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Monday, March 5, 2018, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Session 1yya

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bayshore 5 ~  (30-minute Paper)

New Mexico Reconnecting Youth Survey: Participatory Approach to Collecting Meaningful Data with a Population that is Usually Left Out
Nancy Hood, PhD, Apex Education, Albuquerque, NM; Michael Ruble, JD, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Santa Fe, NM

Youth and young adults who are not in school or work are often not included in large surveys. This project used a collaborative, participatory approach to design, conduct, and disseminate a community-based survey of this population in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Results from 457 respondents showed high-risk factors and some resiliency factors. Findings are being disseminated to many audiences to help improve access to behavioral health and social services for this population.

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Bayshore 5 ~  (60-minute Symposium)

Tiers of Peers: a Multi-Faceted Behavioral Health Approach to Working with Youth and Young Adults
Symposium Chair: Nichole Fintel, MSPH, Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL; Discussant: Alexandra Albizu-Jacob, MPH, Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Florida and New Mexico Healthy Transitions are expanding traditional paradigms by employing youth peers in their continua of behavioral health services. Nearly all of their direct services teams are young people ages 18 to 30. This collaborative symposium investigates how these staff are deploying practical, culturally-appropriate, and innovative therapeutically-based strategies - culminating in a panel discussion of their experiences with providing multiple services to youth and young adults at-risk or living with behavioral health challenges.

Session 2ebp

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Bayshore 6 ~ (90-minute Symposium) 

Bridging Science to Practice Gaps in Child Welfare Implementation
Symposium Chair: Rosalyn Bertram, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO; Discussant: Robert Franks, PhD, Harvard University, Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston, MA

Gaps between implementation science and practice compromise workforce development and child and family outcomes. This symposium presents common implementation functions that are often not well considered in child welfare. 

Three papers present evidence-informed questions and examples to encourage the audience to share questions and lessons from their experiences. From this discourse, the Child and Family Evidence Based Practice Consortium (ebpconsortium.com) will engage participants in producing a series of papers, webinars, and pre-conference events through 2021.

Session 3cw

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Bayshore 7 ~ (30-minute Paper)

Translating Research Evidence into Systems Change: Actionable Policy Recommendations from Foster Care Alumni
Sheree Neese-Todd, MA, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers, the State University, New Brunswick, NJ; Kristin Thorp, BSW, Technical Assistance and Evaluation, Youth MOVE National, Milwaukee, WI

Youth with lived experience are eager to share their recommendations for improving health systems; these recommendations may be actionable or philosophical in nature. Individuals involved in stakeholder-engaged research focused on improving health outcomes for children and youth in foster care will share preliminary findings from young adult foster care alumni group interviews and discuss the ways youth advocates and organizations can use recommendations found in research evidence to endorse youth-oriented policies and create systems change.

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Bayshore 7 ~ (60-minute Paper)

Using Predictive Analytics to Inform Policy and Practice About Children and Families That Use a High Level of Services: Applying Predictive Modeling, Latent Class Analysis, and Other Techniques to Predict Superutilization of Child Welfare, Health, and Other Services
Peter J. Pecora, Research Services, Casey Family Programs and the School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Matthew Stagner, Mathematica Policy Research; Ginger Griffeth, Office of Child Welfare, Department of Children and Families, Tallahassee, FL; Julie Rotella, Regional Support, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Nashville, TN;  Linda Jewel Morgan, Systems Improvement, Casey Family Programs, Seattle, WA

This study identifies the characteristics and service-use of families who use a disproportionate share of services to help child welfare and Medicaid agencies develop more effective and targeted service delivery to better meet the needs of children and families and reduce service costs. Predictors of superutilization were identified by linking and analyzing five years of administrative data from child welfare, Medicaid, and other services for two sites: Tennessee and a three-county region of Florida.

Session 4bhe

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Esplanade 1 ~  (30-minute Paper)

Assessing Attitudes Toward Mental Illness in Socioeconomically Diverse African American Youth
Alfiee Breland-Noble, PhD, MHSc, The AAKOMA Project, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC; Camelia Harb, MA, The AAKOMA Project, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC; Kathy Williams, Lincoln Memorial Baptist Church, Durham, NC

The focus of this community-engaged project was to assess the knowledge and attitudes toward mental illness, Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER), and Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) in a socioeconomically diverse sample of African American youth. Using Faith Based Mental Health Promotion, the team generated findings to inform a curriculum for increasing patient and stakeholder capacity to engage in CER and PCOR via knowledge and skill development in the areas of leading, designing, and conducting research.

