Leadership and Workforce
"No matter how innovative system reform efforts are, their effectiveness in improving outcomes for children and their families is ultimately limited by the quality and competency of the leaders, managers, and direct services delivery personnel who provide services on a daily basis."
Meyers, J., Kaufman, M. and Goldman, S. (1998, p.10, Vol V.) Training Strategies for Serving Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance and Their Families in a System of Care: Promising Practices in Children's Mental Health.
Today’s leaders and workers must be equipped with many skills and competencies to address the changes in health and human service delivery systems that serve children and youth with behavioral health needs and their families. Effective leadership and a well-trained workforce becomes increasingly more critical to ensure high quality outcomes for these children and families as states, territories, tribes and communities work hard to implement comprehensive, coordinated services and supports for children and families. Changing systems to meet the needs of children and families require workers who understand the values and principles of a system of care and leaders who can lead a change process to implement these values.
The goals of the National Technical Assistance Center related to leadership and workforce development are:
- increasing the knowledge, skills, and competencies of leadership to facilitate system change;
- increasing the knowledge, skills, and competencies of the workforce on best practices and evidence-based practices for children and families; and
- Increasing partnerships among professional organizations, universities, colleges, providers, and families to ensure training is better aligned with the systems of care framework at both the state and community levels.
The National Technical Assistance Center provides a number of opportunities for professional and family leaders and direct care workers who have responsibility for children's mental health care in states, territories, tribes and communities across the nation.
These opportunities include:
Leadership Academy Newsletter
Beginning in 2011, the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health will be disseminating a quarterly newsletter to alumni of the Leadership Academy. These newsletters will also be posted online. See below for links to newsletters: