July 24-26, 2013 | Philadelphia, PA

The Three Branch Institute on Child Social and Emotional Well-Being was held July 24-26, 2013, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This meeting was hosted by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, the National Conference of State Legislatures, Casey Family Programs, the National Center for State Courts, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The aim of the Three Branch Institute is for participating states to improve social and emotional well-being for children in foster care. Seven states are participating in the institute, and they are developing an integrated approach to improving well-being by leveraging the work of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches. During the meeting in Philadelphia, participating states learned about the components of child well-being; heard presentations from experts on topics such as trauma-informed care, improving educational outcomes, and leveraging Medicaid funding; and revised their strategic plans to measure and improve well-being among children in foster care.



A Framework for Addressing Child Social and Emotional Well-Being

  • Bryan Samuels, commissioner, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • The Honorable Patricia Martin, child protection division judge, Cook County Circuit Court, State of Illinois
  • The Honorable Diana Urban, assembly member, Connecticut State Assembly

National Data Presentation

Moving Toward a Trauma-Informed System

Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth

  • Kathleen McNaught, assistant director, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
  • Maura McInerney, senior staff attorney, Education Law Center
  • Cindi E. Horshaw, acting bureau director, Bureau of Policy, Programs and Operations Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
  • Daniel Iser, advisor, School Services Office, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Effective Monitoring of Psychotropic Medication Usage in the Foster Care System

  • Thomas Mackie, research associate, Tufts Medical Center
  • The Honorable Michael Nash, juvenile court presiding judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles County, State of California

Leveraging Funding Opportunities to Improve Outcomes

  • Nadia Sexton, senior advisor, Casey Family Programs
  • Alicia Davis, principal court management consultant, National Center for State Courts
  • Sheila Pires, partner, Human Service Collaborative

Addressing Substance Abuse in the Child Welfare System

The Role of Medicaid in Providing Well-Being Services

Meeting Behavioral Health Needs of Children and Youth in Care

  • Sherry Peters, senior policy associate, National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
  • Elizabeth Manley, director, Division of Children's System of Care, New Jersey Department of Children and Families
  • Debra Lancaster, director, Office of Child and Family Health, New Jersey Department of Children and Families
  • Francine Scott, deputy director for case practice, New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services

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