NH Children's Behavioral Health Workforce Development Network

NH Children's Behavioral Health Workforce Development NetworkThis project involves the development and delivery of cross-disciplinary professional development to a diverse group of providers in order to improve the services, supports, and system for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The Institute on Disability is working with the NH Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative, the NH System of Care implementation project, Fast Forward, and the NH Department of Health and Human Services to facilitate a coordinated training network that will (1) expand the array of services and supports available to children/youth with SED and their families, (2) promote research-based interventions, and, (3) improve the core competencies of the children’s behavioral health workforce.

The professional development system will be based on the NH Children’s Behavioral Health Core Competencies, embedded in two-year, four-year, and graduate degree programs, certificate programs, through job-embedded training and on-site coaching supports, web-based and distance-training programs, internships, and systems consultation.

A major activity of the project is to identify a wraparound practice and service delivery system for children youth and their families. Wraparound will first be a pilot trough the Fast Forward initiative, and eventually scaled up throughout NH”s child serving system.

Major Activities:

  • Select curriculum for and train Wraparound Facilitators
  • Provide ongoing coaching and mentoring of Wraparound Facilitators
  • Create a governance structure for the Training Network established to include family and youth leadership
  • Collect and analyze data annually on existing workforce capacity using the core competency self-assessment tool and prioritize capacity building
  • Provide training, TA and coaching to enhance the core competencies of the children’s behavioral health workforce
  • Review existing training curriculum for respite providers adapt or develop curriculum
  • Train cohort of respite providers
  • Prioritize one evidence-based or evidence-informed practice per year and conduct training and coaching to implement the practice
  • Embed core competencies in policies, contracting, reimbursement and regulation
  • Ensure that the core competencies are included in state contracts with children’s behavioral health providers
  • Ensure that the web-based portal and coordination function of the training network are sustained
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