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Training & Techincal Assistance

Training and Technical Assistance is critical to and has been a cornerstone of the NCSMH mission since its inception. The NCSMH leads numerous training and technical assistance efforts to increase and improve high quality comprehensive school mental health systems across the nation. In particular, the NCSMH leads the National Quality Initiative for Comprehensive School Mental Health Systems including the development and implementation of the National School Mental Health Census and Performance Measures and corresponding resources housed on the SHAPE System. 

School Health Services National Quality Initiative (NQI)

Project Title: The School Health Services National Quality Initiative

Project Staff:

Dr. Sharon Hoover, UMB Principal Investigator

Dr. Nancy Lever, State CoP/Policy Lead

Dr. Jill Bohnenkamp, Lead Evaluator

Dr. Elizabeth Connors, CoIIN Lead and Improvement Advisor

Dr. Britt Parham, State Policy Analyst

Ms. Shawn Orenstein, Program Manager

Mr. Perrin Robinson, Communications

Ms. Taneisha Carter, Research Assistant

Dr. Sylvia Huntley, Meeting Manager

Ms. Christina Huntley, Program Assistant

Funding Source:

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child and Health Bureau (MCHB)

Project Partners:

The School Based Health Alliance, The Center for Health and Healthcare in Schools

Project Description:

The School-Based Health Alliance (“The Alliance”) and the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) were jointly awarded a cooperative agreement from the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at the Health Resources and Services Administration to lead innovation and improvement in quality of care through school-based health services. The two organizations are eager to build on the momentum of the previous four years leading the School Health Services National Quality Initiative (NQI), and work collaboratively with their partners, including the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at George Washington University, project advisors, and school health providers from across the nation to ensure the highest quality of care for children and adolescents receiving services in schools.

The 5-year agreement will support the partnering organizations’ efforts to improve the quality of care delivered by school-based health centers (SBHCs) and comprehensive school mental health systems (CSMHSs) nationwide. The Alliance and its partners will:

  • Review and refine current national performance measures;
  • Conduct three quality improvement collaboratives of cohorts comprising SBHCs and CSHMHs (be on the lookout for partnership opportunities Spring 2019);
  • Facilitate a Community of Practice for state agencies and state-level organizations to accelerate and spread innovation and improvement in quality care, best business practices, and policies to support school health services sustainability and growth;
  • Provide technical assistance to SBHCs, CSMHSs, and schools not participating in CoIIN cohorts, encouraging adoption of CoIIN-generated strategies and innovations;
  • Integrate contemporary and emerging child and adolescent behavioral health topics, issues and conditions (e.g., adverse childhood experiences, opioid use) and emerging practices (e.g., telehealth, trauma-informed practices, restorative justice, social/emotional learning) in performance measure refinement, screening tools, implementation guidance, webinar series, and resources; and
  • Support states to effectively assess and address social determinants of health in school-based health services.

Opportunity for Collaboration:

In Spring 2019, the Alliance and CSMH will invite the school-based health services field to participate in the National Quality Initiative Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (NQI CoIIN) learning collaborative. School-based health services teams, Funding Sources, and community and state-level organizations will have the chance to learn from one another as well as experts in the field to collectively make improvements in SBHS.

As part of the NQI, the NCSMH has developed the National School Mental Health Census and Performance Measures, which are available through the SHAPE System at www.theshapesystem.com.

Publication about school mental health performance measurement:

Connors, E. H., Stephan, S. H., Lever, N., Ereshefsky, S., Mosby, A., & Bohnenkamp, J. (2016). A national initiative to advance school mental health performance measurement in the US. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 9(1), 50–69. https://doi.org/10.1080/1754730X.2015.1123639

For more information about this project, please contact Sharon Hoover at shoover@som.umaryland.edu


Maryland Behavioral Health for Adolescents and Young Adults (MD-BHAY)

Project Title: Maryland Behavioral Health for Adolescents and Young Adults

Project Staff:

Dr. Sharon Hoover, UMB Principal Investigator

Dr. Nancy Lever, Training Director

Ms. Larraine Bernstein, Policy Analyst

Dr. Cindy Schaeffer, Senior Advisor

Dr. Joanna Prout, Clinical Research Supervisor

Dr. Sarah Edwards, Adolescent Psychiatrist

Ms. Melissa Ambrose, School Mental Health Clinician and A-CRA and Care Coordinator

Dr. Brittney Parham, School Mental Health Clinician

Ms. Ashley Woods, School Mental Health Clinician

Funding Source:

Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration

Project Partners:

Epoch Counseling Center, Harbel Counseling Center, Chestnut Health, Maryland Coalition of Families

Project Description:

This program is designed to increase access to and improve the quality of treatment for youth, ages 12 to 24, with substance use and co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. MD-BHAY is enhancing statewide infrastructure, delivering evidence-based treatment in school and community settings, and developing funding and delivery mechanisms to sustain these changes.

