Poster Presentations

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm ~ Bayshore Ballroom 

201. Transition Service Provider Competency Scale: A Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Claudia Sellmaier, University of Washington-Tacoma, Tacoma, WA; Eileen Brennan, Pauline Jivanjee, Pathways RTC, Portland State University, Portland, ORMaria Carolina Gonzalez-Prats, Portland State University, Portland, OR

  • The Transition Service Provider Competency Scale (TSPCS) assesses service providers’ competency to work with young adults with mental health issues. Confirmatory factor analysis using baseline data from 104 service providers, who participated in an evaluation study of Promoting Positive Pathways to Adulthood, supported a one-factor solution. Additional analysis showed acceptable factor loadings, high composite reliability, and adequate variance extracted. Correlation analysis illustrated a positive association between service providers’ work experience and TSPCS scores. 

202. Join Rise Be - Strengthening the Voice of Youth and Young Adults in the Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Policy and Practice
Michaela Fissel, BAAdvocacy Unlimited, Inc., New Britain, CT

  • This poster will include strategies for strengthening the voice of young people through an applied research approach, while providing findings related the achievement of recovery and overall transition to adulthood for the current generation of millennials.

203. Providing Organizational Support for Care Coordinator Effectiveness: A Look at How Talent Management Systems Can Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Youth    
David Bolt, MSWAmerigroup Community Care of Georgia, Chamblee, GA


  • The purpose of this presentation is to describe a study on the innovative approach that was taken by an organization to improve Care Coordinator effectiveness. The poster will show: 1) an overview of the critical talent pool theoretical frameworks that undergirded the study, 2) an overview of the organizational interventions undertaken to increase Care Coordinator effectiveness, and 3) and the initial outcomes demonstrating an increase in employee engagement and effectiveness.


204. The Lake Maggiore Shores Neighborhood Readiness Initiative: Activating the Power of Neighborhoods to Lead Comprehensive Community Change for Early Childhood Mental Health
Allison Pinto, PhD, Erica Hardison, BABernice Darling, BALake Maggiore Shores Neighborhood Readiness Initiative, St. Petersburg, FL

  • Neighbors of Lake Maggiore Shores are leading efforts to facilitate the readiness of St. Petersburg for a place-based, cross-sector initiative to bring about the mental health and thriving of all babies and young children in South St. Petersburg, beginning with the Lake Maggiore Shores neighborhood. Through a combination of resident-led community-building and organizational capacity-building, a growing network of individuals, groups, and organizations in St. Petersburg is seeking to reach a state of readiness for the launching of a comprehensive initiative to prompt community transformation for broad-scale Early Childhood Mental Health.

205. Adolescent Perspectives about their Involvement in the Custody Arrangement Decision
Jaimee Hartenstein, PhDUniversity of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO; Mindy Markham, PhDKali Summers, MSKansas State University, Manhattan, KS

  • This grounded-theory study examined 12 adolescents who were involved in custody arrangement decisions following their parents’ divorce. Four themes emerged regarding the adolescent participants’ custody arrangement involvement: 1) level of adolescent involvement, 2) age and maturity of adolescent, 3) adolescents’ desire to have input, and 4) concerns regarding adolescent involvement. Adolescents expressed a range of feelings regarding their involvement in custody arrangements. Professionals assisting families will benefit from having an understanding of adolescent involvement and when to seek input.

206. Utilizing National Performance Standards to Improve Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems
Sharon Hoover Stephan, PhD, Jill Bohnenkamp, PhDNancy Lever, PhDElizabeth Connors, PhDSabrina Ereshefsky, MA, Center for School Mental Health, University of Maryland Baltimore, MD

  • The National Quality Initiative, a partnership of the Center for School Mental Health and the School-Based Health Alliance, focuses on advancing excellence in school health service systems. This presentation will provide an overview of this initiative and implications for students, parents, and professionals in schools and districts, including a review of the National School Mental Health Census and Performance Measures via The SHAPE System and the practical use of these resources to drive school mental health quality improvement and sustainability. 

207. The Role of Preschool Children’s Executive Functioning and Interactions in the Classroom in Predicting Kindergarten Readiness 
Laura Deem, BAThe Center for Developmental Science, Chapel Hill, NC

  • This study examines executive functioning, social interactions, and kindergarten school readiness with data from the Learning, Emotion, and Play in School project. Participants completed tasks to measure executive functioning and completed the Bracken School Readiness Assessment and Woodcock-Johnson to measure kindergarten readiness. The inCLASS and CLASS measured peer and teacher interactions. Executive functions predicted school readiness more than social interactions. Unexpectedly, while teachers’ emotional support positively predicted school readiness; their instructional support did not.

