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Center for Family Services News

Over the past several months, several treatment foster care youth have been adopted or reunified with their family. Join us in celebration the following adoptions and reunifications!
Gerald - Adopted by the Mr. & Mrs. Blake a HOPE Family
Savannah- adopted by Mr. & Mrs. Malone, a HOPE Family
Hope- adopted by Mr. & Mrs. Hayden, a HOPE family
Amber- adopted by Ms Criner, a TFC family

Allen- was reunified with his familyOn September 24th 
Val Weems, Karen Stettes, Isaac Mensah and Leslie Womack received Center for Family Services Mission in Action Awards for their commitment and dedication to providing exemplary fiscal services to CFS for the past 10 years.

St. Vincent’s Villa Residential Update

October 13, 2014
I would like to thank everyone who attended one of the Residential All Staff Meetings this past week. For those who were not able to make it, here is a summary of the highlights:

1. We recognized staff who celebrated a special service anniversary. They include: 
• Cat Graves, Sr. Clinician in Genesis, for 5 years of service
• Andrea Telford, RTC II in Genesis, for 5 years of service
• Kathy Haerian, Therapist in Ambrose, for 5 years of service
• Letisha Tyrell, RTC II in DePaul, for 5 years of service
• Channel Walton, Milieu Supervisor in Sojourner, for 5 years of service
• Brooke Campbell, Behavioral Specialist, for 5 years of service
• Richelle Stefko, RTC II in Sojourner, for 5 years of service
• Kristi Eskridge, Transportation Coordinator, for 10 years of service
• Darnel Bias, Environmental Services, for 10 years of service
• Ta-Juan Gore-Cromer, RTC II in DePaul, for 10 years of service
• Robin Murray, Sr. RTC in Ambrose, for 15 years of service
• Kim Kiriazoglou, Nurse, for 15 years of service
• Kendall Goodrich, Behavioral Specialist, for 20 years of service
• James Zeauskas, NCCA, for 25 years of service
• Cindy Lutz, Assistant Director of Health Services, for 25 years os service
• Lisa Samuels, Housekeeping Coordinator, for 30 years of service
2. We also recognized our Mission in Action Award recipients—Johanna Miller, Dino Gizzi and Devin Foster.
When you see any of our Service Award or Mission in Action Award recipients, please thank them. We are incredibly fortunate to have such dedicated, skilled and compassionate staff who go above and beyond to improve the lives of children in our care.

3. We shared some information about Catholic Charities 2015-2017 Strategic Plan, which staff received from Bill McCarthy two weeks ago. Over the coming weeks, Bill will be hosting “Town Hall” meetings at which he will be talking about the plan and responding to questions and requesting feedback. Staff are encouraged to attend. For SVV and the Child and Family Services Division, two of our main strategic goals for the coming year are around becoming more trauma-informed in our care, treatment, and services as well as expanding our expertise in working with clients who suffer from both mental health and substance abuse challenges.
4. We provided an update on our proposal to establish a Shelter Care program to serve Unaccompanied Youth. We anticipated hearing about it by October 1st. Unfortunately, we have not received an answer. When we do and if we are fortunate enough to receive the grant, we will let staff know and schedule some staff meetings to give more details about the program and answer questions. Representatives from Esperanza Center attended our meeting last Wednesday to talk about who these children are, why working with them fits with our mission, and how SVV and the Esperanza Center would collaborate.
5. Key members from Kidztable came and talked about their roles, upcoming activities and ways they will elicit feedback from staff and children with the goal of improving food services. When you see them, please let them know what’s going well and what can be improved.
6. Anne spoke about Infection Control and Emergency Preparedness. It is important for all staff to get their flu shot (unless there is a medical or religious reason not to). Our goal this year is 90% of staff will become immunized. This not only protects the children, but your co-workers. As far as Emergency Preparedness, please speak with your supervisor and know what your role is in a Level 3 emergency.
If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions for improvement, please don’t hesitate to ask. I look forward to sharing the upcoming holiday season with you. Thank you for all you do to improve lives. You truly make a difference.

