Concurrent Sessions 1 – 11


March 15-18, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020
10:00 am – 10:30 am

Learn more about special tracks (identified in red) offered during the conference

Session 1  Y&YA

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Bayshore 5 ~ 90 Minute Symposium
Five-Year Update: Results From a Research-Provider Partnership to Better Engage and Retain Transition-Age Youth in Mental Health Services
Symposium Chair: Deborah Cohen, PhD, MSW, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; Discussant: Marc Fagan, PsyD, Thresholds, Chicago, IL

The highest rates of mental health conditions during the transition to adulthood at an inopportune time is when individuals must age out of pediatric healthcare and transition to adult services. Transitions from child to adult community mental health service systems continue to be wrought with challenges related to eligibility and access, developmental incongruency with young person needs, and disjointed processes. State systems and agencies lack policies, protocols, and practices to support successful transitions. Over the past five years, the State of Texas has taken steps to examine transition experiences, practices, and outcomes through research-community provider partnerships. This symposium details how findings from state and provider administrative data analyses, in-depth qualitative interviews across the transition, and a multidisciplinary transition stakeholder committee have contributed to the development of practices and protocols to better engage and retain young adults in adult mental health services.

Deep Dive into Texas Administrative Data: Who Makes the Jump From Child to Adult Mental Health Services?
Deborah Cohen, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX; Vanessa Vorhies Klodnick, Thresholds, Chicago, IL; Tatiana Londono, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX

In 2014, we began the journey of exploring the needs and barriers to transitioning youth from child to adult mental health services. Analyses demonstrate, consistently, that less than 40% of youth transfer to adult mental health, and almost all individuals disengage from services before their 19th birthday. Findings highlight initial statewide solutions to reduce disengagement and address ongoing policy needs.

In Their Own Words: Provider and Young Person Perspectives on the Transition Process From Child to Adult Mental Health Services
Kaleigh Emerson, Laura Stevens, Deborah Cohen, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX; Vanessa Vorhies Klodnick, Thresholds, Chicago, IL; Tatiana Londono, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX

This paper presents results from a longitudinal qualitative study of young people interviewed during the critical period of transition from child to adult mental health services and focus groups with child and adult mental health providers. Findings highlight the marked philosophical differences between child and adult mental health services, coupled with the complexities inherent to the transferring of mental health providers at this time of developmental change.

Turning Data Into Action: Research-Informed Innovation for Transition-Age Youth in a Community Mental Health Agency
Deborah Cohen, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX; Vanessa Vorhies Klodnick, Thresholds, Chicago, IL; Kaleigh Emerson, Laura Stevens, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Austin, TX

This final paper describes how the research-community provider partnership utilized findings from papers one and two to systematically expand their care continuum to enhance adolescent and young adult service engagement and outcomes. This includes refinement of the target population and eligibility criteria, screening and assessment practices, program and team communication, evidence-based practice blending (including peer mentors and vocational specialists), and braiding federal, foundation, and Medicaid funding.

Session 2  EBP

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Bayshore 6 ~ 30-Minute Paper
Developing an Evidence-Based Child Welfare Preventive Practice Model
Allison Metz, PhD, National Implementation Research Network, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carrboro, NC; Suzanne Barnard, Evidence-Based Practice Group, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD; Leah Bartley, PhD, Amanda Farley, National Implementation Research Network, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carrboro, NC

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFSPA) redirects federal funds to provide services to keep children safely with their families and out of foster care. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, with the National Implementation Research Network, developed a preventive practice model to undergird all preventive work with families and align with FFSPA requirements. The model includes evidence-based case management, targeted services to enhance protective factors and mitigate risk factors, and evidence-based models to address specific needs.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Bayshore 6 ~ 60 Minute Discussion
Minding the Implementation Gap: Variability in Fidelity Measurement and Pre-Implementation Supports Within Evidence-Based Psychosocial Treatments
Cricket Mitchell, PhD, Cricket Mitchell Consulting, LLC, Phoenix, AZ; Jennifer Rolls Reutz, MPH, California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC), Chadwick Center for Children and Families, San Diego, CA; Suzanne Kerns, PhD, Center for Effective Interventions, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, Denver, CO

