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Tuesday, March 7, 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Session 67yya

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Bayshore 5 ~ (Symposium)

Changing Systems & Practice in Texas to Meet the Needs of Transition Age Youth with Serious Mental Health Challenges
Symposium Chair: Deborah A. Cohen, PhD, MSWThe University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; Discussant: Vanessa Vorhies Klodnick, PhD, LCSW, Thresholds, Chicago, IL

Texas is in the process of reforming its approach to addressing the mental health of transition-age youth. The adverse outcomes experienced by young people with mental health challenges who have been involved in at least one child-serving system (e.g., mental health, special education, child welfare, juvenile justice) come with an enormous societal cost (Osgood, Foster, Flanagan, & Ruth, 2005; McMillen et al., 2005; Teplin, Abram, McClelland, Dulcan, & Mericle, 2002). In most cases, youth and young adults transitioning from the public children's mental health system into the public adult mental health system experience abrupt service discontinuity, or at best, inadequate services intended for a mature individual (McMillen & Ragahaven, 2009; Munson et al., 2012). There is a need for intermediary system and set of effective services that meet the particular needs of transition-aged youth.

To develop this system and services, we must better understand: 1) how individual characteristics and life experiences (e.g., housing instability) contribute to transition-age youth system interaction, service use, and outcomes; and 2) the challenges faced and solutions developed by systems and providers in implementing transition-age youth services (e.g., vocational and peer support). This symposium aims to share real-life lessons learned through transition-age youth service implementation projects across multiple systems, counties, and providers, as well as provide a deep-dive into how instability contributes to transition-age youth treatment engagement and outcomes at one private agency.   

Session 68

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm 
Bayshore 6 ~ (90 Minute Discussion)

We Can Do Better: Improving Our Understanding and Treatment of Juvenile Survivors of Human Trafficking – One Court’s Response
Jeff Kretschmar, PhD, Research Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; Jaime Blair, JD, Judicial Attorney, Summit County Juvenile Court, Akron, OH; Victoria Gutbrod, MA, LPCC-S, Professional Clinical Counselor, Supervisor, Emerge Counseling Services, Akron, OH; Madison Wheeler, Research Assistant, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Session 69

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm 
Bayshore 7 ~ (Symposium)

A Cross-Systems Look at Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities across Statewide Juvenile Justice, Education, and Children’s Behavioral Health Initiatives
Symposium Chair: Jeana Bracey, PhDChild Health and Development Institute of CT, Farmington, CT; Discussant: Larke Huang, PhD, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD

Racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice, education, and behavioral health systems are well documented nationally and in Connecticut, particularly for Black and Hispanic youth. The overwhelming majority of justice-involved youth have been exposed to traumatic experiences; 75% to 93% report at least one potentially traumatic event in their lives, while 84% of youth in juvenile detention report multiple types of trauma exposure (Wilson, 2013; Abram, 2004). Research also indicates that punitive and exclusionary discipline practices continue to pervade many schools resulting in arrests, suspensions, and expulsions, often for minor and non-violent incidents (Teske, 2011).

Students of color and students with disabilities, including behavioral health challenges, are disproportionately impacted by these negative trends. Mobile Crisis Intervention Services is one component of Connecticut’s robust children’s behavioral health system of care that provides an alternative to juvenile justice involvement for youth with behavioral health needs; however disparities in access and outcomes across demographic groups have been noted. Given recent health care reforms and the growing need to provide comprehensive and culturally competent mental health services, many states, including Connecticut, have taken a proactive role in examining racial and ethnic disparities across systems. This symposium presents three analyses of racial/ethnic and gender disparities across child-serving systems in Connecticut with respect to: 1) youth receiving trauma screening or treatment in the juvenile justice system; 2) youth at-risk of school-based arrest; and 3) youth receiving mobile crisis intervention services.

