Since 1988, this annual conference has been a leader in promoting the development of the research base essential to improved service systems for children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. In the context of a rapidly diversifying population, this conference continues to expand to include topics related to substance abuse service systems and research, as well as pressing behavioral health topics associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Known widely as “The Tampa Conference,” this annual gathering of more than 500 researchers, evaluators, policy-makers, administrators, parents, and advocates is sponsored by the Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida, in partnership with the Children’s Mental Health Network, the National Wraparound Initiative, Institute for Translational Research in Adolescent Behavioral Health, and the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Call for Proposals
This year’s Call for Proposals will open on August 29, 2014. Proposals submitted for consideration should focus on “research that is usable” to improve service systems, policies, workforce development, and practice for Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health. Ideal proposal submissions would fall within the following key topic areas:
- Advancing the evidence base
- Disseminating high-quality research
- Informing policy and real-world practice
- Improving evaluation methodology
- Engaging researchers, evaluators, practitioners, policy makers, community leaders, families and youth in dialogue.