Workshop Sessions I - Session A1: Partnering for Permanency: One Agency’s Journey towards a Focus on Permanency

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

Evette Jackson, Senior Associate, Annie E. Casey Foundation (MD)
Donna Manzi, RN, Former Walker Parent, Member of Walker’s Professional Advisory Council (PAC) on Permanency (MA);
Eugene Takahashi, PHD, MBA, LICSW, Chief Operating Officer, Walker, Inc. (MA);
The Honorable Amy L. Nechtem, JD, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Juvenile Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Trial Courts (MA);
Patricia Cedrone, MBA, LMHC, Senior Director for Behavioral Health and Community Programs, Walker, Inc. (MA); and
Linda Spears, MSW, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (MA)
Family and Youth Representatives:
Family member and child who have received Walker Permanency Services (via video presentation)

Founded in 1961 in Needham, Massachusetts, Walker has long been known for providing high‑quality special education, residential, and clinical services that fully support the development of children, youth, and families. In recent years, Walker advanced its treatment philosophy and approach by prioritizing permanency as a fundamental goal of its practice model – the Walker Permanency Practice Model (WPPM). Through WPPM, Walker staff are equipped to view and respond to youths’ needs through the lens of permanency: maintaining youth at home with family, helping youth and families reunite, and/or finding youth a new permanent home. In addition, Walker has 1) a dedicated team of professionals that offer specialized training in evidence-informed permanency practices to others in the field; 2) developed and implemented protocols with the MA Department of Children and Families and a foster care/adoption provider to expedite permanency for youth in care; and 3) established a multidisciplinary, cross-sector Professional Advisory Council (PAC) that seeks to identify and reduce barriers to permanency for youth in care. In this session, attendees will learn more about these activities from senior level Walker staff and PAC members, including a parent representative, and create a plan for implementing similar activities at their respective agencies. 

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