Evidence-based psychosocial treatments feature heavily in recent legislation, including the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018. While the proliferation of such interventions holds promise for improving behavioral health, there is a well-documented ‘voltage drop’ in effectiveness once interventions transport outside of research studies. Further, many implementation efforts fail altogether. Using programs rated by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC), this presentation explores the extent to which program purveyors leverage implementation science to support implementation efforts.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Bayshore 6 ~ 30 Minute Discussion
Addressing FFPSA Requirements: Refining a Tool to Prompt Selection and Sustainable Implementation of Evidence-Supported Programs
Rosalyn Bertram, PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Social Work, Director, Child and Family Evidence Based Practice Consortium, Kansas City, MO; Dan Edwards, PhD, Evidence-Based Associates (EBA), Alexandria, VA; Jacquie Brown, MES RSW, Child and Family Evidence Based Practice Consortium, Families Foundation, Hilversum, NL; Cricket Mitchell, PhD, Child and Family Evidence Based Practice Consortium, Cricket Mitchell Consulting LLC, Phoenix, AZ

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) incentivizes the delivery of evidence-based and informed services. We briefly review the implementation landscape and implications of this transformative legislation. Then, to prompt careful consideration and sustainable implementation of fundable practices, participants will refine and receive pragmatic Child and Family Evidence Based Practice Consortium tools to support their organization’s response to FFPSA requirements.

Session 3 CW

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Bayshore 7 ~ 60 Minutes Paper
Adaptations and Advancements in Functional Family Therapy for Child Welfare
Thomas Sexton, PhD, Functional Family Therapy Associates, Bloomington, IN; Marta Anderson, LCSW, Implementation Support Center, The New York Foundling, New York, NY

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) has over 40 years of evidence showing positive outcomes. This presentation will discuss the advancements that have been made to Functional Family Therapy to meet the needs of families within the Child Welfare context: Functional Family Therapy-Therapeutic Case Management and Functional Family Therapy-Foster Care. Learn how these FFT adaptations can fit within the child welfare context and their applicability to the Family First Preventive Services Act.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Bayshore 7 ~ 30-Minute Paper
Placement Prevention in the Family First Context:  The YVIntercept Evaluation and Case Study
Scott Huhr, MS, Fred Wulczyn, PhD, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

The Family First Prevention Services Act expands access to placement prevention services significantly, provided that states invest in evidence-based interventions. In this paper, we describe an independent evaluation that intends to put the placement prevention program on the list of promising practices. The paper draws on several innovative approaches to discuss the method and findings, with specific reference to the impact on placement prevention.

Session 4 BHE

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Esplanade 1 ~ 60-Minute Discussion
Data for Equity: Creating Capacity for Data-Driven Decision Making

Erin Espinosa, PhD, Deirdre O’Connor, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Oakland, CA; Sonia E. Mora, MPH, Betty H. Lam, Office of Community Affairs, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD

Organizations are not often prepared or adequately supported to understand and use data to examine and improve the equity of their practice. Supported by the Kresge Foundation, the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) developed and piloted the Data for Equity (D4E) model. Co-presented by NCCD and a pilot organization, this session will include a discussion of D4E and of the key considerations associated with using data and data analytics to inform and enhance equity within human service systems.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Esplanade 1 ~ 30-Minute Paper
After Early Intervention: Lessons Regarding Equity With Respect to Young Adults Following Discharge From Specialized Early Psychosis Services
Nev Jones, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of South Florida, Lutz, Florida

While the evidence base supporting the effectiveness of coordinated specialty care (CSC) continues to grow, significant concerns have emerged regarding CSC clients’ post-discharge outcomes. This session will present findings from 32 in-depth interviews with young adults previously served by CSC programs. These findings underscore the impact of intersecting social, racial, and structural disadvantage in shaping young adults’ post-CSC discharge trajectories, including vocational goals and pathways, and priorities for improving post-discharge services and supports.

