Director, National Center
Denise Sulzbach is the Director of the National Center and Deputy Director of the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network) at The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Through her leadership of the TA Network, Ms. Sulzbach has led the work of seventeen core partners and large pool of subject matter experts to ensure high-quality deliverables and outcome-based technical assistance in the operation of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health. Ms. Sulzbach provides technical assistance to support cross-system reform efforts in numerous states, territories and communities and authored SAMSHA’s federal site visit protocol for system of care grantees. Ms. Sulzbach also served as the lead for an Interagency Agreement between SAMHSA and the Children’s Bureau (CB) with focus on the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). As part of this work, she led a group of experts in providing financing, policy and children’s behavioral health expertise; serving as a repository for and providing guidance on FFPSA questions; and providing technical assistance on cross-system FFPSA planning and implementation to SAMHSA, the CB and the field. Additionally, Ms. Sulzbach co-leads a monthly learning community for local and state reform leaders. She has over 20 years of experience in program, policy, legal and fiscal analyses of child, youth, and family behavioral health organizations and systems, with specialty in supporting local/state/federal linkages and cross system partnerships. Her experience extends from training law enforcement and judges to leaders at the local, state and federal levels. As a former prosecutor assigned to a child advocacy center, she specialized in child abuse, sexual assault and juvenile law and gained unique expertise in and understanding of the unmet multi-system needs of youth with behavioral health needs and their families. Her expertise in juvenile justice, child welfare and children’s behavioral health was expanded while serving as the Deputy Secretary at the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, as well as other Governor appointed positions, including Director of Systems of Care and Interagency Policy at the Maryland Governor’s Office for Children.