DMH Caring Together Stakeholder Workgroups

The Department of Mental Health (DMH) is seeking input into services that are currently delivered under the Caring Together umbrella (CT). DMH is convening this workgroup as a key means for obtaining stakeholder input. Please note that DMH does not intend to issue an RFI that seeks written comments, as was done with the previous Caring Together procurement. In addition to this workgroup, DMH will conduct five focus groups with families

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Stakeholder Workgroup Schedule of Meetings

Date

Time

Location

Tentative Topic

May 15, 2019

10am – 12noon

The Community Room

Framingham Public Library

746 Water Street

Framingham, MA

Orientation

May 29, 2019

10am – 12noon

Rodriguez Auditorium

Hadley Building

167 Lyman Street

Westborough, MA

Continuum/Intensive In Home Service

June 11, 2019

10am – 12noon

Rodriguez Auditorium

Hadley Building

167 Lyman Street

Westborough, MA

Intensive Family partnership service

 

June 28, 2019

10am – 12noon

The Community Room

Framingham Public Library

746 Water Street

Framingham, MA

Group Homes

July 12, 2019

10am – 12noon

The Community Room

Framingham Public Library

746 Water Street

Framingham, MA

Clinical Interventions

July 24, 2019

10am – 12noon

The Community Room

Framingham Public Library

746 Water Street

Framingham, MA

Young Adult programming

 

August 6, 2019

10am – 12noon

Rodriguez Auditorium

Hadley Building

167 Lyman Street

Westborough, MA

Best Practices

August 28, 2019

10am – 12noon

The Community Room

Framingham Public Library

746 Water Street

Framingham, MA

Business Models (not rates)

September 13, 2019

10am – 12noon

Rodriguez Auditorium

Hadley Building

167 Lyman Street

Westborough, MA

Performance Measures

September 25, 2019

10am – 12noon

Rodriguez Auditorium

Hadley Building

167 Lyman Street

Westborough, MA

Wrap up

Additional Resources

Background on Caring Together

Caring Together currently includes a range of intensive in-home and out of home treatment services, purchased by both DMH and DCF in varying proportions.  As conveyed in a joint message from DMH and DCF on December 20, 2018, DMH and DCF will issue separate but coordinated procurements for these services.  DMH’s statewide IRTP and CIRT programs were included in the previous Caring Together procurement; however, we anticipate that they will be procured separately in the future. 

Several factors contribute to DMH’s interest in seeking feedback from a representative group of stakeholders.  These include:

  • Feedback gathered over the course of Caring Together, both formal and informal, has highlighted both best practices and opportunities for improvement at all levels of the CT system. 
  • The impact on DMH from the decision to purchase services in a separate but coordinated manner, while also being mindful of the emerging needs and shifting resources in child welfare and the children’s behavioral health system.
  • The evidence-base of effective behavioral health service models and interventions continues to grow and must be considered carefully by a range of perspectives.  
  • The value of utilizing a transparent process that engages diverse stakeholders through a series of meetings to provide iterative input into the development of program models and practices that is both effective and efficient.

Workgroup Membership List

DMH Stakeholder Workgroup to Inform Planning for DMH services currently under the Caring Together umbrella Membership List as of May 1, 2019

(in no particular order)

  • Tina Champagne
  • Andrea Joyner
  • Meredith Lagoy
  • Kim Ritter
  • Renee Ghembaza
  • Mairin Schreiber
  • Matthew McCall
  • Andrea Salzman
  • Lynn Riley
  • Betty Bragdon
  • Gretchen Emond
  • Oonagh Brault
  • Joel Aponte
  • Steve Shank
  • Holly Calamese-Grazette
  • Kerry Roberts
  • Samantha Poutas
  • Joe Forth
  • Lori Montello
  • Joel Goldstein

Orientation Meeting May 15, 2019

Agenda:

  • Introductions
  • Guiding Principles
  • Workgroup Expectations and Goals
  • Current Caring Together Services
  • Preview of Areas for Feedback

Additional Resources

Caring Together Continuum May 29, 2019

Agenda

  • Welcome Back
  • Data
  • Focus Group Findings
  • Lessons from the Research
  • Discussion and Feedback

Additional Resources

Caring Together Family-based Placement Models June 11, 2019

Agenda:

  • Welcome Back
  • Continuum Summary Feedback
  • Family-based Models 
  • Discussion

Additional Resources

Caring Together Group Home Models June 28, 2019

  • Welcome Back
  • Feedback Summary on Intensive Tx Family Placement Models
  • Data handout
  • Group Home Discussion

Additional Resources

Caring Together Clinical Interventions July 12, 2019

Agenda

  • Welcome Back
  • Feedback Summary on Group Home Models
  • Clinical Interventions Discussion

Additional Resources

Caring Together Young Adult Programming July 24, 2019

  • Welcome Back
  • Feedback Summary on Clinical Interventions
  • Young Adult Programs and Practices Discussion

Additional Resources

Caring Together Best Practices August 6, 2019

Agenda

  • Welcome Back
  • Feedback Summary on Young Adult Programs
  • Best Practices Discussion

Additional Resources

Caring Together Business Models August 28, 2019

Agenda

  • Welcome Back
  • Feedback Summary on Best Practices
  • Business Models Discussion

Additional Resources

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