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Comprehensive Psychiatric Services

DMA is pleased to announce that UMass Medical School Department of Psychiatry has won its bid to take over comprehensive psychiatric services for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health's Southeas Area's state operated services. DMA worked with the Department of Psychiatry to prepare its proposal.


Boston Substance Use Prevention Strategic Plan

DMA is pleased to be assisting the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Services in the City of Boston with a comprehensive substance use prevention strategic plan for children and youth in the City of Boston over the next six months.  With the opioid crisis and the passage of recent legislation to legalize marijuana, the need for engaging and consistent evidence-based prevention strategies has never been greater.


Measuring MH and SUD Need and Capacity in Massachusetts

DMA partnered with JEN Associates and EBD Consulting to prepare a statewide assessment of mental health and substance use disorder needs and service capacity for the State Health Planning Council. This work initiated the use of the All Payer Data Base to measure penetration for commercially insured Massachusetts residents, and compared it to penetration found among Medicare and Medicaid enrollees.


Building Consensus on Residential Measures

“Building Consensus on Residential Measures: Recommendations for Outcome and Performance Measures", a report commissioned by the National Building Bridges Initiative and released in March 2014. The report aims to promote consensus on outcome and performance measures for residential programs that serve youth and families.


CMHI National Evaluation

DMA Health Strategies is pleased to be partnering with Westat to work on SAMHSA’s “Evaluation of Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program”.


Caring Together IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project Evaluation

DMA is providing comprehensive evaluation research services for the next five years, with Westat, on the implementation of Caring Together, DCF’s Title IV-E Waiver for residential services. In partnership with DMH, DCF is creating post-discharge and intensive community based alternatives to reduce out-of-home placements and support family reintegration.


Careers of Substance Website

DMA was pleased to provide assistance in the development of the Careers of Substance website, providing career development, recruitment and networking resources for those who address substance use and addiction in their work.


DMA welcomes Chasity A. Armonstrong-Menard, MS CADC

Chasity A. Armonstrong-Menard, MS CADC, is assisting the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services as the Family Recovery Project Coordinator for Southeastern MA, providing systems coordination, organization of the Regional Council and Committees, and collaboration with local area resources to organize cross-training opportunities for the Southeastern region of the state. More about Ms. Armstrong-Menard can be found in our staff section.


DMA welcomes Dana P. Roth, M.S.

Dana P. Roth, M.S. has joined DMA as Research Analyst. Her prior research assistant and project coordination experience is in Social Psychology research laboratories and where she gained experience in developing and implementing projects; conducting statistical analyses; and preparing manuscripts for journal submission. She has presented her work at numerous national conferences on social and cultural psychology and has published in peer-reviewed journals. More about Ms. Roth can be found in our staff section.


DMA welcomes Lisa Feldman Braude, Ph.D.

DMA Health Strategies welcomes Lisa Braude, Ph.D. Dr. Braude joins DMA as a Senior Associate, with expertise in public policy implementation, performance measurement, and the development of multisystem health care initiatives. Dr. Braude has worked extensively on technical assistance initiatives to bridge the nexus between substance use and behavioral health disorders and justice involvement. More about Lisa can be found in our staff section.


DMA welcomes Kathleen Whelton, MPH

Kathleen Whelton joined DMA Health Strategies to provide project management for the Massachusetts, Deptartment of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Office of Youth and Young Adult Services (OYYAS) to coordinate the State Adolescent Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination Project (SAT-ED). The grant’s initiative is targeted to developing statewide competence in substance abuse screening, assessment and implementation of one evidence based practice (EBP) for the community based treatment of adolescent substance use disorders.  More about Kathleen can be found in our staff section.


DMA welcomes Eileen Brigandi, LADCI

Eileen Brigandi joined DMA Health Strategies to provide project direction for the implementation of the Massachusetts, Deptartment of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services' Drug Court Discretionary Grant. More about Eileen can be found in our staff section.


Behavioral Health System in Texas

DMA has collaborated with Public Consulting Group on the development of two reports for the State of Texas Legislature on the Behavioral Health System in Texas.  DMA was primarily involved in the review of other state innovations.  The analysis is available here and the full recommendations are available here.


Shared Decision Making in Mental Health Care

DMA is pleased to announce the important release of a report on Shared Decision- Making in Mental Health Care by SAMHSA. We were pleased to have contributed a background paper for the report entitled "Aids to Assist Shared Decision Making in Mental Health Care".


Richard Dougherty received the Walter Barton Distinguished Fellow Award

At a March 17, 2011 luncheon during its annual Summit, ACMHA, The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, ACMHA president Pamela Greenberg and president-elect Ron Manderscheid led summit participants in recognizing four professionals for distinguished service to the field. Click here for the full announcement.


Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Substance Abuse Strategic Plan

In Massachusetts, DMA facilitated the efforts of the Governor's Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention and the Dept. of Publc Health's, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services to update the Commonwealth's Substance Abuse Strategic Plan, July 2010.


Behavioral Healthcare

In the June 2011 issue of Behavioral Healthcare, Dick Dougherty is quoted in an article by Brian Albright "Remaking behavioral healthcare - How five challenges of healthcare reform will shape our future." Check it out at www.behavioral.net


State Case Studies of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems

Russell Lyman completed a Commonwealth Fund report, State Case Studies of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems. He also presented on this subject at the 23rd Annual Research Conference in Children's Mental Health (March 2010) and at ZERO TO THREE's National Tranining Institute in Texas (December 2009).


2010 Timothy J. Coakley Award

The 2010 Timothy J. Coakley Award was presented by Dr. Dougherty to Lauren Spiro of the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery to honor the lifetime achievements of Judi Chamberlin at ACMHA, The College for Behavioral Health Leadership's 2010 Summit in Sante Fe.


The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project: Supporting Mental Health Treatment in Primary Care

Wendy Holt completed a case study on the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) for the Commonwealth Fund.  MCPAP offers prompt (within 30 minutes of request) access to psychiatric consultation for any Massachusetts primary care physician serving children who chooses to participate.  Based on the consultation, MCPAP can offer a psychiatric assessment and/or transitional therapy for the child in question, as well as assistance in locating community psychiatry and therapy for ongoing care.  See  The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project: Supporting Mental Health Treatment in Primary Care; Released by The Commonwealth Fund, March 2010.


Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment

DMA has worked with the Lewin Group and the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services on the final year of the Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment for employed people with mental illness at risk of disability.  DMA assisted with focus groups, research and the preparation of issue briefs and special studies for dissemination. In addition, we are pleased to have partnered with Westat on several tasks within the Center for Mental Health Services.


SAMHSA Grant for MYCHILD

DMA is pleased to report the award of a 6-year $9 million SAMHSA grant to the Massachusetts  Young Children’s Health Interventions for Learning and Development (MYCHILD). MYCHILD is a collaboration of families, health centers, and child serving programs led by the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Boston Public Health Commission. Its goals are to identify Boston children through age 5 who have or are at high risk for SED, and provide them with family-directed, individualized, coordinated and comprehensive services.  DMA worked with EOHHS and its partners to facilitate the design of the program and drafted the proposal and budget.


Accessing Children's Mental Health Services in Massachusetts

On October 29, 2009 DMA staff and the Lewin Group were pleased to present to a meeting of over 200 professionals, the findings of our report for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts Foundation entitled Accessing Children's Mental Health Services in Massachusetts: Workforce Capacity Assessment. The report is the nation's only comprehensive survey of the work of children's mental health professionals. It documents what many knew from experience - that many psychiatric and other practices are full in parts of Massachusetts, families face challenges in finding the right provider because of the lack of the right information and more than half of the providers of all ages plan to leave the field or the state in the next five years.


New York Mental Health

DMA Health Strategies is pleased to announce the release of our report on the New York Adult Ambulatory Mental Health System with our analysis, findings and recommended options for restructuring.


Washington State Mental Health

DMA completed a comprehensive review and analysis of options for Washington State’s mental health system. The report describes the various managed care options that the state can consider, with their associated advantages and disadvantages in Washington. That report can be found here.

 

Events & Conferences

Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health

Wendy Holt and Dana Roth will present Children’s Mental Health Initiative National System of Care Expansion Evaluation: Findings on the Financing of Children’s Mental Health Systems of Care Services at the 30th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health in Tampa, Florida.


Massachusetts Family Serving Agencies

How organizational size relates to financial condition was the topic of a presentation made by Wendy Holt to the Massachusetts Family Servicing Agencies in April 2015.


Hidden Pictures

DMA supported BasicNeeds US and the town of Lexington in the screening of “Hidden Pictures” on October 22, 2013, at Clark Middle School in Lexington. The screening and panel discussion with filmmaker Delaney Ruston promoted dialogue on stigma and the burden of mental illness.


The Kennedy Forum

DMA Health Strategies was proud to sponsor the Kennedy Forum on Community Mental Health on the 50th anniversary of President’ Kennedy’s signing of the Community Mental Health Act.


Dr. Lyman Elected Council Chair

Russ Lyman was recently elected first Council Chair of the ZERO TO THREE Academy of Fellows. ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that provides parents, professionals and policymakers the knowledge and know-how to nurture early development and ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. The Academy of Fellows consists of over 250 graduate fellows and seeks to pool their collective knowledge to advance the ZERO TO THREE mission in research, practice and public policy.


26th Annual Research Conference in Children’s Mental Health

Russ Lyman led a topical discussion on Developing a Business Case for Children’s Mental Health Systems of Care with national experts Sheila Pires, Ph.D. and Eric Bruns, Ph.D. at the 26th Annual Research Conference in Children’s Mental Health in Tampa, FL on March 5, 2013. A sound business case is essential to achieve the goal of wide scale adoption of the System of Care approach. Russ argued that review of published program evaluation research indicates that states can do more to document cost savings in systems that serve children and youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance. This was followed by spirited debate about what is practical and what is needed to establish an approach that has been so well documented and so widely accepted.


