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The Webinar archive is where you can access recordings and materials from the Technical Assistance Partnership's previously hosted Web-based learning opportunities from 2006 to the present. You can also search Webinars by topic. View the calendar or register for upcoming Webinars.

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Brain Injury: Hidden in Plain Sight and Affecting Every Aspect of Care

Dively, B.

Have you ever worked with a child and noticed a string of mental health diagnoses and multiple medication changes? When nothing has quite worked out, you might consider whether brain injury is a factor. Children with serious mental illness and a brain injury in their past have very special needs that affect what you can expect and how services will be received. Systems of care are well suited for providing the required team approach to services for a child with a brain injury. This Webinar discussed the comprehensive approaches to working with a child with brain injury within systems of care. Through understanding and collaboration, one plan can be developed so that the child is not exhausted by overzealous scheduling or overwhelmed with conflicting recommendations.

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"Place Matters": A Conversation About Rural America and Social Determinants

Ulrich, J., Todman, L., & Scott, A.

Addressing the behavioral health needs of children and families in rural communities speaks to the need to examine the economic, social, and environmental conditions that impact health and well-being. Therefore, the concept that “place matters” emphasizes the importance of examining the impact of social determinants of health and the role in guiding effective practice to promote children’s behavioral health in rural communities.

Rural communities are unique not just in terms of their geographic location, but also because of the unique social, cultural, economic, environmental and political characteristics. These characteristics have been organized by the Carsey Institute into four broad and descriptive types of rural places. These descriptions provide a basis to inform practice and policy decisions that can reduce disparities in children's behavioral health when they are guided by our knowledge of social determinants of mental and overall health.

This webinar introduced these four broad types of rural places, and explored their relationship to social determinants of health, as a way to present useful and practical information that can be beneficial to rural communities working to promote behavioral health equity for children and their families. Presenters explored how this information can help communities achieve their desired outcomes. Participants were engaged in discussion about the challenges and opportunities ahead for leaders and their partners across systems who are working to reduce disparities in rural communities.

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Closing the Gap: Cultural Perspectives on Family-Driven Care

Osher, T., Jimerson, D., Garay, L., Martinez, K., & Francis, K.

The Technical Assistance Partnership is proud to announce a new paper on ethnic/racial cultural perspectives on family-driven care. This paper begins the discussion about the role of culture when working with families.

Closing the Gap addresses a number of questions: Is family-driven care a “universal concept” or does it apply only to certain ethnic/racial cultures? How do various cultures define family-driven care and family involvement? Is “family culture” incorporated into systems of care work?

This paper describes family-driven care from four cultural perspectives—the world views, beliefs, values, traditions, customs, and languages of Asian, Black, First Nations, and Latino families living in the United States. It also discusses the role and importance of incorporating family culture, as defined by families, in outreach to, engagement, and involvement of families in care. A member of each of the four ethnic/racial groups discusses these concepts from their personal world view. The authors do not purport to represent the entire ethnic or racial group they come from but only one person’s perspective.

Download the full paper (PDF) or at: http://www.tapartnership.org/culturalPerspectives.php


A Cultural Strengths and Needs Discovery of Chautauqua County's System of Care

Ludwig, R., Morris, M., & Spunaugle, L.

Chautauqua Tapestry's project director and lead family contact discussed how using a cultural strengths and needs discovery has informed their work with families, groups, and the community. Information about the local wraparound training and coaching, as well as systemic implementation processes, were shared. “Family-level” examples were offered by a family support partner to highlight the parallels with “system-level” work.

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Introduction To System of Care Expansion Planning Grants

Blau, G., Stromberg, S., Hicks, R., & Wotrin, J.

This Webinar provided an overview of the Children’s Mental Health Initiative new System of Care Expansion Planning Grants. Participants learned about the program goals and requirements, along with the role of the government project officers and grants management. In addition, they received information on the technical assistance and supports that will be delivered by the TA Partnership and the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development.


3-Tiers for Family Engagement

Osher, T.

3-Tiers for Family Engagement presents a model for organizing activities to engage families in systems of care. The model builds on a public health approach. Family-driven examples are used to illustrate the model's application in planning for individual youth and families as well as for insuring family voice in making decisions about the system of care as a whole.

Differential Response in Child Welfare

Rohm, A.

The focus of this webinar is on Differential Response (DR) and the links between DR and system of care implementation. The webinar includes a PowerPoint presentation by Amy Rohm, MSW, Child Welfare Program Specialist at the American Humane Association, and examples from two communities that have implemented both Differential Response and systems of care: Contra Costa County, California, and Jefferson County, Colorado.

Schools as Partners in Systems of Care: Approaches to Building and Sustaining School-Based Mental Health Supports and Programs

Grabill, D. & Freeman, E.

