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March 07, 2014

New Strategies for Opioid Abuse among People with Addictions, Mental Illness

SAMI-OpioidSeries-Pills_246p.jpgHeroin, krokodil, and prescription pain killers are opioids that are commonly abused by people with addictions and mental illness. The epidemic in Ohio presents numerous challenges for health and behavioral healthcare professionals. Attend the opioid training series from March to June, sponsored by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Enhance your clinical knowledge and skills and improve recovery outcomes. Understand new laws, regulations, and guidelines for prescribing opioid medications. Learn to assess effectively for opioid use disorders, to create effective treatment plans, to use medication-assisted treatment (MAT), to mange chronic pain. / Presented by Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Center. / This series is supported by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services OhioMHAS). / $Free for Ohio providers / CEUs / Videoconference events that broadcast to Ohio's regional psychiatric hospitals. Attend at a site near you.

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February 25, 2014

Promote Health-Behavior Change among People with Severe Mental Illness

17962428_walkingshoes_246p.jpgLearn to support health-behavior change among people with severe mental illness and addiction in your community with stages of change, motivational interviewing, and tobacco interventions. The Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is adding new dates to its "Breath of Fresh Air" training series and "Tobacco Tuesday" conference calls as part of Ohio's initiative to promote integrated primary and behavioral healthcare. The initiative is supported by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). The training events and teleconferences are designed for health and behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio.

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February 14, 2014

Dr. David Biegel recognized as fellow of American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare

SSWR 2014 Biegel AASWSW Fellow lo res.jpg Professor David E. Biegel was recently recognized as an American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare(AASWSW) Fellow, joining an elite group of social work scholars and practitioners. Dr. Biegel was inducted last month by Dr. Richard P. Barth (at left, President of AASWSW) and Dr. Deborah Padgett (at right, AASWSW Board member), along with 16 other fellows. At the Mandel School, Dr. Claudia Coulton is also a fellow and Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore, Phd is the ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.

The American Academy of Social Work and Welfare is an honorific society of distinguished scholars and practitioners in the field of social work and social welfare that recognizes individuals and supports endeavors of those who are dedicated to bettering the social good. Dr. Biegel, the Henry L. Zucker Professor of Social Work Practice and a professor of psychiatry and sociology, has spent several decades researching the impact of chronic illness on families.

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January 30, 2014

In My Own Words: Dirk

IMOW-Dirk-Ex2face_246p.jpg(A first-person recovery story about mental illness and addiction published by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices.) My name is Dirk. I am forty-seven years old, and I live in The Netherlands. At this moment, I live at Mentrum (a mental health care institution, part of Arkin) in Amsterdam. Herewith, I tell you my life story and, foremost, how I stopped taking drugs. I do so, because I hope that others can use my experience. My dream is to help other people with my knowledge and experience.

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January 24, 2014

Training Series for Housing Staff Focuses on Stages of Behavior Change

18649392_Sittingman_246p.JPGIncrease housing stability among people with severe mental illness and substance use disorders. The Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is hosting an important one-day training on five different days at multiple locations throughout Ohio from February to May 2014. Designed for staff and supervisors of housing services (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca), but others are welcomed. Learn what to say and not say when encouraging behavior change, plus much more. Presented by Deana Leber-George and Scott Gerhard of the Center.

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January 06, 2014

Treatment for U.S. Veterans Addresses Both Mental Illness, Substance Abuse

5112018_MalePortrait_246p.JPGThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices was highlighted for its work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in a story by Jeb Phillips of The Columbus Dispatch. The story, titled "Veterans' treatment addresses both mental illness, substance abuse," features Patrick Boyle, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, of the Center as well as partners from the VA system in Ohio. Learn more about the use of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice, for U.S. veterans in Ohio. The Center is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine.

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December 18, 2013

Understanding Addiction

SAMI-Addiction_246p.jpgTraining Event: January 8, 2014 / 9a to 4:30p / Columbus, OH / CEUs / $75 Ohio providers; $115 non-Ohio / "Understanding Addiction" introduces participants to the diagnosis and treatment of chemical dependency. Participants will learn about ASAM criteria and the biopsychosocial implications of substance addiction among individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders. / Presented by Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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December 18, 2013

DDCAT: Stage-Wise Applications

DDCAT-StageWise_246p.jpgTraining Event: January 30, 2014 / Parma, OH / CEUs / $75 Ohio providers, $115 non-Ohio / "DDCAT: Stage-Wise Application Training" will explore the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT) index and Transtheoretical Model of Change (stages of change) to enhance services for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Learn to evaluate stages of change (readiness to change) among people you serve and how to utilize stage-appropriate interventions. Presented by Jeremy Evenden and Patrick Boyle of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices and by John Scalish and Lou LaMarca of Community Assessment Treatment Services in Cleveland.

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November 15, 2013

Ohio Invests in Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) to Reduce Homelessness, Hospitalization for People with Severe Mental Illness

3901676_ACT-brand_246p-cart.jpgThe State of Ohio is making another commitment to the health and well-being of people with severe mental illness who are most at-risk of homelessness, psychiatric hospitalization, and institutional recidivism by investing in Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), the evidence-based practice for this high-risk, priority population. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) recently funded the Center for Evidence-Based Practices to help organizations implement ACT and integrate ACT with IDDT.

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November 05, 2013

Mental Health and Addiction Conference 2013: Coming Together for a Healthy Ohio

OACBHA-Conference_246p.jpgDecember 16-17, 2013 / Columbus, OH/ CEUs / Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the "Mental Health & Addiction Conference 2013: Coming Together for a Healthy Ohio." Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, will present "Motivational Interviewing: Building a Sustainable Practice." Steve Shober, BS, LSW, and Nicole Clevenger, BFA, will present "Principles of Evidence-Based Supported Employment." / The Conference is hosted by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities and will feature over 30 workshops on a variety of topics.

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October 30, 2013

Foundations of Integrated Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessment

SAMI-IntegAssessment_246p.jpgTraining Event / December 3-4, 2013 / Columbus, OH / $100 Ohio providers; $250 non-Ohio providers/ CEUs / "Foundations of Integrated Mental Health and Substance Abuse Assessment" is for clinicians who conduct comprehensive assessments of individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness (SAMI, COD). Presenters will use "SAMHSA Tip 42" as a primary learning tool, with an emphasis on case studies./Presented by Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, and Ric Kruszynski, MSSA, LISW, LICDC, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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October 11, 2013

In My Own Words: An Introduction to the Series

IMOW-Intro-Ex_246p.jpg"In My Own Words" is an emerging series of first-person recovery stories from people throughout Ohio and the United States and in other countries, including the Netherlands. The series is published by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS).

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October 04, 2013

Ohio Invites Halfway Houses and Residential Addiction-Treatment Centers to Expand Services, Include Mental Illness

9423901_maninbaseballhat_246p.jpgThe State of Ohio is taking another important step to integrate behavioral healthcare services, this time by enhancing the capacity of halfway houses and residential addiction-treatment centers to provide services for people with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. The initiative kicks off in November 2013 with a series of training events for supervisors and direct service staff of residential facilities and halfway houses. The initiative is being led by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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September 26, 2013

Peer Support: 3 Trainings for Skill Development

BA-PeerSupport_246p.jpgEvents sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. [1.] "Benefits Advocacy Basics for Peer Supporters" (October 10, 2013/ 9:30a to 2:00p/ Cleveland, OH) ... [2.] "The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing for Peer Supporters" (November 26, 2013 / 9a to 12p/ Cleveland, OH). ... [3.] "Overview of Evidence-Based Supported Employment for Peer Supporters" (November 26, 2013/ 1 to 4:15p / Cleveland, OH. Presented by Steve Shober and Nicole Clevenger of our Center.

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September 26, 2013

Twitter

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September 19, 2013

Promoting Health-Behavior Change among People with SPMI

17962428_walkingshoes_246p.jpgThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices has added new dates to its "Breath of Fresh Air" training series (Oct 3, Oct 15, Nov 14) and "Tobacco Tuesday" conference calls (Sept 17) as part of the Ohio Health Homes initiative, which is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). The training events and teleconferences are designed for health and behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio. Learn to support health-behavior change with stages of change, motivational interviewing, tobacco interventions.

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August 29, 2013

Foundations of Motivational Interviewing, Parts 1 & 2

MotivInterv_246p.JPGFoundations, Part 1: September 25, 2013/ Foundations, Part 2: October 15, 2013/ 9a to 4p/ Athens, OH/ $75 or $115/ CEUs/ "Foundations of Motivational Interviewing" introduces the philosophy and essential constructs of this evidence-based treatment. Participate in skill-building exercises to learn MI's client-centered approaches for fostering change and responding to ambivalence to change among individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) and/or substance use disorders. These events utilize role play and other group exercises to help you recognize, elicit, and strengthen change-talk among people you serve. MI is a core component of IDDT, ACT, Health Homes, other best practices./ Presenter Jeremy Evenden, MSSA, LISW-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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August 15, 2013

Ohio Sponsors Training Series for Medical Professionals to Advance Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, SAMI Treatment

MedicalProf-Female_246p.jpgRegister now for Sept 5 & 19 events!/ Beginning this fall, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) teams up, once again, with the Center for Evidence-Based Practices to deliver a series of important trainings for medical professionals. The video conferences will advance OhioMHAS' commitment to increasing dual-diagnosis-treatment capability, integrated behavioral healthcare and SAMI treatment, and continuity of care throughout Ohio's system of inpatient and community-based care for people with severe mental illness. CMEs + CEUs for psychiatrists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors, chemical dependency counselors.

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August 13, 2013

Job Board Supports Team Building, Promotes Best Practices for SMI, Addiction, Health Homes

5580972_womentalking_246p.JPGThis Job Board is a recruitment tool for healthcare and behavioral healthcare organizations that receive consultation services from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. It is also a job-search and career-advancement tool for professionals who are committed to providing innovative, integrated, and person-centered care to people with mental illness, substance use disorders, and other co-occurring health conditions.

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July 19, 2013

Peer Support Conference: Year of the Peer

OEC-PeerSupportConf-Man_246p.jpgAugust 9-10, 2013/ Columbus, OH/ $75-$100/ CEUs/ Join Steve Shober and Nicole Clevenger of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at their workshops about benefits advocacy and job search and selection during the Fourth Annual OEC Conference, titled "Peer Support: Year of the Peer, Embracing Peer Support Services." This event features multiple workshops and a keynote by Paolo del Vecchio, MSW, director of the Center for Mental Health Services at SAMHSA. This event is sponsored by The Ohio Employment Coalition, Inc., which is dedicated to improving mental health services throughout the state.

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July 18, 2013

Benefits & Work: It's Not All or Nothing (Poster)

BPworkposter_246p.jpgBookmark this resource from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices!/ Free PDF/ Printed copies available/ This colorful 18" x 24" poster informs people about the importance of understanding benefits information (e.g., SSI, SSDI, Medicaid) while pursuing and working a job. The poster presents some common myths about benefits programs for disabilities and a truth to dispel each myth. Display it in the waiting room of your building or in your office. Mini-poster handout version also available.

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June 19, 2013

Peer Support Symposium

OEC-PeerSupport-Woman_246p.jpgJune 27, 2013/ Columbus, OH/ $10/ CEUs/ Join Nicole Clevenger of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at her panel presentation during the "Peer Supporter Symposium." This event explores Ohio's new integrated model for certified peer specialists and peer recovery coaches. This event features four panel discussions with multiple presenters and a keynote by nationally known peer trainer Antonio Lambert. Learn how to become a certified CPS or PRC in Ohio and much more. This event is sponsored by The Ohio Employment Coalition, Inc.

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June 04, 2013

Clinical Guide for Integrated SAMI Treatment

IDDTclinicalguide_246p.jpgBookmark this resource about integrating behavioral healthcare from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Free 56-page PDF booklet. / The "Clinical Guide for Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT)" provides an introduction to the clinical strategies of this evidence-based practice for people with severe mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUD). It features an 8-page Stage-Wise Treatment table, which is an at-a-glance overview of clinical philosophies and practices. An ideal tool for educating, training, and building consensus for integrated treatment among multiple audiences in your organization and community. Visit the Center's webiste.

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June 03, 2013

Addiction Studies Institute 2013

AddictionStudies_246p.jpgJuly 31-Aug 2, 2013/ Columbus, OH/ Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the annual "Addiction Studies Institute," hosted by Talbot Hall of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of our Center will present two workshops: "Life after DSM-5: New Classification for Substance Use and Addictive Disorders" and "Medications in the Treatment of Addiction and Mental Illness." Sign up for her workshops. Also, stop by our display table. The Institute draws over 850 professionals each year.

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June 02, 2013

Promoting Continuity of Care in Tobacco Interventions

TRAC-interventions-video_246p.jpgJune 26, 2013/ CEUs/ $Free for Ohio providers/ Video Conference that broadcasts to multiple sites in Ohio. Attend at a site near you. / "Promoting Continuity of Care in Tobacco Interventions" is presented by Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. This event examines tobacco interventions for inpatient and outpatient settings and Health Homes, with an emphasis upon transitions in care, discharge planning, and appropriate follow-up for all individuals who use tobacco.

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May 16, 2013

Regional Meetings for Integrated SAMI Treatment

RegionalMtgs-ITx_246p-sami.jpg$0, Free./ Check for dates, times, locations of next meeting near you./ "Regional Meetings for Integrated SAMI Treatment" are peer-networking events for professionals from multiple disciplines and systems who serve people with co-occurring substance abuse and mental illness (SAMI). Participants discuss challenges and solutions for implementing evidence-based practices and other service strategies (e.g., IDDT, ACT, DDCAT, DDCMHT, TRAC, MI, Health Homes). Moderated by staff of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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May 15, 2013

Health Home Training Series Promotes Health-Behavior Change among People with SPMI

HH-Behavior_246p-17962428-shoes.jpgThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices is presenting an important training series as part of the Ohio Medicaid Health Homes initiative, which is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health. The event, titled "A Breath of Fresh Air: Promoting Health-Behavior Change among People with SPMI," is designed for health and behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio. The event occurs on five different days in five cities from March to June, 2013. Learn how to support and motivate health-behavior change. Register online today. $0, Free/CEUs, CMEs.

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April 05, 2013

Veterans Affairs | Traumatic Brain Injury & Polytrauma: Identification, Assessment & Services (Video Conference)

VA-training-maninblack_246p.jpgApril 24, 2013/ Video Conference/ $Free for Ohio providers; CEUs/ A training event for all mental-health and addictions professionals. Improve services for veterans of U.S. armed forces who experience traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance use disorders. Presented by staff of the Cleveland VA Medical Center and Patrick Boyle, MSSA('89), LISW-S, LICDC, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. This video conference broadcasts to multiple sites around Ohio. Attend at a site near you. (Topics: traumatic brain injury, substance use, polytrauma, military culture, VA system of care, family members/ caregivers).

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April 04, 2013

Motivational Interviewing: Applications for Housing Staff (Akron)

MotivInterv-ForHousing_246p-Event-green.JPGAdditional seats added to this event!/ April 29, 2013/ Akron, OH/ $Free for Ohio providers, $125 for non-Ohio; CEUs/ Presented by Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices./ "Motivational Interviewing: Applications for Housing Staff" introduces housing supervisors and direct-service providers to this evidence-based treatment. Learn MI's client-centered approaches for supporting individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders in a variety of housing settings (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca).

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March 08, 2013

MSASS Offers New "Saturday-Only" Master's Program

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has launched a new Saturday Degree Program for students who want to earn their MSSA by enrolling in Saturday classes.

The program is designed for people who want to specialize in Children, Youth and Family practice, but who hold an undergraduate degree in a different field. Courses are held on Saturdays, while field work education is managed around work and family life.

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March 07, 2013

Mandel School Grad Selected for "Movers & Shakers" Award

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Donte Gibbs, a 2012 graduate of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, has been selected to receive a Movers & Shakers Award, which recognizes the Top 25 Young Leaders in Northeast Ohio under the age of 30.

The award is sponsored by the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club. Gibbs is one of 25 winners selected from a pool of 90 applicants.

"I am thrilled beyond belief," he said. "This goes beyond my wildest dreams. It's a huge honor to be recognized for my hard work and leadership in Cleveland and East Cleveland. I thank God for this recognition. I am humbled."

Gibbs is a double alumni of Case Western Reserve University. In addition to earning his graduate degree from MSASS, he also received his bachelor of arts in sociology from CWRU in 2010.

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March 01, 2013

Celebrate National Social Work Month - Roundtable March 5

CWRU_global image for MSASS HP.jpgIn recognition of March as National Social Work Month, join us Tuesday, March 5, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 pm (EST) for a roundtable discussion highlighting the field of social work and how Case Western Reserve University’s online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) is helping students change lives and change communities.

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February 21, 2013

11th All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry 2013: Health Homes

AllOhio-5580972_246p.jpgMarch 1-2, 2013; Beachwood, OH; CMEs, CEUs. Debra Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present at the "11th All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry: Health Homes, Integrated Care and the Future of Community Psychiatry." Register for her workshops. The All-Ohio explores integrated care as it relates to Ohio’s Health Homes policy. It will examine the evolving role of community psychiatry in this new model of care. Hosted by the Dept of Psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

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February 17, 2013

Motivational Interviewing at 2013 Lake Geauga Training Committee

LakeGeauga-MI_246p.jpgMarch 5, 6 & 7, 2013; Mentor, OH; CEUs; Deana Leber-George, MEd, PCC-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present three workshops on the practice and supervision of Motivational Interviewing at the "2013 Educational Ensemble" of the Lake Geauga Training Committee of Painesville, Ohio. Supervisors attend all three workshops ($120); non-supervisors attend two workshops ($90). The Educational Ensemble is a three-day event featuring 11 workshops on a variety of topics. Deadline to register is February 22.

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February 16, 2013

Updates to Motivational Interviewing Series in Akron, Columbus

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Additional dates for Columbus (3/27 & 4/8). Updated schedule for Akron events. ... Join Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S, and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at their Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Akron and Columbus, Ohio, from February 19 to May 21, 2013. Register online today. Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change among individuals with SMI and/or substance use disorders in a number of service settings (e.g., IDDT, ACT, Health Homes, other best practices). $60/event. CEUs and supervision credits available.

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February 12, 2013

Online Program Webinar: Tuesday, February 12

Want to learn more about our online MSSA? Attend our informational webinar and learn more about our online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) program.

Dean Grover Gilmore will provide a program overview during our interactive webinar. He will be joined by Sharon Milligan, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Date: Tuesday, February 12
Time: 12:30 p.m., EST

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February 10, 2013

Center Teams Up with Veterans Affairs to Improve Mental-Health, Addiction Services for Military Veterans in Ohio

VA-collage-maninwhite_jpg.jpgMental-health and addictions professionals in community agencies, hospitals, and Health Homes play an important role in helping veterans of the U.S. armed forces and their family members access help to manage symptoms of mental illness, substance use disorders, and brain injury. That's why the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University is teaming up with VA medical centers to provide several important video-conference training events in February, March & April. Register today.

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February 05, 2013

Probation Officers Learn Motivational Interventions for Behavior Change

SS45053_WomanRedHair_246p.jpgScott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present a training session, titled "Why Won't My Clients Do What I Tell Them To?," at a meeting of the Ohio Chief Probation Officers Association (OCPOA) on Thursday, February 7. This session examines change from a client-centered perspective, drawing upon stage-wise principles (stages of change) and motivational interviewing. This training is designed for chief administrators of probation services and community control agencies and their staff.

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February 04, 2013

Evenden and Gerhard Present Motivational Interviewing Training Series

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Updated schedule for Akron events! ... Join Jeremy Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S, and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at their Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Akron and Columbus, Ohio, from February 19 to May 21, 2013. Register online today. Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change among individuals with SMI and/or substance use disorders in a number of service settings (e.g., IDDT, ACT, Health Homes, other best practices). $60/event. CEUs and supervision credits available.

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February 03, 2013

IDDT Implementation Strategies for Program Leaders

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March 5 & 6, 2013; Columbus/Worthington, OH; $150 Ohio providers; $275 non-Ohio providers; CEUs, supervision credits; Presenters Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, & Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. | "IDDT Implementation Strategies for Program Leaders" is a two-day training for innovators in Ohio and across the nation who are implementing an Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) team with aspirations of high fidelity to this evidence-based practice for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders.

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February 02, 2013

Training Series for Housing Staff Focuses on Motivational Interviewing, Benefits Education

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This training series is designed for staff members and supervisors of housing services for people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca). The events take place through April 2013 and are free for individuals who work in Ohio. This series introduces you to Motivational Interviewing and Benefits Information and Education (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare). This series is sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. The next events take place Feb 13 & 19.

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January 28, 2013

MSASS Faculty Meet in Beijing for China-U.S. Collaborative

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The China–U.S. Social Work Collaborative conference opened on the campus of Peking University in Beijing, China, December 11, 2012. Members of the social work community from various regions in China met with their new partners from the United States to discuss the status of social work in China and share experiences with their counterparts.

A group from MSASS participated in the event, including MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore, PhD; Distinguished University Professor Merl "Terry" Hokenstad, PhD; and Associate Professor Kathleen Farkas, PhD.

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January 17, 2013

Legendary Alum: The Passing of Lillian Harris

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Lillian F. Harris, a strong supporter of the Mandel School and a 1933 MSSA graduate, died January 9, 2013, at the age of 104.

She was a major force in the growth of the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve University. In 1983, she established the Harris Endowment Fund for student scholarships at a time when scholarship funds were difficult to secure. In 1989, she established the Lillian F. and Milford J. Harris Library which remains a focal point of the school to this present day. She established the sixth chair at MSASS in 1997, the Lillian F. Harris Professorship held by Claudia Coulton, a Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve.

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January 17, 2013

CLOSURE: A Special MSASS Event, January 24

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is turning to theater arts and dialogue to help build awareness of the impact of the foreclosure crisis. The foreclosure crisis has been -- and continues to be -- devastating for many families and communities.

The MSASS-hosted production of CLOSURE will take place on Thursday, January 24, 2013, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ford Auditorium, Allen Memorial Library, located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. The performance and discussion is partially funded through a grant from the CWRU Martin Luther King (MLK) Celebration Fund.

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January 09, 2013

Just Released: New Research on School Shootings

A new article by Daniel J. Flannery, director for The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, attempts to explain what we know about school shootings and why they occur. The article was scheduled to appear in the January issue of Springer's Current Psychiatry Reports, but the report is being released early.

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December 21, 2012

Conference 2012 Review: Over 300 from 19 States Attend 49 Workshops that Highlight EBPs, Health Homes for SMI

Conf2012-E06-Shawnee-CynthiaHolstein_246p.jpgThe EBP conference of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices featured a keynote plenary about the transformation of health and human services in Ohio and 49 workshops to improve the integration, management, and delivery of services to adults and adolescents with mental illness and substance use disorders. The event took place Oct 22 & 23. The Center also presented Champion Awards to three outstanding organizations. Certificates of attendance and CEUs have been mailed. Free PDFs of many presentations are available online.

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December 20, 2012

2012 Champion Awards

2012ChampAwards-Icons_246p-grayback.JPGThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices presented its 2012 Champion Awards to three organizations that have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to implementing EBPs and improving access to quality care in their communities. The organizations are Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (EBP Champion); Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County (IDDT Champion); and Cleveland Sight Center (SE/IPS Champion).

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December 07, 2012

Training Series for Housing Staff Focuses on Motivational Interviewing, Benefits Education

18649392_Sittingman_246p.JPGThis training series is designed for staff members and supervisors of housing services for people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders (e.g., permanent supportive & independent, transitional, adult care, emergency shelters, ymca & ywca). The events take place from December 2012 to April 2013 and are free for individuals who work in Ohio. This series introduces you to Motivational Interviewing and Benefits Information and Education (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare). It is hosted by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. The next event takes place on December 12.

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December 05, 2012

Free Event: Program on Youth Violence, Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Louis Stokes Youth Violence Prevention Consortium will present a free program on school violence, bullying and neighborhood violence on Thursday, December 13.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown, 1100 Carnegie Avenue.

Deadline to register is Tuesday, December 11. Please remember to include your name and an e-mail address when making your RSVP.

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December 03, 2012

Professor Hokenstad Visits Russia, Social Work Educators

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Distinguished University Professor M.C. Terry Hokenstad recently returned from a week in Russia where he consulted with members of the Russian Academy of Education and the Accreditation Board of Social Pedagogy and Social Work. Russian social work education has recently been restructured to provide two levels of professional preparation for social workers.

Hokenstad also lectured on the Social Work Global Agenda and Disaster Management Education for Social Workers at Tolstoy University in Tula. While there, he provided program consultation and a seminar on curriculum building at the master's level.

November 26, 2012

Russian Delegates Visit MSASS on Trip to U.S.

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In late October, six delegates from Volvograd, Russia, traveled to the U.S. and stopped by the Mandel School. The group was participating with the Open World Program at the Library of Congress and Case Western Reserve University was one of their planned visits.

They came to MSASS because they wanted to learn more about its social work curriculum. The delegates all work in higher education and wanted to learn more about how social work programs are structured in the U.S. A few of the delegates mentioned that social work is an area of interest and wanted to learn how licensing and training is administered in the states.

The group visit was sponsored by the Council of International Programs USA, a non-profit organization based in Cleveland.



November 15, 2012

Sending Tobacco Use Up in Smoke (Poster)

TRACsmokeposter_246p.jpg$0, Free PDF. Printed versions available. | This colorful 18" x 24" poster from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices informs people about the importance of tobacco recovery. It provides common beliefs about tobacco use as well as some facts to correct each belief. Display the poster in the waiting room of your building or in your office. Mini-poster handout version also available in this database.

