TA Coalition Webinar: Exploring Self-Directed Care: Description and Early Implementation Findings from the Demonstration and Evaluation of Self-Direction in Behavioral Health
Webinar Description: Self-direction, also called self-directed care, consumer direction, and participant direction, is a model for organizing services and supports in which the service user manages a flexible budget with assistance from a specially trained support broker. The Boston College National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services and Human Services Research Institute are conducting a three-year multi-state Demonstration and Evaluation of Self-Direction in Behavioral Health, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The evaluation involves two main components, a formative process evaluation and a system-level outcome evaluation focusing on service utilization and cost. Through the process evaluation, HSRI documents program design, implementation successes and challenges, strategies for overcoming challenges, and generate a set of guidelines for program replication and sustainability. In this webinar, members of the evaluation team presents early findings from the process evaluation, including a description of current self-direction efforts and key lessons learned in the first year of the project.
Bevin Croft is a Research Associate with the Human Services Research Institute. She conducts research in the areas of self-direction and self-determination, employment supports, peer-provided services, mental health crisis alternatives, psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery, co-occurring mental health and substance use issues, integration of physical and behavioral health, health reform, and state behavioral health system design and financing. Ms. Croft is the project director for the evaluation component of a multi-state Demonstration and Evaluation of Self-Direction in Behavioral Health.
Ben Cichocki is a Research Associate with the Human Services Research Institute. He has played a key role in numerous national evaluations of projects focused on improving the effectiveness of community mental health and rehabilitation programs, including the multi-state Demonstration and Evaluation of Self-Direction in Behavioral Health. Dr. Cichocki has published on topics such as reasonable accommodations, the therapeutic relationship, integrated services for individuals with co-occurring disorders, and state behavioral health infrastructure development. He is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP).
Kevin J. Mahoney serves as Founding Director of the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services at Boston College. From 1996 to 2008, he was the National Program Director for the Cash & Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation, a policy-driven evaluation of one of the most unfettered forms of consumer direction. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the Demonstration and Evaluation of Self-Direction in Behavioral Health. Dr. Mahoney is known for his research on participant direction of home and community-based services and supports for people with disabilities, and financing of long-term care. A major theme of Kevin’s has been translational research linking research and practice. An expert on state government and long-term care innovation, Mahoney has authored and co-authored dozens of scholarly articles and books.