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Grant Status: Completed

Grant Title: Distance Learning

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Grantee Product(s):

Project Director(s):

John T. Richards, MA
Project Director
Georgetown University
Georgetown University, Public Policy Institute
2115 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
STE. 601 Box 571273
Washington, DC  20057-0001
Phone: (202) 784-9772
FAX: (202) 784-9777
Email: richarjt@georgetown.edu


1 in 5 youth faces mental health (MH) problems. Detailed information on common MH concerns is not readily accessible. This project will develop an online MH curriculum focused on MH concerns that can be applied in multiple settings, with special emphasis on minority populations and professionals.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Improve providers' capacities in identifying and treating mental health concerns. Objective 1: Create resource modules on identification and management of psychosocial problems and mental disorders affecting children and youth in Years 1-3. Objective 2: Provide a general/pharmacological interventions and "when to refer" guidance for each disorder in Years 1-3. Goal 2: Integrate family-centered strategies for mental health concerns in minority families. Objective 1: Create a strengths-based module on mental health concerns in families in Year 2. Objective 2: Develop a module on mental health concerns in diverse cultures in Year 3. Goal 3: Strengthen MCH providers' leadership competencies. Objective 1: Integrate family-centered teaching tools through curriculum in Years 1-3. Objective 2: Develop a module on MCH leadership competencies in Year 2. Goal 4: Advance a community-based, coordinated systems of care approach between mental health and public/primary care services for children and families. Objective 1: Develop a module on coordinating systems of care in Years 2-3. Objective 2: Create a professional "Community of Learners (blog and videos) in Year 3. Goal 5: Promote and disseminate knowledge through traditional and social media technologies. Objective 1: Coordinate and convene a "virtual" DL Grantees Meeting in Year 3. Objective 2: Use social media channels for outreach and promote discussion in Years 1-3.


Create core modules on 12-15 mental health concerns and additional modules on (1) family-centered, culturally appropriate care; (2) developmental concerns in diverse cultures; (3) MCH leadership competencies; and (4) a systems of care approach. Develop an electronic toolkit of credible mental health tools and resources. Convene a meeting of MCHB distance learning grantees. Offer continuing (medical) education (CME) and CE credits through Georgetown University.


Multiple State Departments of Health; AIM Partners; minority organizations; National Center for Cultural Competence; National TA Center for Children's Mental Health.


Evaluation will include: (1) usability testing; (2) state review; (3) online course feedback; (4) online testing; (5) follow-up surveys; and (6) Web statistics.

Experience to Date:

The project has focused on expanded modules on the main mental health concerns, which include anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders, child maltreatment, domestic violence, eating disorders, learning disorders, intellectual disability, mood disorders, oppositional and aggressive behaviors, parental depression, and substance use problems. In addition, staff have begun work on two modules specifically design to support families, including CYSHCN, and those who are most vulnerable for mental health issues.

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