Poster Presentations and Networking Reception
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm ~ Bayshore Ballroom
Youth Peer Support Competencies: Competency Identification, Gap Analysis, and Development in Leadership and Youth Peer Support
Lacy Dicharry, MS, MBA, Youth Era, Baton Rouge, LA; Jammie Gardner, AA, Youth Era, Eugene, OR
With the growth of the young adult lived expertise workforce, turnover, and the need for professional development remains high. Youth Era offers a validated competency model for Youth Peer Support Specialists (YPSS), which includes the assessment, identification, and development plan for increasing technical and leadership skills in the YPSS role. Presenters will share strategies for the supervision of YPSS competency development.
Innovative Practices in Home-Based Treatment: Adapting Home-Based Treatment to Meet the Complex Needs of Today’s Child Welfare Families with a Diverse Workforce
Bobbi Beale, PsyD, Richard Shepler, PhD, MSASS, Center for Innovative Practices, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Maurie Lung, PhD, LMHC, LMFT, Prescott University, Life Adventures Counseling & Consulting, Seminole, Florida
The Center for Innovative Practice is adapting its high fidelity Intensive Home-Based Treatment (IHBT) model to meet the needs of child welfare families. Child Welfare is scrambling to keep children and youth safe while trying to minimize family disruptions. While kinship placement can seem ideal, these new family constellations need additional support and stabilization to avoid yet another disruption. Within the proven framework of IHBT, we are adapting the workforce requirements to include family peer workers, non-licensed providers, and bachelor level interventionists. We are also expanding our intervention components to include a series of family strengthening sessions using experiential activities from Adventure Therapy to increase engagement and impact. Under the supervision of a trauma-informed licensed clinician, these family teams will be trained in an experiential curriculum to increase personal, parental, and family skills, designed to stabilize all types of families in their homes and communities, right where they belong.
Improving Assessment and Clinical Understanding Skills Across a Diverse Workforce
Hannah Karpman, MSW, PhD, School for Social Work, Smith College, Northampton, MA; Jennifer Hallisey, LICSW, Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative, MassHealth, Boston, MA; Sarah Rulnick, MPH, CANS Program, E.K. Shriver Center University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA
The Assessment and Clinical Understanding training is a facilitated online training designed to improve clinicians’ assessment and clinical formulation skills. Topics include: how to gather relevant information, how to consider child development in the course of assessment, the role of culture in assessment; and how to develop and communicate a case formulation. This poster discusses the quantitative and qualitative results of the training evaluation and provides recommendations for additional workforce development.
Community-Based Strategic Planning to Improve Mental Health – Creating Actionable Priorities
Amanda Haboush Deloye, PhD, M. Amaris Knight, ABD, Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy, Las Vegas, NV
Nevada has been ranked 51st in the nation for children’s mental health by the last two Mental Health America reports. Unfortunately, access to mental health resources is not a new issue for the state. As part of the development of their 2020 Strategic Plan, the Clark County Consortium used a mix-methods approach to revise existing priorities and become more effective advocates for children and families.
Becoming Nurtured Heart Approach® Warriors to Change Organizational Culture
Shelisa Foster, MA LPC, Crystal Wytenus, Bergen’s Promise, Hackensack, NJ
Non-profit organizations struggle with issues of turnover, which negatively impacts individuals served as well as organizational culture. The Nurtured Heart Approach(R) (NHA), initially implemented to shift relational energy from unwanted behaviors to positive behaviors with “intense children” and build “Inner Wealth”TM, can be utilized to promote employee relations. This presentation will demonstrate how NHA is used to provide direct feedback to employees and create an organizational culture that supports employee retention.
“Brunch of Brothers” – Community-Based Mental Health, Mindfulness and Healthy Masculinity Formation for African-American Men and Boys
Christopher Warren, Ph.D, SpringZone, St.Pete, St.Petersburg, FL
The Brunch of Brothers program for men and boys of color addresses the critical shortage of mental health resources in the Tampa Bay area by utilizing licensed male practitioners of color engaging in non-punitive, culture affirming mental and emotional health services. The grant-funded pilot program used an intentional combination of yoga/meditation, healthy masculinity formation discourse, and group mental health sessions to provide a multi-layered service methodology to African American men and boys.
