Opening Plenary Session: Short-term Residential Practice Models for Engaging & Supporting Families with Complex Challenges in their Homes and Communities

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 9:15am to 10:30am

Gary Blau, PhD, Chief, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (MD)
Janice LeBel, PhD, ABPP, Director of System Transformation, Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, Department of Mental Health (MA);
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, PhD, President and CEO of The Children’s Village,
and the President of Harlem Dowling (NY); and
Family Representative:
Maria Centeno, Parent Advocate, The Children’s Village (NY)
Youth Representative:
Isabelle Cole, Cohannet Academy (MA)

Successfully engaging and offering appropriate and targeted treatment and supports for families, and shorter lengths of residential stay, are correlated to sustained positive outcomes post discharge from residential. This plenary will highlight Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) findings from studying the work of 20 residential providers across the country who transformed to using residential as a measurable intervention with a primary focus on engaging families, and realizing significantly shorter lengths of stay (i.e. most often between 30 days and six months). BBI found that nearly every program leader of the 20 providers had essentially engaged in change strategies in the same seven areas, (e.g., Effective Leadership; Family and Youth Engagement and Inclusion; Workforce Development; Best Practice Strategies and Tools; Using Data to Inform Practice; Quality Improvement; and Fiscal Strategies). Highlights of the most critical strategies in each of the common areas to achieve shorter lengths of stay and sustained positive outcomes post-discharge will be shared, with emphasis on strategies used to engage and support families with complex challenges.

The Children’s Village, New York, has an unwavering commitment to raising children with families and in communities. The organization has utilized evidence-informed and evidence-based practices to support their goal of ensuring that children do not languish in residential or age out alone. The session will focus on specific strategies used by Children’s Village. Examples will include a candid discussion of what motivates their organizational approaches, their practices used to engage and support families, and their use of outcome data to inform practice improvement. 

A family member and youth's perspective will provide insights into successfully engaging families and youth.

Grand Ballroom