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NEW YORK (October 2, 2019) — The McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University has received a five-year renewal of its contract with the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) to provide statewide technical assistance to the child mental health workforce.
Since 2011, the McSilver Institute has directed the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) to advance the effective and efficient delivery of services to children, adults, and families who rely on public sector services to meet their mental health needs. Under the institute’s leadership, CTAC has expanded substantially over time and presently serves the New York State entire children’s mental health system. Over the past 8 years, CTAC has provided more than 480 learning, consultation, and training opportunities to 12,963 (unduplicated) providers, clinic and agency directors from 81 percent of the mental health agencies serving youth, children and families statewide.
“CTAC enables child mental health providers to meet the needs of New York’s children in a rapidly changing healthcare system. We’re thrilled to be continuing that work through this contract renewal,” says Dr. Michael A. Lindsey, Executive Director of the McSilver Institute. “We are excited to build upon the work of the past 8 years to continue to provide critical resources to New York State providers,” adds Dr. Andrew F. Cleek, Chief Program Officer of the McSilver Institute. “Working with our partner Families Together in New York State and its Youth Power! division, we will also be able to drastically expand the use of family and youth peer advocates to provide services in New York State.”
CTAC offers a variety of trainings, tools, and support to help improve direct services, program operations, and development of the family and youth peer workforce through a variety of training and technical assistance methods, such as webinars, videos, in-person events, clinical intensives, online self-learning, and learning communities.
The Community Technical Assistance Center of New York (CTAC) is a training, consultation, and educational resource center serving all mental health agencies in New York State. It is funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH).
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