Youth M.O.V.E. National Announces New $33+ Million Federal Contract for Training and Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Behavioral Health in Partnership with 13 Universities & Organizations

Youth M.O.V.E. National announced today that it is part of a new contract awarded to the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch to serve as the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health, operated by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network).  The TA Network, a partnership of 14 universities and organizations across the country, will provide training and technical assistance to all states, tribes, territories, and communities with Children’s Mental Health Initiative, System of Care Expansion Implementation, and System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements, as well as to states, tribes, territories and communities without grant awards.

The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work serves as the coordinating entity and centralized contact for The TA Network.  In addition to Youth M.O.V.E. National and the University of Maryland, the TA Network includes 13 core partners: Case Western Reserve University, Center for Innovative Practices; The Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.; The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA); Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development Center; Human Service Collaborative;  Management & Training Innovations; The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA); Tufts Medical Center; Policy Research Associates,  National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ); Portland State University; the University of South Florida, College of Community and Behavioral Science, Department of Child and Family Studies, in partnership with The Center for Community Learning and Selena Webster-Bass; and the University of Washington.

In addition to its core partners, the TA Network includes a rich, diverse group of advisors, consultants and other resource organizations.  The TA Network has extensive expertise in cultural and linguistic competence; family and youth engagement and leadership; Tribal systems of care support; policy, system design, and financing; clinical best practices, Wraparound, and workforce development; and, early intervention and behavioral health integration.

This five-year contract for more than $33 million represents a significant investment by SAMHSA in technical assistance for children and youth who have serious emotional disorders and their families. “The opportunity to further strengthen and support the growing youth MOVEment comes at an ideal time, as communities and states are acknowledging the importance and value of including youth voice in positive systems change work. We are excited to support our chapter network, System of Care communities and the behavioral health field at large in pushing forward the building of supports and services that best meet the needs of our youth and young adults,” says Johanna Bergan, Executive Director of Youth M.O.V.E. National.

“The TA Network includes the foremost leaders and designers of children’s systems with years of experience developing, guiding and implementing reforms in the very states that our nation looks to as effective models.  We know that jurisdictions across the country are seeking top tier policy, financing, and system design support to ensure they can capitalize on the opportunities being made to them through the Affordable Care Act, Title IV-E Waivers, and other government reform initiatives.  We also know that, to keep relevant, technical assistance providers must have hands-on knowledge and experience to support states struggling with design and implementation efforts necessary to improve outcomes for children, youth and families; we have created a model for training and technical assistance that embraces this,” reflects Michelle Zabel, Director of the TA Network.

Youth M.O.V.E. National is a national, youth driven organization devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems. In line with our mission, “Motivating Others through Voices of Experience”, we have united to utilize our experiences and skillsets to affect positive change through youth advocacy, youth leadership development, youth engagement in change management and implementation, providing training, technical assistance and consultation, youth-adult partnership and leadership trainings and facilitations, youth and youth track conference planning and delivery, distance and peer learning around youth engagement, and chapter development.  Youth M.O.V.E. National’s chapter network consists of 80+ chapters across 37 states, 3 tribes and the District of Columbia, allowing a cross-system, cross-cultural, and varied geographical representation of youth voice and experience.

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