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SSW's Institute Provide Data Collection and Evaluation Support for U-TURNS program

The School of Social Work’s Institute for Innovation & Implementation (The Institute) has been awarded a $59,000 second-year contract though Behavioral Health System Baltimore to provide data collection and evaluation support for the U-TURNS program.

Funded through SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (Category III), U-TURNS is designed to increase access to services for young people (ages 14-25) in Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood who have been exposed to chronic stress and trauma.

In partnership with Catholic Charities and the Penn North Kids Safe Zone, U-TURNS offers an array of trauma-informed services, including both clinical interventions (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model groups) and non-traditional healing modalities (yoga/mindfulness and acupuncture). In addition to collecting, managing, and analyzing programmatic and National Outcome Measure data, The Institute will facilitate continuous quality improvement (CQI) processes to ensure that data are being used to drive high-quality services for young people.

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