The work of the Begun Center and the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) was featured in two separate articles penned by Begun CIP research associates in the May 2013 issue of ‘Behavioral Health in Ohio Current Research Trends.’Behavioral-Health-In-Ohio-Current-Research-Trends-May-2013011

A Comparative Study of Treatment Programs for Youth Offenders with Co-Occurring  Disorders, co-authored by the CIP’s Richard Shepler along with David Newman, Helen Cleminshaw, Thomas Webb, Eric Baltrinic, features a study on Integrated Co-Occurring Treatment (ICT).

“This study will evaluate the effectiveness of the Integrated Co-Occurring Treatment  (ICT) model, a practice developed to meet the complex treatment needs of youth with COD. ICT is an integrated contextual treatment approach embedded in an intensive  home-based method of service delivery, which incorporates a comprehensive set of  mental health and substance use interventions into unified treatment plan for each  youth and his/her family. ICT clinicians utilize an integrated contextual assessment to determine the youth’s co-occurring diagnoses, contextual functioning, developmental skill deficits, trauma and safety concerns, and risk and recovery environments.

“Based on this assessment, integrated mental health and substance use interventions  are then matched to the youth’s and family’s most salient treatment needs. These  interventions include individual mental health and substance use therapy  interventions, psycho-education and skill-building interventions, family therapy,  crisis intervention, safety planning, service coordination, and resource and support building activities. All services are provided in the home, school, and
community where the youth lives and functions. ICT clinicians are on-call 24 hours a  day, five days a week, to the youth and families they serve with rotating weekend  on-call coverage among ICT team members. Caseloads are small, four to six families,  which allows for intensive provision of services of three to six hours per week over three to six months.”

The other article, entitled, “An Evaluation of the Behavioral Health/Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) Initiative”, co-authored by Begun research associates Jeff M. Kretschmar and Fredrick Butcher along with Begun Center Director, Daniel J. Flannery, PhD, provides an over of a Behavioral Health and Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) study.

“Youth involved in the juvenile justice system report significantly more mental health disorders than do youth in the general population…The intent of BHJJ [is] to transform the systems’ ability to identify, assess, evaluate, and treat multi-need, multi-system youth and their families and to identify effective program and policy practices. The main goals included: 1) meet the treatment and support needs of youth and their families; 2) improve intersystem communication, collaboration, and shared outcomes and to pursue funding, policy and program practices that support shared outcomes; 3) coordinate and expand funding for shared outcomes through reinvestment of current resources and through draw-down of federal matching funds; and 4) acquire research and evaluation based information on treatment and systems outcomes.”

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