Caregiver Satisfaction With Their Child’s Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Its Association With Treatment Completion
Brittany Lange, DPhil, MPH, Ashley Loser, MA, Jason Lang, PhD, Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc., Farmington, CT
Caregiver satisfaction with treatment can contribute to treatment attrition. As such, this research aimed to assess caregiver satisfaction in relation to Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy treatment completion. Overall, satisfaction with treatment was high. However, mean caregiver satisfaction scores were significantly higher for children who completed. This poster recommends the assessment of caregiver satisfaction in future interventions, with steps taken to address concerns raised.
Change the Dynamic: System Dynamics for System Transformation
Nia West-Bey, PhD, Whitney Bunts, MSW, Youth Policy, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Washington, DC; Ming Wang, Utah Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Salt Lake City, UT; Jacquelyn Duval-Harvey, PhD, Prince George’s County Health Department, Largo, MD
System Dynamics (SD) is a method for understanding, designing, and managing change. This poster session will highlight three SD models developed by teams in Prince George’s County, MD, and the state of Utah in support of their policy and systems change efforts to support transition-age youth. This poster also describes how they used these models over the year to inform system redesign, monitor performance, track outcomes, and reduce disparities and inequalities.
Implementation of a Medical-Behavioral Health Home for Children With Complex Mental Health Conditions to Reduce Baker Act Admissions
Lori Bilello, PhD, Medicine/Center for Health Equity and Quality Research, University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville System of Care Initiative (JSOCI) received an Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreement to focus on children who have been admitted or are at high risk of being admitted to a children’s crisis stabilization united through the Baker Act process. A Medical-Behavioral Health Home was developed where these children can get comprehensive services to address their health and mental health and have access to intensive care coordination using the high fidelity Wraparound model.
Beyond Co-Occurring: Adolescents Living With Multiply-Occurring Difficulties. Conceptualizing Developmentally Appropriate Differential Diagnostic Understandings
Michael Fox, MA, Center for Innovative Practices, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
With foundations built on childhood experiences and growth toward increasingly independent thinking, diagnostic understandings of multiply-challenged youth are perhaps more difficult than for any other group. But, adolescents are neither ‘risky adults’ nor ‘mature children,’ challenging many methods of conceptualization. While this unique developmental period is often reduced to oversimplifications emphasizing areas of risk, it is also full of promise for resiliency and adaptive changes. Integrated conceptualizations are critical to support healthful change.
Low CD4 Count and Alcohol Use Disorder Among HIV+ Young Russian Women: An Association
Ariadna Capasso, MFA, Ralph DiClemente, PhD, Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Global Public Health, New York University, New York, NY
In spite of the high prevalence of alcohol use among young HIV+ Russian women, the association of Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) and antiretroviral adherence is understudied. Women with an AUD were more likely to forget taking antiretrovirals and to make adjustments to their medication regime. Women with an AUD had more HIV-related symptoms and lowered CD4 counts, HIV+ young Russian women should routinely be assessed for AUDs.
A Systematic Review of Emergency Department-Based Mental Health Interventions: Implications for Young Adults Visiting the Emergency Department for Mental Health Reasons
Eunji Nam, PhD, Jasmine Haynes, MSW, Coralys Rodriguez, BS, Talia DeCant, BS, School of Social Work, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
This study systematically reviewed the literature on the Emergency Department (ED)-based mental health interventions and assessed the effectiveness of those interventions. This review identified effective screening interventions, but the effectiveness of crisis management and community referrals remains unclear. Further, most ED-based mental health interventions were for pediatric patients or for frequent ED visitors who are often in their middle age, potentially leaving young adults visiting the ED at risk of experiencing gaps in services.
Health Habitus Integration Training in New York State Systems of Care: An Evaluation
Helen-Maria Lekas, PhD, Crystal Fuller-Lewis, PhD, Sharifa Williams, DrPH, MS, Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research, Orangeburg, NY; Angela Keller, MSW, Kimberly Heffner, NYS Systems of Care, New York State Office of Mental Health, Albany, New York, NY
A novel component of the NY OMH Wraparound training has been the implementation of Health Habitus Integration (HHI) training. HHI training, led by the Center for Research on Cultural and Structural Equity in Behavioral Health at NKI, has the potential to contribute to the development and implementation of a family-centered, strengths-based plan that promotes family/youth engagement in care. This poster presentation will describe the HHI training program and highlight evaluation findings on health habitus implementation and practice.
