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Presented at the 21st Annual Research Conference

Examining Collaboration in Children and Youth Mental Health Systems using Social Network Analysis

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Session Number: 1000 Room: Salon E & F

Presenting: Bhuvana Sukumar; Elana Light

All Authors for this paper: Bhuvana Sukumar; Elana Light

Presentation Type: poster presentation

Synopsis: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) has provided funding to two major initiatives (National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) and Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Suicide Prevention Program) to improve the mental health services system infrastructure for children and families who have experienced trauma and for youth at risk for suicide. To accomplish this mission, NCTSI has created the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) that has organized grantees from academic centers, hospitals, community-based agencies, schools, and other entities into a three-tiered network structure, thereby laying the foundation for a network of services organized along a continuum of care. The Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Suicide Prevention Program supports States and Tribal communities to develop and implement various suicide prevention initiatives and include collaboration among youth-serving institutions and agencies. For any interorganizational network, collaboration is the most critical and essential component for exchanging knowledge and experience. The main benefit of social-network analysis is that it makes the lines of collaboration visual and provides measurable impact of the network. The purpose of this presentation is to highlight the use of social network analysis in system level evaluation and its value in guiding decisions on system transformation.

Date: Sunday, February 24, 2008

Session Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM