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Session 45yya

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Bayshore 5 ~ (60-minute Symposium) 

Elevation, Engagement & Empowerment: Advancing Youth Voice in Evaluation
Symposium Chair: Abram Rosenblatt, PhD, Westat, Rockville, MD; Discussant: Dorothy Webman, DSW, Webman Associates, LLC, New York, NY

There are many reasons for including youth in evaluation including responding to the needs of youth stakeholders, developing and empowering youth, and promoting youth involvement in community change. During this session, participants will screen animated videos created for the Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) National Evaluation that share the importance of data; examine youth engagement strategies being implemented by System of Care grantees; and participate in a discussion around barriers and challenges to engaging youth in evaluation.

Measure What You Treasure: Engaging Youth in Data Collection
Glynis Jones, MSM; Chandria Jones, PhD, Westat, Rockville, MD

Storytelling is a way to engage youth that focuses on their unique experiences. The CMHI National Evaluation team created an animated video series that demonstrates the value of data collection. Presenters will screen two of three videos with attendees and participate in an open discussion around the usage of the videos as it relates to engaging youth in data collection. The two videos will include The Data: Why the CMHI Evaluation is Important; and Strategies for Youth Engagement.

Innovative Approaches for Engaging Youth in Systems of Care
Benedicta Osafo-Darko, MA; Chandria Jones, PhD; Viola Samson, MD; Affoue A. Sara Ayemonche, BS; Abram Rosenblatt, PhD, Westat, Rockville, MD

This presentation will identify and describe the roles that youth play in SOC expansion efforts, and strategies that grantees are using to increase youth involvement in their SOCs. Using Stakeholder Interviews and the Self-Assessment of Implementation Survey (SAIS), the presentation will describe the types of strategies used by grantees, report their frequency, and provide examples of innovative approaches. Additionally, the presentation will discuss factors that facilitate or impede youth involvement in SOC expansion efforts.

Moving Forward: The Next Phase of Youth Voice in Evaluation
Brianne Masselli, MA, Youth MOVE National, Portland, ME 

This presentation will explore the implementation of youth-guided and youth-driven practice in evaluation. Presenters will provide a rationale for including youth voice in evaluation efforts, review strategies for incorporating youth voice in evaluation, and discuss the various roles youth and young adults can play throughout the evaluation process. 

Session 46ebp

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Bayshore 6 ~ (60-minute Discussion Hour)

Transforming Academic Curricula: New Roles for Intermediary Organizations and Behavioral Health Programs
Rosalyn Bertram, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO; Elisabeth Cannata, PhD, Community-Based Family Services & Practice Innovation, Wheeler Clinic, Plainville, CT; Dana Marlowe, PhD, LCSW, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University, West Harrison, NY; Suzanne Kerns, PhD, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, Denver, CO

A survey of North American behavioral health care program leaders (n= 589) identified most newly-hired Master's-degree level practitioners lacked knowledge and skills essential to evidence-based practice (Barwick, 2011). This discussion hour compares results of two studies that examined academic preparation of future MSW (Bertram et al., 2015) or MFT (manuscript in preparation) practitioners to deliver EBP. Results suggest faculty and behavioral health care programs must take an active role in shaping academic and field curricula. 

Session 47cw

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Bayshore 7 ~ (60-minute Symposium)

Partnering for Success: Implementing Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Plus Trauma Treatment for Child Welfare Involved Children and Families
Symposium Chair: Leslie Rozeff, MSSW, University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD; Discussant: Leslie Rozeff, MSSW, University of Maryland, School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD

The National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare was founded to develop and implement Partnering for Success (PfS). PfS is a multi-dimensional, cross-systems model that brings together child welfare and mental health leadership and practitioners to implement an EBP in community-based settings. This symposium will feature staff from the National Center, Baltimore County DSS, and Catholic Charities, Villa Maria to discuss implementation successes, outcome findings, and enhancing collaborative partnerships in the Maryland site.

Partnering for Success: a Cross-Systems Model to Enhance Evidence-Based Service Delivery to Children and Youth Involved with Child Welfare Services
Suzanne Kerns, PhD, University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work, Denver, CO; Jane Gehring, MSW, Baltimore County Department of Social Services, Baltimore, MD

Child welfare services and mental health partners, need to continue to deepen the quality of responses to the pressing issues of depression, anxiety, behavioral challenges, and trauma symptoms experienced by children and youth. This presentation will provide an overview of the PfS model, the application to the child welfare workforce, and how one county has built capacity to scale up the model.

CBT+: How We Changed Our Agency's Practice and Enhanced Partnerships with the Child Welfare Department
Carl Fornoff, MS, Community Resources, Child and Family Services, Catholic Charities of Baltimore, Towson, MD; Suzanne Templeton, MSW, Villa Maria, Dundalk, MD

This presentation will focus on implementing a sustainable EBP including the clinical needs, funding challenges, and community partnerships. The presentation will discuss how the partnership with the child welfare department was strengthened to better serve children and families. Use of clinical measures, clinical supervision, and capacity building will be discussed.

Findings from the Partnering for Success Implementation in Baltimore County
Suzanne Kerns, PhD, Social Work, University of Denver, Denver, CO 

The NCEBPCW organized readiness, adherence, quality, reach, dosage and participant responsiveness into a High Fidelity Performance Indicator (HFPI) framework for PfS. Given the multi-level orientation of the PfS Model, these six HFPIs are organized and assessed at two distinct levels: (1) Delivery System Partnership & Leadership Performance; and (2) Child Welfare & Mental Health Workforce Performance. This presentation will review the evaluation process and initial findings. 

Session 48

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Esplanade 1 ~ (60-minute Discussion Hour) 

Collecting Post-Discharge Outcome Data: Results from the Bbi Feasibility Pilot
Jonathan Huefner, PhD, National Research Institute for Child and Family Studies, Boys Town, Boys Town, NE; Bob Lieberman, MA, LPC, Lieberman Group, Inc., Grants Pass, NE; Gary Blau, PhD, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD

While post-discharge outcomes have been measured by some residential treatment providers, wide-scale implementation of a measure for post-discharge outcomes has never been successful. This presentation will discuss the methods and results of the BBI post-discharge outcomes feasibility study, focusing on resources needed, and challenges and barriers in collecting the data. Final discussion will cover implications for wide-scale implementation of post-discharge outcomes measurement and their role in a larger system of outcomes measurement.

Session 49

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Esplanade 2 ~ (60-minute Discussion Hour) 

A Ten-Year Follow-Up of Exemplary Systems of Care: How They Have Survived
Robert Friedman, PhD; Donna Burton, PhD, Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 

This session will present outcomes from a preliminary 10-year follow-up study investigating the status of six exemplary systems of care in communities across the U.S. Presenters and discussants will present findings on how well systems have survived over the years, what features survived, and what features did not. Findings on strategies used by leaders within these systems to promote the survival of the systems and the effectiveness of these strategies will be highlighted. 

Session 50wa

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 
Esplanade 3 ~ (60-minute Discussion Hour)

Transformation of Healthcare in New York State: Integrated Community Based Care for Children and Adolescents
Angela Keller, MSW;
Joanne Trinkle, MSW, NYS Office of Mental Health, Albany, NY; Thomas LaPorte, PhD; Camille Barnes, PhD, Center for Human Services Research (University at Albany), Albany, NY; Devon Bandison, MPA; Manisha Vijayaraghavan, LPC, CRC; Neil Pessin, PhD, Community Mental Health, Visiting Nurse Service of NY, New York, NY

Since 2012, New York State has advanced significant Medicaid Redesign initiatives to improve care, improve health, and reduce cost. This presentation will provide an overview of New York State’s approach for the children’s system transformation and describe three examples of specific transformation efforts, including (1) Wraparound within Health Homes Serving Children, (2) a Health Home at Risk Care Coordination program, and (3) the 100 Schools Project.

Wraparound Care Coordination within New York State Health Homes Serving Children  
Presenters will describe how a demonstration in New York State (NYS), NYS Systems of Care, is seizing an opportunity to implement and sustain Wraparound within the context of the NYS Health Homes Serving Children (HHSC). The presentation will discuss policy and practice decisions and activities concerning Wraparound in the HHSC context, a team-based approach to facilitation involving care managers and peer support providers, and training and evaluation aimed to enhance and sustain these efforts.

A Provider Perspective on implementing Children Medicaid Redesign Initiatives in New York State
Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) will describe how community-based care models can be used to reduce cost and improve patient outcomes. The presentation will discuss the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments Program (DSRIP) in New York State, the implementation of the Health Home at Risk Care Coordination program, and our collaboration in the “100 Schools Project."