ACMHA Policy Forum

Dr. Dougherty chaired the first ACMHA Policy Forum in Washington DC on December 4th and 5th, 2012. “Harnessing Community Support for Health and Well-Being” focused on the community interventions needed to reduce adverse childhood trauma and improve health in our nation’s communities. It featured Vincent Felitti, Arthur Evans, Carolyn Jenkins, Thom Bornemann, Tonier Cain and Paolo del Vecchio and included a morning briefing on Capitol Hill. More information is available at http://www.acmha.org/DC_Forum.shtml.


ZERO TO THREE National Training Institute

Russell Lyman, Senior Associate at DMA, presented “Medical Homes for Children with Infant Mental Health Problems: Emerging State Parent Involvement Strategies”at the ZERO TO THREE National Training Institute in Los Angeles, California on November 29, 2012. Emerging initiatives indicate that involving “Parent Partners” in medical home teams for parents of very young (as well as older) children is a cost-effective way to improve care for children with special health care and/or mental health needs. Russ is a founding member of the Massachusetts Association of Infant Mental Health as well as the ZERO TO THREE Academy of Fellows.


2011 Pillars of Peer Support Conference

At the 2011 Pillars of Peer Support Conference, Dr. Dougherty presented a talk on Peer Driven Health teams. The conference was held at the Carter Center on September 26, 2011.


International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership

Dr. Dougherty presented a poster session on Basic Needs: Building Individual, Family and Community Capacity for Mental Health at the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership in San Francisco in September, 2011.


2011 National Smart Start Conference

D. Russell Lyman, Ph.D., and Wendy Holt, M.P.P. presented Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Systems: State Innovations for Change at the 2011 National Smart Start Conference held at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 4, 2011.

The research for this presentation was supported by the Commonwealth Fund.


NYAPRS 7th Annual Executive Seminar on Systems Transformation

On April 27-28, 2011, Dr. Dougherty presented "Recovery Homes: Recovery and Health Homes under Health Care Reform" at the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabiliative Services Collective sponsored 7th Annual Executive Seminar on Systems Transformation held at the Crowne Plaza in Albany, New York.


Training Institute 2010

With Joe Anne Hust and Brian Lombrowski, Dr. Dougherty co-led a workshop on the Building Bridges Self-Assessment Tool simulation as a recurring session at the Georgetown National Technical Assistance Center's Training Institutes 2010 in Washington D.C., July 14-18.

DMA also hosted a poster session on Children's Behavioral Health Workforce Characteristics: A Statewide Study - Blue Cross Bluse Shield of Massachusetts Foundation Workforce Survey.


Academy Health's 2010 Annual Research Meeting

Health Insurance Access, Employment Supports, and the Disability trajectory: Lesson from Minnesota's Demonstration to Maintain Independence and Employment was the topic of discussion for Dr. Dougherty at the Academy Health's 2010 Annual Research Meeting held in Boston on June 29th.


Boston Foundation Forum, June 2010

Michael Widmer of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation presented a summary of findings from a White Paper developed by DMA and the MTF, Maximizing Value of Our Human Services Dollars.


American Assoc. of Children's Residential Centers

Dr. Dougherty facilitated a simulation of the Building Bridges Self Assessment Tool with Bob Lieberman, Joe Anne Hust and Brian Lombrowski at the American Association of Children's Residential Centers conference in Boston on April 29, 2010.


National Assoc. of Children's Behavioral Health

Dr. Dougherty presented the Building Bridges Self-Assessment Tool as part of the session “From Rhetoric to Reality:  Building Bridges” at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Children’s Behavioral Health, April 25-28, 2010 in Washington, D.C.


USF Research and Training Conference

Dr. Dougherty collaborated with Sylvia Fisher, Bob Lieberman and Brian Lombrowski to facilitate a simulation exercise of the Building Bridges Self-Assessment tool at a pre-conference meeting at the University of South Florida Research and Training Conference on March 6th, 2010.


US Psychiatric Congress

Representing BasicNeeds US at the US Psychiatric Congress in Las Vegas on November 2, 2009, Dr. Dougherty delivered a talk entitled BasicNeeds - Case Studies in the Mental Health and Development Model: Building on Local Voices.


New York Coalition on Children's Mental Health

Dr. Dougherty spoke to the New York Coalition on Children's Mental Health Services meeting on October 20, 2009 on Options for Ambulatory Restructuring reforms.


NYAPRS

At the NYAPRS 27th Annual Conference, “A Home, A Job and a Date on the Weekend” September 16 - 18, 2009 in Ellenville NY, Dr. Dougherty spoke with Bonnie Hopkins from Magellan Health on self-directed care.


NCCBH

Dr. Dougherty moderated a keynote session, the “Four Divas”, at the recent NCCBH conference in San Antonio. On the panel were Kathryn Power, CMHS, Linda Rosenberg, NCCBH, Sandy Forquer, Optum Health in New Mexico, Monica Oss, Open Minds.


USF Research and Training Conference

Dr. Dougherty presented with Bob Lieberman, Sylvia Fisher and Anne Kuppinger on the Building Bridges initiative on Tuesday March 3, 2009 at the University of South Florida Research and Training Conference.

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