Cultivating Cultural Humility in Mental Health Practices

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Therapy provides a nonjudgmental sanctuary where emotional wounds can begin to heal. Each person brings their culture, tradition, and identity, and as therapists, we have a moral and professional obligation to uphold cultural humility and responsibility for delivering treatment.

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, cultural responsiveness, evidence-based, Agencies and Administrators

Transforming Lives: Behavioral Interventions for Families with Intellectual Disabilities

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Intellectual disability, often referred to as intellectual developmental disorder (IDD), encompasses a range of cognitive impairments affecting an individual's adaptive functioning and intellectual abilities. It's crucial to understand that intellectual disabilities aren't merely a singular characteristic but a diverse spectrum of challenges that can profoundly impact an individual's life. 

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, evidence-based, Families, Agencies and Administrators, Disability

Empowering Communities: Navigating The Funding Landscape for Evidence-Based Programs

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When organizations implement evidence-based programs, communities thrive, families receive support, and young people feel empowered to reach their full potential. But reaping these transformative rewards requires resources, commitment, money, and more. 

So, how do you secure funding for evidence-based programs? 

From Medicaid to FFPSA funding and beyond, there's a whole world of financial support for programs aimed at improving lives, especially for young people and their families.

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, Child Welfare, evidence-based, Families, Agencies and Administrators, Funding

Family First Act: What Are Well-Supported Programs and Services?

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The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) is historic legislation with a noble and critical goal. It prioritizes family preservation and the well-being of young people by decreasing the necessity for placing children in foster care. 

The FFPSA expands how states can spend certain Social Security funds by allowing states to allocate funds to evidence-based practices and programs offering various treatment and prevention services to children and families in the child welfare system. 

The FFPSA Clearinghouse categorizes these evidence-based programs across levels—the top rating being "well-supported." But what does this mean? Why does it matter? What are the benefits? And how can you select and implement a well-supported program? 

We'll answer these questions to understand not just the "what" but the “why" behind the importance of well-supported services that can transform the lives of children and families. 

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, Child Welfare, evidence-based, Agencies and Administrators

What to look for when selecting an EBP from the FFPSA Clearinghouse

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The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was created to protect and empower children in the welfare system.

While previously, states could only use certain Social Security funds to finance foster care, the FFPSA allows states to use these funds to provide parental training, mental health services, and substance abuse treatment for children and their families in the child welfare system. The FFPSA empowers families at risk of separation, thus reducing the need for children to be placed in foster care 

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Topics: Multisystemic Therapy, evidence-based, Family, Agencies and Administrators, Juvenile Justice