System-Level Implementation

While the Penn Collaborative's work began in Philadelphia, it has a much wider scope that includes system-level implementation with EBP's worldwide, focusing on 1) implementation readiness, 2) training and 3) sustainability.

These are some examples of what the Penn Collaborative has done in the Philadelphia network:

  • Held a year-long sustainability program for all EBP providers
    • Coordinated a full-day conference for clinicians, supervisors, and administrators from all EBPs to present information, form workgroups, and define a mission.
    • Developed workgroups to focus on areas of interest identified in forums including measurement-based care, sustainability, and EBP supervision
    • Monthly scheduled check-ins and support with each workgroup
  • Held summits with key stakeholders in all Evidence based practice (EBP) initiatives recognized by Evidence-based Practice and Innovation Center (EPIC).
    • One summit brought together therapists, supervisors, and agency leadership from across organizations that had been trained in an EBP to discuss lessons learned and ongoing needs.
    • A second summit focused on consumers and their experiences with finding and receiving an EBP, in addition to their recommendations for better involving consumers in EBP work.
    • The third summit brought together the 7 implementation expert groups working in the Department of Behavioral Heath and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) system to consider ways in which they could better collaborate, share resources, and reduce redundancies and barriers. 
  • Provide quarterly workshops and other resources focused on, but not limited to, evaluating outcomes, building capacity to address turnover or increase penetration, maintaining capacity among trained clinicians, navigating competing demands, and stakeholder buy-in. 

The overarching long-term plan is for the Penn Collaborative to continue providing implementation readiness and training in CBT, while also offering support to key stakeholders across EBPs. This work reflects the Penn Collaborative's commitment to broad access to high-quality, sustained EBPs in the DBHIDS system and beyond.



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