Behavioral Health

BH TIG Week: Branding of evidence-based practices: What’s in a name? by Curt Mearns

Greetings, I’m Curt Mearns, a long-time evaluator who started my own community-based program evaluation organization a few years ago in a historically impoverished community.  This week’s topic of evidence-based programs and practices (EBPs) led me to consider the challenges I have seen over the years related to branding and implementation of EBPs.   Lesson Learned: …

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BH TIG Week: Learning from Learning Collaboratives: Part II Sustainability by Amy Herschell

Hello! I am Amy Herschell, PhD, Senior Director of Research Strategy and Outcomes Management for Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, UPMC Insurance Services (Community Care). In Part I of this series submitted by Shari Hutchison, MS, PMP, we talked about supporting implementation of best practice through the Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series Learning Collaborative Model. …

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BH TIG Week: Learning from Learning Collaboratives: Part I Implementation by Shari Hutchison

Hello! I am Shari Hutchison, MS, PMP, Project Director at Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, UPMC Insurance Services (Community Care). Many organizations struggle to maintain evidence-based and best practices after training because the skills learned during training are not reinforced, there is staff turnover, or trainees go back to old ways that are more familiar. At …

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BH TIG Week: When Promising and Best Practices are All We Have: Child Abuse Prevention in Schools by Marian Bussey

Hello, I’m Marian Bussey, LCSW, PhD., Associate Professor Emerita in the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver, and a mostly-retired evaluator for a small foundation that supports school-based child sexual abuse prevention. Technically, my title is Academic Consultant, and each of the three agencies we’ve funded over the past several years does its …

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BH TIG Week: Some Reflections on Requirements for the Use of Evidence-based Practices by David Shern

Greetings. I’m David Shern, the Senior Public Health Advisor for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors and Chair of the science committee for the Campaign for Trauma Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP). Last year, CTIPP tracked the inclusion of trauma informed practices in the opioid bill passed by Congress that included reference …

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BH TIG Week: To Publish or Not to Publish… by Elizabeth Oyer

My name is Dr. Elizabeth Oyer, and I am Vice President of Applied Research and Evaluation at Choices Coordinated Care Solutions. I am also the Program Chair for AEA’s Behavior Health Topical Interest Group, the sponsor of this week’s AEA 365 blog postings. Our focus this week is on evidence-based programs or practices (EBPs), advantages …

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BH TIG Week: Lessons Learned from Evaluating a 5-year Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Program: Integration of Behavioral Health Services in Medical Settings by Sindy Bolaños-Sacoman

Hi! I’m Sindy Bolaños-Sacoman, Evaluator and President of SBS Consulting in the State of New Mexico. As a contractor with the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, we just completed a five-year evaluation on a SAMHSA funded SBIRT project. We collaborated with several primary care, urgent care, tribal …

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BH TIG Week: Maximizing the Value of GPRA Data for Day-to-Day Decision Making by Jennifer Battis

Hello! My name is Jennifer Battis and I am a Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator (TTAC) at the Center for Social Innovation in Needham, MA. As a TTAC, I have been providing trainings on how to use and make the most of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Performance Accountability and Reporting …

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BH TIG Week: Lesson Learned: Simplify Paperwork by Terrence Tutchings

Hi everyone, Terry here again, owner of Terrence R. Tutchings, Ph.D. & Associates, a consulting company in which we provide training and support of evidence-based processes, services and data for management and accountability related to substance abuse intervention and treatment, HIV interventions, and public health campaigns and inter-group relations. In my blog yesterday, I discussed …

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BH TIG Week: Hot Tip: Don’t Stop “Doing GPRA” by Terrence Tutchings

Hi, I’m Terrence (Terry) Tutchings, owner of Terrence R. Tutchings, Ph.D. & Associates, a consulting company that provides training and support of evidence-based processes, services and data for management and accountability related to substance abuse intervention and treatment, HIV interventions, and public health campaigns and inter-group relations. In this blog, I emphasize that it is …

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