New $33+ Million Contract for Training and Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Behavioral Health

Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute (RRI)announced today that it is part of a new contract awarded to the University of Maryland School of Social Work by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), to serve as the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health, operated by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network).  The TA Network, a partnership of 14 universities and organizations across the country, will provide training and technical assistance to all states, tribes, territories, and communities with Children’s Mental Health Initiative, System of Care Expansion Implementation, and System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements, as well as to states, tribes, territories and communities without grant awards. 
Dr. Janet Walker is the lead for the TA Network at PSU. Staff from the RRI’s Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, National Wraparound Initiative, and EASA Center for Excellence will have key roles in the work. These staff members include Dr. Nancy Koroloff, Dr. Jennifer Blakeslee, John Ossowski, Tamara Sale, Donna Fleming and Dr. Ryan Melton.
The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work serves as the coordinating entity and centralized contact for The TA Network.  In addition to Portland State University and the University of Maryland, the TA Network includes 13 core partners: Case Western Reserve University, Center for Innovative Practices; The Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.; The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA); Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development Center; Human Service Collaborative;  Management & Training Innovations; The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA); Tufts Medical Center; Policy Research Associates,  National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ); the University of South Florida, College of Community and Behavioral Science, Department of Child and Family Studies, in partnership with The Center for Community Learning and Selena Webster-Bass; the University of Washington; and, Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) National.  
In addition to its core partners, the TA Network includes a rich, diverse group of advisors, consultants and other resource organizations.  The TA Network has extensive expertise in cultural and linguistic competence; family and youth engagement and leadership; tribal systems of care support; policy, system design, and financing; clinical best practices, Wraparound, and workforce development; and early intervention and behavioral health integration. 
“The TA Network includes the foremost leaders and designers of children’s systems with years of experience developing, guiding and implementing reforms in the very states that our nation looks to as effective models.  We know that jurisdictions across the country are seeking top tier policy, financing, and system design support to ensure they can capitalize on the opportunities being made to them through the Affordable Care Act, Title IV-E Waivers, and other government reform initiatives.  We also know that, to keep relevant, technical assistance providers must have hands-on knowledge and experience to support states struggling with design and implementation efforts necessary to improve outcomes for children, youth and families; we have created a model for training and technical assistance that embraces this,” reflects Michelle Zabel, Director of the TA Network.
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