Building Bridges...

Advancing partnerships among residential and community-based service providers, youth and families to improve lives.

Welcome to the Building Bridges Initiative.

Building Bridges is a national initiative working to identify and promote practice and policy that will create strong and closely coordinated partnerships and collaborations between families, youth, community - and residentially - based treatment and service providers, advocates and policy makers to ensure that comprehensive mental health services and supports are available to improve the lives of young people and their families.

In all that we do, we strive to advance partnerships among residential and community-based service providers, youth, and families to improve lives.

To read more about the Building Bridges Initiative, read the BBI Overview Document.


The Building Bridges Initiative is pleased to share the following document: 

Implementing Effective Short-Term Residential Interventions-  A Building Bridges Initiative Guide


The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)

Fall Training Event

October 4-6, 2017

Double Tree by Hilton, Andover, MA


Training Schedule at a Glance


Tuesday, October 3rd:                     2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Overview of BBI (for those new to BBI)

Wednesday, October 4th:                8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Training & Networking Sessions

                  5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.:  Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 5th:                   8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: Training & Networking Sessions

Friday, October 6th:                        8:30 a.m. – 12 noon: Training Sessions




Registration capacity reached!

Due to the overwhelming interest in the 2017 Building Bridges Initiative Fall Training Event, the event has reached capacity and is sold out.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

For further information, questions, comments and/or concerns please contact JuRon McMillan who will be happy to assist.

JuRon McMillan's contact information:



Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)

BBI has received approval for CEUs through the National Association of Social Workers, and has requested and is awaiting approval for the following disciplines:

Ø  Licensed Mental Health Counselor credits through the National Board of Certified Counselors

Ø  Psychology through the American Psychological Association 

Ø  Nursing (Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nursing) and

Ø  Occupational Therapy.  


Shuttle Transportation Options to/from Airport


The DoubleTree is located right off the highway Route 93 in Andover, Massachusetts.

·                From Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) – Distance: 30 miles

·                From Boston Manchester Regional Airport (MHT) – Distance: 28 miles


There are many transportation companies in the area; BBI has successfully used:

Flightline Transportation:  Service from Boston Logan to

Andover, MA is $47.15 each way (includes gratuity); 2 people is $54.05. 

For trips between 11pm – 4am, add $11                         Book 1-800-245-2525



Hotel Information

THE TRAINING EVENT HOTEL (DoubleTree by Hilton) 


Our host, American Training, Inc., is working with the following Overflow Hotels that are nearby listed below. Transportation to and from these hotels and the event will be provided.

Courtyard by Marriott:  Book your group rate for Building Bridges Initiative

10 Campanelli Drive

Andover, MA 01810

Telephone (978) 794-0700


SpringHill Suites: Book your group rate for Building Bridges Initiative

550 Minuteman Road

Andover, MA 01810

Telephone: (978) 688-8200



Sonesta ES Suites: Book your group rate for Building Bridges Initiative

4 Tech Drive

Andover, MA 01810

Telephone: (978) 686-2000




You can still reserve a hotel room at the Double Tree if available, but you will NOT receive a discounted event rate.  You may call the Double Tree at 978-975-3600 or 800-445-8667 or reserve on-line at:



Shuttle Transportation Options to/from Training Event Hotel (Double Tree by Hilton)

American Training is providing complemenatary transporation from SpringHill Suites, Courtyard Marriott and Sonesta ESuites hotels to and from the Training Event at the Double Tree by Hilton. 



Highlights of the BBI Training Event:

Four Plenary Sessions on Critical Areas for Ensuring Sustained Positive Outcomes for Youth and Families Post-Residential Discharge:


Ø  Short-Term Residential Practice Models for Engaging & Supporting Families with Complex Challenges in their Homes and Communities

Ø  Residential Practices to Ensure Every Youth has Permanent Connections

Ø  Tracking Long-Term Outcomes on a National, State and Provider Level

Ø  Reimagining Residential for the Future and A Call to Action for all Residential Stakeholders

20 Workshop Training Sessions in Five Relevant Topic Area Tracks, provided by residential, community and oversight agency experts from around the country:

Ø  Residential Practices to Ensure Permanent Connections – including sessions on:

·       collaborative practices with child welfare

·       working with families formed by adoption

·       successful permanency practice models used by different residential programs

Ø  Operationalizing BBI Values into Residential Practices: Youth-Guided Care, Family-Driven Care & Cultural and Linguistic Competence – including sessions on:

·       successfully sustaining the prevention of aggression, and restraint and seclusion

·       best practices in preparing your organization for, and hiring and supporting youth and family advocates

·       the journeys and practices used by different residential programs to become family-driven and youth-guided

·       best practices for working with youth who identify as LGBTQ

Ø  Short-term Residential Practice Models to Engage & Support Families with Complex Challenges in their Homes and Communities

·       the journeys and practices used by different residential programs to successfully engage families with complex challenges

·       successful collaboration practices between residential and community programs, with an emphasis on successful educational partnerships

Ø  Oversight Agencies Best Practices

·       best practices in use of and monitoring of psychotropic medications

·       successful state and county practices in moving residential programs to the best practice arena

·       successful state practices in preventing and reducing the use of residential for both child welfare and behavioral health

·       working successfully with judges

·       fiscal and Medicaid strategies that support residential best practices

Ø  Long-term Outcomes and Business Transformation

·       practices to support residential leaders in business transformation

·       creating outcome cultures

·       the journeys towards becoming outcome-driven and strategies used by different residential programs to track long-term outcomes post residential discharge

·       an overview of and next steps for BBI’s Outcomes Pilot

       Affinity Groups: 

BBI is bringing back the successful Affinity Group Offerings from the BBI 2015 Training Event.  Attendees will have the opportunity to spend time individually and/or in small groups with national experts in over 15 different focus areas, including all of those listed above.


More details on presenters & sessions to be sent with next BBI Training Event Update!




Please contact the BBI Coordinator, Sherri Hammack:

This event is funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private philanthropy that creates a brighter future for the nation’s children, families and communities.  We thank the Casey Foundation for its support.

We look forward to seeing you and your team(s) in Massachusetts in the Fall!