Go O’s!

Villa Maria School

I had the opportunity to begin my day today attending the opening activities for the MANSEF Golf Outing at Greystone Golf Course. It was really great to see many of our kids from Villa Maria School enjoying themselves on the driving range getting lessons from the golf pro.  It was also very touching to watch one of our very own students, Bre’Asja, as she sang the National Anthem in front of a crowd of people to kickoff all of the activities.  Thanks to all of the staff who made this possible for the kids. I particularly want to thank Jack Steiner (our music teacher), who has really done some wonderful things with our music program.
Kevin Keegan
Director, Child and Family Services Division
Catholic Charities of Baltimore


VMCR Brings Parent Child Interaction Therapy to Baltimore County

A team from Villa Maria Community Resource's Behavioral Health Clinic in Timonium was recently trained in a very promising evidenced based practice aimed at supporting healthy attachments and discipline practices between parents and children 3-7 years old who have moderate to severe behavior problems. Each member of the team, shown here with their Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) trainers (who are in the front row) successfully passed the rigorous fidelity tests during the 5 days of training at University of MD Innovations Institute. 
PCIT is effective in decreasing behavior problems in youth and increasing parental confidence and competence in dealing with even severe acting out.  These skilled practitioners use modern ear bud technology to coach parents from behind a one-way mirror and are able to show parents graphs of their progress as they use more and more of the prescribed relationship building and discipline methods during play sessions with their children. 
Congratulations to the PCIT practitioners shown from left to right in the second row:
Sara Ross, Bethany Woolford, Khadijah Javaid, Jenn Lochte, Jill Young


LEAD Academy Reflection: September 2014

What a whirlwind month it has been.  The initial meet and greet session in August with my LEAD Fellows, where we were introduced to each other and to the Academy, was a wonderful kickoff event.   Quite honestly, I couldn’t believe that I was sitting at the same “round” table with people whose names I hear daily, associated with accomplishing fabulous things within our Agency.   Listening to their job descriptions, then listening to what they “really” do was a huge exercise in introspection.   Am I really as different as I thought I was?  Do people see me in the same light?  Could I possibly be as strong of a leader as I see many of them as?  And if I am, what a huge responsibility.  Would I be up to the task?
Meeting my mentor the same day was such a refreshing moment!  She was energetic, friendly and made me feel as if I wanted to talk to her.  Many of us had been nervous about these “forced” relationships but my nerves disappeared almost as soon as we were introduced.  She let me know that ours was a safe relationship, one where I could express my concerns and frustrations and that she would be there to offer honest opinions and reflection.  I remember driving home and calling my folks to tell them how excited I was about that aspect of the LEAD program, which were not necessarily the feelings at the beginning of the day. 

Our initial day on September 12thwas initially marked with a bit of sadness, as one of our classmates was not able to join us and he was missing the excitement of the day.  Accountants, therapists, housing colleagues, managers… all who knew nothing of each other than the signature at the bottom of an email prior to being accepted in the LEAD Academy, yet noticing immediately when one of us was missing from the room. The thought struck me: could we have been that close of a group already? The thought was mind boggling to me.  

Sadness soon gave way to excitement as the welcoming ceremonies went underway. Mari Pat McGuire asked the question of the day for me: “How did you feel walking into the opening ceremony?”  Nervous?  No.  Anxious?  No.  I was proud.  Proud to have been chosen to be a part of the LEAD Academy for the year.  Proud that my supervisor had the faith in me to support my application and the time that LEAD will take me away from the program in order to further my own learning.  Proud that the Agency has the belief in me to want to help nurture my leadership skills.  And proud of myself for accepting the challenge,  because I truly do think it is a challenge, but one that I am looking forward to taking head on with the support of my Fellows and facilitators. 
I truly think it is going to be a wonderful year!
Kelly Anderson
Kelly is a Manager of Client Services at Sarah’s House and a Fellow in the LEAD Academy Class of 2015. At Sarah’s House, she supervises the program assistants and emergency shelter caseworkers and helps ensure that the shelter operates on a day to day basis. Additionally, she provides intensive case management for clients with and is responsible for the training of staff at the program and both data management systems that Sarah’s House uses (ETO and HMIS). Supporting her in the LEAD program, among others, are her supervisor, Kathryn Philliben, and her mentor, Jennifer Lochte, of the Child and Family Services Division.