Session 5 FE

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Esplanade 2 ~ 90 Minute Symposium
Involving Families in Community Behavioral Health: A Win-Win
Symposium Chair: Pat Hunt, Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association, Turner, ME

Whether providers partner with family-run organizations to employ peers, peer specialists are brought on as staff, or a combination of both, it has become increasingly evident that peer contributions benefit the families receiving services and the providers with whom they work. This presentation couples a national overview of parent peer support with a framework and strategies for local application. The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA), joins the Georgia Parent Support Network and Viewpoint Health to highlight the growing understanding of the importance of family peer support and the on-the-ground perspective of communities putting it into practice for the families they serve. The Georgia Parent Support Network is a grassroots, family-run organization working to create a community-based network of support for parents of children living with behavioral health needs. Viewpoint Health is a community-based provider that has been integrating family peer support into behavioral health service delivery for more than ten years.

Parent/Family Peer Support:  A Crucial Service in Every System
Millie Sweeney, Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association, Hermitage, TN

This presentation will provide a national perspective on parent peer support (PPS). Contents will define parent peer support and the roles associated with the service; discuss the growing workforce; share models of infrastructure to support the work of PPS providers; share proven outcomes; explore the arenas of certification, curriculum, and supervision. The presenter will share national resources to help people who are embarking on this journey.

A Work in Progress:  Parents and Youth as Certified Peer Specialists
Sue Smith, Georgia Parent Support Network, Atlanta, GA

Georgia Parent Support Network will provide information about the history of their journey, and the role families played in charting the course. This presentation will offer key insights into what it requires to develop and enjoy the partnership in Georgia.  Not for the faint of heart, this segment will provide a frank discussion of experiences, examples, and lessons learned.

Peer Support:  Live and on the Ground!
Sue Smith, Georgia Parent Support Network, Atlanta, GA

This segment provides information about how peer support helps both families and the agencies that serve them and shares aspects that can hinder progress.  The presenter will join GPSN in a dynamic discussion of  the reality of their journey and offer compelling examples from the agency through storytelling.

Session 6 WA

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Esplanade 3 ~ 30-Minute Paper
Medicaid Cost Savings Analysis for Connecticut’s Statewide Care Coordination Program
Christopher Bory, PsyD, Kris Noam, PhD, Robert Plant, PhD, Gabrielle Hall, Beacon Health Options, Rocky Hill, CT; Tim Marshall, LCSW, Department of Children and Families, Hartford, CT

Prior studies have demonstrated the benefits of utilizing a Wraparound care coordination approach for youth with behavioral health difficulties. This study examines Medicaid behavioral health service utilization and cost savings by service type, diagnostic categories, and demographics for youth enrolled in a statewide care coordination program. The presenters will discuss the implications and areas of future research.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Esplanade 3 ~ 30-Minute Paper
A Summary of the Evidence Base for Wraparound: Results From a Meta-Analysis
Jonathan Olson, PhD, Philip Benjamin, MS, Alya Azman, BA, Marianne Kellogg, BA, Eric Bruns, PhD, Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

In this session, we will review findings from a meta-analysis of controlled outcome evaluations of Wraparound care coordination. This effort began with a systematic review of literature that revealed 19 outcome evaluations that employed experimental or quasi-experimental designs focused on Wraparound’s effects on select outcomes. Results suggest consistent small to moderate effects that favor Wraparound over comparison groups. In this session, we will review the implications for Wraparound youth, families, providers, and researchers.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Esplanade 3 ~ 30-Minute Paper
Assessing Wraparound Outcomes Using the Cans: Scoring Strategies and Relationship to Other Indicators
Tony Bonadio, PhD, The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD

Many states have integrated the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) as the primary assessment tool and primary outcome measure within their system of care, necessitating a clear understanding of how to score the CANS and how those scores reflect change over time. This presentation will demonstrate differences across scoring strategies for the CANS and compare them to other outcome indicators.

