Workshop Sessions I - Session E1: Tracking Residential Long-term Outcomes - Findings from the First Phase of the Building Bridges Initiative Pilot Project
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, PhD, President and CEO of The Children’s Village, and President of Harlem Dowling, (NY)
Robert E. Lieberman, MA, LPC, President, Lieberman Group: Former CEO, Kairos
Dana Weiner. PhD, Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago (IL);
Gary Blau, PhD, Chief, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (MD);
Jocelyn Sisson, Assistant Director of Research, Youth Villages (TN)
Nancy Craig, Family Peer Advocate, Director of Statewide Training Initiatives & Parent Advisor Liaison Families Together in NY, Empowering Families & Coordinating Systems
Large-scale attempts to evaluate the impact of congregate care interventions have been compromised by the absence of longitudinal designs or assessment strategies that can evaluate long-term effectiveness of residential interventions. As a first step toward this larger goal, the Building Bridges Initiative’s (BBI) Outcomes Workgroup conducted a pilot study to determine the feasibility of measuring post-discharge follow-up outcomes for youth and families served by residential interventions. This session will present the background, methodology, and findings of this multi-year effort, including the development of a survey instrument and considerations for implementation. The results of the first phase of the BBI Pilot Project, “The Feasibility Trial: Post Discharge Outcome Assessment,” also answered the question, Can Residential Providers Collect Post Discharge Outcome Data? The answer was a resounding ‘yes,’ which has significant implications for the field. The session will also highlight the perspective of a family member regarding the importance of evaluating long-term outcomes of residential interventions, as well as the success of a residential provider, The Children’s Village (NY), in identifying critical long-term outcome measures and using these outcome measures to inform practice improvement over a number of years. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn from both the family advocate of Children’s Village, and engage in discussion about how residential leaders can incorporate long-term outcome data into practice, and how to use data to improve outcomes for youth and families.