208. waWraparound Fidelity Index, Short Form (WFI-EZ): Means, Trends and Usage 
Ryan Parigoris, BA, Alyssa Hook, BS, April Sather, MPHUniversity of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

  • The Wraparound Fidelity Index, Short Form (WFI-EZ) is a 42-item measure that assesses experiences, outcomes, and satisfaction of wraparound across the major stakeholders of a wraparound team including: caregiver, facilitator, youth, and other team members. National Means and other psychometrics of the measure are established based on several characteristics of implementation sites. Results and implications of a nationwide WFI-EZ usage and implementation survey sent to provider agencies implementing the measure are discussed.

209. Parents’ Descriptions of Young Children’s Dissociative Reactions after Trauma  
Gabriela Cintron, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

  • There is limited research on the phenomenology of how young children who have been exposed to trauma express the intrusive symptom of dissociative reactions. The current qualitative study utilized interviews from a semi-structured diagnostic clinical interview with 74 caregivers of young children (age 3 to 7) who were exposed to trauma to identify parents’ descriptions of their children’s dissociative reactions.  Based on results from the interview, 45.9% of the children had dissociative reactions (8.5% had flashbacks and 41.9% had dissociative episodes). Themes, descriptions and phrases to describe dissociative reactions in young children after trauma can be used to help parents and professionals more accurately identify occurrences of dissociative reactions. 

210. Positive Functional Outcomes in Pennsylvania Youth and Families after 12 and 24 months of High Fidelity Wraparound
Monica Payne, MAWilliam McKenna, BSYouth and Family Training Institute, Monroeville, PA

  • The Youth and Family Training Institute is responsible for training, coaching, credentialing, and monitoring the High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) workforce across Pennsylvania. Data from our Wraparound Fidelity Index – Short Form (WFI-EZ) indicates fidelity above the National Means. Data from our SAMHSA-funded System of Care National Evaluation examined functional outcomes resulting from HFW, and found positive outcomes in a variety of life domains at 12 and 24 months after enrollment.

211. Enhancing Implementation Outcomes for the PAX Good Behavior Game  
David Hussey, PhDMichelle Riske-Morris, PhD/JD, Laura Overman, MA/MEdCase Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Cleveland, OH

  • Federal funding agencies encourage recipients of grant funds to implement evidence-based programs (EBP). Difficulties in implementation, however, can yield different outcomes. Identifying fidelity measures that are naturally occurring within a program can yield useful information to track program implementation without needlessly causing undue burden. The PAX Good Behavior Game is an EBP that has received attention in the last several years. Data collected from the PAX scoreboard provides an additional means for enhancing program fidelity.

212. Measuring Experience of Care: Availability and Use of Experience of Care Surveys in Residential Intervention Settings for Children and Youth  
Marvin Cain Alexander, MSW, LCSWLouisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

  • This poster reports the findings from a survey of 66 American Association of Children’s Residential Centers (AACRC) member organizations as part of a project that investigated the integration of youth-guided philosophy into residential intervention services and the extent to which AACRC member organizations incorporate “youth-guided” principles into everyday practice. Specifically, this poster explores how AACRC member organizations currently assess consumers’ perceptions of experience of care.

213. yyaCareer Development Interventions for Transition Age Youth and Young Adults with Psychiatric Conditions: A Scoping Review 
Judy Thompson, PhD, Michelle Mullen, MS, Katie Holloway, BARutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Scotch Plains, NJ

  • To inform the development of Helping Youth on the Path to Employment, a specialized intervention for young people with psychiatric conditions, we conducted a scoping review of the existing literature regarding interventions that target post-secondary education and/or employment outcomes among transition-age youth and young adults (ages 14-35) with psychiatric conditions. This poster presentation will include an overview of the process used to complete the review, as well as a summary of the current findings.

214. A Pilot Study of the Impact of the Parents as Teachers Program on the Academic Performance of Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances  
Logan McCombs, BachelorsEric Gee, PhDBrigham Young University-Idaho, Rexburg, ID; Rick Croft, MSDebrah Allen, Madison School District, Rexburg, ID 

  • This pilot study compared the academic performance of children with severe emotional disturbances during their preschool years to the academic performance of a matched sample of students without SEDs. Absenteeism and tardiness were also compared for these groups. Challenges of collecting longitudinal data for this group will be discussed.

