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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Building Research Capacity in the Child Mental Health Agency: Collaborative Strategies for Transformation

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Session Number: 53 Room: Salon G

Presenting: MIchelle Solloway

All Authors for this paper: MIchelle Solloway; James Whittaker; Derenda Schubert

Presentation Type: paper presentation

Synopsis: The pursuit of Òevidence-based practiceÓ (EBP) in its many forms increasingly attracts the attention of those who plan, deliver and evaluate critical treatment and rehabilitative services for vulnerable children and their families. While definitions of Òevidence-based practicesÓ emphasize different dimensions of that construct, the common thesis of bringing Òscience-to-serviceÓ and its reciprocal are increasingly evident in the children, youth and family services systems. Simultaneously, reform efforts press for community-based, family oriented, non-residential alternatives to traditional institutional care and treatment programs for acting-out children and youth with identified mental health problems: (1) These trends pose critical challenges for traditional, voluntary child and family service agencies, many of which began as single-service providers, who now struggle to simultaneously embrace a meaningful spectrum of services supported by the best evidence available; re-focus their historical missions to meet contemporary challenges; and develop capacity for thoughtful research and evaluation activities in a political, funding and administrative environment marked more by constant change than continuity; (2) This study describes a linked set of activities designed to address the present Òscience-to-servicesÓ gap in evidence-based practice from the perspective of the non-profit child mental health agency.

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Session Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presentation Time: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM