Institute Launched Child & Family-Focused Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Learning Community
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently funded the National Council for Mental Wellbeing (National Council) to establish a national technical assistance center to support the expansion of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) across the U.S. In partnership with the National Council and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, The Institute for Innovation and Implementation, within the UMB School of Social Work, is providing an important component of this technical assistance effort through the creation of a learning community. This learning community is focused on design and implementation approaches for CCBHCs to meet the unique needs of children, youth, young adults, and their families.
The Child and Family CCBHC Learning Community is a monthly peer learning opportunity designed to support increased access to and improved quality of CCBHCs in meeting the needs of youth and families. The learning community features national experts and CCBHC examples from across the country and is focused on design and implementation approaches for CCBHCs.
Participants in the learning community will:
- Understand the value of children’s services and the framework and role of child-serving systems
- Identify design and implementation approaches that CCBHCs can establish to meet the unique needs of children, youth and young adults with behavioral health needs and their families
Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Meeting
Facilitators: Sheila A. Pires, MPA, Human Service Collaborative with Lisa Mancini, MBA, LMSW, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, Helio Health, Inc.
Sarah Kuriakose, PhD, BCBA-D, Associate Commissioner, Division of Integrated Community Services for Children & Families, New York State Office of Mental Health
Donna Bradbury, MA, LMHC, Associate Commissioner, Office of Prevention and Health Initiatives, New York State Office of Mental Health
This introductory meeting examines CCBHC requirements within the context of the broader child-serving systems environment. CCBHCs are required to provide a range of services, either directly or through a formally established relationship with providers. This meeting explores important considerations for partnership with child-serving systems in such areas as screening and assessment, mobile response and stabilization services, and care coordination. Also included is discussion of meaningful engagement of families and youth at CCBHC governance, management, and service levels.
April 11, 2022, 4:15 – 5:15 PM EST
**THIS MEETING WILL OCCUR AT THE REDEFINED: NATCON22 CONFERENCE - recording will be made available to learning community members**
Facilitators: Elizabeth Manley, MSW, LSW, Senior Advisor for Health and Behavioral Health Policy, The Institute
Melinda Carnassale, MPA, Deputy Director, NJ Children’s System of Care
Wyndee Davis, LPC, Assistant Director, Office of Community Services, Children's System of Care, New Jersey Department of Children and Families
Denise Davis, MHS, Senior Training & Consultation Specialist, Rutgers University
DeLacy Davis, EdD, Executive Director, The Family Support Organization of Union County
Danielle Perri-Gasperini, MSW, LCSW, Division Director, Children’s Services, CPC Behavioral Healthcare
This meeting explores how Mobile Response and Stabilization Services are customized to serve children, youth, and families including the integration of crisis response with a stabilization services period, which can extend up to eight weeks. During this period families may also receive one-to-one crisis supports and supported linkage to ongoing services. A discussion of the values that guide MRSS services designed for children, youth, and families: strengths-based, culturally and linguistically competent, and trauma-informed is included.
May 11, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Meeting
Facilitators: Christopher Bellonci, MD, FAACAP, Senior Policy Advisor, Judge Baker Children’s Center
Cassie Subbert, LMFT, Mental Health Professional and Youth and Family Supervisor, Alluma
Neerja Singh, PhD, LICSW, LADC, Behavioral Health Clinical Director, Community Supports Administration, Minnesota Department of Human Services
This meeting analyzes: the difference between screening, assessment, and evaluation; the importance of using a trauma-informed lens; the involvement of families and youth as partners in this work; and the movement toward standardized tools to provide decision support and individualized service planning. Specific examples will be provided of screening and assessment tools in use by states. The role of screening and assessment within the larger process of caring for youth will be discussed along with the role of data in service delivery planning.
Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Meeting
Facilitators: Suzanne Fields, MSW, Senior Advisor for Health Care Policy & Financing, The Institute
Diana Cockrell, MA, LMHCA, SUDP, Section Manager, Prenatal through age 25 Behavioral Health, Washington Health Care Authority
Anna Tresidder, PhD, MPH, Vice President of Research and Evaluation, Excelsior Wellness
This meeting identifies and explores the characteristics of various types of services and supports and the questions to consider in a service mapping exercise. An array of services and supports should be comprehensive, ensuring availability and access to a broad flexible range of effective, community-based offerings for children, youth, and their families that address their emotional, social, educational, and physical health needs, including natural and informal supports. The differences between evidence-based practices and evidence-informed practices is discussed along with the challenges to and strategies for implementing effective services.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Meeting
Facilitators: Jeffrey J. Vanderploeg, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Child Health and Development Institute
Keri Virgo, MPM, Director, Office of Children, Young Adults, and Families, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Mandi Ryan, MSN, Vice President of Healthcare Integration, Centerstone
This meeting includes a discussion of the core measures of the CCBHC initiative, as well as additional examples of metrics related to access, quality, and outcomes to further inform CCBHC implementation. Youth-serving systems have historically focused more on process indicators than on meaningful outcomes, but this is changing. Quality and outcome measures that are tied to performance need to make sense for the population, minimize burden, and focus on the most important aspects of care from the perspective of providers, purchasers, and clients. Examples will be shared to illustrate how child-serving behavioral health services can incorporate such measures into quality improvement strategies, and how they can be used to identify and address disparities and inequities.
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Meeting
Facilitators: Kim Estep, MA, Division Director for Implementation and Workforce Development, Clinical Instructor, and Director, National Wraparound Implementation Center, The Institute
J. Todd Van Buskirk, MSW,. LCSW, LCAC, Project Director, CCBHC-E Grant at Porter-Starke Services, Inc.
Sirrilla Blackmon, LCSW, LCAC, Deputy Director, Bureau of Mental Health and Wellness Services, FSSA Division of Mental Health and Addiction
Ahrash Nassiri (Ari), MHA, Director of Behavioral Health Integration, FSSA Division of Mental Health and Addiction
The meeting examines aspects of care coordination including service coordination, care management, integrated care, and specific models such as Wraparound and FOCUS and how these are applied to different populations. Care coordination involves working with a small number of youth and caregivers with complex needs often spanning multiple social determinants of health, possible multi-system involvement, and potentially at risk of out- of-home care. Effective care coordination addresses both poor outcomes and high costs for families who have unmet basic needs and supports families who may not know how to access services or feel the systems aren’t working for them.
Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Meeting
Facilitators: Michelle Zabel, MSS, Assistant Dean & Director, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation
Sheamekah Williams, MSW, Director of Children's Services & Interim Executive Director, Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center
Josh Cantwell, LCSW, PRSS, Chief Operating Officer, Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc.
Larry Smith, CPRSS, Chief Executive Officer, Grand Lake Mental Health Center, Inc.
This meeting addresses workforce development, including professional preparation, recruitment, and ways to improve retention and prevent burnout. Positive outcomes for children, youth, and their families involved with child-serving systems centers around a dedicated, culturally competent workforce. Join us for this discussion of the best practices for retaining and caring for the professionals who work in these systems.
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