Special Tracks


March 15-18, 2020

Update Regarding the Coronavirus
We are following state of Florida policy guidelines with respect to the Coronavirus. At this point, we are moving forward with the conference as planned. As you know, the current situation is very fluid. Should guidance from Florida state officials change, we will notify participants immediately.
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Special topic tracks

BHE – Behavioral Health Equity
Co-sponsored by the Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of South Florida, presenters in this track will highlights forward-thinking and multidisciplinary approaches to address behavioral health disparities in our progressively complex health system. This track showcases the latest evidence-based research and discoveries, innovative programs, and effective policies advancing behavioral health equity among vulnerable populations, both domestically and globally. With growing diversity in our country and the current failure to reduce or eliminate associated risk factors that can influence behavioral health and health outcomes, it is imperative that policymakers, researchers, and the larger behavioral health community more fully examine the entire continuum of our complex health system. Therefore, topical discussions will also focus on the upstream, midstream, and downstream factors impacting health equity for under-resourced, vulnerable, and marginalized groups.

CW – Child Welfare
Co-sponsored by Casey Family Programs and the Florida Institute for Child Welfare, this track showcases new developments in community-based and other interventions to prevent or mitigate the impact of child maltreatment. This track also includes presentations on how to address behavioral health issues for both children and parents involved in child welfare.

EBP – Evidence-Based Practice in Systems of Care
Sponsored by the Child and Family Evidence-Based Practice Consortium, this track highlights research and technical assistance informing the effective implementation of evidence-based practice in systems of care. Presentations focus on workforce development, sustainability, and the implementation knowledge to practice gap in behavioral health care and child welfare.

FE – Family Engagement
Sponsored by the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association, this track focuses on presentations highlighting innovative research designs that partner with parents, family members, and family-run organizations, as well as research efforts led by family members and family-run organizations. Research areas for this track include family engagement in child-serving systems (i.e., juvenile justice, behavioral health, or child welfare), partnerships between family members or family-run organizations and researchers or evaluators, and unique roles family members and family-run organization leaders play in research and evaluation. Of particular interest are research findings that will help shape policies, practices, and treatments leading to positive long-term outcomes for children, youth, young adults, and families impacted by mental and behavioral health.

WA – Innovations in Wraparound
Sponsored by the National Wraparound Initiative, this track will feature leaders in Wraparound management, supervision, evaluation, quality assurance, and research who will present an array of cutting-edge developments in care coordination for youth with complex needs. Sessions will focus on predictors of child and family outcomes, new measures of Wraparound implementation and quality, and training and workforce development approaches. Topical discussions on youth-driven care and serving culturally diverse youth round out the track.

YYA – Youth and Young Adults
Sponsored by the Learning and Working RRTC at the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research, the goal of this track is to share research findings to improve the lives of youth and young adults (ages 14-30) living with or at risk of mental health conditions. This track includes research on issues relating to the transition to adulthood for adolescents, and on developmentally tailored and culturally appealing services and supports and related policy issues for older youth and young adults. The track also includes presentations highlighting the value and impact of youth and young adult involvement in the design and delivery of services, supports, and policies.

MB – Innovative Initiatives on Improving Men and Boys Mental Health and Wellbeing
The Movember Foundation and the University of South Florida presentations in this track will focus on prevention and effective interventions aimed at addressing the behavioral health needs of men and boys. Of particular interest are research/evaluation–supported innovative programs, partnerships, or policy initiatives that focus on men and boys of color, or other marginalized or at-risk male populations. Considering the interplay of socio-ecological factors that affect the behavioral health of men and boys, presentations can focus on policy, community, interpersonal, or individual-level factors that affect male mental wellbeing, including the role of masculinity and gendered norms. Research and evaluation approaches/metrics assessing the impact of such factors, as well as approaches and metrics assessing the outcome of male-centered programs are welcome in this track.

ITRE – Institute for Translational Research Education in Adolescent Drug Abuse
ITRE is a National Institute on Drug Abuse funded (R25DA031103) research education program with a mission to develop, cultivate, and disseminate an innovative model of research education that addresses best practices for translational research in the field of adolescent behavioral health, as it relates to substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. The Institute offers a graduate certificate program in which Institute Scholars work alongside academic mentors, community agency partners, and national mentors to complete service learning research projects. The ITRE Track will include presentations of results from translational research projects along with discussions by leaders in the field regarding current trends in the field of implementation science.