SSW Achieves Leadership Roles in National Centers to Improve Child Well-Being
The University of Maryland School
of Social Work (SSW) has obtained federal funding to establish what becomes the nation's first center for evidence-based practice in child welfare and to
continue leadership in the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute
(NCWWI), the School has announced.
The School's Ruth H. Young
Center for Families and Children (RYC) has been awarded a five-year, $5
million cooperative agreement from the Administration of Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Children's Bureau to establish the National Center on Evidence-Based
Practice in Child Welfare, which is the first such center to be
The center, which launched operations on Sept. 30, aims to build the
capacity of child welfare services staff, clinical mental health
service providers, and child welfare and mental health agency
leadership. The intent is to better identify and assess the effects of
trauma and maltreatment on children and youth and to apply
evidence-based treatments and services to enhance children's well-being.
Rozeff, MSSW, above, director of the RYC's Child Welfare Academy, serves as the new center's director and principal investigator; SSW
P. Barth, PhD, MSW, is co-PI.
The HHS also recently awarded $800,000 in funding from the Children's
Bureau to clinical professor Nancy
Dickinson, PhD, MSSW, to direct continuation of the NCWWI.
In the photo below, Rozeff is seated in the front row with, left to
right, Geetha Gopalan, PhD,
fidelity researcher; Kantahyanee
Murray, PhD, MA,, evaluation director; and Randi Walters, PhD,
Children's Bureau federal project officer. In the back row, left to
right, are Angela Jachelski, MSW,
curriculum specialist; Barth; Dickinson; Jill Carter, MS, senior
instructional technology specialist; and Emily Lee, MSW, division manager.
The National Center staff brings extensive, dynamic expertise in the
design, development, and implementation of training systems and in the
implementation and evaluation of child welfare and evidence-based
services. Additional key staff not pictured include Christine Arena, MSW Jennifer Mettrick, MHS, MS; and Susan Loysen, MSW, serving as
implementation leads with selected jurisdictions.
The SSW is partnering with colleagues from the University of
Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavorial Sciences and the
University of Colorado School of Medicine Kempe Center-in the design
and implementation of the National Center activities.
"I am delighted to have the School of Social Work recognized for its
expertise in child welfare and evidence-based practice and to be the
recipient of this historic award," said Barth. "I am optimistic that
under the direction of Leslie Rozeff, who has been a leader in child
welfare training for numerous years, we will create benefit that will
endure well beyond the five years of this award and encourage the HHS
to renew this cooperative agreement."
Barth noted that Rozeff has worked intensively with states implementing
systemic reforms and practice improvements utilizing implementation
science through her work with the Atlantic Coast Child Welfare
Implementation Center (ACCWIC), which is also based at the School's RYC.
"We are very excited about this opportunity to jointly work with child
welfare and children's behavioral health systems to provide
professional development and implementation support that will result in
the adoption of evidence-based practices," said Rozeff. "Our goal is to
create sustainable local capacity across the workforce that will
ultimately enhance child and family well-being."
In regard to the continuing work of the NCWWI, the subcontract to
UM SSW is for Dickinson's continued project direction -- she served as
project director of NCWWI during an earlier five years of funding.
Altogether six universities will implement activities that focus on
workforce development of public, private, and tribal child welfare
organizations and their leadership development.
Participants in addition to the lead organization, which is the School
of Social Welfare at the University of Albany, are the University of
Southern Maine, Michigan State University, Portland State University,
and the University of Denver.
The Ruth H. Young Center for Families and Children, named in honor of
the retired dean of the School, Ruth H. Young (1944-2009), was
established in 2006 to house a growing portfolio of efforts to promote
the safety, permanence, stability, and well-being of children, youth,
Among others, these programs include the ACCWIC; the
nationally replicated Family Connections and Grandparent Family
Connections; the Child Welfare Academy, which provides training,
technical assistance, and professional development to state's child
welfare professionals and resource parents; and the Education for
Public Child Welfare Program, otherwise known as the Title IV-E
Program. The latter provides direct mentored experience for Master's in
Social Work students preparing for employment in public child welfare
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