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Esplanade 1 ~  (30-minute Paper)

Self-Esteem the Mediator: Caribbean Blacks and African American Adolescents’ Initiation of Sex
Kaydian Reid, MA, School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY; Julia Hastings, PhD, School of Public Health & School of Social Welfare, University at Albany, SUNY, Rensselaer, NY; Cleopatra Caldwell, PhD, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Self-esteem alone poorly predicts Black adolescents’ decision to initiate sex. Determining the mediating role of self-esteem between family support and initiation of sex for US-born Caribbean Black compared to African American adolescents can address the difference in prediction for Black adolescents. The mediating role of self-esteem between family support and US-born Caribbean Black adolescents' initiation of sex was not statistically significant. It is possible that Black heterogeneity and cultural differences in sexual health decision-making drive the relationship.

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Esplanade 1 ~  (30-minute Paper)

SACRED Connections - A Substance Use Intervention with Native American Youth: Lessons and Results from a NIDA-Funded RCT
Michelle G. Thompson, MS, LMHC, FIU-BRIDGE, Florida International University, Miami, FL; John Lowe, PhD, College of Nursing, Indigenous Nursing Research and Health Equity (INRHE), Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

The present study, SACRED Connections (NIDA R01DA02977), utilized a culturally derived Native-Reliance theoretical framework and a community-based participatory approach to examine the efficacy of an MI-based brief substance use intervention. Participants were Native American teens (N=405) who were recruited from six public high schools in Native American rural communities. The findings revealed that this culturally rooted strengths-based brief intervention may be effective in reducing marijuana use among Native American youth.

Session 5fe

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Esplanade 2 ~ (90-minute Symposium)

How Family Driven Research Takes Family Voice and Impacts Policy and Practice in Three States
Lisa Lambert, BA, Parent/Professional Advocacy League, Boston, MA; Laura Wallis, BS, Parent Network, Ammon, ID; Gail Cormier, MS, CRC, NC Families United, Graham, NC

Family organizations are successfully leading data collection and research drawing on their deep connections to families and reputation for credibility._ Family driven research is distinguished by involving families in design and analysis, not simply as respondents. Family organizations from Massachusetts, Idaho and North Carolina will outline how they have used research to highlight gaps, improve practice and impact policy.

Session 6wa

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Esplanade 3 ~ (30-minute Paper)

Examining Turnover and Retention in Wraparound: Results from a Multi-Method Study of Turnover Among Wraparound Care Coordinators
Janet Walker, PhD, National Wraparound Initiative, Portland State University, Portland, OR; Jennifer Schurer Coldiron, PhD, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Turnover among staff is a challenge to efforts to sustain high-quality Wraparound practice. However, information about turnover in Wraparound programs is not well developed in the literature. This session will report on findings from a multimethod study of turnover among Wraparound care coordinators nationally. Analyses of qualitative and quantitative data from 331 participants provide insight into turnover rates, factors that underlie turnover; and how these factors can be influenced at the workgroup, organization, and system levels.

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Esplanade 3 ~ (30-minute Paper)

Updates to the Wraparound Fidelity Assessment System: Psychometrics of the Wraparound Fidelity Index, and Tools for Team Meeting Observation, Document Review, and Implementation Assessment
Eric J. Bruns, PhD; Ryan M. ParigorisElizabeth M. Parker, PhD; April K. Sather, MPH; Jennifer Schurer Coldiron, PhD; Spencer W. Hensley, University of Washington, Seattle, WA  

This presentation will focus on the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team’s continued efforts to develop, refine, and validate tools to assist Wraparound initiatives in monitoring and improving their program quality. The team will present findings from two validation studies of the Wraparound Fidelity Index, Short Form (WFI-EZ) and recommendations for reliable administration. The team will also share updates on revisions to the Team Observation Measure, Document Assessment and Review Tool, and the Wraparound Implementation and Practice Standards.

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Esplanade 3 ~ (30-minute Paper)

Unpacking the Connection between Wraparound Care Coordination and Psychotropic Polypharmacy for Youth
Susan dosReis, PhD,
 University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD; Benjamin Wu, Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, MD; Eric Bruns, PhD, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Session 7yya

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Palma Ceia 1 ~ (90-minute Symposium)

In Their Own Words: Navigating School and Work in Young Adulthood while Living with a Serious Mental Health Condition
Symposium Chair: Maryann Davis, PhD, Transitions RTC, Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA; Discussant: Michelle Munson, PhD, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland OH

Previous research illustrates that young adults with serious mental health conditions (SMHC) struggle to succeed in school and work. However, very little research has captured their subjective experiences which could invaluably inform services and supports. Based on 61 qualitative interviews with young adults with SMHC, this symposium will summarize their school and work activities, positive and negative influential factors on these activities, how they interpret these experiences, and the role of stigma on help-seeking behaviors.  