System of care communities are tasked with integrating various finance systems to support key services for children, youth, and their families. As students spend most of their day in school, it is crucial to develop partnerships among schools, mental health providers, and community systems to support school-based services in order to assist students in a natural setting. This webinar discussed the importance of programmatic partnerships between schools and mental health agencies, school-based approaches to mental health supports and services, funding resources that can support the development and implementation of school mental health programs, and successful strategies to sustain school mental health partnerships and programs.

This webinar described opportunities and effective approaches to developing successful financing strategies for system of care communities. Participants learned key steps to developing and maintaining a strategic financing approach that can be adapted to rapidly changing fiscal conditions. A review of funding programs helped participants recognize the scope of funds that can be used to address behavioral health needs of children and youth in schools. Community examples of effective uses of various funding strategies were provided. Finally, participants were pointed to key resources that can support a strategic financing orientation from start-up to long-term sustainability.

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Some "Nuts and Bolts" of Financing for Systems of Care

Rider, F.

Effective systems of care are characterized by more integrated, less categorical financing of key services and supports than is typically found in more traditional human service systems. The Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) continues to provide your communities with unique opportunities to develop, demonstrate, and document non-traditional financing approaches to agency administrators, public policymakers, and the electorate. Before such “macro” opportunities can be realized, however, your CMHI cooperative agreements require mastery of some “micro” financing tactics (e.g. meeting matching funds requirements, implementing flexible funds, “carryforward” and “no-cost extension” arrangements).

This webinar illuminated opportunities, requirements, and effective approaches at both the “micro” and “macro” levels of financing strategies for CMHI system of care initiatives. Participants learned key steps to develop/maintain a strategic financing orientation, and reviewed four key financing strategies that can be adapted to rapidly changing conditions like those within which you currently operate. A thorough identification of funding sources were shared to help you recognize the true scope of funds already available/committed to address behavioral health needs of children and youth. Community examples of effective use of “micro” strategies within CMHI cooperative agreements to leverage larger changes in “macro” financing structures were featured. Finally, participants were pointed to a limited set of key resources that can support your strategic financing orientation from start-up to long-term sustainability.

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Grants Management Requirements and Processes

Simpson, G.

This Webinar is intended to inform system of care communities about grants management requirements and processes.


Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care in Rural Settings

DeHay, T., & Roberts, H.

The Webinar provided an overview of several models of integrated care in rural communities and examples of successful integrated approaches were discussed. The Webinar highlighted an integrated care model currently being implemented in Nebraska. Information was provided on how the featured program was developed, daily operations, and related workforce issues. Considerations for special populations, including pediatrics, were also be presented.

How to Move Youth Engagement Forward Through Youth-Adult Partnerships: Understanding the Basics and Utilizing Advanced Techniques

Cox, M., & Guillen, M.

With more experienced system of care communities comes advancements in youth engagement. Witnessing these advancements in the field, leaders of youth involvement have been able to attribute theories and key concepts describing these practice-based successes. It is vital to the continued advancement of youth involvement to disseminate youth engagement models and core concepts that are flexible to fit multiple site-specific applications. One such model is that of youth-adult partnerships. This Webinar explored and discussed the basic framework and strategies for implementation, and provided community examples of youth-adult partnerships.


Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families

Blau, G., Stroul, B., Shipp, J., Hunt, A., Penn, M., Jackson, V. & Tobler, J.

This Webinar provided technical assistance on the preparation of the Request for Applications (RFA) process for the Planning Grants for Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families. These one year planning grants will be available to states, tribes, territories, the District of Columbia, and governmental units within political subdivisions of a state. The presenters provided information about current successful expansion efforts.

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Charting the Road Ahead: Using Screenings and Risk and Needs Assessments in Juvenile Justice Systems

Vincent, G., Hodges, K., Smith, C., Steele, R., Fritz, B.,& Clement, K.

Identifying the mental health and related needs of youth involved or at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system, as well as assessing their risk of continued delinquent behaviors and/or recidivism, is an important process. This helps jurisdictions plan for and provide appropriate treatment, service provision, and aftercare, and assists personnel in determining placement within a continuum of care for youth in the justice system. There are many instruments and protocols available to communities to engage in these efforts and knowing which tools to use and when to use them can be difficult. Presenters discussed the importance of screening and assessment for youth involved with the juvenile justice system and examined the principles upon which effective screening and assessment are based. Additionally, presenters discussed several different screening and assessment tools and how they have been used in different communities.

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Ensuring Access to Comprehensive Medical Care for Kansas Youth

Tierney, M., Allison, A., Adams, J., & Evensen, C.

