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Monday, March 5, 2018, 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Session 23yya

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Bayshore 5 ~ (60-minute Symposium)

Drop-in Centers: A Low-Barrier Approach for Engaging Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults and Supporting Their Progress in Services
Symposium Chair: Alexis Henry, ScD, Center for Health Policy and Research, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Shrewsbury, MA; Discussant: Sue Wing, EdM, MSW, LICSW, Department of Mental Health, Tewksbury, MA

The Massachusetts YouForward and Kentucky TAYLRD Healthy Transitions projects represent innovative models that effectively engage transition-age youth and young adults who have fallen through the cracks of the mental health system. Drop-in Centers are a core strategy in both projects, providing a low barrier pathway to evidence-based services and connecting young adults to other needed resources. This symposium presents emerging findings from each state’s local evaluation of the Centers and explores considerations for replication.

Session 24

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Bayshore 6 ~ (Discussion Hour)

Youth Suicide Prevention in Pennsylvania Schools
Perri Rosen, PhD, NCSP, Bureau of Children's Behavioral Health Services, Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Harrisburg, PA; Shaye Erhard, Children's Bureau of Behavioral Health Services, Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Harrisburg, PA; Tita Atte, MPH, CPH, Center for Family Intervention Science, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

This panel will overview suicide prevention in Pennsylvania schools, highlighting how existing infrastructure has promoted engagement across education and behavioral health systems. The training model for the project will be described, along with a review of available training resources. Presenters will overview the Behavioral Health Screen (BHS) and share data regarding identification of youth at risk for suicide. Finally, presenters will share how awareness activities have helped to engage youth in suicide prevention efforts statewide.

Session 25 

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm
Bayshore 7 ~ (60-minute Discussion)

The Role of Philanthropy in Developing Systems of Care: Lessons Learned (Sometimes the Hard Way)
Heather Alderman, JD; Amy Starin, PhD, LCSW, Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, Oak Brook, IL

The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) is a private foundation that provided grants to four communities in Illinois to develop and implement mental health systems of care (SOC). There are unique aspects to philanthropic funding that may serve as both an asset as well as a limitation to the SOC project. Evaluation findings from the ILCHF SOC projects will be briefly reviewed, then discussion will consider the promise that private foundation funding offers to SOC.

Session 26

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm 
Esplanade 1 ~ (30-minute Paper) 

The Implementation of Multiple Evidence-Based Practices in Children’s Mental Health: The Experiences of Five Agencies
Kellie Randall, PhD; 
Kim Campbell, MSW, Child Health and Development Institute, Farmington, CT

This presentation describes the results of five agencies that integrated a second evidence-based practice (EBP) over a three-year period. Overall, the number of EBP-trained clinicians increased by 30% and children receiving an EBP increased by 57%. However, agencies varied in their implementation and individual outcomes. Factors such as the percent of clinicians cross-trained and the relative percentage of each model in EBP caseload highlight the variation in implementation decisions made by each agency.

5:45 pm - 6:15 pm 
Esplanade 1 ~ (30-minute Paper) 

Effective Implementation for Effective Outcomes: A Menu of Practical Strategies for Community-Based Agencies
Evangeline Danseco, PhD; Sandra Huang DelFrari, MEd; Ann Barber, MA, Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, Ottawa, ON

The Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR) outlines constructs that impact effective outcomes when implementing evidence-based practices. This presentation describes specific strategies at each stage of implementation using CFIR constructs as an organizing framework, based on a qualitative analysis of implementation efforts across three years and among 14 community-based agencies providing child and youth mental health services in Ontario. Change management and evaluation processes that agencies can use to guide their implementation efforts will be presented. 

Session 27

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm 
Esplanade 2 ~ (30-minute Paper)   

Teamwork to Develop a Website for Children of a Parent with a Mental Illness
Joanne Riebschleger, PhD, MSW, School of Social Work, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Sarah Swierenga, PhD, University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Daniel Cavanaugh, MSW, School of Social Work, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Jennifer Ismirle, MS, Community Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Millions of children have a parent with a mental illness. They live day-to-day with parental mental illness symptom level changes but report that they do not have much information about mental illness and recovery. A team of communication technology and behavioral health experts are building a website using data themes extracted from children’s focus groups, as well as hands-on construct identification and website navigation activities of child participants.

5:45 pm - 6:15 pm 
Esplanade 2 ~ (30-minute Paper)   

Social Marketing Implementation: A Way of Getting Youth Involved in Systems of Care
Monique Thornton, MPH; Nataly Johanson Tello; Sushama Rajapaksa; Joselin Bravo; Chandria Jones, PhD, MPH, Westat, Rockville, MD

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) FY2013 and FY2014 four-year System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Implementation grantees use social marketing to engage youth, support interagency collaboration and improve barriers to access. The aim is to understand the extent to which social marketing-related mechanisms and strategies are implemented; the effectiveness of these strategies in sharing information, and whether implementing these strategies relates to youth involvement in grant activities, governance and management.

