Intensive TA

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Intensive, On-Site Technical Assistance (TA)

Improve mental health services with us

Engage in deep on-the-ground technical assistance with a National Center team of subject matter experts to facilitate cross-systems collaboration including relationship building between CW and MH systems, guidance on team member composition of system change effort, and creation of tailored technical assistance plan mapping effective strategies using proven TA methods. The TA will also include training and support as determined by each STT. TA will be divided into four phases and will occur over a 12-18 month duration.

The National Center Technical Assistance provides:
  • Tailored and responsive to the site, the local community, and their strengths

  • Focused on developing a unique and custom Implementation Plan

  • Multi-level engagement in TA

  • Robust evaluation of plan implementation and outcomes

  • Strategically selected TA team with diverse expertise to support site needs


The work will be led by Site Implementation Teams:
  • Steering Team

    • Composed of State/Tribe/territory leadership across multiple systems as appropriate (e.g., child welfare, behavioral health, juvenile justice, school systems, etc.)

    • Meets monthly to guide implementation planning and execution

  • Service Provider Leadership

  • Direct Service Providers

  • Community and Family Liaisons


Intensive Technical Assistance Process Overview

Five Key Outcomes for Technical Assistance

Increased Collaboration
Increased Collaboration

Building bridges and alliances between CW and MH systems.

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Increased Use of Training
Increased Use of Training

Use of existing state-of-the-art adoption competent training for MH practitioners.

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Improved Access to Services
Improved Access to Services

Accessibility and delivery of adoption competent MH services to youth with lived experience.

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Sustained collaboration, use of training, and expanded access to adoption competent MH services to youth and families with lived child welfare experience.

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Enhanced Youth Outcomes
Enhanced Youth Outcomes

Improved well-being, stability, permanency, and behavioral health of youth.

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Supporting Sustainability

Sustainability must be a focus from the beginning

  • How will adoption competence be embedded into the state system?
  • How will training of mental health providers be maintained?
  • How will the SST ensure that ongoing adoption competency training is available and accessible?


Development of sustainability strategies

  • Collaboration structures
  • Data collection, cross system data sharing, and utilization of data outcomes
  • Funding


Showcase of progress of cross-system collaborations

  • Celebrate successes
  • Plan for how to replicate what has worked