Project Coordinator for the Kansas Assessment Permanency Project (KAPP) and KU SSW Center of Children & Families. Twenty years of experience on federal/state child welfare and justice projects at the SSW. Areas of interest include privatization of child welfare serves, university partnerships with child welfare agencies, and supervision and coaching practices.
Melinda assists the EBP Trainers with fidelity reviews for a number of EBPs: including Integrated Dual Diagnosis Training, Strengths Case Management, Family Psychoeducation, Supported Education and Supported Housing, and WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan).
Monika coordinates activities related to supported housing initiatives. A Supported Housing Fidelity Scale and Resource Guide have been developed in the past few years. Monika is the official coordinator of activities for international visitors coming to the Office.
Originally from Kansas, Cheryl Holmes, MPA, joined the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare in 2002 and now serves as Research Project Director. Typically employing community based approaches, her work focuses on behavioral health, integrated care, and working with rural and frontier populations, including migratory and seasonal agricultural workers. Previous research and evaluation work has included primary/behavioral health integrated care across the life span, shared decision making for teens with SED and their families, and patient-centered medical homes in rural settings, among others.
Evidence-based best practices implementation support for organizations providing services to adults and transition age youth who experience serious mental illness; the Strengths Model of Case Management; Development of fidelity scales to measure adherence to emerging best practices in mental health; Client-centered social administrative practices for mental health organizations and state mental health authorities.
Child welfare management; management reporting; use of data in program improvement planning and management decision making; outcomes research; program evaluation; risk assessment; and abuse/neglect prevention with public assistance populations.
Kellie serves as a consultant and trainer directly supporting community mental health agencies in developing recovery oriented and strengths based programs with the ultimate aim of improving the lives and amplifying the voices of those impacted by the mental health system. They have provided assistance within the practices of strengths-based case management, IMR: Illness Management & Recovery, CommonGround, WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Housing First, and peer support services.