Concurrent Sessions 34 – 44


March 15-18, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

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Session 34 Y&YA

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Bayshore 5 ~ 60-Minute Discussion
Funding Education Support for Young Adults With Mental Health Conditions: A Discussion Forum on Policy and Reimbursement Mechanisms
Michelle Mullen, MS, Kathryn Sabella, PhD, Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School- Transitions ACR, Shrewsbury, MA

HYPE is a combined career model for young adults (18-30) with mental health conditions, supporting employment (SE), and education (SEd) for the achievement of personally meaningful and economically self-sufficient careers. While SE has some federal/local financial support, a lack of reimbursement mechanisms often impedes SEd. We will share learnings from research/training projects and moderate discussion to identify barriers and to solidify strategies for policy change related to enhanced programmatic for young adults.

Session 35

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Bayshore 6 ~ 60-Minute Discussion
Family Organizations in Children’s Mental Health Systems of Care: The Challenge of Maintaining Financial Sustainability
Dana Maglic, MS, DMA Health Strategies, Lexington, MA; Lynda Gargan, PhD, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Rockville, MD

The National Evaluation Team for SAMHSA’s Children’s Mental Health Initiative grant program interviewed family organizations in Grant Years two and four to assess the services delivered, their primary funding sources, the adequacy of these funding sources to support the organization’s activities, and changes over the grant period. Presenters will describe the findings on funding sustainability and invite discussion on the development of more sustainable funding for these important organizations.

Session 36

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Bayshore 7 ~ 60-Minute Discussion
The Trauma-Informed Infant-Family Mental Health Collaborative: Mobilizing Local Community Agencies to Effect Systems Change
Donna Burton, PhD, Alexandra Albizu-Jacob, MPH, Child and Family Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Lisa Negrini, LCSW, Jennifer Hughes, MEd, Family Study Center, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL

This session will provide an overview of the Trauma-Informed Infant-Family Mental Health Collaborative (TI-IFMHC), funded by the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg. This project is a groundbreaking three-year initiative to leverage the collective knowledge of local community agency partners with the intent to transform the service landscape into one that is responsive to the needs of families by enhancing family-centered and trauma-informed practices.

Session 37

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Esplanade 1 ~ 60-Minute Discussion
Celebrating Sexuality Through a Trauma-Informed Approach for Adolescent Sexual Health
Melonie Pinder LMHC, MS, Practice Self-Regulation, Monticello, FL

Practice Self-Regulation™️ provides a safe and structured way for youth to address trauma, and explore how values, beliefs, choices, and personal goals affect a person’s sexual health and well-being. Positive youth development and resilience provide the foundation and theme throughout all program activities. The intervention addresses the motivation for change, impulsivity, negotiation, cognitive restructuring, and behavioral regulation to prevent harm.  This presentation will describe the program and two federally funded grants studying program effectiveness.

Session 38

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Esplanade 2 ~ 30-Minute Paper
Youths Ratings of Care Quality and Qualitative Reflections on Their Placement Experiences in Residential Care
Shamra Boel-Studt, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL; Hui Huang, Florida International University, Miami, FL

We collected data for this mixed-methods study from a sample of 450 youth placed in 127 different residential care programs in Florida who participated in the statewide pilot of the Group Care Quality Standards Assessment (GCQSA). During this session, we will present results of youth ratings for the quality of care in residential group homes and report themes from open-ended responses from youth reflecting on their experiences in residential care.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Esplanade 2 ~ 30-Minute Paper
State-By-State Review of Recreation Guidelines in Juvenile Justice Facilities
Maria Leon, MS, Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Implementing recreation programs in juvenile justice facilities provides an opportunity to engage youth in their treatment and prepare them to return home. A study examining the minimum requirements for recreation in juvenile justice facilities in each state screened the documents for 17 items, including type, frequency, duration, and legal weight. The results of this study indicate that recreation has not integrated into treatment plans for youth across the country.

Session 39

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Esplanade 3 ~ 60-Minute Discussion
The Iconic Clown: Reflections on the Joker’s Popularity as the Personification of Mental Illness and What America Can Learn From Gotham City’s Mental Health System
Micah Howe, Garner, IA

The Joker has become a hot-button character in the last few years as it relates to mental illness and mass violence. But why? What is it about this villain that has garnered so much attention, and what might the Batman series teach us about psychosocial and political solutions to problems of behavioral health in society?

Session 40

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Palma Ceia 1 ~ 60-Minute Discussion
Engaging Stakeholders to Develop a Research Agenda for Opportunity Youth
Kaitlyn Jones, BS, PMP, Alayna Schreier, PhD, Lisa Trivits, PhD, Cheri Hoffman, PhD, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Washington, DC; Joni Holifield, HeartSmiles, LLC and Uplifting Our Youth, INC, Baltimore, MD

Opportunity youth (sometimes referred to as disconnected youth) are youth between the ages of 16 and 24 years old who are neither employed nor in school. This roundtable discussion will seek input on building a research agenda around opportunity youth, with particular emphasis on engaging young people in research, program, and policy discussions and addressing the behavioral and mental health needs of opportunity youth.

