NTTAC provides training and technical assistance (TTA) supporting a system of care approach to improving behavioral health among children and youth.
NTTAC partners with states, tribes, territories, and communities across the nation. NTTAC supports them in developing effective and efficient delivery systems that benefit children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health needs and their families.
NTTAC provides training and technical assistance (TTA) to support grantees of two SAMHSA grant programs:
- System of Care Expansion Implementation
- System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Cooperative Agreements
Additionally, NTTAC offers TTA to states, tribes, territories, and communities that are not SAMHSA grantees but are interested in learning more about or developing a system of care.
In 2015, SAMHSA awarded the contract to operate NTTAC to the National Technical Assistance Network (TA Network). The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work serves as the TA Network’s coordinating hub and offers expertise in workforce development, system of care implementation, homelessness, center of excellence development, juvenile justice, child welfare, and mental health.
TTA is provided through the Institute and the TA Network’s 13 core partners:
- The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) at Case Western Reserve University has expertise in clinical best practices, workforce development, and the development of centers of excellence.
- The Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (CHCS) has expertise in child health quality; policy, system design, and financing; and collaborative learning and best practice dissemination for psychotropic medication monitoring.
- The Department of Child and Family Studies at the University of South Florida (USF) leads the TA Network’s cultural and linguistic competence work.
- The Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) has expertise in family engagement and leadership.
- The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development Center (GUCCHD) has expertise in early intervention and behavioral health integration.
- Human Service Collaboration (HSC) has expertise in policy, system design and financing.
- Management & Training Innovations (MTI) supports work focused on early intervention and behavioral health integration and has expertise in systems of care, strategic planning, and custody relinquishment prevention.
- The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) has expertise in tribal systems of care support.
- Policy Research Associates’ (PRS) National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) has expertise in juvenile justice and children’s mental health.
- Portland State University (PSU) co-directs the National Wraparound Initiative (NWI) and National Wraparound Implementation Center (NWIC) and is home to the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures and the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA). PSU has expertise in clinical best practices, wraparound, and workforce development; youth of transition age; first episode of psychosis; research; and evaluation.
- Tufts Medical Center has expertise in psychiatry; clinical best practices; and topics related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and two-spirit issues.
- The University of Washington (UW) leads the TA Network’s clinical best practices, wraparound, and workforce development work. UW co-directs NWI and NWIC with PSU and houses the Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team (WERT); Evidence-Based Practice Institute; and School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center.
- Youth M.O.V.E. (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) National (YMN) leads the TA Network’s youth engagement and leadership efforts.