Daniel Eisenberg

TRAILS to Behavioral Health: Translating Research Into Action to Improve the Lives of Students

Research Project Description
Elizabeth S. Koschmann, James L. Abelson, Kate D. Fitzgerald, Joseph Alan Himle, Amy Maclay Kilbourne, Daniel Eisenberg, Daniel Almirall

The overarching aim of the CBT in the Schools program is to improve early detection of behavioral health concerns in children and adolescents and increase access to effective treatment. Long-term, we will achieve this aim by partnering with school professionals and administrators statewide to bring evidence-based behavioral health assessment and treatment strategies into the school setting. This dissemination to schools, funded by anticipated multi-million dollar federal grants and foundation support, will occur through the provision of clinical training for school professionals paired with on-site coaching and consultation from a team of behavioral health experts. As demonstrated by recent research as well as our own work with school communities, the addition of coaching and consultation following didactic training is associated with significantly better learning, utilization, and sustainability of clinical skills as compared to the limited and brief results associated with professional development opportunities typically available to school professionals.

Before wide-scale dissemination to schools can occur, however, we must develop a ready team of clinical experts, ensuring their clinical knowledge and sustainable presence in urban, suburban, and rural communities. The primary aim of the proposed program is to build a network of 100 behavioral health coaches across the state who would be positioned to play a critical role in the long-term sustainability of future dissemination and evaluation initiatives. With each coach ready to provide coaching to school-professionals in their county, the potential reach of this program is enormous. Future initiatives already in development include a 5-year, federal grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health to bring mental health training to school professionals in every county in Michigan with the support of a local coach.

This statement of work has been discussed with Cost Reimbursement and the proposal type has been coded as OSA, because the majority of work is disseminating mental health practices to schools. J.Sierra

Michigan Health Endowment Fund

Funding Period: 8/1/2016 to 7/31/2017

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