For more information about this project, please contact Larraine Bernstein at lbernste@som.umaryland.edu


Maryland Early Intervention Program (EIP)

Project Title:

Maryland Early Intervention Program (EIP)

Project Staff:

Dr. Sharon Hoover, Outreach and Education Co-Leader

Dr. Nancy Lever, Outreach and Education Co-Leader

Ms. Larraine Bernstein, Outreach and Training Project Manager

Dr. Brittney Parham, Outreach and Education Mental Health Clinician Consultant

Funding Source: Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration

Project Partners:

University of Maryland Medical System, University of Maryland School of Medicine, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Project Description:

The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) leads the Outreach and Education efforts for EIP which emphasizes teaching providers how to identify signs of clinical high risk and early psychosis, familiarizing them with relevant evidence-based practices, and providing ample ways to refer individuals for further consultation and treatment. These efforts span settings and providers who serve the range of age groups that can be impacted by clinical high risk and early psychosis, including but not limited to intermediate and secondary schools (middle school and high school), higher education (community college, university/college), advocacy groups, and behavioral and medical treatment settings. The two main foci for the outreach and education team include: 1) training around early psychosis/risk for psychosis and the importance of early identification; and 2) outreach about available Maryland EIP clinical services.

For more information about this project, please contact Larraine Bernstein at lbernste@som.umaryland.edu


Maryland Healthy Transitions (MD-HT)

Project Title:

Maryland Healthy Transitions (MD-HT)

Project Staff:

Dr. Sharon Hoover, UMB Principal Investigator

Dr. Joanna Prout, Research Supervisor

Mr. Perrin Robinson, MS, Research Specialist

Sylvia Huntley, MS, Outreach & Education Coordinator

Funding Source:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Project Partners:

Behavioral Health Administration, Humanim, Pathways Inc., On Our Own

Project Description:

MD-HT is a five-year grant funded by SAMHSA through the Now Is The Time initiative. The target population is transition-aged youth (TAY) between the ages of 16-25 with a serious mental health condition that impairs functioning. MD-HT is implemented in Howard County and the southern Maryland tri-county region of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties. University of Maryland Baltimore conducts the program evaluation, in addition to providing outreach and education support. Each TAY works with a Transition Facilitator to create an individualized treatment plan. MD-HT goals include supporting TAY in in successfully transitioning to adult roles through supported employment, supported education and linking TAY to relevant services and supports.

For more information about this project, please contact Sharon Hoover at shoover@som.umaryland.edu


Maryland Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network (MD-SPIN)

Project Title: Maryland Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network

Project Staff:

Dr. Sharon Hoover, UMB Principal Investigator

Dr. Nancy Lever, Training Director

Ms. Larraine Bernstein, Outreach and Training Project Manager

Dr. Sarah Edwards, Child Psychiatrist Consultant

Ms. Natasha Link, Graduate Research Assistant

Funding Source:

Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration

Project Partners:

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Maryland Coalition of Families

Project Description:

MD-SPIN provides suicide prevention training, resources, and technical assistance to advance a comprehensive suicide prevention and early intervention service system for youth and young adults, ages 10-24.  The program is designed to reduce premature loss of lives from suicide by increasing the number of at-risk youth and young adults who are identified, referred and receive quality behavioral health services.

For more information about this project, please contact Larraine Bernstein, lbernste@som.umaryland.edu


National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments

Project Title:

National Center for Safe Supportive Learning Environments

Project Staff:

Sharon Hoover, Ph.D., UMB Principal Investigator

Nancy Lever, Ph.D., UMB Co-Principal Investigator

Brittany R. Parham Ph.D., Faculty Resource Specialist

Funding Source: Department of Education (DOE)

Project Partners:

American Institutes for Research

Project Description:

The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) has partnered with American Institutes for Research (AIR) to provide technical assistance to federally funded Promoting Student Resilience, Elementary and Secondary School Counseling, and Project PREVENT grantees. The primary purpose of these projects is to build and increase the capacity of local education agencies to address the comprehensive behavioral and mental health needs of students in communities exposed to trauma.


