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Policy and Implementation Academy

A Strategic Approach for Leading Change in Policy and Service Implementation

What is a Policy and Implementation Academy?

A Policy & Implementation Academy is a strategic approach for leading change in policy and service implementation. It is usually a three-day working event specifically tailored to meet the policy goals of a state and/or a community.

It has three phases:

  • Pre-Work Phase
    Georgetown University’s National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health (TA Center) faculty assist the state and/or community in a variety of tasks prior to attending the on-site academy
  • On-site Phase
    Delegations/teams work on their policy agendas and develop action steps to accomplish their strategic goals. Delegations take part in seminars and plenaries, access resource consultants, and work intensively in facilitated sessions
  • Follow-up Phase
    TA Center faculty support each state and/or community to implement their action steps through periodic “check-in” conference calls and technical assistance resources

How Can It Be Helpful?

An Academy is an exciting process for states, communities, federally recognized tribes, and territories to:

  • Create and build infrastructure for system change
  • Design and implement public policies to support change
  • Reach collaborative solutions by key leaders in states and communities
  • Build community-based service systems and supports for children, youth, and young adults, and their families

Who Is The Audience?

A Policy & Implementation Academy can be tailored for leaders from a variety of different states or at varying levels within the jurisdiction (e.g., states, tribes, communities, regions, and territories). Delegations/ teams are comprised of key leaders, including family members, youth leaders, legislators, staff of Governor’s offices, and administrators of major child-serving systems—mental health, health, substance use, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and early childhood.

What Has Been Its Impact?

The TA Center has held over ten successful Policy Academies since 1999 serving over 33 states, 7 tribes, and 2 territories. The National Technical Assistance Center has also partnered closely with other organizations to design and implement a policy academy with a specific topical theme (e.g., elimination of disparities, partnerships between substance use and mental health, and family driven care).

How Do I Get More Information?

The TA Center will work initially with interested states, tribes, territories, and communities to clarify the focus of a Policy & Implementation Academy and help determine how it might be structured to advance system reform goals in the requesting state/community. Funding to hold an academy and on-going work with the TA Center will be the responsibility of the requesting jurisdiction unless otherwise negotiated.

Contact Information

For further information or additional questions, please contact:
James Wotring, M.S.W.
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University