Read the latest news from the Institute for Innovation and Implementation.
Addressing the Developmental Needs of Very Young Children & their Families is Focus of SSW Institute Grant
With an award from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the TREEHOUSE Program increases access to quality preventive care and services to promote health equity and enhances population health among very young children, and their families, in under served, low-income communities.
2021 Legislation Alert! Institute Submits Testimony to Advance Maryland’s Data Collection Efforts Around Pregnant & Parenting Teens
Research Assistant Professor Margo Candelaria, PhD, Co-Director of the Institute’s Parent, Infant, and Early Childhood Program, submitted testimony in support of Maryland House Bill 439 cross-filed with Senate Bill 470 to collect and disseminate data for pregnant and parenting youth across Maryland.
Carrie Gould-Kabler, MSW and Deborah Harburger, MSW submitted testimony to the Maryland Senate Budget and Taxation Committee in support of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development regarding their longstanding work to prevent and end youth homelessness.
The Brookings Institute has named Suzanne Fields, MSW, Senior Advisor for Health Care Policy and Financing at the Institute to the Children’s/Young Adults Mental Health Working Group within the Building Healthy Neighborhoods Project.
The Society for Social Work and Research has awarded Dr. Jenny Afkinich with the 2021 Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award for her work on disproportionate representation of racial minority youth at all levels of the juvenile justice system.
At The Institute, we are all leaders. As such, we will continue to promote information that uses the best data and research available in service of our commitment to social justice to create a more equitable world.
Finigan-Carr Urges Multidisciplinary Approach to Study & Improve African American Students' Outcomes
The Institute’s Dr. Nadine Finigan-Carr is featured in UMB Catalyst for her distinctive, multidisciplinary approach to studying the ties between African American Students’ Outcomes and their health.
Through partnership with Baltimore County, the Institute is working to evaluate and improve the planned multi-phase implementation of medication-assisted treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder in Baltimore County Detention Center.
Implementing Evidence-Based & Promising Practices to Support Children & Families Involved with Maryland’s Child Welfare System
The goal of this work is to improve the array of services provided through child welfare including home and community-based services, as well as evidence-based and promising practices, substance use treatment services, and programs to support specific populations of children, youth, and young adult.
Watrous contributes to useful tools for states to identify and select Family First Prevention Services
Director of Evidence-Based Programs at the Institute, Jessie Watrous, in her work with the Consortium for Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare, contributed to guidance for states to address Family First Prevention Services Act requirements.
Addressing Behavioral Health Disparities among the LGBTQ Community is Focus of SSW Institute Grant Award
A 5-year, $3.5 million grant will support the implementation of change strategies within mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems to address disparities impacting the LGBTQ+ community.
A 5-year, $10 million grant will support timely, stable, and lasting reunification and well-being of families with children in foster care.
Maryland's Department of Juvenile Services in partnership with the Institute will develop evidence-based programs to prevent commitment, reduce recidivism, and improve well-being among justice-involved young people.
Director of the Institute’s National Center, Denise Sulzbach, JD, will be a featured plenary speaker at this year’s National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Conference on Juvenile Justice.
UMB has been recognized as one of the best universities in the U.S. studying and fighting human trafficking for the work of the Maryland Human Trafficking Initiative for Children & Youth (MHTI) housed at SSW's Institute for Innovation and Implementation.
Co-Director of the Parent, Infant, and Early Childhood (PIEC) Program at the School of Social Work’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation, Kate Wasserman, MSW, LCSW-C, has been appointed to the Maryland State Department of Education’s Inclusion Leadership Team.
AAP received a $6 million grant through the 2020 CARES Act to increase access to telehealth.