The University of North Carolina School of Social Work has launched a CTI project that will provide services to over 200 persons with severe mental illness in Orange and Chatham counties. Led by faculty members Barbara B. Smith and Gary Cuddeback, the three-year project is also intended to promote the statewide adoption of the model. The project is funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. Further details here.
A meeting was held in Cordoba, Argentina, on November 26-27, 2012 of the leadership group of RedeAmericas, one of five NIMH-funded hubs for international mental health services research. Each hub serves as a center for multidisciplinary activities across a specific region. RedeAmericas research focuses on the mental health treatment gap in six Latin American cities – Rio de Janeiro, Medellin, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Neuquén and Cordoba. The Cordoba meeting brought together more than 40 people from all six sites. Discussions focused on planning for a multi-site randomized trial of Critical Time Intervention-Task Shifting (CTI-TS), an adaptation of CTI that engages qualified workers and peer-mentors to assume community oriented tasks from health and mental health units, and to provide these services in the community. The planning meeting preceded the 2012 Latin American Public Health Conference at which RedeAmericas investigators played a key role, including a presentation by Dr. Ruben Alvarado of the University of Chile in Santiago about CTI-TS.
There will be an opportunity for providers who are interested in CTI to meet at the National Alliance to End Homelessness conference in Washington DC on Tuesday, July 17 at 4:30PM. The session will be an informal one, intended to foster collaboration among providers and answer questions related to the model and its implementation. The session is open to all and will be facilitated by Judith Samuels and Dan Herman. Location TBA.
Our colleagues at the Center for Social Innovation will be offering a free webinar on July 12 from noon to 1PM eastern time that will describe the key elements in delivering CTI to high-risk families and introduce a web-based family CTI course that will be offered this coming fall. More information and registration details are available here.
A newly-published study by Fang-Pei Chen of the Columbia University School of Social Work explores the ways in which service setting characteristics influence the implementation and practice of CTI. Results show service structure (e.g., the platform for relationship building, staff to manage housing applications, and organizational policy on substance abuse) and agency services (e.g., existing resources and modalities) influenced practitioners’ operationalization of shared CTI goals and fundamental practice strategies. Findings inform CTI fidelity elements and the assessment of service settings for CTI implementation. The study highlights the crucial role of practitioners in the implementation of evidence based practices and the importance of seeking practitioners’ feedback on their experiences with EBPs for enhancing their effective implementation.
The highly regarded Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy has announced that CTI meets the Congressional Top Tier evidence standard as an effective social program. This standard, identified in recent legislative language, is “well-designed randomized controlled trials [showing] sizeable, sustained effects on important…outcomes.” The Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works closely with key Executive Branch and Congressional officials to help promote dissemination of the most promising social interventions.
The Center for Social Innovation, Inc., has announced that the next offering of its intensive, instructor-led online course will run between February 6 and March 26th, 2012. Bringing together national CTI experts, a team-based learning approach, and engaging multi-media technology, the course provides agencies with the tools needed to implement CTI in their organization. Download details and contact information here.
SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services has awarded five-year grants to providers in three states to implement CTI as part of its 2010 Mental Health Systems Transformation grant program. Awardees are the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare; the County of Lake, Illinois; and the City of St. Louis (MO) Mental Health Board.
The Center for Social Innovation, in partnership with Center for Urban Community Services and researchers at Columbia University, has received additional funding from NIMH to further develop and test a web-based CTI training and implementation support model for social workers and other staff working with homeless persons. This follows a successful pilot effort carried out last year. Bringing together experts in CTI training and dissemination, adult and team-based learning theories and multi-media technology, this second phase of the project will complete development of the web-based training product and then evaluate it by comparing its effectiveness with a traditional face-to-face approach.