About The TA Network

The National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health (TA Network), funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), partners with states, tribes and territories across the nation to develop effective and efficient delivery systems for the benefit of children, youth and young adults with behavioral health needs and their families.


TA and support is provided through focused expertise in the following priority areas for systems of care expansion and sustainability:

  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Clinical Best Practices, including Wraparound
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence
  • Early Intervention
  • Family Engagement and Leadership
  • Policy, System Design and Financing
  • Tribal Systems of Care Support
  • Workforce Development
  • Youth Engagement and Leadership

Our Partners

The TA Network is coordinated and funded through The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work, working with 13 core partners, all recognized experts in children’s behavioral health:

  • Institute for Innovation and Implementation (The Institute)
    The Institute holds the NTTAC contract and functions as the coordinating hub to the TA Network. It is a national training, technical assistance, evaluation, policy, systems design and finance center focused on children’s behavioral health. The Institute’s expertise includes workforce development; system of care implementation; homelessness; Center of Excellence development; juvenile justice; child welfare; and mental health. Our Experts: Michelle Zabel, Marlene Matarese, Denise Sulzbach, Suzanne Fields, Dayana Simons and Deborah Harburger
  • Policy Research Associates (PRA)
    National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ)

    PRA has expertise in juvenile justice and children’s mental health. Our Expert: Joseph Cocozza and Karli Keator.
  • Portland State University (PSU)
    PSU provides expertise in clinical best practices, wraparound and workforce development as well as youth of transition age, first episode of psychosis, research and evaluation. PSU co-directs the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI) and National Wraparound Implementation Center (NWIC), and is home to Pathways to Positive Futures and the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA). Our Experts: Janet Walker, Nancy Koroloff and Tamara Sale.
  • Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) National (YMN)
    YMN leads youth engagement and leadership for the TA Network. As a national youth-led organization, YMN is devoted to improving services and systems that support positive growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who have lived experience in various systems including mental health, juvenile justice, education and child welfare. Our Experts: Johanna Bergan, Brianne Masselli, Raphaelle Richardson, Hannah Raiche and colleagues.

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