215. yyaChanging the Rules: A Guide for Youth and Young Adults who want to Change Policy
Nancy Koroloff, PhDBarbara Friesen, PhDPortland State University, Portland, OR

  • This poster will feature major points from a newly publication "Changing the rules: A Guide for youth and young adults with mental health conditions who want to change policy." Each step in the change process is accompanied with quotes from interviews conducted with leaders from young adult advocacy groups. The Guide also features an example of changing state policy about the availability of peer support.

216. Administering the Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening in Pediatric Practices: Feasibility and Findings
Sarah Nadiv, MAAshley Hall, MS, Margo Candelaria, PhDUMB SSW, Baltimore, MD

  • Increased Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is related to poorer physical and mental health outcomes later in life. ACEs prevalence and the relation between ACEs and child/parent functioning were investigated in a non-clinical, low-risk, pediatric population. Four pediatric practices collected ACEs child/parent screenings and a parent/child functioning data in waiting rooms for six months. Findings revealed low parent ACE scores, but a significant relationship between lower parent functioning and higher child ACE scores. 

217. A Recipe for Success: How to Bake Child Psychiatry into Primary Care  
Elizabeth Garrigan, MA, LPCBeacon Health Options, Rocky Hill, CT; Lisa Clements, PhDBeacon Health Options, Colorado Springs, CO; Marcy Ravech, MSWBeacon Health Options, Boston, MA

  • Child Psychiatry Access Programs (CPAP) operating in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Colorado use telephonic psychiatric consultation to support PCPs treating children with behavioral health issues. Using real-time consultation, the programs extend the reach of child psychiatry into all types of primary care settings, thereby expanding access to much needed behavioral health care. This presentation will discuss best practices and share information for managing this integrative model across varied behavioral health and primary care delivery systems.

218. Actively Engaging Stakeholders in Evaluation with Games 
Lee Ratzlaff, MAUniversity of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Josiah Reyes, Child, Youth and Family Division, Santa Fe, NM; Debra Heath, MPHJulie Salvador, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

  • Stakeholder engagement in the evaluation process has been identified as a primary vehicle for evaluation use. Games are considered an effective tool for stakeholder engagement and collaborative learning, inspiring interest, motivation, and retention. We will outline methods used to engage providers, youth, and families in New Mexico’s System of Care evaluations, focusing on our recent adaptation of the children’s game, Chutes & Ladders, to engage stakeholders in identifying wraparound barriers, success factors, and solutions.

219. Applying the Concept of Working Alliance to Community Coalition Building
Sharon Hodges, PhDRoxann McNeish, PhDChris Simmons, PhDCollege of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

  • During their 2015-16 planning year, Making Connections Initiative grantees placed a strong emphasis on coalition building – bringing community partners together for the purpose of improving the mental health and wellbeing for men and boys of color. This poster reports on the use of the clinical construct of working alliance, specifically the dimensions of tasks, goals, and bond (Bordin, 1979), to understand the successes and challenges of coalition building within the Making Connections Initiative.

220. yyaSpeaking of Hope: Engaging Young Adults in Social Marketing 
Joel Danforth, MSW,  Julia Cardoso, Young Adult Consultant, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Boston, MA

  • This poster presentation will describe the process of maintaining and supporting a young adult (YA) voice and involvement in the YA recovery website, SpeakingofHope.org. The presentation will cover the history of the website, discussion of our two major campaigns, the 2014 Flash Mobs to raise awareness of mental health issues, and the 2016 Burst the Stigma Campaign, where YAs filming themselves “bursting” green water balloons to symbolize breaking the stigma surrounding mental health.

221. Adapting an Attachment-Based Intervention for Caregivers of Trans and Gender Nonconforming Youth: Preliminary Findings from Two Pilot Groups 
Antonia Dangaltcheva, MAMarlene Moretti, Katherine O'Donnell, MScSimon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada; Chris Booth, Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

  • Gender nonconforming and trans youth experience victimization and bullying resulting in greater mental health concerns and suicidal ideation. Parent support is one of the most significant determinants of risk; however, caregivers may require additional support to be available and responsive to their youth. Connect is a group attachment-based intervention for parents of teens, which was adapted to address relevant issues for these families. Preliminary findings from two pilot groups support the effectiveness of this intervention.

222. Risk and Protective Factors in Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs among Adolescents
Jamie Vela, PhDUniversity of Rhode Island, New York, NY 

  • This study aimed to investigate the Non-Medical Use of Prescription Drugs (NMUPD) among adolescents. Previously studied risk and protective factors were evaluated across five ecological domains including community, family, individual, peer, and school. The Communities that Care Survey was distributed to 9-12th graders on one occasion. NMUPD was assessed by previous 30-day tranquilizer, pain-reliever, or stimulant use. These findings are discussed as a means for refining future models and developing preventative interventions for future use.