Behavioral Health Home Receives Accreditation From The Joint Commission

After months of hard work and preparation, the newly initiated Child & Family Services behavioral health home received accreditation by the Joint Commission on Friday Oct 3rd.
I would like to extend my sincerest congratulations to the InHome Intervention team for their marvelous effort over the past several months as we implemented a new initiative; a Behavioral Health Home for Youth. 
With the help of Jan Carson and Anne Ober, our Joint Commission reviewer was clearly impressed with the commitment and competence of all of the IHIP-C team, which included Eileen Kavlich, Rodney Lee, Latia Suite, Erika Morgan, April Miller, Kysha Naylor, Crystal Ratliff, Michelle Poindexter, and Tjuan Lampkin.  Several times, she noted that our work was “cutting edge” and “ahead of the curve” nationally.
I echo the sentiment expressed by Kevin Mason, Assistant Director, Villa Maria Community Resources and the Health Home Director, to all of you and I quote;
Each of you have given of yourselves, time, and talent and have worked in such a very unswerving and conscientious manner without reserve! Phil Jackson tells us “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”  I am so humbled and honored to work for you and among you! I am so very grateful to belong to such an incredible group of competent, professional, and compassionate human beings! During the interview process on yesterday, I observed in awe the manner in which each of you spoke about the mission, the soul, and the essence of our work at Catholic Charities with genuine sensitivity and heartfelt passion”!       
I would like also to specifically acknowledge and extend my appreciation to Eileen Kavlich, our Nurse Care Manager , who has served a critical role with this initiative.  She has worked tirelessly to learn a new health home intervention model, integrate her expertise in somatic care with our skill development services, seamlessly join our inhome team, and nurture this program into fruition.
We will continue our work to expand the Health Home into three other programs over the next few months, including Lansdowne and Timonium therapeutic after school programs and the Baltimore Child and Adolescent Response System program.
Thanks again to all.
Robert Canosa, Ph.D.
Administrator, Villa Maria Community Resources

Joint Commission Survey for Our New Behavioral Health Home Program 

This week on Friday, October 3, 2014, our colleagues in the Behavioral Health Home Program based at Miller’s Court will be welcoming our Joint Commission surveyor.  We will have a one-day, on-site survey for our new Behavioral Health Program.  The program is under the direction of Kevin Mason, Assistant Director, VMCR.  The program is focused on integrating behavioral health and somatic health care.  In operation since this Spring, the staff work closely with the children and families to support the integration of primary physical health care with the behavioral health services already provided through the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP).  We are one of the first Behavioral Health Home Programs in the country.  After a successful survey, Child and Family Services will be certified as a Behavioral Health Home provider by the Joint Commission.  Please join me in congratulating the Behavioral Health Program staff and please think about them on Friday as they go through another Joint Commission survey in nearly a year!    
Jan Carson

