PA System of Care Grants - SAMHSA

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  PA System of Care Partnership Cooperative Agreement

Funding Period:  October 1, 2009 – September 30, 2016

The population of Focus:  Youth ages 8-18 that have serious mental health needs and are involved in child welfare or juvenile justice, especially those that are in or at risk of residential placement, and their families. Grant target is fifteen PA counties.

Overview:  Building on the OMHSAS, Community Care,  and University of Pittsburgh’s Youth and Family Training Institute’s (YFTI) child and family team process of High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW), the PA System of Care Partnership was envisioned to transform the current categorical and fragmented service delivery approach, found within the mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and other child-serving systems,  into a comprehensive family driven, youth guided, culturally and linguistically competent community-oriented delivery system.

Major Accomplishments:  Formation of the State Leadership and Management Team (SLMT); equal youth, family and system partner representation on the SLMT;  creation of eight SOC standards; recruitment and selection of fourteen pilot counties; partnership with PA Families, Inc. to develop the family voice; beginning development of the youth voice; standardization of the HFW training, coaching and credentialing process through YFTI; implementation of the evaluation and continuous quality improvement processes; outcomes data showing improvements across all child-serving systems.

 Expansion Planning Grant

Funding Period:  October 2011 - September 2012

The population of Focus: Youth ages 8-18 that have behavioral health problems, are involved in multiple systems and are in, or at risk for high-cost services and/or out of home placement, and their families.

Overview:  The PA System of Care Partnership engaged in a comprehensive planning process that determined how to establish systems of care in all areas of the Commonwealth. Regional Planning Groups, with the membership that paralleled the SLMT, were established to work on the system of care plans for their region.  These regional plans were then consolidated into a strategic plan for the Commonwealth and specified systems changes (regulation, policy, structures) that needed to occur to have the child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, and education systems operate as one for youth that has multi-system involvement, and their families. 

Major Accomplishments:  Development of a statewide strategic plan and social marketing plan.

Expansion and Implementation Cooperative Agreement

Funding Period: July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2017

The population of Focus:  Youth ages 8-18 that have behavioral health problems, are involved in multiple systems and are in, or at risk for high-cost services and/or out of home placement, and their families.

Overview:  The SOC Expansion Implementation Cooperative Agreement was designed to enable PA to build on the 2009 Cooperative Agreement (see above) by implementing the eight standards, and implement the strategic plan developed through the 2011 Expansion Planning Grant (see above) across all PA counties. A significant goal of the Expansion grant was to create the infrastructure needed to support youth and families. 

Major Accomplishments:  Seventeen counties have been funded and have received technical assistance through webinars; CLC haven established and implemented in pilot counties; the annual Learning Institute has continued to grow with almost 400 participants in FY16; YOUTH M.O.V.E. has been established as an organization for youth and young adults across the Commonwealth; the annual County Assessment survey provides a snapshot for all PA counties to determine the level of SOC implementation,  and the 2016 survey achieved an overall score of 8 (out of 10) indicating “substantial implementation” statewide.

 “Now is the Time” (NITT)-Healthy Transitions Cooperative Agreement called PA Healthy Transitions (PAHT)

Funding Period: October 1, 2014-September 30, 2019

Population of Focus:  For this grant, there are three distinct populations including 16-25-year-olds at risk of developing a serious mental health condition; 16-25-year-olds who have already been identified as experiencing a serious mental health condition; and the community at large (general public)

Overview: 

 The purpose of the PAHT Partnership is to develop a coordinated and comprehensive approach to the provision of services and supports to address serious mental health conditions, co-occurring disorders, and risks for developing serious mental health conditions among youth 16-25 years old.  Berks, Bucks and Washington counties have been identified as PA’s three local learning laboratories and will serve as models for the other counties throughout the Commonwealth.  This project is also expected to coordinate efforts with the State Mental Health Authority on the new 5% (now 10%) Mental Health Block Grant set-aside funds for the treatment of early serious mental illness (now called First-Episode Psychosis, FEP). 