Session 70

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm 
Palma Ceia 1 ~ (Paper)

Supporting Child Development with a Community-based, Peer-Led Parenting Program
Jenna Riis, PhD, MHS, Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist, Bureau of Children, Youth, and Families, Division of Mental Hygiene, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Queens, NY; Lacey Kaplan, BA, Data Analyst, Department of Children and Families, Mental Health Association of New York, New York, NY; Salena Mullen, LMSW, MBA, Child Wellness and Family Support Specialist, Bureau of Children, Youth, and Families, Division of Mental Hygiene, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Queens, NY; Shirley Berger, MA, MPH, Director, Office of Prevention, Family and Community Support, Bureau of Children, Youth, & Families, Division of Mental Hygiene, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Queens, NY; Angela Mora-Vargas, LMSWAssistant Vice President of Programs, Senior Supervisor for the COS Parent Coaching Department and former Director of the Project Launch Initiative, NY; Tamesha ColemanProgram Director, COS Parent Coaching Department, MHA-NYC, New York, NY

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Palma Ceia 1 ~ (Paper)

Parent to Parent Peer Support: Confirming Research Priorities from the Field
Millie Sweeney, MS, Deputy Director, Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA), Ellicott City, MD; Eric Bruns, PhD, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Bruno Anthony, PhD, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Geetha Gopalan, PhD, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD

Session 71yya

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm 
Palma Ceia 2 ~ (Paper)

School in Mind: Adolescents with Emotional Behavioral Disorders and “Readiness” for College
Laura Murray, PhD, Instructor, Applied Psychology & Human Development Division, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Palma Ceia 2 ~ (Paper)

Peer Coaches Promoting Academic Success for College Students
Amanda Costa, BS, Research Project Director, Psychiatry, UMass Medical School, Transitions Research and Training Center (RTC), Shrewsbury, MA; Laura Golden, BA, Research Coordinator, Psychiatry, Transitions Research and Training Center (RTC), Shrewsbury, MA

Session 72

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm 
Palma Ceia 3 ~ (Paper)

Implementing an Evidence-Based Mental Health Intervention to Reduce Child Behavioral Difficulties in Child Welfare
Geetha Gopalan, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; Taiwanna Lucienne, MSW, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD; Tricia Stephens, PhD, Assistant Professor, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College-CUNY, New York, NY; Cole Hooley, MSW, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm 
Palma Ceia 3 ~ (Paper)

The Meaning and Measurement of Collaboration across Children’s Behavioral Health and Child Welfare Systems
Brent Crandal, PhD Jared Martin, MAChadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA

Researchers have identified relationships between cross-system collaboration (CSC) and improved client and organizational outcomes. However, a cogent framework for CSC in child welfare (CW) and behavioral health (BH) settings has been elusive. This presentation offers the status of the CSC literature, the performance of a new CSC tool administered to 494 CW and BH staff in California, and a discussion around emerging and practical aspects of CSC for CW and BH services.

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm 
Palma Ceia 3 ~ (Paper)

The Promise Zone Initiative: A Cross System Approach to School-Based Mental Health 
Devon Bandison, MPA, Neil Pessin, PhD, Community Mental Health, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Bronx, NY

Session 73

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm 
Palma Ceia 4 ~ (Paper)

History of Transition and the Professional-Family Divide
Matthew McCleary, MA, North Dakota Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, Bismarck, ND

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm 
Palma Ceia 4 ~ 

Expanding Youth Voice through a Data-Driven Approach: Analysis of Youth M.O.V.E. Chapter Network
Brie Masselli, MA, Kristin Thorp, BSWYouth M.O.V.E. National, Portland, ME; Johanna Bergan, BS, Youth M.O.V.E. National, Decorah, IA

Session 74

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm 
Esplanade 1 ~ (Paper)

Congregation and Community Partnerships: Why Differences don’t have to divide
David McClung, MSW/MDiv, Youth Engagement Specialist, Texas System of Care, Austin, TX; Selena Webster-Bass, MPH, CEO/Lead Innovator, Voices Institute, LLC, Jacksonville, FL

