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.

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

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

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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

 

 

IMPORTANT UPDATES

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: http://www.flightlineinc.com.  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 Reservations

THE TRAINING EVENT HOTEL IS NEARLY SOLD OUT!

The deadline to receive the special conference rate within the remaining reserved block of rooms is September 5, 2017.

 

To reserve your hotel room:

Our host, American Training, Inc., has worked with the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Andover, MA to secure a great hotel room rate ($152/night plus tax – which includes breakfast).  https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/dt/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=BOSORDT&spec_plan=CDTBBI&arrival=20171002&departure=20171006&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT  or call the Double Tree at 978-975-3600 or 800-445-8667  These rates are available on a first-come first-serve basis so make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.  

 

Overflow Hotels that are nearby are listed below. Transportation to and from these hotels and the event will be provided.

 

Courtyard by Marriott:  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/mhtch-courtyard-boston-andover/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

10 Campanelli Drive

Andover, MA 01810

Telephone (978) 794-0700

 

SpringHill Suites: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bosav-springhill-suites-boston-andover/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2

550 Minuteman Road

Andover, MA 01810

Telephone: (978) 688-8200



 

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!


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Registration & Hotel Information 

Registration Fees

 

·     Full training Program: $395

·     Single Day Rate: $200

·     Presenters will receive a discounted rate of $295

·     Introduction to BBI on October 3rd, 2- 5 p.m.:  $50 (free w/ paid full registration of $395)

 

 

To register for the training, please go to:  http://togetherthevoice.org/bbitraining 

Hotel Information 

MAKE SURE TO RESERVE YOUR HOTEL ROOM EARLY TO GET THE SPECIAL RATE 

To reserve your hotel room:

 

Our host, American Training, Inc., has worked with the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Andover, MA to secure a great hotel room rate ($152/night plus tax – which includes breakfast).  These rates are available on a first-come first-serve basis so make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.  

 

To receive the discounted room rate please have a credit card available and register via Booking Link:

https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/dt/reservation/book.htm?inputModule=HOTEL&ctyhocn=BOSORDT&spec_plan=CDTBBI&arrival=20171002&departure=20171006&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT  or call the Double Tree at 978-975-3600 or 800-445-8667 by September 5, 2017 and indicate that you are with the Building Bridges Initiative - 2017 Fall Training Event.  To register for extra nights (i.e. before or after the conference) @ the low rate, you must call the hotel.

These rates are available on a first-come first-serve basis so make your hotel reservations as soon as possible.   

 

Questions?

 

 

Please contact the BBI Coordinator, Sherri Hammack: svhammack@sbcglobal.net

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!