Session 7 Y&YA

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Palma Ceia 1 ~ 30 Minutes Paper
An Investigation Into the School and Work Activities of Youth and Young Adults With Serious Mental Health Conditions: Patterns of Engagement and Influential Factors
Kathryn Sabella, Marcela Hayes, Emily Morrison, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

This presentation will use the preliminary findings from a longitudinal quantitative study with youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions to describe how school, training, and work activities change over 12 months. We will describe how various psychosocial factors identified by prior research (e.g., self-efficacy, stigma, vocational outcomes) influence (or are influenced by) these activities. Findings will reveal potential factors that influence school and work success and can inform practice and be the target of future interventions.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Palma Ceia 1 ~ 30-Minute Paper
Peer Academic Supports for Success (PASS): Findings from Pilot Randomized-Controlled Trial of an Academic Peer Coaching Intervention for College Students With Mental Health Conditions
Maryann Davis, PhD, Laura Golden, BA, Psychiatry, Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research, UMass Medical School, Shrewsbury, MA

Peer Academic Supports for Success (PASS), an academic peer coaching intervention for undergraduate college students with mental health conditions, underwent a feasibility open trial (n=12) during the 2017-18 academic year and a pilot randomized-controlled trial during the 2018-19 academic year (n=52) at Boston University. The presenters will share findings from both years regarding students’ change scores on standardized measures of capacities associated with academic persistence and progress (social support, executive functioning, resiliency, academic self-efficacy, and self-determination skills).

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Palma Ceia 1 ~ 30-Minute Paper
Translating Evidence to Support Transitions (TEST): Promoting School and Work Success Among High School Students With Emotional Disorders Who Receive Special Education Services
Marsha Langer Ellison, PhD, Psychiatry, Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research, UMass Medical School, Shrewsbury, MA; Deanne Unruh, PhD, National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT), University of Oregon, Eugene, OR; Laura Golden, BA, Psychiatry, Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research, UMass Medical School, Shrewsbury, MA

The Translating Evidence to Support Transitions (TEST) project developed three practice guides for transition planners who work with high school students with Emotional Disorders (ED) receiving special education services. Each guide focuses on a transition planning best practice identified from National-Longitudinal Transition Survey-2 data: 1) student-led IEP meetings, 2) concentration of career and technical education, and 3) community partnerships in transition planning. The presenters will share results from the feasibility piloting of the guides.

Session 8 MB

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Palma Ceia 2 ~ 30-Minute Paper

Changing the Narrative and Sustaining the Message of Mental Well-Being Among Young Men and Boys
Sheila Savannah, MA, Mental Health, Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA; Roxann McNeish, PhD, MSW, Child & Family Studies, College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

This session will highlight the Making Connections initiative in its fifth year and will share lessons that have emerged on shifting the narrative about mental health and well-being for young men and boys across the 13 sites. Many of the sites have engaged in a diverse array of media (i.e., videos, podcasts, Instagram stories) to share the impact of their work on their populations focus. Most local coalitions involved in this work have intentionally engaged young organizers and leaders in planning, implementation, and evaluation, and the voices of these young leaders are often those elevated in sharing the model. This work has built a solid foundation for sustaining the work through mentorship, youth board of directors, and building the capacity of young organizers to lead.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Palma Ceia 2 ~ 30-Minute Discussion
Bold Warriors: From Trauma-Informed to Healing Engagement With Black Male Youth in Out-Of-Home Care
Sheryl Brissett Chapman, Ed.D, MSW, ACSW, Ralph Belk, LCSW-C, LICSW, Jasilyn Morgan, MPH, Krystal Holland, BA, CRCCPA, Executive Administration, National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), Bethesda, MD

