Workshop Sessions I - Session E1: Tracking Residential Long-term Outcomes - Findings from the First Phase of the Building Bridges Initiative Pilot Project

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

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)
Family Representative:
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.

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