 

Safe Schools/ Healthy Students (SS/HS)

Project Title:

Safe Schools / Healthy Students (SS/HS)

Project Staff:

Dr. Sharon Hoover, UMB Principal Investigator, Resource Specialist

Dr. Nancy Lever, Resource Specialist

Dr. Elizabeth Connors, Resource Specialist

Dr. Joanna Prout, Resource Specialist

Dr. Dana Cunningham, Resource Specialist

Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Project Partners:

American Institutes of Research

Project Description:

In partnership with the American Institutes of Research, the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) provides technical assistance to Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) grantees on behalf of the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (NRC). The NRC offers resources and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, and local communities to promote the overall well-being of children, youth, and their families. The NRC believes that, with the right resources and support, all communities – regardless of their ZIP code – can promote positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. SS/HS grantees take a comprehensive approach, drawing on the best practices and the latest thinking in education, justice, social services, and mental health to help communities take action. To date, SS/HS grantees have provided services to over 13 million youth in 386 communities in all 50 states across the Nation.

For more information about this project, please visit https://healthysafechildren.org or contact Sharon Hoover at shoover@som.umaryland.edu


Youth Care Coordination Professional Development

Project Title:

Youth Care Coordination Professional Development

Project Staff: 

Dr. Nancy Lever, Principal Investigator

Dr. Cindy Schaeffer, Co-Investigator

Dr. Sharon Hoover, Faculty Consultant and 3C Lead  

Dr. Brittany Parham, Faculty Trainer

Ms. Melissa Ambrose, 3C Online Resource Liaison

Ms. Larraine Bernstein, Resource and Materials Lead

Funding Source: 

Office of Mental Health/Core Service Agency of Harford County

Project Partners: 

Behavioral Health Administration

Project description: 

The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) team is supporting the Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration in advancing and disseminating a comprehensive package of knowledge and best practices in youth care coordination to care coordinators and supervisors, as well as behavioral health professionals throughout Maryland.  Training content was informed by and developed through a collaborative process that meaningfully engaged experienced care coordinators and mental health professionals. The series of 17 modules is intended for care coordinators, those supervising care coordinators, administrators, behavioral health providers working with youth care coordinators, and other professionals wishing to increase their knowledge about youth care coordination.  The NCSMH provides ongoing technical assistance and consultation as needed through in-person meetings, live trainings, webinars, and conference calls and will develop resources to support comprehensive training related to youth care coordination.  


Student Assistance Program

Program Name:

Maryland Student Assistance Program (SAP)

Program Staff

Dr. Sharon Hoover, UMB Principal Investigator

Dr. Nancy Lever, Director of Training

Ms. Melissa Ambrose, Project Manager and Trainer

Ms. Jennifer Cox, Trainer

Ms. Kelly Willis, Trainer

Ms. Shawn Orenstein, Project Coordinator

Program Partners:

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Behavioral Health Administration and Maryland State Department of Education

Program Description:

This project seeks to build upon a foundation of Student Support Teams (SSTs) in schools to enhance training to better equip school staff to prevent student substance use, and to identify, intervene, and refer students with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), including Opioid Use Disorders (OUDs), to appropriate treatment.  To achieve this effort two evidence-based trainings are being made available:

  1. Screening and Brief Intervention (SBI): This training is available to all middle and high school nurses and school counselors or other designated SST members.  The purpose of this training is to enhance their capacity to identify, support, and refer as needed students with substance use concerns. Trainees will learn the skills of substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment in 3 engaging one-on-one simulations with a student. 
  2. Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) is a substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors.   Botvin LifeSkills can be implemented at the elementary, middle and high school level in the classroom or with small groups.  This training is available to school counselors, health educators or other designated SST members.

Maryland Behavioral Health Online Training Site (www.mdbehavioralhealth.com)

www.mdbehavioralhealth.com

MDBehavioralHealth.com is an online training site hosted by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Developed in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Mental Hygiene Administration, the site provides training to individuals interested in supporting the behavioral health of youth and their families. The online training allows individuals to work at their own pace. They can download materials, take the training, view video tips from experts, and explore related links, all from one central site.


Maryland Behavioral Health Online Trainings:

Click here to register for trainings

Youth Co-Occurring Disorders Training for Behavioral Health Providers

The Youth Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) Training for Behavioral Health Providers seeks to disseminate information to the public and to mental health professionals on co-occurring mental health/substance abuse disorders and to train clinicians on how to support the behavioral health of youth and their families. CE credit is available for some modules in this course.


