Clinical Instructor & Co-Director, MD Center
Deborah S. Harburger, MSW is a Clinical Instructor; Director of Policy, Finance, & Systems Design; and, Director of the Ruth Young Center for Maryland at The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, UMB School of Social Work. A trained Title IV-E public child welfare social worker with more than 15 years 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 provided individualized technical assistance on multiple topics including 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 knowledge 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. 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.