of State Health Services Professional Licensing and Certification Unit


Joyce James, LMHSW-AP, began her professional career as a Child Protective Services (CPS) caseworker in 1980 and has established an impressive 32-year history in the field of Child Welfare and Systems Improvement. In her role as the Texas Child Welfare Director, Ms. James’ testimony during the 79th legislative session was instrumental in the creation of   legislation in SB 6 requiring Texas to address Disproportionality in CPS.  Ms. James is credited with being a catalyst for other significant and nationally recognized improvements in the Texas CPS Program including a reduction in Disproportionality for African American and Native American children and overall improved outcomes for all children, youth, and families. It is recognition of these and other accomplishments that Executive Commissioner Tom Suehs on October 1, 2011 created the Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, appointing Ms. James to lead the effort to eliminate disproportionality and disparities in all Texas Health and Human Services. 

Wendy Schudrich, MSW is formerly with the Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health with the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in Orangeburg, NY. In that capacity, Wendy was one of the key developers of a toolkit for modifying evidence-based practices to increase cultural competence. Community representatives, consumers and family members serve on an advisory panel and have input into the development of the toolkit and it has been widely used in the State of New York and adopted by communities across the country.

Esteban Zunbia.  Mr. Zubia has worked for Mental Health Support Services (MHSS) since 2008. Mr. Zubia is responsible for the coordination of family education, and the delivery of instructional courses, focused on mental health during the Family Academy. His responsibility to the families and to The El Paso County Department of Mental Health Support Services is to serve as a resource to the system of care on parenting skills, techniques, organizational change, and cross cultural and Linguistic competence practices. He also serves as a bridge between system of care and cultural communities, resources, families and youth, providers, community agencies and other stakeholders. Mr. Zubia is also responsible for the supervision of the community services division, which provides case management and counseling to individuals and families. Mr. Zubia earned his Bachelor’s degree in Family Studies from Texas Woman´s University.


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT)

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Through the System of Care initiative funded by SAMHSA, Texas partners are coming together to identify ways to help local communities address the needs of children and youth with serious mental health conditions and their families using a System of Care approach

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