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November 14, 2012

Great American Smokeout Includes People with Serious Mental Illness, Tips for Your Practice

10515742_GirlSmoking_246p.jpgThe American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout takes place on Thursday, November 15. The Center for Evidence-Based Practices is using the event to remind health and behavioral health professionals to encourage people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders to consider reducing and eliminating the use of tobacco products. There are five easy things you can do in your practice. We also encourage organizations to incorporate tobacco recovery into their integrated primary and behavioral healthcare initiatives and Health Homes.

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November 13, 2012

Core Principles of Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (Mini-Poster)

SEcoreprinciples_246p-mini.jpg$0 Free PDF. Printed copies also available. | This 8.5" x 11" mini-poster from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices provides an at-a-glance overview of the core principles of Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (SE/IPS), the evidence-based practice. Use it to educate new staff, stakeholders, employers, consumers, family members, and more. Advocate for SE/IPS services in your community.

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November 13, 2012

Employment Reaches 36 Percent for People with Mental Illness in Ohio

20291321_female_trucker_246p.jpgAn analysis of employment data from23 behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio shows that 36 percent of people with serious mental illness who received evidence-based Supported Employment/Individual Placement and Support (SE/IPS) services were competitively employed in full-time or part-time jobs in September 2011. The number is significant, because the national average was 37 percent in that same month for similar services delivered at multiple organizations in 12 states as part of the Johnson & Johnson-Dartmouth Community Mental Health Program.

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November 06, 2012

Adoption Network Honors MSASS Professor David Crampton

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What does MSASS Professor David Crampton have in common with Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu?

Both have been selected to receive the 2012 Triad Advocate of the Year Award.

This annual award is presented by Adoption Network Cleveland to those who have made a significant contribution to the adoption and/or foster care field. Nominees are recognized for their accomplishments, projects, programs or milestones achieved during the year.

"All MSASS faculty and students work directly in their chosen field of social work to improve the lives of adults, children, families and communities," Crampton said. "I am gratified to be recognized for my efforts to help prevent child abuse and neglect because this award demonstrates that I am contributing to the mission of our school."

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November 05, 2012

Domestic Violence: Debunking the Myth in Cuyahoga County

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If you think that most domestic violence incidents happen in inner-city neighborhoods, think again. An MSASS professor has data that proves otherwise.

MSASS Professor Megan R. Holmes, PhD, recently partnered with the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center (DVCAC) to release maps that display the reach of domestic violence throughout Cuyahoga County. The maps were created to debunk the myth that domestic violence only happens in inner city neighborhoods. The Prevalence Map, for example, displays the number of domestic violence incidents reported per household for each city in 2011. Only a few cities in the county reported no domestic violence incidents that year.

The Silent Survivors Map estimates the number of female victims who suffer in silence based on The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Summary Report. This view may validate the theory that the shame and stereotypes associated with domestic violence can act as a barrier to reporting.

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October 29, 2012

Poverty in Race Equity: A Call to Action

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Earlier this month, representatives from MSASS, the Schubert Center for Child Studies, and the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) presented "Continuing the Conversation and a Call to Action: Understanding the Role of Poverty in Race Equity in Child Welfare."

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October 05, 2012

MSASS Art Gallery: A Destination for Watermarks 2012

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will be part of an art exhibition tour when Watermarks 2012 rolls into town, October 17-20, 2012.

The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation, an Ohio non-profit art center dedicated to the preservation of handmade papermaking, will be hosting the Watermarks 2012 conference at its office in Cleveland. More than 300 artists, educators and members of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Artists (IAPMA) will be participating.

The conference will include papermaking demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions, and museum tours all around the city. Over 17 art exhibitions are being launched at area non-profits, galleries and colleges, including the Mandel School. Works from artist Paula Zinsmeister and Pamela Mckee will be on display at MSASS.

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October 04, 2012

Conference 2012 to Highlight Health Transformation, Service Innovations for Adults and Youth with Mental Illness, Addiction

Conference2012_246p-Transformation.JPGFriday, October 12, 11:59 pm (EST) is the deadline to register for this event, which features over 40 workshops, up to 10.5 CEUs | Join us October 22 & 23 in Cleveland, Ohio at our Evidence-Based Practices Conference 2012. This popular event fills up fast. Register online today to reserve a place in your first choice of workshops. The keynote plenary, “Health & Human Services Transformation,” will be presented by Greg Moody, director of the State of Ohio Governor’s Office of Health Transformation. Respondents include State of Ohio Directors Tracy Plouck of the Department of Mental Health and Orman Hall of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. ... A number of workshops will explore service transformations like Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare (IPBH) and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). Look for a workshops that highlight innovations for adults and youth with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders (e.g., IDDT, DDCAT, DDCMHT, MST, ICT). The event is sponsored by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices and co-sponsored by the School's Center for Innovative Practices of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention.

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October 01, 2012

Anna Maria Santiago to Receive 2012 Mather Spotlight Prize

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Anna Maria Santiago, Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will receive the Mather Spotlight Prize, which recognizes top scholars from around the university who excel in scholarship and research.

Santiago, PhD, was nominated by MSASS faculty and will be honored on October 12 during the 2012 Women of Achievement luncheon. She is one of 10 women at Case Western Reserve University to receive the honor this year.

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September 24, 2012

Claudia Coulton Receives Marie Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award

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An article co-written by Claudia Coulton has received the Marie Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA). The award recognizes outstanding scholarship published in the Journal of Community Practice.

The article, Finding Place in Community Change Initiatives: Using GIS to Uncover Resident Perceptions of their Neighborhoods, was co-written with Tsui Chan and Kristen Mikelbank. Chan is a programmer/analyst at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Mikelbank serves as planning coordinator for the Cleveland Foodbank.

"What a wonderful surprise," said Coulton, a 2012 Distinguished University Professor and co-director for the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. "I am honored to have our article selected for this award. Marie Weil has been a great inspiration to me and the field of macro practice."

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September 24, 2012

Alumni Association to Honor MSASS Professor Claudia Coulton

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The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University will recognize MSASS Professor Claudia Coulton on September 28 and present her with the alumni association's 2012 Professional Achievement Award.

Coulton, who earned her PhD from MSASS in 1978, is being recognized as an outstanding alumna who has achieved exceptional accomplishment in her career and brought distinction to herself and Case Western Reserve through the benefits of vocation and leadership in her professional community. She currently serves as co-director for the Center On Urban Poverty And Community Development at MSASS.

Coulton will receive the award at the Homecoming All-Alumni Luncheon, which will be held at Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center this Friday. Four other members of the Case Western Reserve community will be honored that day, including Dean's Visiting Committee member vic gelb. Learn more

September 24, 2012

CWRU Alumni Association to Honor MSASS Champion vic gelb

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The Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University will recognize vig gelb on September 28 and present him with the alumni association's Newton D. Baker Distinguished Service Award.

Gelb, who graduated from Adelbert College in 1951 with a degree in marketing, currently serves on the Dean's Visiting Committee at MSASS. He is being recognized as an outstanding alumnus who has given his time, energy and fundraising support to Case Western Reserve and numerous other organizations. He has served as a staunch advocate of the university and its philanthropy in a variety of roles for decades.

Gelb will receive the award at the Homecoming All-Alumni Luncheon, which will be held at Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center this Friday. Four other members of the Case Western Reserve community will be honored that day, including Distinguished University Professor Claudia Coulton, who also serves as co-director for the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Learn more

September 20, 2012

Volunteer with MSASS! Support Cleveland Schools

The Cleveland Schools Campaign, with support from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, is looking for volunteers to campaign door-to-door in neighborhoods in Cleveland. This is an excellent opportunity to represent CWRU in the community, as well as enhance your communication and negotiation skills.

Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and former U.S. Congressman Louis Stokes are supporting the Cleveland Schools Campaign on the November ballot. The levy promises a significant step toward comprehensive school reform in Cleveland through teaching quality, career preparation, college readiness, and technology development, to name a few.

Do you want to be part of this historic vote?

Training will be provided and will start within the weekend of September 28 - 30. To get involved, please contact MSASS student Phuong Le. To learn more about the campaign, visit the Cleveland Schools Campaign website and Facebook page.

September 19, 2012

MSASS Doctoral Chair Receives AGE-SW Leadership Award

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Aloen Townsend, PhD, has received the Association of Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGE-SW) Leadership Award for her research and scholarship contributions to social gerontology.

As a professor of social work and chair of the doctoral program at MSASS, Townsend also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology, is a faculty associate in the University Center on Aging and Health, and an associate member of the Cancer and Aging Program of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. She joined the MSASS faculty in 2001.

She was nominated by fellow researcher Merl Hokenstad, PhD, Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor and Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve.

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September 13, 2012

Making Cleveland Healthier: A New MSASS Initiative

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Health is not only an issue for an individual; it is one for a community. Rob Fischer from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University has teamed up with Kaiser Permanente's Community Health Initiative to evaluate its Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Program in Cleveland’s Ward 1.

HEAL is a national health initiative, launched by Kaiser Permanente with local community support from Lee-Harvard neighborhood organizations, to make it easier for people to make healthy choices, from exercising to eating, through changes in the community.

The program has been cited by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Institute of Medicine as a model initiative and aligns with First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” program to combat childhood obesity.

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September 10, 2012

New Implementation Tool Helps Make Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Programs a Reality

12610576-blood-pressure_246p.JPGShawnee Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, Ohio has teamed up with the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University to develop one of the first planning and evaluation instruments in the United States that helps organizations integrate primary and behavioral healthcare for people with severe mental illness. Shawnee is using the new Integrated Treatment Tool to develop and improve primary care facilities and services in its three-county service area. This initiative is funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). ... This story appears as a web page and as a free PDF for tablets like the iPad and for easy download and printing.

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August 28, 2012

Claudia Coulton to Receive Honor, Distinguished University Professor

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Claudia Coulton conducts research with two goals: to identify issues in urban areas and to solve them. Time and again, her scholarly findings have prompted concrete leadership changes -- which in turn have improved the lives of the people she studies.

For example, when the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development, which she directs, released a report showing Cleveland's inner-city residents couldn't get to available jobs in the outer-ring suburbs via public transportation, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority adjusted its routes. And when her research showed the major role disadvantaged neighborhoods play in people's lives -- she founded the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, a 35-city collaboration that supports neighborhood research in local policymaking and community building.

Coulton will be honored this week when she is named a Distinguished University Professor during fall convocation. The ceremony will be held Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Severance Hall. Read more in today's Daily.

Related Link: Coulton's reaction to the news

August 23, 2012

MSASS Announces Staff Awards, Tree of Life Honors

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On August 17, members of the MSASS community gathered to celebrate staff and faculty who make a difference.

Employees that are recognized each year are nominated by their colleagues for their dedication and commitment to excellence. But only one employee is selected to win the B. Lenora Benson Award, named for an employee who spent 30 years at Case Western Reserve University. Bea was on hand to award this year's prize to Ina Brand, a department assistant in Academic Affairs. Ina is responsible for assisting with professional development, accounting and student employment. She has been at MSASS for 13 years.

"We will always have this event, and honor those employees that make a difference," said Cleve Gilmore, dean of the Mandel School. "It renews our commitment to ourselves and our connection to one another."

Additional winners were also selected for the MSASSy Recognition Awards, which honor those who have done an outstanding job at MSASS. Winners include:

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August 17, 2012

Kruszynski Presents at 2012 North Dakota Alcohol and Substance Abuse Summit

RicKruszynski_246p-border.jpgSept 5, 2012; Bismarck, ND; CEUs. | Alumnus Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is presenting a workshop at the 2012 North Dakota Alcohol & Substance Abuse Summit, titled "Recovery Management: New Directions in the Treatment of Addiction." This breakout session explores the core principles of the Recovery Management model and advances the discussion about service innovations for individuals with severe and persistent alcohol and drug issues. The Summit is sponsored by the North Dakota Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services and takes place Sept 4 to 6.

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August 16, 2012

Addiction Studies Institute 2012 (Columbus)

AddictionStudies_246p.jpgAugust 22-24, 2012; Columbus, OH | Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the annual "Addiction Studies Institute," hosted by Talbot Hall of The Ohio State University Medical Center. Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, from our Center will present "Pharmacology Update: Treating Mental Illness & Substance Use Disorders" and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, from our Center will present "Why Won't My Clients Do What I Tell Them to Do?" Sign up for their workshops. The Institute draws over 850 professionals together each year from Ohio and other states.

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August 16, 2012

The Opiate Epidemic Across the Lifespan

CuyahogaADAMHSevent_246p.jpgSeptember 28, 2012; Cleveland, OH; $75; CEUs. | "The Opiate Epidemic Across the Lifespan: Impact and Interventions" is a one-day conference that will explore the misuse of prescription medication as a public health issue. The event will examine how service systems and organizations can create a population-based approach to this epidemic, including an increase in public awareness and prevention strategies. Join Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices at her afternoon session. The event is sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County.

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August 15, 2012

Fugitive Safe Surrender: a Begun Center Success Story

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Seven years ago a coalition of concerned Clevelanders came together to try an unusual idea: Rather than have fugitives turn themselves in at police stations or courthouses, how about asking them to come to church?

