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Presented at the 22nd Annual Research Conference

Promoting Effective Behavioral Health Practices in a Statewide System of Care

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Session Number: 49 Room: Salon J

Presenting: Robert Franks; Robert Plant

All Authors for this paper: Robert Franks; Robert Plant

Presentation Type: topical discussion

Chair: Robert P Franks Discussant: Robert Plant

Synopsis: This discussion will address efforts in Connecticut to develop and implement effective community-based programs within a statewide system of care. Investigators from the Connecticut Center for Effective Practice (CCEP) will present three projects, each at different stages of development and utilizing various strategies and methodologies. First, we will describe the results of a comprehensive needs assessment of routine outpatient services, the goal of which is to examine the scope of services provided to children with lower-intensity behavioral health concerns. We utilized a multi-informant, multi-method approach, including online surveys, focus groups, key informant interviews and utilization data. A summary of findings and recommendations for system enhancement will be provided. Second, CCEP currently serves as the coordinating center for implementing Wraparound in two demonstration communities. Results from this initiative provide a guide for how to build community capacity to deliver Wraparound, as well as how to sustain these practices over time. Implications and recommendations for disseminating the Wraparound approach will be discussed. Third, we will present findings from our initiative to disseminate Trauma-Focused CBT statewide using the Learning Collaborative methodology. Data from the first 18 months of implementation demonstrate that the Learning Collaborative approach is an effective means of disseminating EBPs. To date, it has been used to train approximately 100 clinicians serving 400 clients, with sustained fidelity to the model. The discussant will summarize the overall impact of these projects, highlighting the ways in which public-academic partnerships can be used to build a statewide community- and evidence-based system of care.

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Session Time: 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM