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Moving From Controlling Practices to Collaborative Practices

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This Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Webinar for Texas residential intervention providers and state agency leaders is the first of several webinars and other technical assistance activities that BBI is providing for Texas leaders. The first webinar features CEOs, Clinical Director and a youth representative from Youth Development Institute (YDI) a residential program that has made significant steps in transforming their residential programs from using traditional approaches to using practices that correlate to sustained positive outcomes post-discharge from residential for youth and their family members. The presenters will share both why they started their transformational journeys and key steps they took to move forward. The presenters were chosen because they both took their first transformational steps without any additional external funding, although you will hear about how YDI used outcome data to convince their funding agency for a small fiscal increase. YDI has been on their journey for more than five years.


Participants will:

  1. Increase and/or update their understanding regarding what the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is, and how to access BBI information to support their own program’s journey towards realizing long-term positive outcomes for youth and families they serve;

  2. Increase their understanding about why residential programs should put a strong focus on permanency practices;

  3. Learn about the journeys that a residential programs took to implement different empowering/collaborative practices from traditional approaches, their challenges and successful strategies utilized to support positive outcomes post discharge for the youth and the family members they serve;

  4. Learn about strategies utilized to successfully implement individualized approaches;

  5. Learn about strategies utilized to prevent restraint and seclusion;

  6. Have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss challenges that participants have faced or think they may face in implementing collaborative practices in their respective programs; and

  7. Leave the webinar with enthusiasm for making a commitment to permanency as a critical residential program practice and implementing some empowering/collaborative practices.


Presenters

Sherri Adair Hammack, National Coordinator, Building Bridges Initiative | svhammack@sbcglobal.net

Sherri Adair Hammack is a native born Texan, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a teacher’s secondary education certification from Texas Universities. She has more than 37 years of experience in health and human services at the federal, state and community level - especially in the area of systems transformation. Prior to serving as the BBI Coordinator, Ms. Hammack previously served as the state lead for a collaborative statewide children’s mental health initiative known as the Texas System of Care initiative, using the 'system of care' framework that is supported by federal partners at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Mrs. Hammack has dedicated her career to improving collaborative service delivery for youth with complex needs and their families.

David Cocoros, MS, Co-Executive Director, Youth Development Institute (YDI), Arizona | David.Cocoros@YDI.org

David Cocoros is Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder of Youth Development Institute, a non-profit, Joint Commission Accredited organization providing residential and outpatient behavioral health services for youth. David, together his wife, Trish, founded YDI in October of 1996. In June of 1997, YDI opened a 14-bed residential treatment unit in leased space and has since grown to a 132–bed continuum of care located on a 9-acre campus in central Phoenix. David began his lifelong work with youth in 1969 at the Austin State Hospital Children’s Psychiatric Unit and was a co-founder of the Texas Youth and Child Care Worker Association in 1973. David continued working with youth in the field of juvenile corrections, first in Texas with the Texas Youth Commission, leaving public service in 1994 after his two year term as the Deputy Director of the Department of Youth Treatment and Rehabilitation for the State of Arizona. A transformational and visionary leader, David has always been a change agent in systems of care for youth. At YDI, David has built a culture of leadership and learning, always striving for excellence. David earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice Management at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas in 1987. David and Trish have been married for 40 years, have two children and three grandchildren.

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Trish Cocoros, BS, Co-Executive Director, Youth Development Institute (YDI), Arizona | Trish.Cocoros@YDI.org

Trish Cocoros is Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder of Youth Development Institute (YDI), a non-profit, Joint Commission Accredited organization providing residential and outpatient behavioral health services for youth. Trish, together her husband, David, founded YDI in October of 1996. In June of 1997, YDI opened a 14-bed residential treatment unit in leased space and has since grown to a 132–bed continuum of care located on a 9-acre campus in central

Phoenix. Trish has been the driving force behind YDI’s reduction in seclusion and restraint and the implementation of trauma-informed care and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Trish began her work with youth in residential treatment in 1970 and considers working directly with youth as the best part of her job. David and Trish have been married for 40 years, and have two children and three grandchildren.

Maria T. Lopez-Smith, LCSW, LASAC, Executive Clinical Director | Maria.lopez-smith@ydi.org

Maria Lopez-Smith is the Executive Clinical Director of Youth Development Institute (YDI) where she began working as a therapist in 2001. For the last 20 years, Maria has worked with children and adolescents who have histories of trauma, neglect, substance abuse, probation/parole involvement, child welfare involvement, and serious behavioral health challenges. Through her leadership, Maria has been instrumental in transforming YDI’s program and services as YDI embraced the Building Bridges Initiative, implemented trauma-informed care, and adopted Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Through this transformation, YDI has successfully and significantly reduced the use of restraint and eliminated the use of seclusion and is building sustained positive outcomes for youth and families. A 1998 graduate of Arizona State University as a Master of Social Work, Maria is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, and an Arizona State University School of Social Work Community Advisory Board Member and Field Instructor. Married for ten years, Maria is the mother of two active boys.

Youth Representative, Youth Development Institute (YDI), Arizona

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