Session 51yya

1:30 PM - 2:30 pm 
Palma Ceia 1 ~ (60-minute Discussion Hour)

Adapting Supported Employment (Ips) for High School Age Youth: How, What, and What For?
Marsha Langer Ellison, PhD, Transitions RTC, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Shrewsbury, MA; Michelle Mullen, MS, School of Health Professions, Rutgers University, Scotch Plains, MA; Vanessa Klodnick, PhD, Research, Thresholds, Chicago, IL

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) supported employment is an evidence-based model that effectively improves employment outcomes for adults with serious mental health conditions (SMHC). But can this widely adopted model be made relevant to High School (HS) age youth with SMHC that also have an employment goal? What adaptations are needed to this model? The presentation will discuss some of the quandaries in the adaptation of supported employment for HS age youth.  

Session 52yya

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm 
Palma Ceia 2 ~ (30-minute Paper)

Findings from a Study of a Skills-Enhancement Intervention for Peer Support Providers Working with Youth and Young Adults
Walker, PhD; Caitlin Baird, BA, Research and Training Center on Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Research on peer support in mental health consistently cites a lack of clarity around the role and its skills as a barrier to high-quality implementation. This session reports on a study testing the AMP+ skills-enhancement intervention for peer support providers working with youth and young adults. AMP+ provides web-based training and video coaching that is specific to the peer role. Peers reported high satisfaction, improved their skills, and reported reduced work-related anxiety.

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

Peer Support Construction Zone: Building Structure from a Foundation of Lived Experience
Aaron Thomas, Allegheny County Dept. of Human Services, Pittsburgh, PA

Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ Youth Support Partner (YSP) Unit has recognized the unique challenges of hiring, supervising and coaching youth peer supports. Understanding the value of lived experience, the Unit has built a structure that supports both the professional and personal growth of the peer support staff. Learn how the YSP Unit has put together the essential building blocks to build up young professionals through coaching and supervision.

Session 53

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 
Palma Ceia 3 ~ (60-minute Symposium)

Defining Mental Health and Wellbeing for Men and Boys: Making Multiple Connections
Symposium Chair: Sheila Savannah, MA, Mental Health, Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA

Making Connections for Mental Health and Wellbeing Among Men and Boys is a national initiative that has defined mental health concepts with their population of focus in formulating prevention strategies, a national theory of change and an emerging Mental Wellbeing Index (MWBI). This community-driven process has expanded understanding of how to shift mental health from individual clinical approaches to a more holistic approach to improving social connection, social justice and community determinants of wellbeing. 

Concept Mapping as a Process for Defining Mental Health and Wellbeing for Men and Boys
Roxann McNeish, PhD, MSW; Tom Massey, PhD, Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Concept Mapping analysis provides a cross-site conceptual map for mental health and wellbeing. Using cluster analysis and multidimensional scaling, stakeholders organized the statements into clusters that form the major components of this concept. The clusters are positioned based on their conceptual similarity to one another, which showed fundamental relationships across all clusters, including relationships to the external environment and personal relationships; and the role of gender in defining mental wellbeing for men and boys.

A National Theory of Change to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing for Men and Boys
Sheila Savannah, MA; Ruben Cantu, Mental Health, Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA

The development of a national-level theory of change for the Making Connections initiative, informed by the concept mapping process, is guiding the work to ensure that national outcomes are shifting paradigms from health care to prevention, from illness to wellness, from individual-level to community-wide strategies, and from limited notions of masculinities to a more positive range that are supportive of connection.  

Session 54bhe

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 
Palma Ceia 4 ~ (60-minute Discussion Hour)

Prescription Opioid Misuse in Rural America
Khary Rigg, PhD, Department of Mental Health Law & Policy, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

This presentation discusses: 1) the origins of the rural opioid epidemic; 2) historical/current data documenting rates of opioid misuse, treatment admissions, and deaths in rural vs urban areas; 3) the link between prescription opioid misuse and heroin; 4) factors that explain why rural areas are more susceptible; and 5) interventions for curbing the epidemic in rural areas. This presentation provides insights for behavioral health professionals, treatment practitioners, and policymakers in their efforts to reduce rural opioid misuse.

Session 55

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm 
Garrison Suite ~ (60-minute Paper)

Intensive In-Home Treatment Practice:  Clinical Innovations, Practice Frameworks and Supports
Joseph Woolston, MDChild Study Center, Yale University, New Haven, CT; Richard Shepler, PhD, PCC-S; Bobbi Beale, PsyD; Begun Center for Violence Prevention, MSASS, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Intensive In-Home Treatment (IIHT) is designed to address the complex needs of youth with serious emotional disabilities (SED) who are at risk of out of home placement. IIHT is implemented in most states and is an integral part of comprehensive continuums of care. Model developers from two states will present IIHT best practice standards, core competencies, and quality assurance measures. The impact of complex and historical trauma will be emphasized. 

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