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A Partnership with the Center for Innovative Practices’ Coordinating Center of Excellence | Begun Center for Violence Prevention at Case Western University

Ohio is another step closer to achieving its goal of transforming the state’s approach to serving children, youth, and families who require support from multiple state systems, and our own Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) is leading the way.

In March 2021, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) announced that the CIP, one of three established centers within the Begun Center, has been awarded a two-year, $3.6 million contract to coordinate a new statewide Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. This marks the third Center of Excellence at the Mandel School, along with the CIP and the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP).

“Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Innovative Practices has decades of experience and is highly-qualified to develop, manage and oversee the work of the new Center. We look forward to growing this new partnership, which I am confident will yield positive results for Ohio’s children and families for years to come,” said OhioMHAS Director Lori Criss.

“The Center for Innovative Practices at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education is honored to be selected to coordinate Ohio’s Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence. CIP looks forward to providing support for Ohio’s transformative children’s initiatives and workforce. As a center, we are successful when youth and families are successful, and we look forward to celebrating in their successes.”

OhioMHAS has partnered with other state agencies, including Job and Family Services, Medicaid, Youth Services, Developmental Disabilities, Health, and Ohio Family and Children First, to develop and issue the request for proposals. Among its primary responsibilities, the new Center of Excellence will be responsible for:

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