Our team is engaged in providing workforce development, technical assistance and training, research and evaluation and consultation for the state of Georgia’s behavioral health workforce.
The Center of Excellence research and evaluation team engages in developmental, formative and outcomes evaluation for a broad array of local, state, and federally funded programs and agencies. The Center of Excellence relies on a three-pronged approach integrating research, policy, and practice to help our partners navigate complex environments. Our mixed-methods evaluation design is rooted in sound analytics and collaborative research methods that are tailored to the needs of our partners to support program implementation and management, to facilitate continuous quality improvement, and to demonstrate program outcomes.
The Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health relies on a three-pronged approach integrating research, policy, and practice. The Center of Excellence policy and finance team supports this approach by providing consultative policy research and analysis, collaborative workgroup facilitation, and thought partnership to local, state, and national partners working to support the development and implementation of a System of Care framework for children’s behavioral health. Examples of policy and finance work include: behavioral health systems mapping and policy modeling; reporting on innovative opportunities for cross-agency behavioral health financing and service coordination; research, analysis, and mapping of behavioral health services, utilization, and access to services; policy compliance reviews; state behavioral health collaborative facilitation; and facilitating the drafting and implementation of a System of Care state plan.
The Center of Excellence provides training, technical assistance, and programmatic implementation for local and state partners.
The workforce development team’s current work to build capacity within the behavioral health workforce includes providing training in High Fidelity Wraparound,Trauma-Informed Systems, Cultural and Linguistic Competency, and Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for adults with serious emotional disturbances.
The youth featured in these PSAs share their struggles and offer a message of hope to others who may be in need. Research shows that, “peer support plays an important role in the treatment of mental and substance use disorders and holds a potential for helping those at risk for suicide.
A collaborative clinical, educational, and administrative partnership between the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center of the University of Pennsylvania, the Center of Excellence and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to disseminate the recovery-oriented cognitive therapy model.
Dr. Aaron T. Beck visited Georgia State University in May, 2017 to speak on Active Innovation in Mental Illness and Cognitive-Oriented Recovery Therapy. Dr. Beck’s speech is available to stream online for free at the link below.