SAMHSA Project LIFT Alum

Project LIFT (Leadership Initiatives for Tomorrow) is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) initiative that enhances the leadership and technical competencies of emerging behavioral health leaders. The Project also includes a health information technology (HIT) component that facilitates the exchange of electronic health records (EHRs) for individuals Read more…

Mississippi Independent Living Curriculum

Prior to the 2014 contract year, the Independent Living Division of the Mississippi Department of Human Services opted to transition from a model of providing Independent Living Skills classes taught after school to a combination large group/individual follow-up model. Under the new plan, life skills would be taught in at events and retreats to many youth at once in a seminar style, while providing individual meetings with Independent Living Specialists to reinforce the skills taught at these events. In order to accommodate this model, the PREPARE unit of Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, a contractor for the state, undertook to prepare a curriculum for use at these events. I was tasked to lead a team of Independent Living Specialists in preparation of this curriculum. The final output of this effort is provided below:

Teen Advisory Board Practice Model

The purpose of this document is to describe the practice model utilized for the Mississippi Teen Advisory Board, titled “Path to Progress”. Many of the methods described by this document are derived from research, general principles, experience, and a bit of trial and error. The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) began Read more…