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Child Welfare and Mental Health

Past Webinar Series on Psychotropics

Use of Psychotropics among Children in Foster Care Webinar Series

This series was designed to provide an overview of the topic, to describe the issues and challenges, and highlight two approaches to medication monitoring. This technical assitance effort was also made possible through partnership between ACYF, SAMHSA, Georgetown University, and AIR.

Part 1: Mental Health, Psychotropic Use, and Evidence-Based Interventions”, Held Monday, January 9th from 3:30 - 5:00pm (ET)

Complete Audio Recording

Bryan Samuels
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

David Rubin, MD, MSCE*
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Gene Griffin, J.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

*Note: Slides presented by Dr. David Rubin will be posted shortly.  Once Dr. Rubin’s slides can be shared, a full webcast (audio + slides) of the webinar will be available for playback, and PDFs of all three presenters’ materials will be posted here.  Thank you for your patience.

Part 2: Clinical Management and Monitoring of Psychotropic Medications
Held Monday, February 13th from 3:30 - 5:00pm (ET)

Webinar Recording

Christopher Bellonci, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine,
Attending Psychiatrist
Tufts Medical Center

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Stephen Crystal, Ph.D.
Board of Governors Professor
Director, Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management, and Outcomes, and Center for Education and Research on Mental Health Therapeutics
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Part 3: Collaborative Oversight and Monitoring Approaches: State Examples
Held Tuesday, February 28th from 3:30 - 5:00pm (ET)

Webinar Recording

PowerPoint Presentation (PDF)

Laurel K Leslie, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Tufts Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children
Director, Center for Aligning Researchers and Communities for Health
Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute

James A. Rogers, M.D.
Medical Director for the Texas Dept of Family and Protective Services
Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Distinguished Life Fellow - Am Psychiatry Assoc
Distinguished Life Fellow - Am Acad of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Michael W. Naylor, M.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychiatry
Director, Behavioral Health and Welfare Program
Director, Clinical Services in Psychopharmacology

Past Webinar Series on Youth Advocacy

Youth Advocacy Webinar Series

In an effort to assist youth and young adults in finding their voice and impacting policy makers at both state and federal levels of government, the National TA Center for Children's Mental Health partnered with the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health to organize this 4-part webinar series.

Webinar 1 - Youth Advocacy Training: Policy 101
Held Saturday, December 4, 4-6 PM (EST) - Webinar Playback

Webinar 2 - The Art of Public Speaking
Held Saturday, January 8, 4-6 PM (EST) - Webinar Playback*

*: Due to technical difficulties, audio for the webinar playback does not begin until approximately 16 minutes into the webinar.

Webinar 3 - Strategic Sharing: Protecting My Story
Held Saturday, February 5, 4-6 PM (EST) - Webinar Playback

Webinar 4 - Advocacy 101: Getting Started in Your Community
Held Saturday, March 5, 4-6 PM (EST) - Webinar Playback

Child Welfare Activities and Initiatives

As part of the Child Welfare Initiative, the TA Center:

  • Provides technical assistance and training for states, tribes, territories, communities, family organizations, national organizations and federal agencies on child welfare, behavioral health, and cross system issues;
  • Assists child welfare and mental health leaders to build effective systems of care to produce better outcomes for children and youth, and their families;
  • Facilitates collaboration between behavioral health and child welfare systems to improve outcomes for children and youth, and their families;
  • Conducts relevant national studies of current and best practices and disseminates findings;
  • Provides a cross-system voice in policy discussions on national task forces;
  • Serves as a mental health systems of care resource for the federal Children’s Bureau Training and Technical Assistance Network;
  • Assists child welfare agencies to communicate effectively with families in the child welfare system about their rights and responsibilities and how to advocate for themselves;
  • Promotes parent and family partnerships at every stage of policy making and service delivery decisions; and
  • Offers Policy Academies that provide the opportunity for high-level, cross-system delegations to work together over 4 days to design and implement policies and practices to support system reforms.


Building Systems of Care: A Primer for Child Welfare, Pires, S., Lazear, K., and Conlan, L. (2008)

Financing Behavioral Health Services and Supports for Children, Youth and Families in the Child Welfare System - A Report of National Survey Findings, McCarthy, J., Le, L.T. (2008)

Building Systems of Care - A Primer for Child Welfare, Pires, S., Lazear, K., and Conlan, L. (2007)

Child and Family Service Reviews 2001-2004: A Mental Health Analysis, McCarthy, J., Van Buren, E., Irvine, M. (2007)

A Family’s Guide to the Child Welfare System, Second Edition, (2005)

Meeting the Health Care Needs of Children in the Foster Care System: Strategies for Implementation, Wolverton, M. (2002)


For more information about child welfare activities within the TA Center, please contact Kathryne O’Grady at 202-687-8855.