Todd Sosna

California Disaster Mental Health Coalition, Los Angeles, California, United States

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Publications (3)6.88 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The current paper describes three models of research-practice collaboration to scale-up evidence-based practices (EBP): (1) the Rolling Cohort model in England, (2) the Cascading Dissemination model in San Diego County, and (3) the Community Development Team model in 53 California and Ohio counties. Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC) and KEEP are the focal evidence-based practices that are designed to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health systems. The three scale-up models each originated from collaboration between community partners and researchers with the shared goal of wide-spread implementation and sustainability of MTFC/KEEP. The three models were implemented in a variety of contexts; Rolling Cohort was implemented nationally, Cascading Dissemination was implemented within one county, and Community Development Team was targeted at the state level. The current paper presents an overview of the development of each model, the policy frameworks in which they are embedded, system challenges encountered during scale-up, and lessons learned. Common elements of successful scale-up efforts, barriers to success, factors relating to enduring practice relationships, and future research directions are discussed.
    Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research 04/2011; 39(4):278-90. · 3.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There is a growing consensus that implementation of evidence-based intervention and treatment models holds promise to improve the quality of services in child public service systems such as mental health, juvenile justice, and child welfare. Recent policy initiatives to integrate such research-based services into public service systems have created pressure to expand knowledge about implementation methods. Experimental strategies are needed to test multi-level models of implementation in real world contexts. In this article, the initial phase of a randomized trial that tests two methods of implementing Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care (an evidence-based intervention that crosses child public service systems) in 40 non-early adopting California counties is described. Results are presented that support the feasibility of using a randomized design to rigorously test contrasting implementation models and engaging system leaders to participate in the trial.
    Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research 08/2008; 35(4):250-60. · 3.44 Impact Factor
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