Maternal Infant Mental Health in Rural Communities Data Collection and Implementation of Services in Tennessee
Rachel Hanson, MS, Tricia Amonette, BS, Kimberly Young, BS, Centerstone, Columbia, TN
This poster session will focus on maternal-infant mental health services available in rural communities in Tennessee. Participants will become familiar with how the programs were developed, data to support the project, and how addressing home parent-child interactions improve overall child development. Participants will learn about the implemented services to address the infant mortality rate as well as how data was collected and used to drive this program.
Implementation and Sustainability of Community Response in Native Communities
Nathan Busch, JD, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Lincoln, NE; Greg Donovan, Society of Care, Linclon, NE
A system of partners came together to establish a community-based service and support prevention structure for Native families in Nebraska. This system used evidence-based and -influenced efforts to build on what already exists, honor community strengths, leverage resources, and engage established organizations. This program, called Community Response, is is a voluntary system, connecting them with resources and support to help them meet their goals and strengthen their relationships within their community.
Strategies for Preventing Provider Attrition From Early Childhood EBP Training and Service Provision in the Louisiana Medicaid Managed Care System
Lindsay Simpson, MPH, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, LSUHSC Center for Evidence to Practice, New Orleans, LA
Attrition is a significant barrier to statewide implementation and dissemination of evidence-based behavioral health programs (EBPs). The Louisiana Center for Evidence to Practice is establishing strategies to mitigate attrition in EBP training. Reframing contractual relationships with trainers, support for provider organizations in business model development, and university workforce development initiatives, are examples of potential strategies for strengthening systems and improving training outcomes.
A Qualitative Analysis of Developer Experiences Creating Mental Health Literacy Web Resources for Young People With a Parent or Family Member with Mental Illness
Iris Wong, BS, Catherine Asteriou, BS, Daniel Cavanaugh, MSW, ABD, Joanne Riebschleger, MSW, PhD, School of Social Work, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
This project utilized qualitative methods from autoethnography and thematic analysis to assess how social work graduate students describe their experiences of creating web-based mental health literacy content. This study was focused on discussing how the students believed their personal lived experiences with mental illness might have affected the content they produced for a mental health literacy website for teenagers with a parent or a family member with a mental illness.
Perceptions of NEET Status and Mental Health Symptoms in Young Adults: A Focus Group Study
Andrew Hunt, MD, Psychiatry, University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Young Adults Not Employed Educating or Training (NEET) present for mental health treatment frequently, and suffer a broad spectrum of mental health symptoms. We utilized focus groups of NEET Status Young Adults to characterize commonly experienced factors to the onset of NEET Status. All participants reported a confluence of factors, rather than single events or precipitants. Domains discussed may be targets for intervention and future research.
How an Electronic Health Record Demonstrates Data-Driven Support of the Principles of Wraparound: A Mixed-Method Analysis of User Perception
Kara Vernon, MEd, Amanda Zwirecki, Mary Curry, PhD, Professional Services, FidelityEHR, Santa Fe, NM
Through a multi-methods field-based research approach, FidelityEHR staff and two SOC partners utilizing the FidelityEHR system collaborated to conduct evaluation research. This research initiative builds on the initial 2016 NIMH STTR II research findings in an applied data-driven focus. Findings support that there are best practices to increase fidelity to Wraparound models, create greater ease of use for providers, and improved health outcomes for youth and families are enhanced when technology aligns with practice.
Evaluation of Transition Programs for Improving Outcomes of Young People With Serious Mental Health Conditions: Using a State Data Collection and Reporting System
Yona Kifer, PhD, Karyn Dresser, PhD, Stars Behavioral Health Group, Oakland, CA; Hewitt B. “Rusty” Clark, PhD, University of South Florida, National Network on Youth Transition, St Petersburg, FL
The transition from adolescence to adulthood is particularly challenging for young people who have SMHCs. This study examined outcomes for two programs that are adopting the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model. Findings show improvements in education/employment measures and reductions in homelessness, arrests, and hospitalizations. Additional analyses revealed that the two transition sites were contributing differentially to these effects. The discussion will address the possible reasons for these differences and implications for improving transition program outcomes.
