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Promising Path to Success 2.0

Promising Path to Success 2.0

In 2019, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded the New Jersey Division of Children and Families (DCF) a System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Grant to continue DCF’s ongoing work of building a more trauma-informed, healing centered, youth- and family- driven, statewide Children’s System of Care for New Jersey. The Promising Path to Success 2.0 (PPS 2.0) initiative builds on the successes of the original Promising Path to Success (PPS 1.0) program that began in 2015. The PPS 1.0 program employed trauma-informed training and implementation coaching on the Six Core Strategies (SCS) and the Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) in 130 behavioral health out-of-home treatment settings and for treatment providers across the CSOC.

PPS 2.0 expands the work of PPS 1.0 by (1) Implementing SCS and NHA to reduce the number of restraints and other disciplinary incidents at the DCF Office of Education schools and 12 other NJ schools that serve youth with complex behavioral health needs (2) Increasing the number of NHA-trained DCF staff and resource/kinship parents (3) Increasing youth and family engagement within 15 Care Management Organizations, 15 Family Support Organizations, and 15 Mobile Response and Stabilization Services across NJ (4) Increasing child and family participation on the Children’s Interagency Coordinating Council meetings and committees.

The Center for Prevention Science was contracted by DCF’s Children’s System of Care to serve as evaluator for the Promising Path to Success 2.0 initiative. Dr. Cory Morton, Assistant Research Professor, is the Principal Investigator on this project. Dr. Morton and the team at CPS including Loren Greene, Project Coordinator, and Lillian Alexander, Graduate Research Assistant, will evaluate this statewide initiative to document the process, progress, challenges, and outcomes of PPS 2.0.




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