Building a Stronger Mental Health Workforce in NY State
Dissemination & Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices
For nearly two decades, IDEAS researchers have partnered with New York State's Office of Mental Health (OMH) to study the rollouts of various quality improvement initiatives and trainings offered through two OMH-supported technical assistance and training centers: the Evidence Based Treatment Dissemination Center and the Community Technical Assistance Center. Our researchers have studied both the overall uptake or 'adoption' of these new trainings, as well as delivered specific evidence-based trainings or clinical decision support sytsems , like Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP), to NYS' OMH-licensed providers.
Developing & Strengthening a Family Peer Advocate Workforce
Since 2003, we have collaborated with youth and their families, state policymakers, and providers to develop a state-wide Family Peer Advocate (FPA) workforce in New York State. FPA's have ‘lived-experience’ as the parent (biological, foster, adoptive) or primary caregiver of a child/youth with a social, emotional, behavioral, mental health, or developmental disability). They receive training to develop skills and strategies to empower and support other families, foster an effective parent-professional partnership, and promote the practice of family-driven and youth-guided approaches. We continue to test models to train FPAs, including online training, to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of training and deploying Family Peer Advocates statewide.