This month researchers at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University reflected on the results of an initiative called the Fugitive Safe Surrender Program (FSS) that started in a single house of worship and since spread across the country and touched more than 35,000 lives.

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August 10, 2012

SAMHSA Webinars Teach Motivational Interviewing for Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare

SAMHSA-IC_246p.jpgJeremy Evenden, MSSA, LISW-S, and Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices are presenting three separate yet related webinars as part of the "Motivational Interviewing Webinar Series: Helping People Embrace Behavior Change in Healthcare Settings," which is sponsored by the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. The events take place online at 2 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on August 15, Sept 5, and Sept 19. These popular events fill up fast, so register online today. Evenden and Myers are members of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

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August 09, 2012

Myers Presents Training Series for Motivational Interviewing in Southwest Ohio

DeborahMyers_246p-border.jpgJoin Consultant and Trainer Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at her Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events near Dayton, Ohio, in September and October 2012. Register online today. Myers is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change among individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Ideal for practitioners engaged in helping people change. $60/event. CEUs available.

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August 08, 2012

MSASS Alum Named President, CEO of MHA

Wayne Lindstrom, a behavioral health executive with more than 40 years of experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit fields, has been named the new president and CEO of Mental Health America, an advocacy organization that is helping people live mentally healthier lives.

He earned his PhD from MSASS in 1986. He also holds a master's degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University.

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August 06, 2012

Tragedy and Violence: What's Going On in Our Communities?

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As Americans come to grips with the Aurora, Colo., shootings, and now, the tragedy at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, MSASS researchers have been called on to provide their perspectives on what they have learned.

Daniel Flannery, Director of The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, recently served on a panel with community members here in Cleveland. He spoke about the impact of violence on today's society as part of a July 25 discussion on WCPN's Sound of Ideas.

On August 1, the Civic Commons website hosted a similar online discussion during a 3-day forum. Those who participated with community advocates, young people, thought leaders, and organizers encouraged discussion and thoughtful solutions. Patrick J. Kanary, director for the Center for Innovative Practices at MSASS, was called on to contribute.

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July 26, 2012

Dr. Terry Hokenstad Releases New Book on International Social Work

M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad, Distinguished University Professor, Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor and professor of global health, recently returned from a European trip that included the launch of a book he co-edited, titled The Sage Handbook on International Social Work. The 540-page book covering the global dimension of social work debuted at the World Conference on Social Work and Social Development in Stockholm, Sweden.

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July 24, 2012

Urban Life in Cleveland: What's There to Learn?

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When a group of Cornell University students came to Cleveland last spring, they had an opportunity to visit Cleveland and local non-profits in the region. So what did they think of the city and how does it compare to New York?

We collected some random thoughts and reviewed their recent itinerary to provide an interesting perspective. We also created a brief overview of their visit to the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at MSASS.

July 17, 2012

MSASS Alum Named Peace Corps Director for Mongolia

Darlene Grant (MSSA, '84) was recently named a Peace Corps country director for Mongolia.

From 2009 to 2011, Grant took a leave of absence from her job from The University of Texas at Austin to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cambodia. Now with her new role, she will be busy learning about health, safety and security regimens, working on budgets and attending Embassy meetings. "I'm loving it," Grant wrote in a recent blog. "I'm being challenged soooo much, and it's adventure grounded in meaningful work."

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Grant is one of eight new directors to begin training this summer. She will be considered the most senior Peace Corps official in Mongolia and will be responsible for the management of all aspects of the Peace Corps program there. Country directors support volunteers in the field by lending their skills and energy to meet program goals, administer volunteer projects, and promote a better understanding between the host country people and Americans.

"Peace Corps country directors are on the front lines, working directly with volunteers and staff to address specific challenges and opportunities in each post," said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. "They also work diligently every day to find creative and innovative ways to inspire and support our volunteers."

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July 12, 2012

Conference 2012 to highlight evidence-based practices, transformation of services for mental illness, addiction

Conference2012_246p.JPGOct 22 & 23, 2012; Cleveland Airport Marriott; Cleveland, OH; Up to 10.5 CEUs, also Supervision & Ethics credits. | Cost for Ohio providers: $200/ $125; Non-Ohio providers: $300/ $225. | "Conference 2012" is sponsored by the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) and co-sponsored by its Center for Innovative Practices (CIP). This two-day event features a keynote plenary and over 40 workshops that explore introductory, intermediate, and advanced topics about implementing and integrating evidence-based practices (EBPs), emerging best practices, and other healthcare and behavioral-healthcare innovations that improve outcomes for people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. Continental breakfast and lunch included. This popular event fills up fast. Register online today to reserve a place in your first choice of workshops.

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July 10, 2012

MSASS Launches New Online Master of Science in Social Administration

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences now offers its Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) via an online learning environment. Applications for the spring term beginning in January 2013 are now being accepted.

The MSSA at MSASS

The nationally and internationally recognized MSSA program at Case Western Reserve provides a streamlined social work education curriculum. The program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and adheres to the curricular guidelines set by CSWE that integrates topics of social work education, research and community action. Courses explore social work methods, social policy, socio-behavioral theory and social research.

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July 02, 2012

New Hires, Re-Appointments Announced for 2012-2013

The following new appointments, promotions and hires have just been announced by MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore, Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder, and the Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees:

July 2012

Effective July 1, 2012, Mark Joseph, PhD, was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor with tenure.

Effective July 1, 2012, Megan Holmes joined MSASS as Assistant Professor on the tenure track for the Children, Youth and Families specialization.

Effective July 1, 2012, Victor Groza, PhD, was reappointed the Grace F. Brody Professor of Parent-Child Studies for a five-year term.

Effective July 1, 2012, Gerald Mahoney, PhD, was reappointed to the Verna Houck Motto Professor for a five-year term.

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July 02, 2012

MSASS Professor Emeritus Arthur Blum Dead at 86

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Arthur Blum, a CWRU alum and Grace Longwell Coyle Professor Emeritus at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, died June 21 at age 86. Memorial services will take place on July 8 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Blum was raised in Cleveland and graduated from John Adams High School. He served in the Army for a brief time, and later received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in social work from Western Reserve University.

He taught at the university from 1960 to 1991, where he specialized in child development, community mental health and nonprofit management. He chaired the school's doctoral programs, directed its Practice Demonstration Program and the local Youth Development Training Center, and twice served as interim director of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

He also served on various boards and worked as a consultant for numerous nonprofit agencies, including the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

Related Links

Read the tribute in the Plain Dealer
Read the obituary in the Cleveland Jewish News

June 26, 2012

MSASS Selected for China Collaborative Partnership

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is one of seven U.S. schools recently selected to help build social work education programs in China over the next five years. MSASS was chosen from 215 U.S. schools with accredited graduate social work programs.

The partnership will assist China in preparing and graduating 3 million professional social workers by 2020. Distinguished University Professor M.C. "Terry” Hokenstad" will lead the Mandel School's participation in the project along with Mandel School faculty members Kathleen Farkas, David Miller and Zoe Breen Wood.

"Our selection is a recognition of both the quality of our own education program and our cultural competence in working with international partners," said Mandel School Dean Grover C. Gilmore. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Mandel School ninth in social work schools. More

June 21, 2012

Living in Downtown Cleveland: An MSASS Student Perspective

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Cleveland's recent rise in popularity and resurging downtown have become a huge highlight for grad students looking to make a move. Just ask MSASS student Ramses Clements, who loves living in an apartment here in the heart of it all.

Ramses, 23, is from Chicago, but he is taking advantage of living in a newly revived downtown where world-renowned restaurants, outdoor pubs and cultural venues are lined along city blocks.

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June 13, 2012

Integrating Primary & Behavioral Healthcare (Webinar)

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June 26, 2012; 2 to 3 pm; $0, Free Webinar. | Mandel School graduate and doctoral student Deb Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW-S, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present "Integrated Primary and Behavioral Healthcare: What is It and How Will I Know When I Get There?" as part of the webinar series hosted by the Michigan Primary Care Association. Hrouda will review our Center's partnership with Shawnee Mental Health Center in Portsmouth, Ohio to implement integrated treatment as part of SAMHSA's first wave of PBHCI grants. Hrouda will discuss the Integrated Treatment Tool, which was created to plan, implement, and evaluate integrated treatment. Register today.

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June 11, 2012

NPR: A Comeback For Downtown Cleveland

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David C Barnett's story, "A Comeback For Downtown Cleveland" on NPR's Morning Edition includes comments from the Center's Richey Piiparinen, related to his research report and articles about twenty-somethings' reverse migration to Cleveland.

A summary of Richey's report and the various locations it has been featured can be viewed here.

June 07, 2012

Working with Personality Disorders: Staying on Track and Maintaining Therapeutic Alliance (Video Conference)

CBT-ForPersonality_246p-orange.JPGJune 27, 2012; $Free for Ohio providers; CEUs | Psychologist James J. Esmail, PsyD, of Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Cincinnati, Ohio, will present "Working with Personality Disorders: Staying on Track and Maintaining Therapeutic Alliance." This training focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for people with mental illness. It is a video-conference event that will broadcast from Summit Behavioral Healthcare to multiple sites around the state, including a new site on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Attend at a site near you. The event is sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Deadline to register is June 20.

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June 06, 2012

Marijuana: What's the Big Deal?

Marijuana-Training_246p.JPGJune 22, 2012; Akron, Ohio; $15; CEUs. | Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at "Marijuana: What's the Big Deal?" This training event features presenters from Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Participants will learn about pending medical marijuana legislation in Ohio and receive an overview of medicinal marijuana, including its values, risks, and the dangers of using it with other prescription medicines. Learn about the effects of marijuana upon the adult brain and developing adolescent brain. Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of our Center will make a lunchtime presentation. Registration deadline is June 8.

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June 05, 2012

Assessment and Treatment of Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (MSASS Institute)

YouthWithCOD_246p.JPGJuly 16-18, 2012; Cleveland, OH; $395; CEUs. | "Assessment and Treatment of Youth with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders" is a three-day Institute sponsored by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and its Center for Innovative Practices. This deep learning experience provides an overview of current research, developmental characteristics, and promising approaches for the identification, assessment, and treatment of youth with co-occurring disorders. Six hours will be devoted to supervision and ethics issues commonly encountered. Deadline to register is July 12.

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June 01, 2012

Psychology Today: A Mid-Life Perspective from an MSASS Professor

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MSASS Associate Professor Kathryn Betts Adams, PhD, is writing a series of articles for Psychology Today. Her perspectives are available online:

June 7, 2012 - Our Own Worst Critics? Or Not

June 27, 2012 - Midlife Parenting: Hold on Loosely and Take a Deep Breath

August 6, 2012 - Banishing Mid-Life Regret


June 01, 2012

Bingo Research Makes its Debut on Local Fox News Affiliate

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MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore and his research on dementia was the recent focus of a Fox 8 Cleveland news report for "Parenting U." Gilmore was interviewed by TV reporter Todd Meany, and talked about his recent research on bingo cards and mild dementia.

Gilmore and other researchers discovered how larger, high-contrast bingo cards can help boost thinking and playing skills for people with cognitive difficulties and visual perception problems produced by Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD).

"It is a dimmer world for them," Gilmore explained. "But if we enhance that world by giving them high-contrast stimuli, by even turning up the contrast on the TV screen, they actually will be able to see the objects, enjoy them, and become more engaged."

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May 29, 2012

Op Ed:Catholic sisters' work is driven by faith, love...not politics

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Robert L. Fischer, Research Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, co-directs the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. His Op Ed on the Plain Dealer website "Catholic sisters' work is driven by faith, love and humility -- not politics," calls attention to the core work of Catholic Sisters, based on his ongoing research on the ministries of women religious in Cleveland.

May 23, 2012

ODA Names Terry Hokenstad to Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

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The Ohio Department of Aging has inducted MSASS Professor Merl "Terry" Hokenstad into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

A Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University, Hokenstad, 75, has been a proponent of the aging population for more than 40 years. He is one of 12 Ohioans that is being recognized by ODA for his contributions.

The Ohio Department of Aging celebrates outstanding older Ohioans for the roles they play in their communities, state and nation, and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives. For this award, Hokenstad joins an elite class. Since 1977, more than 350 individuals have been selected, including Bob Hope, Paul Newman, Senator John Glenn, Woody Hayes, and Erma Bombeck.

During the induction ceremony last week, Hokenstad said, "As a social work educator with a focus on the field of gerontology, I have emphasized active aging in my teaching and writing, as well as my volunteer work nationally and at the United Nations. This ceremony gives recognition to the contributions that older people make to their families, communities and the larger society."

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May 21, 2012

MSASS Students Celebrate Spring Commencement

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The Case Western Reserve University Class of 2012 enjoyed beautiful weather and picture-perfect skies during a campuswide convocation and commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20.

MSASS graduates had an opportunity to mingle with classmates one last time as they welcomed friends and family to a 12 p.m. diploma ceremony at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland. The group celebrated the graduation of 117 students in the MSSA program and eight students in the PhD program.

Presenters included graduate student speaker Donté Gibbs, who was chosen by his classmates to give this year's commencement speech. Longtime MSASS supporter and community volunteer vic gelb also offered the commencement address.

MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore served as commencement presider for the annual event. In addition to diplomas, Dean Gilmore also presented a number of awards, including:

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May 14, 2012

Claudia Coulton Named 2012 Distinguished University Professor

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It was supposed to be a meeting that began at 11 a.m., and one that Claudia Coulton would probably have to miss.

So when word got out that the Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Social Research at MSASS might be a no-show, someone needed to somehow convince her to go up to the third floor of the Mandel School – pronto.

When she arrived to see her MSASS peers and faculty all seated in a third-floor classroom, she had no idea what would happen next: Coulton was being named a 2012 Distinguished University Professor by Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder.

"I would have never expected this could happen," Coulton said. "I'm grateful for everyone at MSASS, and the university for making this selection. My work would not have been possible without all of the support I have received from MSASS and from CWRU over the years."

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May 09, 2012

MSASS Receives No. 8 Ranking from TheBestSchools.Org

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is now ranked No. 8 among the best social work schools in the country, according to TheBestSchools.org website.

In a ranking of the Top 25 schools just released, the organization based its rankings on academic quality, reputation, awards, rankings, internship opportunities, and facilities.

"The ranking recognizes the high quality of the education program, the scholarship of our faculty, and the excellence of our social work alumni," said MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore. "Our Ability Based Learning Environment creates a powerful learning environment which produces innovative leaders in social work practice."

TheBestSchools.org is an independent organization with no ties to any educational institution. The editors all hold PhDs and have extensive experience in teaching, research, and publishing at the university level.

MSASS continues to be regarded as one of the most renowned schools in the country. Last month, it was ranked No. 9 among the top social work schools by U.S. News and World Report.

May 04, 2012

Two MSASS Doctoral Students Receive Awards

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Two MSASS doctoral students were honored at the Graduate Studies Awards ceremony on April 30 for their recent academic achievements. Eun Lye Lee (a current doctoral student) received the Ruth Barber Moon Award and Susan Smalling (a doctoral student graduating in May) received the Arol Shack Dissertation Award.

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May 04, 2012

Begun Center Researcher is NAPW Professional Woman of the Year

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The National Association of Professional Women has named Jane Timmons-Mitchell, PhD, Professional Woman of the Year in psychology for the state of Ohio for 2012-2013. Timmons-Mitchell is a Senior Research Associate for The Dr. Semi J. And Ruth W. Begun Center For Violence Prevention, Research and Education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Timmons-Mitchell was selected by the NAPW VIP Division for her outstanding leadership and commitment within the profession. "I am humbled every day to work on behalf of children, youth and families," she said. "Receiving an award in recognition of that work is unexpected."

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May 03, 2012

Begun Center to Consult on National Youth Training Initiative

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Staff from the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research and Education will participate in a $1-million effort to provide youth behavioral training, education, and consultation services to eight states.

The national initiative, "Improving Diversion Policies and Programs for Justice Involved Youth with Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders," is funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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May 02, 2012

Annual ACT Conference 2012 (Boston)

ACT-Boston_246p-cityscape2bottom.JPGMay 15-18, 2012; Boston, MA; $180 - $445 | Join the Center for Evidence-Based Practices on May 18 at the "28th Annual Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Conference 2012." Scott Gerhard of our Center teams up with Jon Ramos of the Ohio ACT Center to present "Implementing ACT with IDDT: Lessons Learned." They will present results from the initiative in Franklin County, Ohio, that implemented both ACT and IDDT simultaneously. They'll review the history of the initiative, as well as facilitators and barriers to implementation, lessons learned, and current outcomes data, which include significant reductions in service costs.

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May 01, 2012

Commencement 2012: Details for MSASS Graduates

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is preparing for spring commencement, which will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2012. This is a special day for our graduates and their families, as well as the entire MSASS community.

The MSASS diploma ceremony will be held at The Temple-Tifereth Israel at noon. The temple is located at 1855 E. 105th Street.

Prior to the MSASS ceremony, faculty and students are invited to attend University Convocation. This is a ticketed event and is mandatory for all MSASS graduates. For more details, visit the University Commencement website.

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May 01, 2012

Wellness Management and Recovery Conference 2012 (Dayton)

WMR_246p.jpgMay 21-23, 2012; Dayton, OH; $88-250; CEUs | Steve Shober and Marilyn Kohn from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices will present two workshops at the "4th Annual Wellness Management and Recovery Conference." Shober will present "Employment Basics," which will provide an overview of principles and strategies that support people who are pursuing or sustaining competitive employment. Kohn will present "Consumer-Operated Services: Partners in Employment." This year's conference will feature many learning and peer-networking opportunities, including many interactive 90-minute workshops.

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May 01, 2012

MSASS Goes High Tech with International Collaboration

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How do you get 20 students from MSASS engaged in a discussion with nine students from Hong Kong?

You set up a huge screen in a meeting room and see what transpires.

On a recent Friday night, students at the Mandel School were engaged in deep discussion with students from the University of Hong Kong. It was all made possible with The Active Collaboration Room, a place that goes a step beyond traditional web conferencing.

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April 30, 2012

Judson Award Winners Feature Three from MSASS

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The Judson Smart Living Awards for 2012 honor a number of individuals who are committed to making University Circle the best it can be. This year's winners include three from MSASS: a noted volunteer, a former MSSA student and a renowned faculty member.

vic gelb has been a major volunteer for MSASS. Through the years, he established the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, and actively served as a volunteer with the Playhouse Square Foundation, United Way of Greater Cleveland, The Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland and others. During the late 1980s, he served as campaign chair to help develop the current Mandel School facility on Bellflower Road. He has been on the MSASS Visiting Committee since 1975 and will also serve as the MSASS commencement speaker in May.

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April 30, 2012

MSASS Emeritus Professor Erlynne Davis Dies

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Emeritus Professor Erlynne P. Davis, 86, passed away Tuesday, April 24, in Chicago.

From 1964 to 1987 she held the rank of Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Professor Davis taught courses in direct practice and socio-behavioral theory. In addition to graduate program teaching, she was a consultant to human service agencies and church organizations. She also taught staff development programs.

Professor Davis was a 1960 graduate of the School of Applied Social Sciences here at Case Western Reserve. She is survived by a son, Dr. Charles E. Davis; daughter-in-law Risa; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at St. James A.M.E. Church, 8401 Cedar Ave, Cleveland. A wake will be held at 10:30 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m.

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April 23, 2012

MSASS Student is Named Gund Foundation Fellow

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The George Gund Foundation has selected MSASS student Fei Li as its 2012-2014 Gund Fellow.

Li, who worked as a project manager for Casa Ricci Social Service in China, will receive dual master's degrees in social service administration and nonprofit organizations from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve in May. She was selected from a nationwide pool of applicants and will work at the foundation for two years.

"I applied for the fellowship because this is something I want to do as a profession, a profession that can help others and make a difference in people's daily life," she said.

Fei said her two-year fellowship will allow her to utilize her social work and nonprofit management training. She said it also allows her to stay in Cleveland where she has enjoyed living the past three years.

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April 19, 2012

MSASS, CWRU to Expand Programs for Non-Profit Leaders

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Three decades ago the Mandel Foundation and Case Western Reserve University established a program for nonprofit leaders that set the standard for excellence in an emerging discipline.

Today, the two organizations announced initiatives designed to expand and elevate opportunities for those committed to positive social impact in an era of rapid technological change and increasing globalization.

"The need for leaders who possess the talent and commitment required to change the world has never been greater," said Morton L. Mandel, chairman and CEO of the Mandel Foundation. "We are pleased to collaborate with Case Western Reserve University as it enhances academic offerings for people dedicated to making a meaningful difference for others."

After an expert panel review and ongoing conversations among university and foundation leaders, the two organizations adopted an approach to leadership education that reflects changes within the nonprofit field as well as broader opportunities within the private and public sectors. More

April 16, 2012

MSASS Student Wins NASW Award for 2012

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Each year, the Cuyahoga County chapter of the National Association of Social Workers offers the prestigious MSW Student of the Year Award to an outstanding student. The selection is based on a student's academic performance and the strength of the nominations he or she has received.

This year, MSASS student Aviva Levi was selected to win the award.

Aviva was nominated for the award by Samantha Mishne, her field placement supervisor at the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders.

"I nominated Aviva for the National Association of Social Workers MSW Student of the Year because of her initiative and willingness," said Mishne, LISW-S, LICDC. "With little prompting, she submitted an academic poster to the NASW Ohio Chapter Conference and presented it on her own. She also helped secure a $5,000 scholarship for a client which helped them continue with treatment. She took the initiative to coordinate diversity training for staff and is surveying clients to increase their ability to develop a recovery community."

Mishne believes that Aviva's openness to learn and receive clinical feedback is what impresses her the most. "She was always willing to learn and try something new no matter how clinically significant or insignificant," Mishne added.

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April 09, 2012

Begun Center Researcher Wins Annual Award from MST Services

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Renne Dragomir has been awarded the 2011 "Whatever It Takes" Award from MST Services, an organization focused on implementing Multisystemic Therapy to improve the lives of troubled youth and the lives of their families.

Multisystemic Therapy, or MST, is an intensive family-and community-based treatment program that focuses on chronic and violent juvenile offenders, as well as their homes, families, schools, teachers, neighborhoods and friends. Dragomir, who was the only winner in the category of "MST Expert," was one of seven nominees to be considered for the annual award, which is given to someone in the MST community that has demonstrated outstanding and meritorious service. It is presented to individuals, families, programs or organizations that have demonstrated creative thinking and dedication to do "whatever it takes" to accomplish positive outcomes for youth and their families undergoing MST.

"While we see that every day in her work, it is wonderful that it is recognized by others," said Patrick Kanary, director for the Center for Innovative Practices here at the Begun Center. "We are incredibly proud and feel fortunate to have her on our team."

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April 05, 2012

Begun Center Director Speaks Out About Oakland School Shooting

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Days after a campus shooting in Oakland left seven people dead, Begun Center Director Daniel Flannery was asked about the recent acts of violence and why anger often plays a critical role in mass tragedies.

The shooting at Oikos University in Califoria on April 2 is the largest campus shooting since the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. The event falls on the heels of the Chardon High killings on February 27 that left three teenagers dead.

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March 29, 2012

Social Justice at MSASS: We Are Trayvon!

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It started out as a simple idea for a cause, then grew from one friend, to one e-mail, than a viral outpouring on Facebook and Twitter.

Members of the Case Western Reserve community and the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences gathered on the steps of MSASS to show support for Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old youth who was shot and killed for walking through a Sanford, Fla., neighborhood. His death has sparked a national debate on race, and activists everywhere are donning hoodies to protest the killing of the Florida teenager.

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March 28, 2012

MSASS Announces New University Partnership in Poland

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A trip to Poland over spring break turned into a special treat for MSASS students, faculty, alumni and guests. On March 12, the group met with Andrew Paul, Cultural Attaché in U.S. Embassy Warsaw, during the inauguration of a new university partnership between the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) and the Institute of Sociology at Adam Mickiewiecz University (UAM) in Poznan.

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March 26, 2012

News: Rep. Marcy Kaptur Says that the Poorest in America are Women

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Politfact Ohio fact-checked Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur's statement that the poorest in America are women, and called on Professor Claudia Coulton to give expert advice on the data behind the Congresswoman's statement. Professor Coulton's research as Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, lends strong suport to the statement, as well as the US census data provided in the Politifact article.

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March 15, 2012

A Revival in Cleveland? Signs Point to Growth Downtown

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Most of us have seen the shrinking population figures for Cleveland and other urban cities across America, but an MSASS researcher has uncovered a glimmer of hope that's not been reported until now.

Downtown Cleveland has grown substantially over the last two decades, according to Richey Piiparinen, research assistant with the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. His latest research indicates that the neighborhood's population grew 96 percent, with residential totals increasing from 4,651 to 9,098.

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March 13, 2012

MSASS Moves Up to No. 9 in "Best Of" Rankings

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is now ranked No. 9 among the best graduate schools of social work in the country, according to the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings released March 13, 2012.

MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore heralded the improved ranking as a re-affirmation of the school's quality researchers and dedicated team of faculty, field advisors, staff, alumni and students. The school was ranked No. 10 in 2008.

"This is a wonderful endorsement of the work done by all members of this extraordinary school," said Gilmore. "Among the top 10 schools in 2008, we are the only school to receive a higher score."

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March 12, 2012

Dance Benefit to Raise Funds for Pediatric Cancer

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On Saturday March 24, the Case Western Reserve University Dance Marathon will present the third annual Dancing with the CWRU Stars. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Horsburgh Gymnasium of Veale Center, 2128 Adelbert Road.

Eleven stars will be dancing in this year's competition, including MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore and Sharon Milligan, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Mandel School. The two will be raising funds for pediatric cancer patients at UH Case Medical Center Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. You can donate to the cause or purchase your tickets at tickets.case.edu.

You can also purchase your tickets at the door. The cost is $10 for central seating and $5 for side seating. There is no charge for children age 5 and under. Visitor parking is available in the Veale Center Parking Garage.

