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Research Findings, Training Issues, and Capacity Expansion for Family and Youth Peer Support and Advocacy

October 6, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. CT
Location: Virtual

Part of the Building a Transformative 21st Century Research Agenda webinar series. Register on the Open Classroom platform.*

Dr. Kimberly Hoagwood will co-present with Anne Kuppinger and Robert Lettieri

Webinar Description

This presentation will begin by summarizing current research findings about family and youth peer support services. An overview of training and credentialing processes for both family as well as youth peer services will also be provided, with a focus on developments in New York State including financing for these services. Issues around expanding capacity for enhancing this workforce and strengthening the scientific base for these services will also be discussed.

About Our Presenters

Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry at Columbia University, specializing in children’s mental health services research. She also works with the Division of Child and Family Services and the Office of Performance Measurement and Evaluation at the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH). Before coming to New York, she was Associate Director for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Research with the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and oversaw the portfolio of research on child and adolescent mental health, from basic to applied studies. This gave her a broad perspective on research gaps and opportunities for connecting different areas of science. She also served as Scientific Editor for the Office of the Surgeon General’s National Action Agenda on Children’s Mental Health with Dr. David Satcher.

Anne Kuppinger has over thirty years of experience working in partnership with families, youth, communities, providers, and policymakers to expand access to effective and responsive child mental health services and supports. As an IDEAS senior research coordinator, she is dedicated to working with the Community Technical Assistance Center’s (CTAC) Family Peer Support Services and training initiatives, particularly New York State’s expansion of Medicaid Child and Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS). Over the course of her career, Anne has led a number of initiatives designed to strengthrn and sustain the important work of family peer advocates, including a statewide implementation of the Parent Empowerment Program(PEP) training, and the establishment of New York’s Family Peer Advocate Credential.

Robert Lettieri is a national public speaker and advocate who is passionate about creating a more inclusive and supportive society. Growing up in both the health care and mental health system, Robert is dedicated to advocating for others who have endured both similar and abstract hardships. Being a part of multiple boards and committees on state and local levels, he consistently strives to advocate for the larger voice. With years of experience coordinating and facilitating trainings and events, managing a statewide workforce, offering individual and group support, and advocating on a system, peer, and individual level, he takes his lived experience and holistic approaches to new levels every opportunity he gets.

Partners Supporting this Effort

Since 2020, Lived Experience Experts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs (CFP) and the William T. Grant Foundation have worked in partnership with a broad array of experts, stakeholders and people with lived experience to draft research gaps that span community-based family support, child protective services, out-of-home care and post-permanency services. Partnering organizations include Black Administrators in Child Welfare, the National Indian Child Welfare Association, Child Trends Hispanic Institute, the American Public Human Services Association, the Child Welfare League of America, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and Social Current.

*Please note that the title for this talk was updated. The previous title is “Community Partner Collaborative: 4 Rs and 2 Ss.”

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