Behavioral Health

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The Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health is a large team within the Georgia Health Policy Center. Working in tandem with a broad array of partners and the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, the Center of Excellence is supporting the development and implementation of a sustainable System of Care that is individualized, comprehensive, coordinated, culturally competent, and driven by child and family needs.

The Center of Excellence is engaged in:

–    Providing program implementation and evaluation support for evidence-driven practice models, such as High Fidelity Wraparound, Clubhouse for Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders, Trauma-Informed Systems, Cultural and Linguistic Competency, and Recovery-Oriented Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
–    Developing behavioral health community-based workforce capacity through curriculum development, training, and technical assistance
–    Analyzing financing structures and service delivery opportunities, like school-based mental health, for improving access to behavioral care
–    Identifying quality-improvement opportunities to strengthen programs and outcomes for children, adolescents, and emerging adults with behavioral health issues
–    Evaluating collective impact and strengthening collaboration across agencies involved in Systems of Care

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Featured Projects

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    High Fidelity Wraparound Evaluations
    About this Project Youth and emerging adults in Georgia with severe emotional disturbance receive intensive care coordination, education, and skill-building...
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    Georgia Apex Project
    About this Project Mental health issues are common among today’s children and youth, and the first signs of mental or...
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    The Georgia Beck Initiative
    About this Project The Beck Initiative is a collaborative clinical, educational, and administrative partnership between the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology...
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    Behavioral Health Workforce Development
    About this Project The Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health works to build capacity within the behavioral health system....
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    Co-Occurring Clubhouse
    About this Project The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) established the Co-Occurring Clubhouse Program in 2013...
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    Georgia’s Interagency Directors Team
    About this Project Interagency collaboration is a central element to developing a System of Care. Georgia’s Interagency Directors Team (IDT),...
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    Resiliency Support Clubhouses
    About this Project The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) established the Resiliency Support Clubhouse Program in...
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    LIGHT-ETP
    About this Project The Listening, Inspiring, and Guiding Healthy Transitions Early Treatment Program (LIGHT-ETP) is a Substance Abuse and Mental...

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Meet the Experts

Learn more about our staff of experts available to assist you.

  • Ann DiGirolamo
    Ann DiGirolamo is an associate project director at the Georgia Health Policy Center and director of the Center of...
  • Susan McLaren
    Susan McLaren is a senior research associate with the Georgia Health Policy Center. She leads the research and evaluation...
  • Astrid Prudent
    Astrid Prudent is a senior research associate for the Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health team at the...
  • Jana Pruett Covington
    Jana Pruett Covington is a research associate II working on the Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health team....