New $33 Million Federal Contract for Training and Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Behavioral Health in Partnership with 13 Universities & Organizations

Center for Innovative Practices The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) (pictured left) announced that it has been selected to be a part of a new contract awarded to the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW) by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Center for Mental Health Services, and SAMHSA’s Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, all combining to serve as the National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Child, Youth and Family Mental Health, operated by the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network).

This five-year contract for more than $33 million represents a significant investment by SAMHSA in technical assistance for children and youth who have serious emotional disorders and their families.

“This partnership opportunity is a win-win,” says CIP director, Richard Shepler, Ph.D. “We have the opportunity to share our areas of expertise in youth with co-occurring disorders and developing Centers of Excellence, as well as learn from our colleagues in the network. It is an honor to be part of such a resource for our communities and country.”

The TA Network is a partnership of 14 universities and organizations across the country providing training and technical assistance to all states, tribes, territories, and communities with Children’s Mental Health Initiative, System of Care Expansion Implementation, and System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements, as well as to states, tribes, territories and communities without grant awards. The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work serves as the coordinating entity and centralized contact for The TA Network.

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