There are numerous organizations, in Massachusetts and in other states, engaged in work to improve children’s behavioral health services and systems. They provide their own unique combination of strategy and policy development, implementation expertise and assistance, research, and program evaluation. The Knowledge Center draws from their experience and expertise.
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center (SPARC) at the UMass Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry.
Funded by DMH as one of two Centers of Excellence, SPARC conducts research to enhance services, improve the quality of life, and promote recovery for people with behavioral health conditions.
The Commonwealth Research Center, a program of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry.
Funded by DMH as one of two Centers of Excellence, CRC’s mission is to stimulate research on the biological basis of psychosis and the optimal treatment for severe mental illness.
The Learning & Working During the Transition to Adulthood Rehabilitation Research & Training Center
The Transitions RTC is a national effort that aims to improve the supports for youth and young adults, ages 14-30, with serious mental health conditions who are trying to successfully complete their schooling and training and move into rewarding work lives.
The Institute for Innovation and Implementation
Located at the University of Maryland, the Institute provides training, technical assistance, evaluation, policy, systems design, and finance center for the Maryland Children's Cabinet and its member agencies, along with multiple other states, localities, and private organizations.
California Institute of Behavioral Health Services
A non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by local mental health directors (as the CA Institute for Mental Health) to work collaboratively with all mental health system stakeholders. In 2014, CiMH merged with the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Institute (ADPI) to form the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions.
The Center for Innovative Practices
The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) at Case Western University works closely with systems of care in local communities (e.g., mental health, education, juvenile justice) to encourage practices that are proven effective in reducing criminal justice involvement and the need for out-of-home placement among at-risk youth. With support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the CIP supports the implementation of multi-systemic therapy, intensive home-based treatment and co-occurring treatment for mental illness and substance abuse.
Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut
The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI)’s goal is to build stronger and more effective health and mental health systems that result in better outcomes for all children in Connecticut, especially the underserved. It does this through research, evaluation, training and technical assistance and support for demonstration projects that inform system change. CHDI was founded in 1997 as the operating arm of the Children’s Fund of Connecticut.