About this Webinar
Drs. Lyons & Fernando will share their expertise on how TCOM Tools can effectively support decision-making processes connected with level of care (LOC) determination. University of Kentucky’s Center for Innovation in Population Health (IPH) strives to foster strong, multi-sector collaborative relationships with key partners throughout the University, Commonwealth of Kentucky, United States and beyond. IPH’s goal is to support the identification of a common set of priorities along with a well-developed strategy for addressing population health improvement and to build a portfolio of research, evaluation, & dissemination/implementation (D&I) initiatives which support and enhance the Center’s multi-sector collaborative relationships in population health.
States, organizations, and agencies across the country have incorporated the use of TCOM and the TCOM Tools into their children’s systems. However, there continues to be an increased need for incorporating TCOM and TCOM Tools, especially the Adult Needs & Strengths Assessment or ANSA directly within adult systems to support transformational care-planning.
Kenneth McGill, EdS LMFT
Solution-Focused Care Senior Scientist at Opeeka
John S. Lyons, PhD
Professor, IPH Center Director at the University of Kentucky
Dr. John S. Lyons is director of the Center for Innovation in Population Health and professor of Health Management and Policy. He has published more than 200 peer reviewed publications and six books including Redressing the Emperor: improving our children’s public mental health system and Communimetrics. Lyons has created and supported the use of evidence-based assessments that are used around the world including the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS), Family Advocacy and Support Tool (FAST) and Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment (ANSA). He actively works at the interface between practice and policy in mental health, child welfare, education, and justice.
Dr. April Fernando, PhD, MA
Associate Director, University of Kentucky Center for Innovation in Population Health (IPH)
Dr. Fernando received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University, where she focused on Psychodynamic/Child and Family areas of study. Early in her career, she became involved in training psychologists. She discovered her love of helping others through mentoring and supporting young clinicians, and helping them to connect to the mission driven part of their work.
April was a training director for over 20 years, and she developed a child and adolescent psychology training program that eventually became an APA-accredited internship program dedicated, in part, to preparing psychologists to provide mental health care to foster youth and their families.
Dr. Fernando currently leads a Child Welfare Collaborative, which consists of 10 state child welfare agencies across the United States that have integrated the TCOM approach. This formed as a result of her TCOM implementation work with child welfare agencies.