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March 09, 2012

Want to be a Social Worker? It's One of the Best Jobs in 2012

When U.S. News & World Report wrote about the prospects of good and plentiful jobs in social work last month, the message became loud and clear: Social work is a top-notch career choice, especially for those who are passionate about social change and making a difference in their communities.

Social work ranked No. 18 on the list of top 25 jobs, according to the report. And it ranked No. 5 on the list of best social services jobs.

As social workers around the world celebrate a month in which their career is in the spotlight, the article on how social work is one of the Best Jobs to have in 2012 is good news for graduates who could see significant growth over the next decade.

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March 08, 2012

Cleveland Jewish News: Harvesting Donations to Stem Hunger

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A Cleveland Jewish News Op-Ed: Harvesting Donations to Stem Hunger, cites the new Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development report, The Changing Face of Poverty in Northeast Ohio, in noting the increase of poverty locally and the increased use of the Cleveland Food Bank, referring people to the Harvest for Hunger campaign where donations can be made to meet this need.

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March 06, 2012

Community Support is Key in Cases That Involve Childhood Obesity

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When an obese 8-year-old boy in Cleveland was placed under the protective supervision of the Department of Children and Family Services in Cuyahoga County, social workers all over the country took notice. Then, when the child was given a chance to live with his father and subsequently return home after losing 50 pounds, MSASS Associate Professor David Crampton continued talking about the controversy that has created a national firestorm.

Crampton has been vigilant about his interest in the case, which began back in November 2011. He knows a great deal about the effects of foster care after researching 44,000 children in Cuyahoga County and 10 other communities. Since that time, Crampton has offered solutions and guidelines that make sense. His latest comments appear in the February 27 edition of the Plain Dealer.

March 05, 2012

Opinion: Chardon School Shooting Shows Us Lessons

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The reality of the Chardon School shooting that occurred on February 27 has left the city of Chardon humbled by the collective grief and outreach. On March 4, two MSASS professors wrote an opinion piece on the shootings, which appeared in the Sunday edition of the Plain Dealer.

Both PhDs, Daniel Flannery and Mark Singer are no stranger to youth violence and its devastating effects on communities. Flannery is the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and director of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education. Singer is the Leonard W. Mayo professor of family and child welfare at the Mandel School and deputy director of the Begun Center.

Flannery was also a special guest on WCPN last Wednesday to talk about the incident. "There's no good way to prepare psychologically or emotionally for something like this to happen," Flannery said. Learn more.

March 01, 2012

Poverty Center Selected as Leadership in Community Innovation Award Finalist

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The Poverty Center's Neighborhood Stabilization Team Application (NST APP) has been selected as a Leadership in Community Innovation Award finalist. You are invited to the judging and presentation event on March 6th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Cleveland State University’s College of Urban Affairs.

A panel of three judges will decide who wins $25,000, funded by Key Bank, at the event. Register online to attend.

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February 14, 2012

Newsnet 5: Latest Data Reveals 26,000 Homes Vacant in Cuyahoga County

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Research from NEO CANDO and the Mandel School's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has become a critical part of a local effort to address the housing crisis in Cleveland. On February 13, TV reporter Joe Pagonakis provided a behind-the-scenes look at recent foreclosure figures in northeast Ohio.

Read the NewsChannel5 report.

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January 27, 2012

News: 3 out of 4 Cleveland Suburbs Saw Increases in Poverty in Last Decade

January 19, 2012

Report: The Changing Face of Poverty in Northeast Ohio

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University released a report entitled The Changing Face of Poverty in Northeast Ohio which details the increase in poverty across the region.

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January 18, 2012

Researcher to Present Findings on WWII Jewish Refugee

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On February 8, a researcher from Washington, D.C., will present her findings about the life of Elsa Leichter, an MSASS alum and Austrian refugee social worker whose American social work career started in Cleveland during WWII.

Researcher Barbara Reiterer, a Doctoral Fellow in Residence at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C., will discuss how Leichter found refuge as a social worker. The lecture, entitled, Elsa Leichter's Second Chance: Interruptions and Continuities in a Refugee Social Worker's Transatlantic Career, will be held on February 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 320 at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Reiterer's talk is free and open to the public.

During World War II, American social work provided a professional refuge for Leichter, a Jewish exile from Vienna who came to the United States on the eve of World War II. Reiterer's research provides a history of Austrian and American social work in the mid-twentieth century and the experiences of Jewish women exiles in the United States.

Even though a cursory glance at Leichter’s biography may yield a neat and smooth narrative, interruptions complicated her life. After serving 12 years as a social worker for the Vienna city municipality, she had to start over when she came to the U.S. It was in Cleveland where she received her "big second chance," as she repeatedly said. Reiterer's discussion of Leichter will trace her complex, often difficult career path, for which her time at the Mandel School played a central role.

Leichter received her degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University in 1942. She went on to work for the Jewish Family Service in New York City where she earned distinction in the field of family therapy. Starting in the 1970s, she traveled to Europe to give lectures and workshops, thus contributing to the transatlantic circulation of knowledge in the applied social sciences. She died in 1997 at the age of 92.

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January 10, 2012

"BINGO" Study is a Boost for Aging, Dementia Research

Bingo may be a popular activity in nursing homes, but MSASS Dean Grover Gilmore is seeing a lot more benefits that extend well beyond socializing.

According to Gilmore and other psychology researchers, the high-contrast, large bingo cards boost thinking and playing skills for people with cognitive difficulties and visual perception problems produced by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Parkinson’s disease (PD). The findings were reported in the journal Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition. Learn more

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December 20, 2011

Southeast Center in North Dakota Achieves Significant Outcomes, Honored as Champion of Integrated Treatment

ND-WomenLaugh-WE0174_246p.JPGThe North Dakota Department of Human Services has been calling upon Ohio's expertise in the implementation of evidence-based practices for people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders since 2006. Today, outcomes from the department's data analyses show that the use of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment has been significantly reducing crisis services, psychiatric hospitalizations, incarcerations, and more. ... This story features Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, director of substance abuse and mental illness consulting and training initiatives at the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices. Kruszynski is a 1993 graduate of the Mandel School.

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December 14, 2011

MSASS Alum's Troop Project Becomes PBS Documentary

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The story of a Girl Scout troop in Austin, Texas, has a connection close to home, thanks to MSASS alumna Darlene Grant.

For 11 years, the 1984 MSSA grad from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences was in charge of the program evaluation for a therapeutic prison visitation involving girls with incarcerated mothers. The program was among several Girl Scouts Beyond Bars programs -- the only one that is designed around the social work ideal of providing wrap-around services to at-risk youth.

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December 13, 2011

Conference 2012 to Explore Integration of Evidence-Based Practices for Mental Illness, Substance Use Disorders

Conference2012_246p.JPGOur evidence-based practice (EBP) conference is back by popular demand and will take place on Oct 22 and 23, 2012 at the Cleveland Airport Marriott in Cleveland, Ohio, so save these dates! The event will feature keynote addresses and numerous workshops exploring introductory, intermediate, and advanced topics about implementing and integrating EBPs, emerging best practices, and other healthcare and behavioral-healthcare innovations that improve outcomes for people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. | Ohio providers: $200/$125| Non-Ohio providers: $300/ $225.

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December 13, 2011

This Week's Observer: MSASS Study Abroad

International travel was the highlight of this week's Observer, the student newspaper at Case Western Reserve University. Trips to Ecuador and Bangladesh will be taking place over winter break, thanks to the MSASS Study Abroad program.

In addition to trips scheduled in January, a whole new round of travel begins for students who want to immerse themselves in cross-cultural studies, social policy and mental health. Spring break opportunities are still available to those who want to travel to Guatemala, the Netherlands or Poland.

December 12, 2011

Alumnus Jeremy Evenden Presents Motivational Interviewing Training Series in Northeast Ohio, January to May 2012

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Join alumnus Jeremy S. Evenden, MSSA ('03), LISW-S, consultant and trainer from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, at his Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Boardman, Ohio, from January to May 2012. Register online today. Evenden is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Participants learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change and resistance to change among individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Ideal for IDDT, ACT, other best practices. $60/event. CEUs & supervisory credit.

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December 11, 2011

Scott Gerhard Presents Motivational Interviewing Training Series in Central Ohio, January to April 2012

ScottGerhard_246p.jpgJoin consultant and trainer Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at his Motivational Interviewing (MI) training events in Columbus, Ohio, from January to April 2012. Register online today. Participants engage in skill-building exercises to learn MI's client-centered approaches for responding to desire for change and resistance to change among individuals with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Ideal for IDDT, ACT, other best practices. $60 each event. Get CEUs & supervisory credit.

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December 10, 2011

IDDT Implementation Strategies for Program Leaders

43305_roundtablegroup_246p-border.jpgOne of our most popular events returns on February 28 and 29, 2012 in Cleveland for innovators in Ohio and across the nation who are implementing an Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) team with aspirations of high fidelity to this evidence-based practice for people with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. This event provides practical resources, tools, and methods for successful implementation. Teaching methods emphasize interaction among participants. | $125 Ohio providers; $275 non-Ohio providers | CEUs.

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December 07, 2011

MSASS Hosts U.S. Ambassador Heather M. Hodges

Case Western Reserve University students enrolled in the MSASS study travel course to Ecuador got an inside view of international relations from a special guest on December 3. Former U.S. Ambassador Heather M. Hodges gave a presentation at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences on the current political situation in Ecuador and offered insights into her expulsion from the country earlier this year.

Hodges, a native of Cleveland, arrived shortly before 1:30 p.m. to meet with students and MSASS faculty members Mark Chupp, Sonia Minnes and Debby Jacobson. Professor Chupp set up the visit through the Cleveland Council of World Affairs, where Hodges recently began as president.

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December 06, 2011

Associate Professor David Crampton Addresses Childhood Obesity on WCPN

The debate about childhood obesity continues to rage on, and here in Cuyahoga County, it's making social workers stand up and take notice.

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Associate Professor David Crampton recently appeared on WCPN-90.3 to talk with local officials after Cuyahoga County social workers placed an 8-year-old boy in foster care. The 200-pound third grader was removed from his home because many believed the boy’s mother was neglecting his health needs. Crampton was interviewed by Sound of Ideas host Mike McIntyre, who provided details of the case, along with special guest Sumana Narasinham, MD, director of Healthy Kids/Healthy Weight program, University Hospitals; Shakyra Diaz, policy director, Ohio ACLU; and Patricia Rideout, chief administrator, Cuyahoga County Department of Children & Family Services.

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November 28, 2011

Fellowship Program Prepares Next Generation of Clinical Leaders for Evidence-Based Practice

MandelSchoolStudents_246p-WithAndrews.JPGIf you or others you know are interested in earning a master's degree in social work and pursuing a career in clinical leadership for evidence-based practices that improve outcomes for vulnerable populations, contact the Leadership Fellows Program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Qualified candidates with a bachelor's degree in any discipline will be considered. Full scholarships available.

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November 17, 2011

Cultural exchange with the Netherlands examines integrated treatment for drug use, mental illness

1282358_Netherlands_246p.JPGSince 2004, Mandel School alumnus Patrick Boyle of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices has been transferring knowledge about evidence-based practices from the center's work in Ohio and other states to the Netherlands. He's also been teaching an annual study-abroad course that takes health and human-service professionals and university students to the Netherlands to study with policymakers and service providers there.

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November 16, 2011

Mandel School offers travel-abroad courses for health and human service professionals, college students during spring break

4916707_jet_246px.jpgTake an educational holiday overseas to the Netherlands in March 2012 by signing up for Patrick Boyle's course, "Integrated Mental Health & Substance Use Services." Boyle has been an adjunct instructor at the School for more than 20 years and is director of implementation services at the School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices. He is also a graduate of the AODA and mental-health specializations. Boyle's travel-abroad course is one of serveral for Case Western Reserve University students, which are also open to working professionals in health and human services. Other classes travel to Guatemala and Poland.

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November 15, 2011

Albert Dijkhuizen and Johan Weterings explain how integrated treatment transforms therapeutic relationships, recovery in the Netherlands

AlbertDijkhuizenJohanWeterings_246p-Netherlands-2008samiconf.jpgTake a look at and listen to this interview from the 2008 archives of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices for a little inspiration to sign up for the travel-abroad courses to the Netherlands during spring break. ... Albert Dijkhuizen, MD, and Johan Weterings, PhD, of the city of Eindhoven are veterans of an old system of care that provided separate, non-integrated services for mental illness and addiction. Listen to their stories of transformation, which have occurred as a result of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment. Tracks #4 & 5 feature consumer success stories. Track #7 features Weterings speaking in Dutch, offering a message of hope to his colleagues back home.

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November 09, 2011

Brookings Report: Dramatic Jumps in Poverty-Stricken Neighborhoods

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The Brookings Institution reports that Northeast Ohio has shown some of the fastest growth in the nation for the number of people living in extremely poor neighborhoods, a situation that Dr Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, confirmed in a November 3, 2011 article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Brookings' "The Re-Emergence of Concentrated Poverty: Metropolitan Trends in the 2000s" looked at the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country where at least 40 percent of residents were at or below the poverty level including 24,000 residents in "high-density" suburbs such as Cleveland Heights, Elyria, Euclid, Kent, Lorain, and Painesville.

