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Community Defined Practices Capacity Building Project

The California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions is launching the Community Defined Practices Capacity Building project. This is a technical assistance program for Community Based Organizations (CBOs) interested in obtaining assistance advancing their Community Defined Practices (CDPs).

For the purposes of this project, we are defining CDPs as practices that are derived from the traditional practices of a particular racial, ethnic, and cultural community and have been determined effective by the community. These are “bottom-up” practices that arise out of a specific cultural community, based on the community’s ideas of illness and healing, and that target members of that community. They are not “top-down” practices that are developed in an academic setting, based on universal principles, and meant to be applied to a broad range of target populations. Nor are they standard clinical practices learned by clinicians of color in professional training programs, applied with cultural sensitivity in agencies serving ethnically diverse clients.

CIBHS will provide tailored technical assistance and training to CBOs that implement or have introduced community-defined mental health and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and support practices to specific un-served and under-served communities.

Technical assistance will be provided in three areas, based on each agency’s need. These technical assistance areas help build capacity for agencies as program developers, which is different than the capacity they need to be service providers.  The areas are:

  1. Articulating the model and theory of change
  2. Building evidence of effectiveness for the practice
  3. Developing a training protocol so other agencies can implement the practice

Project Objectives

Increase capacity of Community Based Organizations to:

  • Articulate their practice model and theory of change to potential funders
  • Present the evidence of effectiveness for their practice to potential funders and implementers
  • Train others in the practice so it can be implemented in additional communities with a similar target population

Project Activities

  • Introduction Webinar
  • Assessment of strengths and goals
  • Webinar series on technical assistance areas
  • Specialized trainings

Benefits of Project Participation

  • Customized technical assistance
  • Shared learning with peers
  • Assistance in shift from service provider to practice developer/implementer/trainer

View an informational webinar from September 3, 2014 below.

Community Defined Practices Capacity Building Project

Community Defined Practices Project Informational Webinar PowerPoint

Community Defined Practices Project Application

 

Key Ingredients of Community Defined Practices Webinar

This webinar will give cohorts a clear understanding of the project’s definition of Community Defined Practices (CDP) and expectations of Community Based Organizations for meeting the needs of their community. Cohorts will be provided with a historical foundation and overview of CDP interventions and therapies, practice models, cultural context, effectiveness of evidence and practice dissemination.  

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Articulating Community Defined Practice Models Webinar

This webinar will give the cohorts a clear understanding of the importance and mechanics of articulating the key components of their model.  There will be an emphasis on stating the problem addressed by the practice, identifying what is needed to address the problem, and being able to translate “why” the treatment will address the problem.  Participants will be given guidance on how to articulate their theory of change from their cultural worldview.

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Training and Dissemination

Providers usually are not often engaged in practice development and practice dissemination, so gaining new knowledge and skills is helpful for this work. This webinar will provide agencies with an overview of key considerations for disseminating a community-defined practice to other providers. We will cover topics including: training protocols, readiness, fit, quality assurance, and fidelity.

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California Reducing Disparities Project Overview and Update

The Office of Health Equity is pleased to present a webinar to the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions and its partners in mental health equity. This webinar will provide an overview and update of the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP). Participants will receive an overview addressing how and why the CRDP was created, its legislative background and funding, and its vision. The webinar will provide information on key definitions and resources that have been developed and are currently under development, including the CRDP population reports and strategic plan. The CRDP phases and timelines will be explained, along with the linkages between them.

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