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
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
- Case Western Reserve University, Center for Innovative Practices (CWRU)
CWRU Center for Innovative practices has expertise in clinical best practices and workforce development including co-occurring mental health and substance abuse as well as the development of Centers of Excellence. Our Experts: Patrick Kanary, Richard Shepler and Michael Fox
- The Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (CHCS)
CHCS has expertise in child health quality, policy, system design and financing, and in collaborative learning and best practice dissemination for psychotropic medication monitoring. Our Expert: Kamala Allen
- The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA)
FREDLA serves as the national representative and advocate for family-run organizations and their executive directors, and supports effective stewardship of family-run organizations. They have expertise in family engagement and leadership. Our Experts: Jane Walker, Malisa Pearson, Millie Sweeney and other family-run organization leaders.
- Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development Center (GUCCHD)
GUCCHD has expertise related to Early Intervention and behavioral health integration including physical health and mental health, co-occurring mental health and developmental disabilities and early childhood mental health. Our Experts: Phyllis Magrab, Bruno Anthony, Neal Horen, Tawara Goode, Linda Henderson-Smith and Marina Soto
- Human Service Collaboration (HSC)
HSC provides expertise on policy, system design and financing. Our Experts: Sheila Pires, Ira Lourie and Cliff Davis
- Management & Training Innovations (MTI)
MTI supports work focused on Early Intervention and behavioral health integration and has expertise in systems of care, strategic planning, and custody relinquishment prevention. Our Expert: Beth Stroul
- The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
NICWA has expertise in tribal systems of care support. Our Experts: Terry Cross and Cori Matthews.
- Tufts Medical Center
Tufts Medical Center provides expertise in psychiatry, clinical best practices and LGBTQI2-S related topics. Our Expert: Christopher Bellonci
- 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.
- The University of South Florida, College of Community and Behavioral Science, Department of Child and Family Studies (USF)
USF leads the cultural and linguistic competence work of the TA Network. Our Experts: Mario Hernandez, Kathy Lazear, Linda Callejas and colleagues, in partnership with the Center for Community Learning (Myriam Monsalve-Serna and Catalina Booth), and Selena Webster-Bass.
- The University of Washington (UW)
UW leads the clinical best practices, wraparound and workforce development work of the TA Network. UW co-directs NWI and NWIC and is home to the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT) and Evidence-Based Practice Institute; School Mental Health Assessment, Research and Training (SMART) Center. Our Experts: Eric Bruns, Jennifer Coldiron, April Sather and Henrietta Quick
- 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.