"Yes, this is exactly what we've seen," said Dr. Coulton about the report. "It [poverty] has hit the suburbs hard."

Read more in "Brookings report finds poverty-stricken neighborhoods jump dramatically in Cleveland area" in the Plain Dealer and below.

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October 12, 2011

A Case for Social Workers: What Do Employers Look For?

What does the future hold for the next generation of nonprofit leaders? We posed this question to Robert Fischer, PhD, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Fischer gave us his views on the realities of a tough job market and the potential opportunities for young social work graduates.

A recent article in The Plain Dealer, entitled "Young nonprofit graduates struggling to find jobs here," raises an important topic, but also casts light on the realities of nonprofit organizations and the limited data we have about them. The survey report in the article, credited to The Young Nonprofit Professional Network, was based on a class project by three master's students in a nonprofit management course I taught at Case Western Reserve University in the fall of 2010.

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October 10, 2011

New EBP Website has 'My Account' Feature, Incorporates CCOE Sites, More

611989_diversepeopletalking_125p.JPGThe Center for Evidence-Based Practices has launched a new website, and we need your help with the transition by creating (or re-creating) your own membership account, which is free. The new "my account" feature helps you manage your event registration, resource downloads, and more. We have also moved the websites of our Ohio Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCOE) initiatives and Tobacco Recovery model to this new website, so remember to update any references to those links.

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October 06, 2011

Youth Violence the Topic at Cleveland Consortium

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How can youth violence be measured?

Cleveland city leaders gathered with researchers from The Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education to discuss the topic of youth violence during a recent consortium at the Hilton Garden Inn. The event was sponsored by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) and the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland.

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October 05, 2011

Foundation Grant Continues Work of Begun Center, Cleveland Partnership

Researchers from the Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will continue their work with the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland over the next two years, thanks to a $200,000 grant made possible by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In addition, matching contributions from The Cleveland Foundation, Saint Luke’s Foundation and Sisters of Charity Foundation will provide for a combined total of $400,000.

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October 05, 2011

Active Aging Symposium Draws Local, International Experts

Local leaders from around Cleveland - and international experts from around the world - gathered at Case Western Reserve University on October 1 to talk about a topic that most 60-something boomers don't care to discuss: what it means to grow old.

Nearly 250 people attended the Active Aging Symposium to talk about the aging workforce, the impact of global aging, redefining retirement and civic engagement among senior volunteers.

Participants arrived for a full day to attend breakout sessions and hear academics talk about their theories on why active aging is part of a growing global movement.

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September 23, 2011

MSASS Youth Violence Consortium to Honor Congressman Stokes

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On Friday, September 30, The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center at MSASS and the Partnership for a Safer Cleveland will host a seminar featuring Dr. John A. Rich and former U.S. Rep. Louis B. Stokes. The seminar will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1100 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, Ohio.

Researchers from the Begun Center will be naming The Greater Cleveland Consortium on Youth Violence Prevention in honor of Stokes. This is a special event since Stokes is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at MSASS.

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September 22, 2011

Seminar on Violence to Feature Daniel Flannery, PhD

On Tuesday, September 27, The Schubert Center for Child Studies is sponsoring a seminar entitled "Merging Research, Practice, and Policy in Addressing Children's Exposure to Violence." The event is for faculty, students and community members interested in child well-being and child policy.

The seminar will feature Daniel Flannery, director of The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at MSASS. Flannery will present his work on the Defending Childhood initiative, a federal program that received funding from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Researchers at the Begun Center are part of the collaborative effort in Cuyahoga County, providing ongoing planning, data and evaluation support. Guests will talk about their experiences in the community and policy implications associated with the effort.

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Time: 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Room 115, Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, 11402 Bellflower Road

The program will feature Janet Kronenberg, MPA, JD, manager of the Cuyahoga County Witness/Victim Service Center. For more information, please visit the Schubert Center website.

September 14, 2011

Policy Practice in Israel is Topic of MSASS Lecture, September 23

A special lecture on social work in Israel will be held from 12:45 to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 23. The event is sponsored by MSASS.

The lecture entitled, "Policy Practice in Social Work in Israel and in an International Perspective" features John Gal, PhD, a professor and dean of the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He will be joined by Idit Weiss-Gal, PhD, a senior lecturer at the Bob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel-Aviv University.

This lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The program has been approved for 1.25 CEUs for social workers and counselors. A light lunch will be available.

The event will be held in Room 115 across the street from MSASS in the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, 11402 Bellflower Road, Cleveland, OH 44106.

September 07, 2011

MSASS Releases New Annual Report for Research and Training

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The just-released 2010-2011 Research & Training Annual Report of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences demonstrates the considerable contributions of the school's faculty to scholarship, research and training. Highlights include the following:

- External research and training grant funding totaled almost $6 million to our 30-member faculty, the second highest in the school's history.

- Research grants have more than doubled (136 percent increase) in the last six years.

- More than two-fifths of our faculty’s research is federally funded.

- MSASS faculty accomplishments in research and training were recognized through a $7 million bequest from James Williamson. This is the largest single gift in the school's history.

- Academic Analytics, LLC, ranks the faculty of our school as seventh among social work doctoral programs.

Additional Highlights

Much of our work is conducted through the Mandel School's five research and training centers, which are featured in this year's annual report. The report also highlights additional independent faculty projects. Faculty infuse new knowledge from research and training initiatives into master's and doctoral coursework, and many students gain practical experiences as active members of research teams.

August 22, 2011

Roads to Recovery conference to highlight evidence-based practices available to service providers, systems of care

CuyahogaADAMHSevent_125p.jpgPatrick Boyle, MSSA, LISW-S, LICDC, of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices is presenting at this year's Roads to Recovery Conference, titled "Behavioral Health: A System Under Construction," which takes place on September 12, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio, and is sponsored by the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board of Cuyahoga County. He will moderate a panel presentation about evidence-based practices. Christina M. Delos Reyes, MD, of the Cetner will also present. Sign-up for their workshops. CEUs available.

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August 22, 2011

Begun Center Ushers in New Era at MSASS

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More than 100 community members, faculty members and staff from Case Western Reserve University attended a welcome reception on August 18 for The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education. The event ushered in a new chapter for The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS), which heralded the arrival of Daniel Flannery, PhD, and his research team from Kent State University this past July.

"It's a big team here — a very talented team," said Dean Grover "Cleve" Gilmore. "This is a group that will continue to make a great impact that fits into the mission of our school."

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August 17, 2011

Building a Career in Nonprofit Cleveland

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In the fall of 2010, Dr. Robert Fischer, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and Research Associate Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and students from his course MAND 410: Quantitative Analysis for Nonprofit Leaders at the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations conducted a survey project for the Cleveland chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Their work is cited in the recently released report:

Building a Career in Nonprofit Cleveland: Focus on the Nonprofit Identity (full report and executive summary)

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August 17, 2011

Showing That Your Work Matters (Video)

Dr. Robert Fischer, Research Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is featured in a video presentation on program evaluation titled "Showing That Your Work Matters" on Grant Space, a service of the Foundation Center, Cleveland.

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August 16, 2011

Training event to highlight practical responses to Ohio's opiate epidemic

womandoctor_125px.jpgChristina M. Delos Reyes, MD, medical consultant at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices, will present "The Opiate Epidemic in Ohio: What Psychiatrists and Other Healthcare Professionals Can Do" on Friday, August 19, 2011 from 7:45 to 9 am on the campus of Case Western Reserve University as part of Grand Rounds, sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine. The event is open to the public. Pre-registration is not required. CMEs are available. Other CEUs may be available.

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August 16, 2011

MSASS Honors Staff with Art Display, Recognition Awards

The staff at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences received a special treat when they showed up for work last Wednesday. The second floor of the school was adorned with the artistry of several staff and faculty members.

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Colorful photographs, watercolors, acrylics, charcoal drawings and abstract art were all part of the collection on the second-floor walls, usually reserved for local artists from all across northeast Ohio. "I'm so amazed at all the talent we have here at MSASS," said Dean Grover Gilmore. "What a special treat, seeing all this beautiful work. Our faculty and staff are truly multi-talented."

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August 16, 2011

MSASS Mourns Loss of Emeritus Professor Edmond Jenkins

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A memorial service for Edmond Jenkins will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. The church is located at 2172 E. 49th St. in Cleveland, just south of Cedar Avenue.

Professor Jenkins died on August 4, 2011. He taught at the Mandel School from 1969 until his retirement in 1992. He directed "Project Go" during the time he was at MSASS. Dorothy Maroff, assistant to the director at the Lillian F. & Milford J. Harris Library, remembers how Jenkins donated the first audio-visual materials there.

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August 11, 2011

Healing a Cleveland Community through Art Therapy

Urban art therapy is giving the residents of Detroit Shoreway cause for reflection after a gas explosion destroyed nearly five dozen homes and buildings in 2010. Richey Piiparinen, a researcher with the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at MSASS, explains his collaboration with the W. 83rd St. Project on Rustwire.com.

August 11, 2011

A Decade of Social Work Today

There are top trends and then there are 10 that have influenced social work culture over the last decade. M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad Jr., the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor at MSASS, explains why globalization made the list and why social work educators need to promote more international field placements. His comments appeared in the July/August edition of Social Work Today, the nation's leading news magazine for social workers.

August 11, 2011

Associate Professor Kathleen J. Farkas Speaks Out on Behalf of Abused Women, those Healing from Addiction

When women are incarcerated and later released from prison, the stories of abuse and addiction can be overwhelming. Many of these stories often go untold without a clear understanding of what these women have endured.

But during the wake of the Anthony Sowell trial in Cleveland last week, WCPN-90.3 featured a story about a group of women that are getting help, thanks to creative writing and encouragement from MSASS Associate Professor Kathleen J. Farkas. Farkas was a featured guest of radio host David C. Barnett, who spoke about the Women's Re-entry Network and a creative writing program for women at the Cuyahoga County Corrections Center.

August 01, 2011

Addiction Studies Institute to highlight motivational interviewing, tobacco-recovery model

AddictionStudies_125p.JPGJoin the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at the Addiction Studies Institute in Columbus, Ohio, on August 17, 18 and 19, 2011, hosted by Talbot Hall of The Ohio State University Medical Center. Deborah Myers, MEd, PCC-S, and Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW, of the Center are presenting. Sign-up for their workshops: "Motivational Interviewing in Addictions" and "Tobacco Dependence: The Forgotten Substance-Related Disorder." Look for our display table.

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July 22, 2011

Center contributes experience, knowledge from Ohio to Global Implementation Conference

GIC_125p.JPGPatrick Boyle, MSSA ('89), and Debra Hrouda, MSSA ('94), of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices -- and its Ohio SAMI CCOE initiative -- are presenting three posters at the "First Biennial Global Implementation Conference" (GIC) in Washington, DC, on August 15, 16, and 17, 2011. The event brings together scientists, policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders for an unprecedented focus on evidence-based practices and how they can be implemented effectively to improve outcomes for people and organizations. Boyle and Hrouda will also be participating in ongoing learning clusters with colleagues from the conference over the coming year.

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July 18, 2011

National Research Institute invites Center to present study of Ohio claims data, cost savings from integrated treatment

DebHrouda_125px.jpgDebra Hrouda, MSSA ('94), LISW-S, of the Mandel School's Center for EBPs--and its Ohio SAMI CCOE initiative--has been invited to present results of a CEBP study of Ohio behavioral-healthcare claims data during a free webinar hosted by the the National Research Institute (NRI), Inc. on August 2, 2011. The study showed that Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) helped save Ohio $1.4 million in service costs for a group of 160 people diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a co-occurring substance use disorder. Register online today.

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July 12, 2011

Daniel Flannery Addresses Youth Violence on WCPN

Daniel Flannery, PhD, was a featured guest on WCPN 90.3 on Tuesday, July 12. He spoke about youth violence and "flash mobs" that are creating fear in public spaces and local communities.

He joined a host of local officials on The Sound of Ideas, which aired at 9 a.m. Flannery is the new director of The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention, Research & Education.

He joined MSASS on July 1 and brought along a team of 23 researchers, evaluators, consultants and trainers. As a leading scholar in the study of violence and exposure to violence, he currently has more than $6 million in funded research, evaluation and training projects. More

June 20, 2011

Dr. Rob Fischer is an invited advisor to The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University's Advancing Knowledge Scholarship Council

June 13, 2011

Ohio board accredits Mandel School curriculum for professional license in chemical-dependency counseling

KathleenFarkas_125p.jpgThe Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences has achieved another milestone in its long history of excellence in social-work education. Its master's-degree program was recently accredited by a new licensing entity, the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDPB), which oversees the certification and licensing of chemical-dependency counselors.

