Behavioral Health Support for DCF-Involved Youth to Prevent Acute Interventions

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July 17, 2018 | 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington street, 3rd floor, boston, ma

forum recording here

CfJJ held a forum on the mental and behavioral health support services needed to prevent child welfare-involved youth from experiencing more acute interventions. Building off of our research and report from 2015 on Massachusetts multi-system youth, the forum addressed the current profile of child welfare-involved youth in Massachusetts and ways we can reach them before the most extreme interventions of suspension, expulsion, hospitalization, and arrest.

The panelists discussed access to mental health services, particularly for Latinx youth, in the Commonwealth as well as school-based behavioral health care that can overcome many of the most difficult obstacles for young children to receive services.

The forum featured panelists:

  • Kate Lowenstein, Multi-System Youth Project Director, CfJJ
  • Commissioner Will Morales, Boston Centers for Youth and Families
  • Jennifer Davis-Carey, Executive Director of the Worcester Education Collaborative
  • Mirza Lugardo, Director, Intensive Family Services at Harrington HealthCare System