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Bio: Ari Blum is the LIFT (Launching Individual Futures Together) project director at the Institute. LIFT is a SAMHSA Systems of Care grant focusing on transition age youth with co-occurring disorders. In addition, the LIFT grant will provide training to community behavioral health providers in the Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP) system. The MAP system is designed to improve the quality, efficiency, and outcomes of children’s mental health services. Previously, Ari has held positions as the Child and Adolescent Program Coordinator in the Baltimore County Core Service Agency; supervisor of school based services for the Baltimore County Department of Social Services; and supervisor and social worker at St. Elizabeth’s School. He received his Master’s degree from the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work.