Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Northeast and Caribbean Implementation Center

The Northeast and Caribbean Implementation Center (NCIC) is one of five regionally-focused Child Welfare Implementation Centers currently in the Children’s Bureau Training & Technical Assistance Network. We engage with State and Tribal child welfare agencies in Regions 1 & 2 (New England States, New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands) to provide resources and support aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of child welfare services for children, youth and families. The NCIC Team works with child welfare leaders and managers to:

  • enhance agency and tribal capacity to effectively implement and sustain systemic change;
  • facilitate communication and peer-to-peer networking;
  • contribute knowledge about effective implementation in the child welfare field; and
  • support intensive implementation projects.

Current NCIC State and Tribal Projects:

  • Massachusetts: Enhancing Supervisory Capacity to Support and Sustain the New DCF Integrated Casework Practice Model
  • New Hampshire: Statewide Family-Centered Practice Model for Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice
  • New Jersey: Managing with Data to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families
  • New York: Building a System of Sustainable Supports for Child Welfare Supervision
  • Vermont: Comprehensive Statewide Practice Model Implementation
  • Penobscot and Passamaquoddy Tribal Consortium: Building Tribal Practice Models and Compatible Data Tracking Systems

Child Welfare Implementation Centers were created by the Children’s Bureau to offer more intensive, longer term training, technical assistance and support for states and tribes to implement projects requiring systemic change to improve safety, permanency and well-being outcomes for children, youth and families. This work is grounded in implementation science and adaptive leadership theory. Through project experience, networking, and dissemination of learning by centers, the intent is that agencies will build capacity to implement future systems change.

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Northeast and Caribbean Child Welfare Implementation Center

Muskie Public Health Graduate Students Present at Maine CDC Conference

MPH graduate student Trevey Davis describing the academic program to a conference attendee at Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

The Muskie School of Public Service, Graduate Program in Public Health, and the Maine Public Health Institute exhibited at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference and the concurrent Immunization Annual Conference.  Practice faculty member, Judy Tupper, DHEd, CHES, CPPS and MPH graduate student Trevey Davis spoke with many of the 500 public health professionals attending the conferences.  In addition, Muskie Public Health Education Corps members Carissa Parent, Jacey Keller, and Nikki Busmanis, (MPH graduate students) presented a research poster based on their recent Lyme disease educational intervention pilot in Maine schools.  Dr. Tupper also presented a poster regarding the results of the online training pilot program for Maine EMS personnel on the topic of infection control and prevention.  Educating Fifth Graders on Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases and Prevention Methods" at the Maine CDC Division of Infectious Disease Annual Conference.

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Justice Research

Cover: Maine Crime and Justice Data Book 2014

Using the most recent public safety, corrections, and court data available, the Maine Crime and Justice Data Book presents a portrait of the state's crime and justice indicators, including 10-year trends in Maine and comparisons with northern New England and the U.S. at large.

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MYTC 2014 Celebration

Colby Swettberg, May 2014, MYTC

Every year the Maine Youth Transition Collaborative brings together youth and adult partners from around Maine to celebrate the year's achievements and milestones.

MYTC’s fourth annual celebration dinner was held at the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern on May 13, 2014. Over seventy young adults, adult partners, professionals, legislators, adoptive families, and friends came together for an evening of fun, renewed connections, learning, and good food.

The importance of mentors in the lives of young people was the theme for the evening. The keynote speaker, Colby Swettberg, Executive Director of Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring in Boston, was introduced by Jacob Hills. Ms. Swettberg talked about what good mentor-mentee relationships look like for youth in foster care and led a discussion about best practices and challenges to bringing youth and mentors together.

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