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Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) Banner The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) assists social service agencies and organizations in identifying, selecting, and implementing evidence-based practices and other promising services that address the needs of young people, especially those facing various behavioral, mental health, and recovery challenges.

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CIP Highlighted for New Paper on How Centers of Excellence Promote Systems Reforms

Begun CIP Photo Building Cross-System Implementation Centers - Implementation science supports the idea that designated infrastructures and processes can greatly facilitate the uptake of evidence based programs and practices. This resource, developed by TA Network core partners at The University of Maryland Baltimore and Case Western Reserve University, and funded by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a concise and practical guide to understanding and exploring the potential of "centers of excellence' potential at state and local levels.

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FROM THE FEATURE: "In a new paper, Building Cross-System Implementation Centers: A Roadmap for State and Local Family- and Child-Serving Agencies in Developing Centers of Excellence (COE), the Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work and the Center for Innovative Practices at Case Western Reserve University explain how COEs work and what they seek to accomplish, with examples of how such centers have helped improve outcomes for children and families in communities across the country.

"The report, funded by the Casey Foundation, offers state and local institutions a useful road map that includes examples of how these COEs — often housed within universities or nonprofit organizations — are supporting provider organizations, families, policymakers, researchers and others navigating across and within systems to reach their goals, including better quality implementation of evidence-based programs and practices."| Learn More |

OhioMHAS and the CIP Present Webinar Series on the ENGAGE Initiative

Begun CIP Photo As part of the OhioMHAS ENGAGE initiative (Engaging the New Generation to Achieve their Goals through Empowerment) – developing a statewide system of care framework that coordinates and adapts policy, fiscal and administrative actions to support the successful transition of Ohio’s youth and young adults – the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) has presented four webinars in a continuing series involving the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of high quality Wraparound care across the state for transition-age youth. The links to reach respective web page and recordings from the webinars are below.

WEBINARS: Overview of Ohio’s System of Care Initiative | Supported Employment | Trauma-Informed Care for Youth | Fidelity Monitoring/WFI-EZ | Cultural Competence

Richard Shepler Named New Director of Center for Innovative Practices

Begun CIP PhotoRick Shepler, Ph.D, PCC-S has been appointed Director of the Center for Innovative Practices at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Westen Reserve University's Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences. Dr. Shepler’s appointment was made effective July 1, 2015. "Rick brings the clinical and programmatic expertise required to guide the CIP forward with its mission of assisting stakeholders with the identification, development and implementation of effective research supported interventions for youth and their families," says retiring CIP director, Patrick Kanary, M.Ed.

Dr. Shepler is the co-developer of the Integrated Co-Occurring Treatment (ICT) model, one of the first treatment models designed specifically for youth with the co-occurring disorders of substance abuse and mental illness. The ICT program has received the SAMHSA’s Science and Service award and the NIATx iAward while also being included in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Blueprint for Change: A Comprehensive Model for the Identification and Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Needs in Contact with the Juvenile Justice Network.
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OJJA and Legislative Leaders Release Ground-Breaking Fact Sheet Series on Ohio Juvenile Justice Issues

BCJI Fox 8 ImagePictured right: On March 24, 2015, the Ohio Juvenile Justice Alliance (OJJA) held a press conference releasing 18 fact sheets on juvenile justice issues in Ohio. OJJA was joined by Senator John Ecklund (R-18th) and Cecil Thomas (D-9th), the Chair and Vice Chair of the Ohio Senate Criminal Justice Committee as well as Representatives Jeff Rezabek (R-43rd) and Greta Johnson (D-35th) from the House Judiciary Committee. The fact sheets provide a thorough look at juvenile justice issues in Ohio and include national research and best practices, along with Ohio data. JJC hopes that the fact sheets can raise awareness of Ohio youth in the juvenile justice system and how to improve outcomes for these youth.

Learn More: Download Infographic PDF | Read Press Release | Read Fact Sheet | JJC Website

CIP Presents New Schubert Center Report and Partnership Webinar Presentations

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Presentation on YCOD Offered
TA Network Presentation
CIP's/TA Network Webinar on Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders View Webinar 1: Prevalence-Screening | Download CIP Presentation / View Webinar Part 2: Treatments that Work / View Webinar Part 3: Implementation | Download PDF Presentation Part 3
Report Highlights Benefits of BHJJ
Getting It Right Report
This brief documents the major strategies, events and conditions that have created in Ohio a fundamental and ongoing shift in how young people who enter the juvenile justice system are treated. Read Report
NCMHJJ Follow-Up Dates Announced
CIP Resources
NCMHJJ Presentation on Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders Download Presentation | Download CIP NCMHJJ Brief
Rick Shepler's Webinar Follow-Up | View Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

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The mission and focus of the CIP is on the complex behavioral health needs of multi-system youth and families, particularly those at the intersection of juvenile justice and child welfare. Among the services offered by the Center for Innovative Practices are presentations and trainings. We hope you'll register for CIP Updates announcing these CIP events. Our goal at the Center for Innovative Practices is to assist communities in identifying, selecting, and implementing evidence-based practices and other promising services that address the needs of young people in our communities, especially those facing various behavioral and mental health challenges. This investment in evidence-based behavioral healthcare improves quality of life for youth and their families while also saving money for systems such as juvenile justice and child welfare. Perhaps most important, though, is that it helps keep families intact.

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