Major Accomplishment to Date:  All three counties are operational in serving transition age youth; data is being collected and is on schedule for achieving the stated enrollment goals; in July 2016, the second annual site visit will bring together the state level grant employees, the participating counties, and experts in FEP for a two-day retreat facilitated by SAMHA TA experts. 

 PROJECT LAUNCHLinking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health 

Funding Period: October 1, 2014-September 30, 2019

Population of Focus:  Children ages birth-8, their families, and pregnant women

Overview:  The vision of PA Project Launch is for all children (ages 0-8), their families, and pregnant women to flourish through the benefits of a comprehensive, seamless system of promising and evidence-based approaches that promote physical, behavioral, and emotional well-being, thus enhancing school and life success.  This is a partnership between OMHSAS, the Department of Health, and the Office of Child Development and Early Learning with Allegheny County Department of Human Services.  The PA Project LAUNCH pilot communities in Allegheny County are Baldwin-Whitehall, Pittsburgh and Woodland Hills School Districts. 

Major Accomplishments to Date:  The biggest accomplishment to date is the multi-disciplinary and far-reaching membership of the State and Local Young Child Wellness Councils (YCWC) which includes family representation between eighteen and thirty-four percent of the entire membership.  The cross-sector nature of our YCWC membership supports our work around five core strategies which include Screening/Assessment, Physical Health-Behavioral Health Integration, Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation, Enhanced Home Visitation, and Family Strengthening.  Many activities and collaborations are occurring at the local level that will serve as a blueprint for other communities across the Commonwealth who desire a coordinated and comprehensive system that supports young children and their families.

 Pennsylvania Safe Schools/ Healthy Students Partnership

Funding Period: October 1, 2013-September 30, 2017

The population of Focus: Children in early childhood centers, school districts, their families and the community at large, ages 3-21.   

Overview: The Pennsylvania Safe Schools/Healthy Students Partnership aims to create safe and supportive schools and communities in 3 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and their partner Systems of Care counties (Carbon-Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21/Lehigh County, Northeastern School District/York County, PENNCREST School District/Crawford County), and ultimately throughout Pennsylvania. Our vision is to create a system whereby state and local system partners, education facilities and family and youth partners merge existing frameworks of Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) and Systems of Care (SOC) into one integrated continuum of care. The goal is to establish interconnected systems of support that provide the most effective and efficient prevention, early intervention, and intervention options to promote wellness and positive mental health.

Major Accomplishments to Date:  The biggest accomplishment to date has been the cross-systems collaboration, at the local levels, with our counties and schools.  The shared work that is taking place in our implementation sites has advanced significantly, resulting in local selection and implementation of tiered preventive and intervening evidence-based programs and promising practices that were not a reality in those locales just 3 years ago.  The outcomes of shared identification and installation of such programs and practices have shown an increase in the mental wellness of youth and family members. 

 Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention Grant- Suicide Prevention in PA Schools and Colleges

Funding Period: October 1, 2014-September 29, 2019

Population of Focus: Children, Adolescents and young adults ages 10-25, and their families

Overview:  In partnership with Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, and the STAR Center, this grant focuses on implementing suicide prevention (awareness and training) and early intervention (screening and treatment) strategies for youth ages 10-25 across Pennsylvania and is utilizing the existing Student Assistance Program (SAP) infrastructure to increase early detection of youth that may be at risk for suicide.

Major Accomplishments to Date:  Provided over 75 in-person trainings to more than 3500 educators and 1000 mental health professionals on topics like suicide prevention, risk assessment, safety planning and family engagement; developed online modules and trained over 1000 educators;  implemented the Behavioral Health Screen and screened over 2500 youth; and created the Higher Education Suicide Prevention Coalition with over 50% of colleges across the Commonwealth and hosted the first annual conference in March 2016.