Service access for juvenile offenders returning home is most sustained by informed families who are supported by peer mentors and who have an affiliation to services and resources of the statewide family organization aligned with the community service officer. The presenters shared strategies from a national treatment/control study, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to enroll children leaving the Juvenile Justice Authority (JJA) in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Keys for Networking (Keys) and the American Institutes for Research worked together with the Medicaid state agency to develop a peer–to-peer mentor model that aligned state and community juvenile justice resources with a statewide family agency to enroll children in Medicaid or CHIP. The project included a treatment group of families statewide that received engagement services along a ten point continuum, “Targeted Parent Assistance”, developed and practiced by Keys for the last ten years. Control group families received services from peer mentors trained in Targeted Parent Assistance, but without the fidelity measures and continuous dashboard monitoring of the interactive data base. Preliminary findings suggest that families who received the treatment--Targeted Parent Assistance with interactive dashboard reminders and service cues--enroll in public insurance at rates significantly higher than the control group and that parents served through Targeted Parent Assistance develop skills in persistence, resourcefulness, and are more transparent in parenting practices when working with public agencies. The success of this project has allowed JJA and Keys to expand outreach from 1,500 to 15,000 families. This session shared the strategies that have made this system of care effective and sustainable.


Promoting Behavioral Health Equity for African American Children and Families Living in Rural Communities

Jackson, V. H., & Moore, P.

This webinar explored the factors that contribute to disparities for African American children and families living in rural communities.  It focused on the successes and challenges of providing behavioral health services and supports and achieving positive health outcomes.  The presenters explored the intersection between disparities based on geography with disparities that exist by race and ethnicity.  The framework of the 5 A’s – Availability, Accessibility, Affordability, Appropriateness, and Acceptability – were presented to shape a discussion about the various domains of disparities.  The presenters also discussed effective strategies to address disparities for African American children and families in rural communities.  A Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation’s Elimination of Mental Health Disparities grantee from the Black Belt of Alabama shared their strategies to address significant disparities in this rural farming community. 

This Webinar was part of the 2011 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series, sponsored by the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in collaboration with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, the National TA Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University, and the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health.

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The National Wraparound Initiative: Resources for TA Providers and System of Care Community Leaders

Bruns, E.

This webinar provided a review of resources available through the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI) that may be helpful to technical assistance providers and leaders who are supporting federal system of care communities implementing the wraparound process for children with complex needs and their families. The webinar: provided an overview of the mission and functions of the NWI; reviewed potentially helpful resources and materials available through the NWI website, including descriptions of wraparound practice, family and youth guides, research summaries, implementation overviews, practice and administrative checklists, and an online compendium of tools and resources uploaded from wraparound sites nationally; described the national community of practice being developed by the NWI; and explained the types of hands-on support NWI can provide TA providers and communities, including consultation on community organizing, fiscal strategies, training and coaching models, and outcomes and fidelity monitoring.

Building an Infrastructure for SOC: The Role of Management

Rider, F. & Piecora, B.

This Webinar clarified expectations for management and staff in building the infrastructure for the system of care based on the requirements of the cooperative agreement.


Building an Infrastructure for SOC: Broad-Based Governance

Strahl, B., Kays-Burden, A., & Keenan, S.

Learn about the lines of authority for decision making, budgeting, fiduciary flow, and governance structures. Explore considerations for creating a broad-based governance system, learn how sustainability is directly linked to shared decision making and how partners can share goals, responsibility, accountability, and authority--all essential for system of care success.

An Orientation to Primer Hands On Training and Building Systems of Care: An Overview of Critical Functions, Structures, and Processes

Pires, S.

This Webinar was intended for system of care community staff who plan to attend the Primer Hands On training (scheduled for February 16–17, 2011). It may also be helpful for others engaged in building systems of care who want an overview of critical system of care processes and structures. The webinar provided an orientation to Building Systems of Care: A Primer, on which the Primer Hands On training is based. The Primer provides a strategic framework for the development, implementation, and sustainability of systems of care. The presenter provided an overview of system of care processes and functions that are covered in-depth in the Primer Hands On training, such as governance, system management, family and youth partnership, provider networks, and financing, among others. She helped system of care communities identify the stakeholders that should attend Primer Hands On training, either because they are new to systems of care or are occupying key staff or system roles.

Implementing Youth-Guided and Family-Driven Systems of Care

Couch, B., Voss, J., Williams, K., & Spires, A.

Youth-guided and family-driven practices can seed significant transformation in systems of care. This webinar addressed what it means to be youth guided and family driven in the context of systems, organizations, and treatment planning. Presenters shared lessons learned as well as resources and practical strategies that can help participants get off to a strong start in implementing youth-guided and family-driven practices in their communities.