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm 
Esplanade 1 ~ (Paper)

Unifying Different Worlds Together: Developing a Culturally Appropriate Approach to Comprehensive Mental Health Services Evaluation in Tribal Communities
Betsy Lopez, Undergraduate Intern, Behavioral Health Group, Westat, Rockville, MD; Sushama Rajapaksa, MA, Research Analyst, Behavioral Health Group, Westat, Rockville, MD; Chandria Jones, PhD, MPH,., Senior Study Director, Behavioral Health Group, Westat, Rockville, MD; Craig Love, PhD, Senior Study Director, Behavioral Health Group, Westat, Rockville, MD

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm 
Esplanade 1 ~ (Paper)

An Integrated Systems Thinking Approach to Supporting Youth in Transition to Healthy and Independent Adulthood
Kristen Hassmiller Lich, PhD, Assistant Professor and Systems Integration Core Lead, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina and National MCH Workforce Development Center, Chapel Hill, NC; Damie Jackson-Diop, MA, Chair – NC Mental Health Planning Council, Co-Chair CoP on Youth and Emerging Young Adults in Transition, Subcommittee of NC State Collaborative, Raleigh, NC; Gracelyn Cruden, Research Assistant, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC; Amy Horgan, MSW LCSW, System of Care Coordinator at Trillium Health Resources, Co-Chair CoP on Youth and Emerging Youth Adults in Transition, Subcommittee of NC State Collaborative, Carolina Beach, NC

In this presentation, we will share a practical systems strengthening process we have undertaken with the North Carolina Community of Practice for Youth and Emerging Young Adults, a workgroup of the North Carolina Collaborative for Children Youth and Families focusing on supporting youth in transition to adulthood with mental or behavioral health challenges or experiences of complex trauma. Learn how this initiative views the broad system of care supporting youth, and priority actions.

Session 75

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm 
Esplanade 2 ~ (Paper)

California’s Policy-Generated Therapeutic Behavioral Services Program: Reducing the Need for Crisis Care by Supporting the Most Troubled Children with Behavioral Health Disorders in the Least Restrictive Environment
Kate Cordell, PhD, MPH, Managing Director, Mental Health Data Alliance, LLC, Marysville, CA; Lonnie Snowden, PhD, Professor of the Graduate School, Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm 
Esplanade 2 ~ (Paper)

Testing a Transdiagnostic Treatment for Early Stage Mental Health Problems in Youth: What is the impact on Anxiety, Depression, and Emotional Dysregulation?
Juliana Tobon, PhD, Psychologist, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Session 76

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm 
Esplanade 3 ~ (Paper)

The Georgia Apex Program:  Building Infrastructure and Partnerships for the Delivery of School-Based Mental Health Services
Alaina R. Wrencher, BPhil, Graduate Research Assistant; Susan McLaren, MPH, Senior Research Associate; Brandon K. Attell, MA, Research Associate; Jacob E. Allen, BS, Graduate Research Assistant, Center of Excellence, Georgia Health Policy Center, Atlanta, GA

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm 
Esplanade 3 ~ (Discussion Hour)

Connecticut’s Model of Care for Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Challenges: Development and Implementation of State-Wide Quality Assurance Measures
John Holland, PhD, LCSW, Jennifer Abbatemarco, LCSW, Dana Begin, OTR/L, Young Adult Services, State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Middletown, CT

Session 77itr

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm 
Garrison Suite ~ (Panel Presentation)

University & Community-Based Partnerships for Implementation Science
Panel Chair: Tom Massey, PhD, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL Discussants: Jennifer Wisdom, PhD, MPH, Wisdom Consulting, New York, NY; Michael L. Dennis, PhDChestnut Health Systems, Normal, IL; Kenneth J. Martinez, PsyD, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DCCharles Mendez, III, Mendez Foundation, Atlanta, DC

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