African American adolescent male victims of child maltreatment, family abandonment, trauma, pervasive stereotyping and inequality, require effective interventions by culturally competent teams and institutions that foster healing and advance social equity on their behalf. This youth-centered research identifies tactics for effective engagement and culturally responsive social work practice with African American male youth placed out of their homes in juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Palma Ceia 2 ~ 30-Minute Discussion
Building a Foundation for Success: Evidence-Based Approaches That Foster Positive Identity Development and Agency Among Boys and Young Men of Color
A.J. Watson, MBA, Becoming A Man (BAM), Youth Guidance, Chicago, IL; D’Artagnan Scorza, PhD, Social Justice Learning Institute, Inglewood, CA

Join leaders from Youth Guidance’s Becoming A Man (BAM) program and Social Justice Learning Institute’s Urban Scholars program in a dynamic conversation about the developmental needs of boys and young men of color and the role that adults play in helping them fulfill their potential. The discussion will be rooted in evidence-based best practices that explore how safe spaces, developmental experiences, and supportive relationships can help young men thrive in school and life.

Session 9

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Palma Ceia 3 ~ 30-Minute Paper
Measuring System Development Through Use of the ‘System of Care Rating Tool’: Process, Pre-, and Mid Term Data
Amy Starin, PhD., MSW, Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Oak Brook; Niki Grajewski, MSW, Centerstone of Illinois, Inc., Carbondale, IL

The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation is funding five communities over seven years to plan and implement children’s mental health systems of care. Each year, the sites are utilizing the Georgetown Assessment Tool to assess changes in broader community stakeholder perception of the implementation of a system of care. The ‘pre’ data has been collected and used to inform the implementation plans. Quantitative and qualitative data will be compared pre and post the first planning year.

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Palma Ceia 3 ~ 30-Minute Paper
State Strategies for Enhancing Access and Quality in Systems of Care for Youth With SED: Highlights From a National Study
Genevieve Graaf, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX

Findings from in-depth interviews with state children’s behavioral health administrators and policymakers characterize diverse strategies states employ to enhance funding for, access to, and quality and effectiveness of their community-based system of care for these youth. States use a wide variety of creative solutions while navigating the unique needs and constraints of their political and economic environments. Findings can benefit public officials, researchers, and advocates by advancing knowledge-sharing of public policy-making and resourceful problem-solving.

Session 10

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Palma Ceia 4 ~ 45 Minutes Discussion
Project AWARE – Strategies for Promoting Successful Wellness and Resilience in Education
Michelle Riske-Morris, PhD, JD, David Hussey, PhD, Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Mary Wise, MSCE, MSW, Denise Petrzak, MSSA, LISW-S, Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio, Independence, OH

The Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio received funding from SAMHSA through the Ohio Department of Education to implement Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness And Resilience in Education) from 2015-2019. Project AWARE supports schools and communities in (1) raising awareness of behavioral health issues; (2) providing training; and (3) increasing access to behavioral health supports. This workshop will summarize Project AWARE opportunities and challenges with a focus on identifying practical assessment, training, and intervention strategies.

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
Palma Ceia 4 ~ 45 Minute Discussion
Building Strong Brains Tennessee – A Public Health Approach to Addressing Early Childhood Adversity and Supporting Healthy Childhood Development
Melissa McGee, MA, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, Nashville, TN

The future prosperity of any society depends on its ability to foster the health and wellbeing of the next generation. When Tennessee invests wisely in children and families, the next generation will pay that back through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship. This presentation uses research from The Harvard Center for the Developing Child, the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, and other sources to highlight Tennessee’s public health approach for developing strong brains.

Session 11 ITRE

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Garrison Suite ~ 30-Minute Paper
Preventing Substance Abuse Among Native American Youth Through Culturally Responsive Programming
Aaron Secakuku, Native Americans for Community Action, Inc., Flagstaff, AZ

Indigenous youth report higher rates of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and share a disproportionate risk of experiencing poor life outcomes compared to the general population. Culturally responsive substance use prevention programming for youth is essential for bridging this health disparity gap. A representative from Native Americans for Community Action (NACA) Pathways Youth Program in Flagstaff, AZ, will share strategies and lessons learned in delivering a youth substance abuse prevention program in their community.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Garrison Suite ~ 90 Minute Session – This is a closed session