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Training & Technical 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

Project Staff:

  • Sharon Hoover, PhD, UMB Principal Investigator
  • Nancy Lever, PhD, State UMB Co-PI/State CoP/Policy Lead
  • Jill Bohnenkamp, PhD, Lead Evaluator
  • Elizabeth Connors, PhD, CoIIN Lead and Improvement Advisor
  • Brittany Parham, PhD, State Policy Analyst
  • Shawn Orenstein, MPH, Program Manager
  • Perrin Robinson, MS, Communications Manager
  • Taneisha Carter, BA, Research Assistant
  • Sylvia Huntley, DEd, Meeting Manager
  • Christina Huntley, MS, 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 Promotion9(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

National Center for Safe & Supportive Learning Environments

Project Staff:

  • Sharon Hoover, PhD, Principal Investigator
  • Nancy Lever, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Brittany R. Parham PhD, 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.

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

Project Staff:

  • Sharon Hoover, PhD, Principal Investigator
  • Nancy Lever, PhD, Training Director
  • Larraine Bernstein, MS, Policy Analyst
  • Cindy Schaeffer, PhD, Senior Advisor
  • Joanna Prout, PhD, Clinical Research Supervisor
  • Sarah Edwards, DO, Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Melissa Ambrose, MSW, School Mental Health Clinician and A-CRA and Care Coordinator
  • Brittney Parham, PhD, School Mental Health Clinician
  • Ashley Woods, MSW, 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 Staff:

  • Sharon Hoover, PhD, Outreach and Education Co-Leader
  • Nancy Lever, PhD, Outreach and Education Co-Leader
  • Larraine Bernstein, MS, Outreach and Training Project Manager
  • Brittney Parham, PhD, Outreach and Education Mental Health Clinician Consultant
  • Grace Johnson, BA, Research Assistant

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 Kognito Training

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.

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

Project Staff:

  • Sharon Hoover, PhD, Principal Investigator
  • Nancy Lever, PhD, Training Director
  • Larraine Bernstein, PhD, Outreach and Training Project Manager
  • Sarah Edwards, DO, Child Psychiatrist Consultant
  • Natasha Link, MA, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Grace Johnson, BA, Research Assistant

Funding Source:

Maryland Department of Health, Behavioral Health Administration

Project Partners:

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthMaryland 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

Student Assistance Program

Program Staff

  • Sharon Hoover, PhD, Principal Investigator
  • Nancy Lever, PhD, Director of Training
  • Melissa Ambrose, MSW, Project Manager and Trainer
  • Jennifer Cox, MSW, Trainer
  • Kelly Willis, MSW, Trainer
  • Shawn Orenstein, MPH, Project Coordinator
  • Grace Johnson, BA, Research Assistant

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.

 

Youth Care Coordination Professional Development (YCC)

Project Staff: 

  • Nancy Lever, PhD, Principal Investigator
  • Cindy Schaeffer, PhD, Co-Investigator
  • Sharon Hoover, PhD, Faculty Consultant and 3C Lead  
  • Brittany Parham, PhD, Faculty Trainer
  • Melissa Ambrose, MSW, 3C Online Resource Liaison
  • Larraine Bernstein, MS, Resource and Materials Lead
  • Grace Johnson, BA, Research Assistant

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.