Community Resilience and Recovery Initiative: Final Evaluation Report. Impact of Staff Training


Training on various procedures was central to the success of the CRRI project, and will continue to enhance the agencies whose staff received any training. Training for some evidence-based programs was provided only to the agency staff involved in that type of service. For example, the SBIRT model was introduced in mental health and substance use programs and was noted by staff as a valuable resource. Behavioral health service providers as well as providers of employment services were all trained on CBT. Substance use providers were trained on the 12-step facilitation therapy (TSF), a new brief program focused on early recovery from alcohol abuse and other drug abuse or addiction problems. Mental health providers were trained on brief couples therapy. As the PRIDE program was being implemented, the screening results indicated the need for other services. As a result, Rx for Change, a smoking cessation program, and medication assisted therapy were added. School staff were trained in a suicide prevention model called Teen Screen. Although the services are still being offered at the high school, there is not widespread confidence that the services are being provided with fidelity to the original model. Finally, with respect to employment-related services, staff participated in the JOBS training offered through the designers of the program from the University of Michigan. Two trainings were offered. The first training was directed toward implementation of the JOBS program within the PRIDE project. The second training was open to other employment service agencies in the community, as well as faith-based organizations. This model has been very successful and is being continued in Lorain through the Urban League.

Finally, PRIDE staff as well as staff from all of the partners on the PRIDE team, including the mental health and substance use agencies, the schools, and the Career Office, received training on the use of Patient Tools, the screening software program that was used in Lorain, and the GPRA reporting requirements.

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