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Partnering with Families through Family-Driven Practices

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This Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) webinar for Texas residential intervention providers and state agency leaders is the second of several webinars and other technical assistance activities that BBI is providing for Texas leaders. In this webinar, Sherri Hammack, the national coordinator for BBI will offer the values and guiding principles within the BBI framework for family-driven care practices with residential interventions. The webinar features an Executive Director and Clinical Director from St. Mary’s Home for Children, a residential program in Rhode Island that has made significant steps in partnering with families and implementing family-driven practices that correlate to sustained positive outcomes post-discharge from residential for youth and their family members. The Executive Director of the Parent Support Network of Rhode Island will also be featured to talk about their partnerships with residential programs and key steps they took to move forward. The presenters were chosen because they are taking their transformational steps within existing resources to implement partnerships with families to advance sustained positive outcomes for youth and families.

Participants will:

  1. Increase and/or update their understanding regarding what the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is, family-driven care values and practices that supported by research 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 leaders from Rhode Island began to transform their residential programs, implementing practices consistent with family-driven and youth-guided and trauma-informed care;

  3. Increase their understanding about key steps that residential leaders from Rhode Island took in order to transform their residential programs from a primary focus on youth getting better in care to a primary focus on improving sustained positive outcomes post residential discharge for both youth and families;

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

  5. Leave the webinar with enthusiasm for making a commitment to partnerships with families as a critical residential program practice and implementing family-driven practices.


Sherri Adair Hammack, National Coordinator, Building Bridges Initiative |

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.

Carlene Casciano-McCann, Executive Director, St. Mary’s Home for Children (Rhode Island) |

Carlene Casciano-McCann has been the Executive Director of St. Mary’s Home for Children since 2008. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College and Master’s and Certificate of Graduate Studies degrees from Rhode Island College. St. Mary’s Home for Children provides residential, acute residential and emergency shelter services, specialized outpatient, home and community-based services and a special education program. Recognizing the need for an approach based on dignity, meaning and youth and family voice and choice, Carlene has focused on improving all facets of service delivery in order to provide trauma-informed services to the youth and families served by St. Mary’s Home for Children. This has resulted in a significant decrease in the use of physical management, increased family engagement and youth voice. St. Mary’s has partnered with a Parent Partner organization (Parent Support Network) to bring the Building Bridges Initiative to fruition. Carlene resides in Greenville, RI with her husband, Tim and daughter, Lindsay.

Patricia A. Olney-Murphy, LICSW, MPA, Clinical Director, St. Mary’s Home for Children (Rhode Island) |

Patty has worked for St. Mary’s Home for Children since 1990. Patty gained valuable experience working in all areas of St. Mary’s including home-based, clinical outpatient, and administration. Prior to working at St. Mary’s Patty worked as a front line staff member in a residential milieu, Sophia Little Home for 3 years. Patty also has a private practice providing sexual abuse specific treatment and evaluations, risk evaluations and treatment, complex trauma, autism spectrum disorder, and family treatment.

Lisa Conlan, National Family Leader (Rhode Island) |

Lisa Conlan is a National Family Leader in consulting with systems of care, wraparound, peer support programs, and family organizations. Lisa started on her path as a family leader in the state of Rhode Island. Lisa has helped to raise five children and is now a grandmother of two. Lisa became involved in children’s mental health as a parent advocating to meet her own child and family’s needs. Lisa’s expertise includes her years of experience working as an Executive Director of the Parent Support Network of Rhode Island, a statewide family organization and leading system of care efforts in Rhode Island at a policy, management, and practice level. Lisa served on staff for seven years with the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health providing training and technical assistance to the field of children’s mental health, the interacting child serving systems and families. Lisa has worked extensively with the system of care communities and statewide family network grants funded by CMHS, SAMHSA providing training and technical assistance in the areas of policy, partnership, fiscal management, contracts, program development and implementation. Lisa is a member of the National Wraparound Initiative and has expertise in training, certifying, and supervising Family Support Partners in wraparound. Lisa works in partnership with the Human Service Collaborative, National Training.

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