Clinical Instructor & Co-Director, MD Center
Deborah S. Harburger, MSW is a Clinical Instructor and Co-Director of the Maryland Center at The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and a Lead Consultant for The Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network). A trained Title IV-E public child welfare social worker with more than a decade of experience in public child- and family-serving systems, Deborah has knowledge of financing for behavioral health (including Medicaid and child welfare financing), systems of care, and the intersection of child welfare and homelessness. She is interested in sustainable financing and the use of high quality, effective, and less costly home- and community-based services and supports. Deborah has experience serving as Project Director of two Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-funded demonstration projects as well as two Children’s Bureau-funded grants. She has experience in providing individualized technical assistance, implementation design and support, strategic planning and policy and financing analysis with state and local child welfare and behavioral health organizations and family support organizations. Deborah has particular expertise in the areas of older youth in foster care, youth aging out of foster care and the intersection with homelessness, sustainable financing for home- and community-based services, and interagency initiatives. She oversees The Institute’s policy and financing work in Maryland and is a lead consultant for The TA Network, working directly with states, and a part of its Policy, Finance, and System Designing Hub. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University Schreyer Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Deborah received her master’s degree in social work with a concentration in management and community organization and specialization in families and children from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.