223. Project Laulima: Developing Effective Services for Youth with Co-occurring Mental Health Needs and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in Hawaii
Ada Demleitner, MAProject Laulima, Honolulu, HI; Lesley Slavin, PhDChild and Adolescent Mental Health Division, Honolulu, HI; Pratima Musburger, JD, MPHProject Laulima, Honolulu, HI

  • Project Laulima is the first SAMHSA System of Care Expansion grantee that sought to address a gap in services for youth with co-occurring mental health needs and intellectual/developmental disabilities. Process evaluation findings of the program’s newly developed service called Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention describe the treatment targets and strategies that were used with these youth. Treatment practices differed from the system’s usual care for this population and reflected the intensive and diverse needs of these youth.

224. State-Wide Peer-Facilitated Social Support Groups in Connecticut for Young Adults
Valerie Sacco, Community Health Center / CT STRONG, Middletown, CT; Jessica Goldman, NAMI Connecticut, Hartford, CT

  • This poster explores a non-traditional and non-clinical approach for young adults in the mental health community, including how Connecticut has integrated peer-driven alternative treatment options for young adults maintaining recovery. This poster session will be presented by two young adults in recovery who have been core members/ facilitators of these young adult peer-run groups.

225. Impact of a Rural, Multi-county System of Care on the Wider Community
Jeffrey Anderson, PhDFunda Ergulec, MAIndiana University, Bloomington, IN; Debrah Allen, Early Childhood Coordinator, Madison CARES, Madison School District, Rexburg, ID 

  • The purpose of this study was exploring the impact that the One Community, One Family system of care has had on the wider community since its inception in 2005. Using a qualitative, interview, and document analysis-based design, this study critically examined the perspectives of various community stakeholders regarding the SOC’s mission, implementation strategies, sustainability efforts, and long-term impacts on the community.

226. A System for Measuring Treatment Outcomes That Promotes Treatment Funding
Steve Kossor, MA, The Institute for Behavior Change, Coatesville, PA

  • A system for measuring outcomes of behavioral health treatment programs for children has been tested for more than 20 years by independent researchers from four different educational institutions. All of these researchers found that treatment outcome measures supplied by the parents of children receiving treatment were effective in obtaining and maintaining treatment funding via EPSDT in a Managed Care environment.

227. The Influence of Conduct Disorder in Child Development
Sylvia Coats-Boynton, PHD, Florida Memorial University, Miami, FL

  • Antisocial behavior/aggression in young people is a growing problem in the United States. Social learning theorists suggest that aggression is a behavior learned early in life through environmental and role modeling influences and the expectations of significant adults. The literature supports that the Black population in the United States is at greater risk (socially, psychologically, physically and economically) for developing aggression patterns. Natural environmental and familial factors can influence favorable behavioral outcomes.

228. Defining Needs of Local LGBTQ+ Youth
Amy Kanouse, MPHHeidi Wale Knizacky, MS, LLPAPPRECOTS Applied Research Consultants, Freeland, MI

  • Services and supports are most effective when they are based on the needs of the target population. Although the needs of LGBTQ+ youth have been defined nationally and published in literature, local data is often scarce or limiting. A local system of care initiative is using an ongoing data collection project designed to inform and evaluate their efforts to increase services and supports for LGBTQ+ youth.

229. Enhancement of Early Childhood Mental Health Services within Community-Based Pediatric Medical Homes: Evaluation of Massachusetts Project LAUNCH    
Jessica Wolfe, MPHNortheastern University, Boston, MA

  • Project LAUNCH in Massachusetts, funded by SAMHSA, tested enhancement of a pediatric medical home by adding services of an early childhood mental health clinician and a family partner with lived experience to improve social emotional functioning of children ages 0-8 at risk for mental, emotional, and behavioral problems, and to reduce stress and depression among caregivers. This poster will describe the model, and review evaluation results and possible mechanisms through which it was effective.

230. yyaTransition-Age Youth Psychotherapy Experiences (TYPE) Study  
Emma Pici-D'Ottavio, BALaura Golden, BAAmanda Costa, BSMaryann Davis, PhDUMass Medical School, Transitions Research and Training Center, Shrewsbury, MA

  • Transition-age youth with mental health conditions struggle to manage symptoms while developing adult capacities. Outpatient psychotherapy is the most common effective mental health treatment. Unfortunately, transition-age youth are more likely to drop out of mental health treatment than older adults. Treatment attrition (TA) significantly limits the benefits of therapy. The current study examines factors related to TA in transition-age youth who attend outpatient psychotherapy. This research will help develop retention interventions for this age group.


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