Welfare Watch March 10, 2017

Pilot Program to provide TF-CBT to juvenile courts 

Together Georgia member Family Ties, Inc. was announced as the winner of a competitive-bid, RFP for a pilot program to provide TF-CBT to juvenile courts in Fulton, Dekalb, Clayton and Chatham counties. The pilot is focused on measuring the effectiveness of TF-CBT with delinquent youth populations.

Since 2014, Family Ties has made a concerted effort to make all services evidence-based. Lead by Clinical Director Ciara Green LCSW, Family Ties has been a member of two TF-CBT learning collaboratives. Further, through a partnership with the Center for Youth Advocacy, Family Ties therapists have completed nine months of TF-CBT training specifically targeting CSEC and LTBGQ populations. This past month, Family Ties was selected by NNED Learn, a division of SAMHSA developed to eliminate disparities in behavioral health services, to send five therapists to New Mexico for a three-day evidence-based immersion in PLAAY (preventing long-term anger and aggression in youth). Two years ago, we were selected by the same agency to send five therapists to receive Motivational Interviewing training. And, most recently, our quarterly data collection revealed Family Ties’ Functional Family Therapy team in Henry County continues to demonstrate a high level of effectiveness (100 %) for the last quarter of 2016.

Family Ties is excited to share this news and re-committed to the belief that evidence-based services lead to superior outcomes which leads to healthier families.

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