  • School and Work Trajectories of Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions (SMHC)
    Kathryn Sabella; Emma Pici-D'Ottavio; Laura Golden; Kathleen Biebel, Transitions RTC, SPARC, Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA

    Interviews with 61 young adults with SMHC ages 22-30 revealed diverse school and work trajectories that were often non-linear. Many pursued traditional college paths because it was normative, but had more success in post-secondary training and certification programs. College careers were marked by attendance at multiple schools, often community colleges. Employment experiences were often short-term and in service industries. This paper will describe the sample and explore these diverse school and work pathways.
  • Beyond Mental Illness: Other Complicating and Influential Factors During Young Adulthood
    Emma Pici-D'Ottavio, Transitions RTC, SPARC, Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA; Kathryn Sabella, Transitions RTC, SPARC, Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA; Laura Golden, Transitions RTC, SPARC, Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA; Kathleen Biebel, Transitions RTC, SPARC, Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA

    This paper will describe mental health-related challenges (e.g. frequent hospitalizations, symptomatology) and other influential factors on the school and work experiences and trajectories of young adults with SMHC. For instance, young adults with SMHC describe life experiences (trauma, housing instability), co-occurring disorders, and positive (or negative) social supports as influential on school and work. A subsample of young parents described their unique challenges and motivations.

  • Help-Seeking: the Role of Stigma, Disclosure, and Formal Services in Young Adult School and Work Trajectories
    Emma Pici-D'Ottavio; Laura Golden; Kathryn Sabella; Kathleen Biebel, Transitions RTC, SPARC, Department of Psychiatry, UMass Medical School, Worcester, MA

    The final paper will explore the impact of stigma on disclosure and self-advocacy at school and work. Many chose not to disclose their SMHC, often due to fear of discrimination. However, disclosure is often required to access formal supports. In fact, few participants pursued formal accommodations in college or at work. However, a few participants did receive formal services (e.g. vocational rehabilitation, Department of Mental Health, clubhouses) and their perceptions will also be described. 

Session 8yya

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Palma Ceia 2 ~ (30-minute Paper)

Transforming Conversations About Suicide: a Study Conducted by the Youth Council for Suicide Prevention
Robin Lindquist-Grantz, PhD, LISW-S, Institute for Policy Research, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH; Renae Koch; Amanda Drew; Margot Brunette, Youth Council for Suicide Prevention, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

  • The Youth Council for Suicide Prevention at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is comprised of area high school students and utilizes a youth participatory action research (YPAR) approach. The council members designed and conducted their own qualitative interview study to develop suicide prevention strategies that resonate more with youth. Session participants will learn about the study findings and how they are being used to develop a broad range of activities within the hospital and community.

10:30 am - 11:00 am
Palma Ceia 2 ~ (30-minute Paper)

Empowerment of Individuals Experiencing Early Psychosis through Community-Based Participatory Research and Technology: Lessons Learned from EASA Connections
Dora M. Raymaker, PhD, Research and Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University, Portland, OR; Tamara Sale, MA, EASA Center for Excellence, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Portland, OR; Mariam Valeria, BS; Veronica Gould, Portland State University, Portland, OR

  • Early stage psychosis can be confusing and isolating. The Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) program’s Connections project is a multi-media, web-based intervention presented by early psychosis program graduates to help peers maintain self-determination, social connectedness, and program engagement. A community based participatory research approach was used to integrate peers, EASA leaders, and scientists. Findings from the first phase of testing will be presented. Co-researchers will reflect on experiences, lessons learned, and implications for the field.

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Palma Ceia 2 ~ (30-minute Paper)

Validation of the Y-Val, an Assessment of Youth and Young Adult Voice in Agency-Level Advising and Decision Making
Janet Walker
, PhD, Research and Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University, Portland, OR; Brie Masselli, MA, Youth MOVE National, Decorah, OR; Jennifer Blakeslee, PhD; Caitlin Baird, BA, Research and Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Session 9

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Palma Ceia 3 ~ (90-minute Symposium)

Use of Network Analysis to Examine Children's Mental Health and Welfare Program Implementation at the Local, State, and National Level
Symposium Chair: Margo Candelaria, PhD, The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD; Discussant: Beth Stroul, MEd, Management & Training Innovations, McLean, VA

Network analysis provides a valuable framework to consider the phenomenon of siloed community functioning through clear, interpretable visual representations of relationships across community agencies (Long et al., 2012; Varda & Talmi, 2013; Wasserman & Faust, 1994). The goal of this symposium is to demonstrate how network analysis has been applied in multiple settings (agency, county, state, national levels) to examine and inform community partnership and service implementation. Four projects will be covered. 