Embracing the School-Based Behavioral Health Service Delivery Model; Making the Case for Superintendent Engagement and Support for the System of Care Approach
Bonita Gibb, BS, Marion Mossman, BA, Otsego County System of Care, Cooperstown, NY; Anne Gadomski, MD, MPH, FAACP, Bassett Research Institute, Cooperstown, NY; Susan Matt, MSSA, Otsego County Mental Health, Oneonta, NY; Nicolas Savin, MEd, Board of Cooperative Education Services, Milford, NY
Otsego County in rural NY has received a system of care grant award for a school-based delivery model. This grant utilizes a systems approach to school-based behavioral health delivery to ensure equitable, appropriate, and timely interventions for youth and families with, or at risk of developing social, emotional, or behavioral disturbances. This presentation will explore superintendent perspectives on engagement and support for the SOC program to form an action plan for the sustainability of services post-grant funding.
Coalition-Building for East Harlem’s Youth: Reducing Risk Factors to Improve Positive and Healthy Behavioral Outcomes for Adolescents using the Communities That Care® Process
Reina Batrony Cine, MA, Keyona Forbes, MA, Evidence Based Community of Programs, The New York Foundling, New York, NY
This poster presentation aims to examine the implementation of Communities That Care® in East Harlem, located in Manhattan, New York. Led by The New York Foundling, CTC-East Harlem uses a planning and implementation process grounded in an evidence-based prevention science model to build a community coalition, identify problem behaviors, enact tested and proven programs, and evaluate outcomes to create positive and healthy futures for East Harlem’s youth.
An Evaluation of Foster Parents Perceived Support Due to Additional Training
Maryanne Kaboi, MSW, Indiana University School of Social Work, Indianapolis, IN
Foster parents are an essential part of the child welfare system. Yet, most of the training they receive is preparatory regarding the agency’s expectations and rarely address the challenges they face in caring for foster children. Such a lack of training often leaves foster parents feeling overwhelmed in their roles. This evaluation assessed the importance of additional training for ensuring that foster parents feel supported and reducing trauma related to placement disruption.
Who Pays? Integrating Mental Healthcare Into Pediatric Primary Care: Problems With Public Funding Streams
Amy Starin, PhD, MSW, Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, Oak Brook, IL
The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) funded two FQHC/Community Mental Health partners in Chicago to develop and implement integrated care in two pediatric clinics. Significant achievements were made to allow for early and easy access for families to care. When philanthropic funds concluded, public funding streams were insufficient to sustain them. This poster will present the care models, the gaps public funding streams must bridge, and discuss why this should be considered a national priority.
An Attributional Survey for Family and Youth Partners
Wendy Bowlin, LPC, MBA, Leinani Mallory, BA, Coordinated System of Care, Magellan Health in Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA
How much does parent and youth peer support in wraparound service arrays contribute to the value and outcomes in a well-resourced system of care? A proposed attributional survey with components of role competency, satisfaction, and experience of care may overcome barriers to answering this elusive question. The study methodology involves a large within-region randomized sample across a state-wide wraparound system utilizing mobile technology, a modified tested protocol with high response rates, and dichotomized fidelity results.
Case Study: Framing Strategies to Build Public Understanding of Child Well-Being Issues in Jacksonville
Vicki Waytowich, EdD, The Partnership for Child Health, Jacksonvile, FL; Jill Storey, AA, RLS Group, Jacksonville, FL; Selena Webster-Bass, MPH, Voices Institute, Jacksonville, FL
FrameWorks Institute, a nonprofit think tank known for its pioneering research on the communications of social issues, partnered with the Partnership for Child Health-Jacksonville System of Care Initiative to develop evidence-based communications strategies, tools, and techniques to build public understanding and support of child well-being and health equity issues. The resulting, evidence-based communications strategy involved a set of “frame elements,” or themes and techniques to make communications more effective.