Maryland Early Intervention Program

The Maryland Early Intervention Program (EIP) covers the early identification and intervention for adolescents and young adults at risk for, or in the early stages of, a mental illness with psychosis. CE credit is not available for the modules in this course.

Mental Health to Support Student Learning: Training Modules for Educators and School-based Staff

The Mental Health to Support Student Learning modules are intended to advance basic mental health proficiency for educators and other school support professionals working with children and youth. CPD credit is available to educators for the modules in this course.


Mental Health Training Intervention for Health Providers in Schools (MH-TIPS)

Mental Health Training Intervention for Health Providers in Schools (MH-TIPS) is a training and implementation support system for school health providers aimed at enhancing their competence in promoting student mental health and managing the needs of students with or at risk for emotional and behavioral difficulties that may interfere with learning. The MH-TIPS training consists of a series of modules (12 total training hours) designed for school-based health care providers that are available free of charge. Participants can view training modules, download materials, view video tips from experts, and explore related links. Register now and complete the registration survey to access the course! CE credit is available for the modules in this course.

Interprofessional Training on Military Connected Families

The Interprofessional Training on Military Connected Families modules are designed to help youth-serving staff to better understand and to be aware of unique considerations, skills, and resources that can help support the success of military connected families. CE Credit is available for the modules in this course.


Peer Recovery Specialists—An Interprofessional Training

The Peer Recovery Specialists Training is designed to 1) provide an overview of the role and responsibilities for individuals who are interested in becoming a Peer Recovery Specialist, 2) inform professionals about the role and responsibilities and how to effectively partner with Peer Recovery Specialists, and 3) offer educational opportunities to support recertification for individuals already certified as Peer Recovery Specialists. Training modules include informative and engaging PowerPoint presentations, interviews with experts, and role plays that highlight and demonstrate best practice skills and strategies. CE credit is available for the modules in this course. 


Pediatric Psychopharmacology

This training series presents an overview of a conceptual framework and practical guidance for selecting, prescribing, and monitoring psychiatric medications in pediatric primary care, as well as in specialty mental health settings. Information provided is intended to guide decision-making, not as a substitute for clinical judgment. CE credit is not available for the modules in this course.


Community-Partnered School Behavioral Health Implementation Modules

The Community-Partnered School Behavioral Health modules provide a range of strategies, resources, and tools necessary to establish, maintain, and expand effective student behavioral health programs. These modules focus specifically on supporting student social, emotional, behavioral and academic progress via a community-partnered approach to school behavioral health. The target audience is school behavioral health clinicians, educators, student support staff, evaluators, administrators and program leaders at local, district, and state wide levels. CE credit is available for the modules in this course.


Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention

This module is presented on behalf of the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration. It reviews definitions of sexual abuse and mandatory reporting requirements for staff members in covered programs as defined in Maryland state regulation. Also discussed are potential signs and symptoms of sexual abuse and trauma, risk factors for vulnerable consumers of behavioral health services, and self-reporting and support resources for consumer victims of sexual abuse. CE Credit is not available for this course.


Supporting Social Emotional Wellness in Early Childhood

This course is provided on behalf of the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration by the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. Expert faculty, providers, community partners, and family members provide a range of information and resources for promoting social emotional development in young children ages 0-5 and their families. CE credit is available for the modules in this course.


Supporting Hospital to School Transitions

The Supporting Hospital to School Transitions learning modules present research and strategies on how to effectively support youth exiting psychiatric hospitalization. They are intended for use by school staff and mental health providers. CE credit is available for the modules in this course.


The Maryland Youth Care Coordinator Training Series

The Youth Care Coordinator Training Series provides comprehensive knowledge and best practices in youth care coordination to care coordinators and behavioral health professionals. This training is designed to provide foundational knowledge related to youth and behavioral health, as well as training on core youth care coordination skills. CE credit is available for most modules in this course. See each module overview for specific information.


Maryland Kognito Training Site (https://md.kognito.com)

https://md.kognito.com

In partnership with the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration and the Maryland State Department of Education, the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) facilitates the administration of Kognito online training simulations for educators (K-12, Colleges/Universities), Pediatric Primary Care Providers, Families and Youth Peers throughout Maryland. Kognito simulations are designed to build skills and increase confidence so that users can support students experiencing or at risk of psychological distress.