SAMHSA Selects SSW Institute to Lead National Technical Assistance Network
The University of Maryland School of
Social Work (SSW) has announced that the School's Institute for Innovation and Implementation has been awarded a five-year contract totaling $17
million by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services. Through this new SAMHSA award, The Institute serves as the
lead and coordinating entity for the Technical Assistance Network for
Children's Behavioral Health (TA Network), a partnership with three
other universities and seven organizations.
The TA Network provides technical assistance to the Child, Adolescent
and Family Branch (CAFB) of SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services and to grantees of the Children's
Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) across the nation to support states and
communities to expand and sustain their systems of care for children,
youth, and young adults and their families.
Michelle Zabel, MSS,
who is shown in the photo above, is director of The Institute, a clinical instructor at SSW, and the
principal investigator for the contract and director of the TA Network. Marlene Matarese, PhD '13, MSW,
director of The Institute's training and technical assistance; and Denise Sulzbach, JD, director of
The Institute's policy and strategic development, are the co-deputy
directors of the TA Network.
"We are thrilled to host the TA Network," says SSW Dean Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW.
have excellent leadership in the person of Michelle Zabel, a terrific
team of colleagues at the University of Maryland School of Social Work,
and a superb, mature network already providing national leadership in
critical areas of children's behavioral health services. I look
forward to watching the impact of these longstanding collaborations
multiply with this significant investment by SAMHSA."
Members of the faculty and staff of The Institute gathered for the group photo, below, during the Maryland Systems of Care Training Institutes held last June in Baltimore.
The TA Network's university-based partners, listed in alphabetical
order, are Portland State University; the University of South Florida;
and the University of Washington. Other partners, also in alphabetical
order, include Accountability Solutions,LLC; Center for Community
Learning; Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS); Family-Run
Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA); Human Service Collaborative; National Federation of Families for Children's Mental
Health; and Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others Through Voices of
"We recognized and value the wealth of national, regional, state, and
local capacity that has evolved within and across systems of care over
the past 25 years, and are excited to launch the TA Network in full
partnership with SAMHSA, the CMHI grantees, families, youth, and
our many partners," says Zabel. "We are committed to delivering
field-driven, data-informed, and culturally responsive technical
assistance. Our approach will incorporate flexibility and strive to
deliver expertise tailored to the specific needs of states and
communities within a rapidly changing and increasingly sophisticated
climate driven by health reform, technological advances, and other major
shifts affecting children, youth, and families."
Established in 2005, when it was known as the Innovations Institute, The Institute has served since the outset as a Center of Excellence on
Systems of Care for the Maryland Children's Cabinet, which is a
subcabinet of the Governor's Executive Council and is intended to
improve the structure and organization of state services for children,
youth, and families.
The Institute is an
intermediate purveyor of evidence-based practices and provides Wraparound
and systems-design training and coaching in Maryland and nationally.
The Institute works across public child- and family-serving systems, in
partnership with families and youth, to improve access to high quality,
effective, and culturally responsive home- and community-based
Located in a historic building at 306 W. Redwood
St., The Institute includes faculty and staff from numerous disciplines, including
psychology, criminology, law, and social work. Among its staff members
are several master's and doctoral students of the SSW, including Mark Lardner, MSW '05; Kyla Liggett-Creel, MSW '00; Sarah Nadiv, MA; Mathew Uretsky, MSW, MPH; and Meredith Waudby, MSW '10.
SSW alumni on its faculty and staff are Lardner,
Liggett-Creel, Matarese, Waudby, Ari Blum, MSW '96; Emily Bradshaw, MSW '06; Emily Goldman, MSW '03; Therese Hackford, MSW '12; Deborah Harburger, MSW '04; Rebecca (Bertell) Lieman, MSW '12; Jennifer Lowther, MSW '99; Neil Mallon, MSW '06; Lisa McGarrie, MSW '10; Ryan Shannahan, MSW
'11; and Melissa Watson-Clark,
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