Session 41

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Palma Ceia 2 ~ 60-Minute Discussion
Scaling-Up Evidence-Based Programs Using Medicaid: The Louisiana Experience
Stephen Phillippi, PhD, Sonita Singh, PhD, Lindsay Simpson, MPH, Kaylin Beiter, PhD Candidate, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Center for Evidence to Practice, New Orleans, LA

The Center for Evidence to Practice is a university-state partnership working to advance evidence-based practices (EBPs) in Louisiana. We will present the primary strategies implemented in Louisiana for advancing early childhood EBPs in a Medicaid system. Participants will be encouraged to discuss the challenges and successes experienced in their respective states’ behavioral health systems.

Session 42

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Palma Ceia 3 ~ 30-Minute Paper
Adapting Collaborative Problem Solving for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
Alisha Pollastri, PhD, Think:Kids, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; Walter Meyer, MA, Youth Villages, Memphis, TN; Erin Hill, PhD, Think:Kids, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA; Sarah Hurley, PhD, Youth Villages, Memphis, TN; Stuart Ablon, PhD, Think:Kids, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is an evidence-based approach for helping children develop skills to meet adult expectations and build relationships, and is typically used by caregiver-youth dyads. Youth aging out of foster care need these same skills but often do not have associated caregivers. We discuss a pilot study of CPS adaptations for this population. Concepts include “Independent Problem Solving,” “CPS and Criminality,” and “Tough (but not unsolvable) Problems.”  Prior CPS training not required.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Palma Ceia 3 ~ 30-Minute Paper
Longer Term Impact of Mental Health First Aid on Trainee Performance of Recommended Actions
Bruno Anthony, PhD, Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, Denver, CO; Mary Troxel, BA, Psychology, University of Massachusetts-Boston, Boston, MA; Hillary Robertson, MPH, CHES, Jeremy Chaikind, MD, Psychiatry, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Laura Anthony, PhD, Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO

Significant resources are being invested in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to help the public recognize, understand, and respond to signs of mental health problems. We report on a national, longitudinal study of the impact of MHFA, examining trainees’ attitudes, beliefs, confidence, and intention to perform MHFA actions and their completion of these actions.  Positive changes from pre-training to follow-up provide support for the continued implementation of MHFA as an effective public health strategy.

Session 43

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Palma Ceia 4 ~ 60 Minute Discussion
Native Futures and Social Change in the Nebraska Panhandle
Edison Red Nest III, Social Services, Native Futures, Alliance, NE

Native Futures has changed the social landscape of the Nebraska Panhandle. A for-profit business with the People in mind, Native Futures has inspired and created change by building up families and showing the youth that they can be something different. Native Futures has created businesses that are critical to social change and has used those businesses to progressively move forward and sustain positive changes for the people of the Nebraska Panhandle.

Session 44 ITRE

4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Garrison Suite ~ 30-Minute Paper
Using Community Networking and Implementation Science Education to Improve Supports and Collaboration for Foster Care Services in Arizona
Casey Blaesing, OTS, Tessa Burt, OTS, Amy Armstrong-Heimsoth, OTD, OTR/L, Northern Arizona University, Phoenix, AZ; Shevaun Sullivan, OCJ Kids, Phoenix, AZ

In response to limited funding, budget cuts, and a demand for increased accountability, community-based agencies serving youth in foster care are required to provide evidence-based programs. However, many programs lack prerequisites for the establishment of evidence. Educational sessions, focus groups, surveys, and semi-structured interviews were completed to increase agencies’ knowledge about implementation science and build overall community capacity. The results of this project inform the community, strengthen capacity for evidence-based programs, and build community resilience.

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Garrison Suite ~ 30-Minute Paper
An Evaluation of Positive Youth Development (PYD) Constructs Within the CINS/FINS Outpatient Counseling Program: Building on the Strengths of At-Risk Youth
Claire Lipton, BA, Lindsey Noland, BS, Sarah Shahady, BS, Sarah Sheffield, MA, Bruce Lubotsky Levin, DrPH, MPH, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Jeannie Willsie, PhD, Hillsborough County Department of Children’s Services, Tampa, FL

At-risk youth face a diverse set of challenges that impact their transition into adulthood. The Children in Need of Services/Family in Need of Services (CINS/FINS) 12-week outpatient program provides counseling services to at-risk youth. Applying a positive youth development (PYD) theory to youth programming has proven to achieve positive outcomes. This study aims to identify the constructs of PYD within the CINS//FINS program, in addition to identifying the organization’s beliefs and attitudes towards PYD.