Session 10

10:00 am - 10:30 am
Palma Ceia 4 ~  (30-minute Paper)

Planting the Seed: Strategies for Cultivating Coalition Partnerships in a Multi-Disciplinary Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force
Candace Black, PhD; Sally Stevens, PhD, Southwest Institute for Research on Women, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

In 2015, the Southern Arizona Anti-Trafficking Unified Response Network (SAATURN), funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, was formed to combat human trafficking in three U.S. counties along the U.S./Mexico border. This paper presentation will discuss law enforcement, victim service, and stakeholder survey data with a focus on coalition-building strategies for a multi-disciplinary, anti-human trafficking task force and how system processes within the task force influence SAATURN’s capacity to serve victims and prosecute traffickers.

10:30 am - 11:30 am
Palma Ceia 4 ~  (60-minute Symposium)

Striving for Behavioral Health Equity in Colorado: Research on Identification of Mental Health Needs Among Latino Youth, Solutions for Reducing Disparities, and Using the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview and CLAS Standards to Increase Provider Cultural Competency
Symposium Chair: Claudia Zundel, MSW, Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, Denver, CO; Discussant: Ashley Brock-Baca, PhD, Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, Denver, CO

Colorado data demonstrate minority over-representation in system-involved youth, yet minority youth are the least likely to be served by the behavioral health system. Latino youth in Colorado have the lowest rate of accessing mental health services of any racial or ethnic group, and minority youth drop out of services more frequently than their white counterparts. COACT Colorado, the system of care initiative, has collaborated with a number of partners to increase behavioral health equity.

  • Caregiver and Provider Perceptions of Internalizing Mental Health Need in Latino Youth: A Mixed-Methods Approach
    Omar Gudino, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO

    Disparities in Latino children's mental health service use are particularly pronounced for internalizing (emotional) rather than externalizing (behavioral) problems. Using a mixed-methods approach, experimental vignettes were used and interviews conducted with caregivers and providers to examine factors influencing perceptions of youth mental health need. Findings revealed important differences based on problem-type and across caregiver and provider perspectives. Results inform understanding of how disparities come to be and provide guidance on how to eliminate them.

  • Solutions to Reducing Mental Health Service Disparities among Latino Youth
    Allison Stiles, MA; Thania Galvan, MA, Department of Psychology, University of Denver, Denver, CO

    Despite the longstanding knowledge that Latino children in the U.S. have high rates of unmet mental health need, solutions to eliminate these disparities have been elusive. While research has documented disparities and examined specific barriers accessing care, solutions can only be inferred from this work. This study utilized narrative data from multiple stakeholder perspectives to directly investigate solutions to reducing disparities. Results yielded actionable solutions and revealed distinct and overlapping priorities across stakeholders.

  • Using the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview and the CLAS Standards to Improve Behavioral Health Provider Cultural Competency
    Mita Johnson, EdD, LPC, LAC, Evergreen Consulting Group, LLC, Evergreen, CO      

    Colorado has been at the forefront of national efforts to reduce health disparities in mental health and substance use disorders across underrepresented and underserved populations. One effort aimed to educate clinicians and staff of licensed facilities about the DSM-5, CLAS, and need to incorporate cultural sensitivity/humility. This segment of the symposium will share the expected and unexpected results of these training efforts as well as suggestions on how to initiate, broaden, and deepen the project.

Session 11

10:00 am - 11:30 am
Garrison Suite ~  (90 Minute Discussion)

Establishing Readiness for Integrating Behavioral Health Supports within a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support Framework
Natalie Romer, PhD, Karen Elfner Cox, MA,
Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

This session will highlight unique considerations for behavioral health and education systems partnering to establish readiness for implementation of cross-system service delivery within a PBIS framework. We will focus on critical drivers (e.g., leadership, coaching) essential for implementing evidence-based interventions and supporting the change process. Participants will learn strategies for engaging school and community leaders, developing effective teams, securing staff buy-in and planning for professional development across youth serving organizations. The presenters will provide real-world examples and data of how these strategies have been used to support school districts committed to long-term, sustainable implementation of a continuum of behavioral supports for students. 

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