Social Determinants of Health as a Framework for Assessing Functional Outcomes for Child Welfare and Behavioral Health Programming
Gina Klyachkin, Megan Moore, Jarrod Dungan, KVC Behavioral HealthCare Kentucky, Inc, Lexington, KY
As we place more focus on the high cost and comparatively low outcomes of the healthcare system, research is pointing to social determinants of health as factors leading to poor outcomes for populations with complex needs. KVC Behavioral HealthCare Kentucky will discuss the implementation and evaluation of the Lifeworks Self Sufficiency Matrix as a primary outcome measure of social determinants of health across diverse programming. Lessons learned from selection, implementation, and analysis will be shared.
Working With a Youth Advisory Board to Create Measurement Tools for Youth-Adult Partnerships and Other Lessons Learned
Maria León, MS, Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, TX A&M University, College Station, TX; Gayle Gabriel, PhD, Public Policy Research Institute, Bryan, TX
Youth-adult partnerships are an effective way to improve youth engagement and allows youth to make meaningful contributions to an organization. The Youth Advisory Board has been instrumental in shaping decisions for the Texas Youth Action Network and creating a youth-friendly version of an Organizational Readiness Assessment for Youth-Adult Partnerships, a measurement tool for youth to evaluate organizational capacity for partnerships. Members of the Board are ready to share their insights and expertise!
Suicide Prevention Framework for Youth Services: Evaluation of A Video-Based Learning Program
Laura Maggiulli, PhD, Hillside Family of Agencies, Rochester, NY; Sarah Donovan, PsyD, SafeSide Prevention, Rochester, NY; Anthony Pisani, PhD, Psychiatry (Psychology) and Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY; Joan Aiello, MS, Hillside Family of Agencies, Rochester, NY; Tiffany Russo, LMHC, Hillside Family of Agencies, Rochester, NY
Hillside Family of Agencies and SafeSide Prevention collaborated to implement and evaluate an innovative suicide prevention framework and a video-based learning program in youth services. Results from the program evaluation showed a significant pre/post increase in staff self-efficacy. Staff attained knowledge and reported that the training was transferable to their jobs. This presentation will describe the SafeSide Framework and workforce training model, show training video clips, and share results from the program evaluation.
Families and Children’s Tracks to Success(FACTS)!
Lisa Kennedy, PA State Leadership and Management Team/York County Dept of Human Svcs, PA State Leadership and Management Team/York County Dept of Human Services, York, PA; Beth Ann McConnell, Capital Area Intermediate Unit, York, PA
The FACTS will describe, highlight and demonstrate the impact of effective and authentic family engagement experiences through the detailing of ongoing programs being utilized in a county that at times has significant challenges, including families and youth, for a myriad of reasons. Participants will have access to data collected through surveys and evaluations to show how growth has positively impacted and influenced the work being done in a System of Care County in Pennsylvania.
Family Feedback as an Integral Component to Precision Based Treatment Planning
Melissa Fulgieri, LCSW, Implementation Support Center, New York Foundling, New York, NY; Thomas Sexton, PhD, FFT Partners, New York, NY
Functional Family Therapy–Therapeutic Case Management believes that for treatment to be truly grounded in evidence, it must contain both the clinical tenets of family therapy that have proven effective as well as real-time evidence of client experience, in order for the clinical model to continuously adjust to fit the family. This presentation will highlight how FFT-TCM uses family feedback to inform and adjust treatment in real-time.
Making Connection for Mental Health and Well-Being for East African Men and Boys
Abdiweli Haji, United Women of East Africa Support Team, San Diego, CA
The Hub offers a framework for looking at symptoms of trauma at the community level, how it manifests as a breakdown of social networks, relationships, positive norms, and disinvestment in public spaces – which would otherwise be protective against violence, trauma, other forms of adversity. Goal: Create opportunities for young men in the refugee community to learn about social emotional health, strengthen peer networks, and apply their combined leadership to mental health advocacy efforts.
Helping Our EBP Workforce Succeed with Technology: Geomapping to Inform Provider Choice
Kaylin Beiter, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health, New Orleans, LA
Access to information regarding evidence-based practices (EBPs) is a factor related to accurate referral and client choice of a behavioral health provider. Partnerships between state governing bodies, MCOs, EBP developers, and the Center for Evidence to Practice in Louisiana has led to the development of a highly interactive map of providers offering EBP services, and the Medicaid plans these providers accept. The poster will share the impact of EBP implementation.