Adverse Childhood Events Study

You have been hearing a lot about the ACE Study lately and you may be wondering what exactly does it measure? The Center for Disease Control & Prevention conducted this study to assess for a link between adverse childhood experiences and health and well being later in life. There are 10 types of childhood trauma measured in the ACE Study. Five are personal — physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical neglect, and emotional neglect. Five are related to other family members: a parent who’s an alcoholic, a mother who’s a victim of domestic violence, a family member in jail, a family member diagnosed with a mental illness, and the disappearance of a parent through divorce, death or abandonment. Each type of trauma counts as one. So a person who’s been physically abused, with one alcoholic parent, and a mother who was beaten up has an ACE score of three.
  1. Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often… Swear at you, insult you, put you down, or humiliate you? or Act in a way that made you afraid that you might be physically hurt?
  2. Did a parent or other adult in the household often or very often… Push, grab, slap, or throw something at you? or Ever hit you so hard that you had marks or were injured?
  3. Did an adult or person at least 5 years older than you ever… Touch or fondle you or have you touch their body in a sexual way? or Attempt or actually have oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse with you?
  4. Did you often or very often feel that … No one in your family loved you or thought you were important or  special? or Your family didn’t look out for each other, feel close to each other, or support each other?
  5. Did you often or very often feel that … You didn’t have enough to eat, had to wear dirty clothes, and had no one to protect you? or Your parents were too drunk or high to take care of you or take you to the doctor if you needed it?
  6. Was a biological parent ever lost to you through divorce, abandonment, or other reason ?
  7. Was your mother or stepmother: Often or very often pushed, grabbed, slapped, or had something thrown at her? or Sometimes, often, or very often kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or hit with something hard? or Ever repeatedly hit over at least a few minutes or threatened with a gun or knife?
  8. Did you live with anyone who was a problem drinker or alcoholic, or who used street drugs?
  9. Was a household member depressed or mentally ill, or did a household member attempt suicide?
  10. Did a household member go to prison?
The more types of childhood trauma one has experienced increases the amount of physical, emotional and behavioral problems later in life. 90% of those in the Public Mental Health System have had adverse childhood experiences. These are our clients, our parents, our families. These events are traumatic for many. And, as always, remember, trauma leaves its mark.
Next month look for an article about a sense of competency and how it relates to Trauma Informed Care.

ID Badges and Swipe Cards

Please remember to wear your identification badge everyday when at your office site and when traversing the agency. Your identification badge is an important security measure and it is imperative that it is worn.  Wearing your identification badge makes it easy for clients, families, and other visitors to identify staff if they need assistance.  If you work in buildings where a swipe card is used at the entrance, please also be reminded that it is your responsibility to have your swipe card available to get into the building.  If you have lost your identification badge or swipe card, please contact the human resource office for a replacement.   Thank you all for your cooperation. Be safe and risk free.
Risk Management

Dinner Served at My Sister’s Place

Several days ago another successful meal was served at My Sister’s Place. Many thanks to the utilization review/risk management/performance improvement group for their efforts. Special thanks to Betsy Woods who spearheaded the event and prepared the delicious ravioli/lasagna meal. She worked tirelessly throughout the entire process. Also a special thanks to Zenobia Scott from the night department who helped out and the several family members that came. The women enjoyed the meal but the hit was the homemade chocolate chip cookies.

The next event is scheduled for Thursday, November 20th and the supporting group is B-Cars with Celena Hoey as the coordinator.

From the Mission Integration Event Committee-Andrea, Kim, Deniese

Assistance Needed to Locate Missing Gift Cards

Recently, gift cards were reported missing from several units.  We are in the process of investigating the disappearance of the gift cards and are asking for everyone’s help locating them.  If you have any information about the whereabouts of the missing gift cards, please contact Steve Branson at (410) 252-4700 ext. 286.  Luckily, the Development Department records the serial numbers for each card when they arrive, so we hope to track them through those means.
Risk Management  

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New Staff, Volunteers and Interns

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Anna Smith<br/>Therapist I<br/>VM BHC-AbingdonAudrey Risinger<br/>RN I<br/>SVV-DVDavid Carpenter<br/>Therapist 0 Based<br/>VM BHC-CCJoyce Crockett<br/>Housekeeper<br/>SVV-DVLisa Ojst<br/>Therapist I<br/>VM BHC-AA CountyShannon Fritz<br/>Therapist I<br/>VM BHC-Fallstaff


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Child & Family Services

Our Vision:
Catholic Charities Child and Family Services will be a National model of a fully-integrated system of innovative, effective, state-of-the-art programs that assists children, adults and families to achieve their full potential.

Our Mission:
Catholic Charities Child and Family Services provides an integrated, state-of-the-art, comprehensive system of care that includes: child welfare; delinquency diversion; behavioral health; special education; and early-childhood and family-development services that assist children, adults and families to achieve their full potential.

Our Values:
Respect Partnership Knowledge Excellence Diversity Data-driven
Cherishing the Divine Within