Session 28

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm 
Esplanade 3 ~  (60-minute Symposium)

Judicious Use of Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care: Empowering Youth to Guide the Way
Symposium Chair and Discussant: Christopher Bellonci, MD, DFAACAP, Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston, MA  

Youth in the US foster care system are prescribed high rates of psychotropic medications. Federal mandates require state child welfare agencies to provide oversight, yet there is little research to guide policy-makers, and leaders are inadequately informed by youth voice. In this symposium, three teams present different perspectives on promoting the patient-centered use of psychotropics: findings from a systematic research review, a youth-driven policy initiative, and a qualitative study of youth perspectives regarding shared decision-making.


Session 29yya

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm 
Palma Ceia 1 ~ (60-minute Symposium)   

Developing & Testing Helping Youth on the Path to Employment (HYPE) Manual: The Process of Modernizing IPS by Prioritizing Education
Symposium Chair: Marsha Ellison, PhD, Psychiatry, Transitions RTC, UMASS-Medical, Shrewsbury, MA

This symposium will showcase the Helping Youth on the Path to Employment HYPE, the manualized intervention to is intended to develop career services for high quality supported employment (SE) programs for those who are interested in incorporating supported education (SEd) programming. This session will discuss the development of HYPE, show examples of the manual (including the fidelity assessment), and discuss the field-testing conducted to pilot its feasibility within SE programs. A portion of the presentation will be focused on the lessons learned in manual development as well as in the feasibility pilot.

Session 30yya

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm 
Palma Ceia 2 ~ (30-minute Paper)   

Integrating Early Psychosis Intervention into Systems of Care: Opportunities and Recommendations
Tamara Sale, MA, EASA Center for Excellence, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Portland, OR; Patrice Fetzer, LISW-S, BeST Practices for Schizophrenia Center, Department of Psychiatry, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH; Jennifer Humensky, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City, NY

In the last several years, the United States has made rapid progress toward establishing early psychosis intervention programs attempting to reduce delays and provide effective, evidence-based care. This session will review the potential benefits for integrating early psychosis intervention into a System of Care (SOC) framework, how this integrated system can be conceptualized, and the potentially significant improvements in service delivery and outcomes that could result.

5:45 pm - 6:15 pm 
Palma Ceia 2 ~ (30-minute Paper)   

Structural Disparities & Structural Competency in Early Psychosis: Challenges, Opportunities and A Call to Action
Nev Jones, PhD, Mental Health Law & Policy, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Background disadvantage is a well-established risk factor for the development of psychosis, with researchers outside the US also stressing the interplay of disadvantage on specific symptoms, including paranoia and voices. Intervention strategies grounded in an understanding of these impacts remain underdeveloped in the US. The presenters will elucidate these issues and their relevance to US early psychosis services through the presentation of mixed methods findings and discussion of the value of a structural competency framework.

Session 31

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm 
Palma Ceia 3 ~ (60-minute Discussion Hour)

Changing the Trajectory of Mental Illness: a New Multidisciplinary Platform for Adolescent Mental Health Research
Cynthia Joyce, MS,
 MQ: Transforming Mental Health, London, UK

A new resource for researchers is being created at Swansea University (Wales) to facilitate the use of administrative data to learn more about the experience of mental illness in the young. Employing a biopsychosocial approach, the new Adolescent Data Platform will link data to create a more holistic map of the experience of mental illness.

Session 32

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm 
Palma Ceia 4 ~ (30-minute Paper)

Early Intervention Partnerships Program (EIPP): Working With a State System of Care To Enhance a Promising Early Childhood Intervention Model
Rhea Chase, PhD; Robert Franks, PhD; Matthew Pecoraro, MSW, Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston, MA

This presentation will describe how the Judge Baker Children's Center worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to standardize a promising early childhood home visiting model, the Early Intervention Partnerships Program. The process of stakeholder engagement, operationalizing of the model and manual development will be presented, as well as the use of a statewide learning collaborative to promote standardization and access to best practices within a statewide system of care.

5:45 pm - 6:15 pm 
Palma Ceia 4 ~ (30-minute Paper)

Could Telemedicine Improve Access to Children’s Mental Health Services? Evidence from the Peer-Reviewed Literature and State Laws
Russell McCord
, JD; Marvin So, MPH, CHES, Child Development Studies Team Division of Human Development and Disability, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA; Dawn Pepin, JD, MPH; Rachel Hulkower, JD, MSPH, Cherokee Nation Assurance Public Health Law Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA; Jennifer Kaminski, PhD, Child Development Studies Team Division of Human Development and Disability,Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

To address access to children’s psychological services, peer-reviewed literature and state laws pertaining to telemedicine were analyzed. This presentation will highlight: (a) current state laws governing the use and implementation of telemedicine as they apply to mental health, and (b) the scientific evidence on the use of telemedicine models to improve access to and utilization of mental health services for children.

Session 33

5:15 pm - 6:15 pm 
Garrison Suites ~ (Closed Session)

ITR Scholars’ Reception 

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