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April 28, 2011

Federal Reserve Board: Resources for Stabilizing Communities

Cleveland, Ohio: Data-Driven Decisionmaking Video

The Federal Reserve, through its Community Development staff located at its 12 regional reserve banks and the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., works to bring together key community stakeholders to identify local problems and explore solutions, some of which are highlighted in a series of three concise video documentaries.

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March 22, 2011

Publication: Coulton, Chan and Mikelbank in the Journal of Community Practice

March 17, 2011

Beimers and Coulton: Journal article on employment and child maltreatment

March 03, 2011

Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank article: "Slowing Speculation: A Proposal to Lessen Undesirable Housing Transactions"

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An article from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland titled, ""Slowing Speculation: A Proposal to Lessen Undesirable Housing Transactions" includes suggested readings from two reports published by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development: "Pathways to Foreclosure: A Longitudinal Study of Mortgage Loans, Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, 2005-2008" and "Beyond REO: Property Transfers at Extremely Distressed Prices in Cuyahoga County, 2005-2008".

The Center has worked closely with the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and with the Cuyahoga Land Bank, also discussed in the article, and provides information to nonprofits and government programs for neighborhood stabilization, and bank foreclosure prevention and remediation programs via the property data portion of its Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing (NEO CANDO)website, and through other research programs.

NEO CANDO is a free online database of social, property, and economic indicators combined with geographic data markers down to the neighborhood level, and mapping utilities, created and maintained by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. The Center is one of several research centers at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

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February 14, 2011

NEO CANDO "Using Local Market Data to Support Neighborhood Stabilization"

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Enterprise Community Partners hosted a live online webinar titled: "Using Local Market Data to Support Neighborhood Stabilization." It was held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

The Powerpoint presentation for this webinar is now available here online.

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February 10, 2011

East Cleveland service-learning experience offers lessons, say CWRU researchers

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A recent journal article "Getting the Most Out of Service Learning: Maximizing Student, University, and Community Impact" in the Journal of Community Practice, is by professors Mark Chupp and Mark Joseph, is outlined in this |think magazine blog article.

Additional articles about their work, and the efforts of Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences students can bee see in the August and July 2010 articles here.

Both Mark Chupp and Mark Joseph are faculty associates of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

February 10, 2011

Market Data-Driven Stabilization: A Case Study of Cleveland's NEO CANDO Data System

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The following case study by the Enterprise Foundation, focuses on NEO CANDO and the partnerships that utilize the data it provides to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods.

"Local market data systems are of great value to nonprofits, local governments and other community stakeholders who are working to stabilize neighborhoods struggling as a result of foreclosures, blight, vacancies or economic decline.

In Cleveland, data transformed the focus and implementation of neighborhood stabilization, allowing stabilization efforts to achieve a level of impact that was not otherwise possible....

This case study examines the value of parcel-level real estate data for neighborhood stabilization programs in general, and looks specifically at how the Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing system (NEO CANDO) is used in Cleveland. Examples of some of the ways community stakeholders have used the data generated by the NEO CANDO system are provided. General information describing the operations of the NEO CANDO system, the data used, and the sources of that data are also provided to aid communities considering creating their own local market data system."

This case study is located on practitionerresources.org, where other Enterprise Community Partners resources are also listed.

February 09, 2011

MSASS Offers Guaranteed Paid Placement in Field Agencies

MSASS is the only social work school in the country that guarantees a stipend for field placement work. Students at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences provide some 225,000 hours of community service for approximately 350 community agencies. This service enabled the social work school to become eligible for increased work-study funding from the federal government through special funding.

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February 08, 2011

Dr. Anna Santiago, podcast- Where People Live Matters: Using Housing Policy as an Anti-Poverty and Asset-Building Intervention

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Dr. Anna Santiago, Dr. George Galster, and Renee Nicolosi, are in a podcast titled, "Where People Live Matters: Using Housing Policy as an Anti-Poverty and Asset-Building Intervention," on the University at Buffalo School of Social Work's Living Proof Podcast series Episode 64.

"In this episode, our guests discuss their research that attempts to respond to and understand how housing policy influences not only its clients, but the neighborhoods in which they reside. They describe, amongst other programs, the Home Ownership Program in Denver, Colorado; their longitudinal research; their findings; and the continuing challenges to sustaining home ownership and its effect on poverty."

If you wish to hear play the mp3 directly click here.

Dr. Santiogo is a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

February 07, 2011

Stalling the Foreclosure Process: The Complexity Behind Bank Walkaways

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A new report from Case Western Reserve’s Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development documents the problem of so-called bank walkaways in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

The report, titled Stalling the Foreclosure Process: The Complexity Behind Bank Walkaways, takes an in-depth look at stalled foreclosure cases in Cuyahoga County in order to describe the factors involved in delayed foreclosure cases. Foreclosure cases that remain unresolved for long periods of time can result in serious spillover damages, incurring costs like unpaid taxes, unpaid utility bills, nuisance abatement assessments, maintenance, and in the most severe cases, could include fire damage or demolition.

The researchers examined the court records of 999 stalled foreclosure cases (cases where a decree of foreclosure has been granted but the property did not go to sheriff’s sale for over 180 days), finding that 56 percent of these stalled foreclosure cases could possibly be considered bank walkaways. The researchers also found that the possible bank walkaways are more likely to be vacant, tax delinquent, and demolished.

When considering the status of a foreclosure case in court, the researchers determined that cases where a plaintiff (the mortgage lender or subsequent note holder) took no action for 180 days or more after receiving a foreclosure judgment, and cases where a plaintiff dismissed a foreclosure judgment for reasons that did not involve resolving the mortgage lien, among other scenarios, could possibly be considered bank walkaways.

“It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what’s going on with a foreclosure case,” reports Michael Schramm, co-author and Research Associate at the Center on Urban Poverty. "Paper and electronic court records might be missing details, and plaintiffs often only give boiler-plate reasons for their actions. But defining the problem and outlining how to recognize it is the first step in finding the solution.”

Click here to download the file.

For questions or comments about this report, please contact Michael Schramm at 216-368-0206.

This work has been possible using the Center's freely available, social, economic, neighborhood and property information database, NEO CANDO, can be found on the web here.

January 24, 2011

Windy City Times: Chicago women filmmakers collaborate on Cabrini-Green film

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An article in the Windy City Times, announces a new, feature-length documentary, Cabrini Green: Mixing it Up, which has political and historical analysis provided by Dr. Mark Joseph, of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, among others. Dr. Joseph studies mixed income housing development in Chicago and other areas.

Since 1995, 23 high-rise buildings have been demolished, that may have contained between 15,000 and 20,000 residents at their peak. New mixed-income developments have been built in some areas to replace these public housing high-rises that now contain an estimated 1,000 residents, of these only about 15% of which are original public housing residents.

"Critics assert that the plan does not eliminate the problem (poverty and the systemic causes of poverty) but merely displaces people and disperses the poverty around the city. Janet Smith, co-author of the report "Where are Poor People to Live," told Bower that only about 15 percent of the displaced Cabrini families are living in the new mixed-income developments that replaced Cabrini. Smith wondered on camera, "who will actually benefit from the Plan for Transformation when it is complete?"

....Cabrini Green: Mixing it Up features students at Jenner Elementary school, one of whom confronts Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley; the Stamps family of educators and activists; and a woman who is one of the few Cabrini residents that qualified to return to live in the new mixed income development. Academics Janet Smith (University of Illinois at Chicago) , Mary Pattillo (Northwestern University) and Mark Joseph (Case Western Reserve University) provide political and historical analysis."

Dr. Joseph is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

January 21, 2011

Data analysis of Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment reveals cost savings for State of Ohio

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Researchers from the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) recently conducted an analysis of claims data for behavioral-health services in the State of Ohio and found that Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), the evidence-based practice, helped save the state approximately $1.4 million in service costs for a group of 160 people diagnosed with a severe mental illness and a co-occurring substance use disorder. The people in this group were among the highest users of mental-health and addiction services. The savings took place only one year after they started to receive IDDT services. This analysis is compelling, because it shows that IDDT can make an impact upon costs in a short amount of time.

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January 13, 2011

Cuyahoga County Universal Pre-Kindergarten 2010 Report in Video

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is the evaluation partner for Cuyahoga County's Invest in Children Program. Videos summarizing the 2010 annual progress are here.

Videos about the programs' progress, the evaluation and recent benchmarks from the last years are available from the 2010 Annual meeting here. The program is a comprehensive, voluntary, and high quality early care and education program. The video regarding the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program's evaluation, titled "Universal Pre-Kindergarten: Making a 'BIG' difference," has comments from Dr. Robert Fischer, Co-Director of the Center.

In the videos, Dr. Fischer comments, "... what's very interesting here is that the kids that were lowest performing and lowest developmental scores at baseline show the most dramatic gains, the most meaningful gains in these measures."

For more information regarding the Invest in Children programming please see their web site here, or look on this page for both the Invest in Children and the Early Childhood Initiative Evaluation reports.

The ten year retrospective of the Center's Evaluation of the Invest In Children project, titled "Inform, Influence, Impact, " can be read online or downloaded here.

January 07, 2011

Cuyahoga County Data Briefs with UWGC

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in partnership with the United Way of Greater Cleveland, has released a series of 12 data briefs on key social demographic and population dimensions of Cuyahoga County. The data briefs address issues related to United Way’s core community priorities, with specific attention to changes in indicators over time. Using data from a range of Census and local sources, the briefs highlight important dimensions of life in Cuyahoga County that can inform approaches to address community needs.

The briefs examine shifts in population (changing demographics, child population, mobility), indicators of risk (poverty, child maltreatment, teen/unmarried births, educational attainment, adult literacy), and indicators of opportunity (employment, public schools, safety net supports, housing affordability).

The United Way of Greater Cleveland used these demographic analyses as a discussion launching point for their request for proposal committee process for the 2011 year. The United Way of Greater Cleveland used these demographic analyses as inputs for their request for proposal committee process for the 2011 year. This social research is
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as individual briefs or one combined .PDF. They are also shared on the United Way server here.

January 02, 2011

Mandel School offers travel-abroad courses for college students, health and human service professionals during spring break

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Take an educational holiday overseas in March or May 2011. Engage in cross-cultural studies of social policies and practices for health and human services. Several three-credit travel-abroad courses for Case Western Reserve University students are open to students at other colleges and universities and to working professionals in health and human services. Each trip is led and taught by instructors from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve. Join Patrick Boyle of the School's Center for EBPs for his course, "Integrated Mental Health & Substance Use Services," and a trip to Amsterdam, The Netherlands (March 4 to 13). Other trips/courses include the following ...

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December 10, 2010

Celebrating 10 years of evidence-based practices in Ohio, anticipating the integration of primary and behavioral healthcare

10YearsofEBPs_125p.jpgThis season marks the tenth anniversary of the State of Ohio's investment in evidence-based practices for the treatment and recovery of residents with severe mental illness (SMI) or co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. It also marks the tenth anniversary of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University. Both anniversaries were celebrated at the Center's EBP conference, which took place on October 12, 13, and 14 in Columbus. This year's conference was the ninth sponsored by the CEBP and its Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCOE) initiatives. Over 330 people from Ohio and 17 other states attended.

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November 29, 2010

Plain Dealer: "Frank Russo's campaign donors got big tax breaks," cites NEO CANDO

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"Donors to former County Auditor Frank Russo received more than $1.8 million on their property taxes. Russo has pleaded guilty to taking more than $1 million in bribes over 10 years and will serve more than 21 years in prison," says this Plain Dealer Article.

NEO CANDO, as well as over 2,000 paper documents, and the County Treasurer database are cited as some of the sources of the ongoing Plain Dealer Investigation, of the Cuyahoga County Board of Revision, which incoming County Executive Ed FitzGerald has vowed to completely replace.

The article begins, "Many of the people who contributed to former Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo's election campaigns also went to his office in search of tax breaks -- and got them.

They received hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars off their tax bills thanks to reduced property valuations, a Plain Dealer analysis of campaign-finance reports and county records has found."

The section citing the methods and sources of the report states, "The newspaper used the state's public records laws to acquire county payroll records, campaign finance reports and databases showing reductions of property values. Case Western Reserve University's NEO CANDO, a data system containing demographic, economic and property data, provided the newspaper with county property values from 2003 through 2009.

Reporters also searched Ohio Secretary of State filings and corporate websites to unearth connections between Russo's most generous donors -- those giving $1,000 or more -- and corporate interests that received property reductions."

NEO CANDO is a free online database of social, property, and economic indicators combined with geographic data markers down to the neighborhood level, created and maintained by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. The Center is one of several research centers at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

November 04, 2010

Social Justice, Race, and Profiling: An Intergenerational Think Tank

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Case Western Reserve University will host "Social Justice, Race, and Profiling: An Intergenerational Think Tank" on November 19 and 20, 2010. This event also launches the public program of the newly established, university-wide Social Justice Institute.

View more information at the event's page and download the program.

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October 18, 2010

Battling the Next Phase of the Housing Crisis

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An article in Forefront, a publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, titled Battling the Next Phase of the Housing Crisis, refers to the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's research article, "REO and Beyond: The Aftermath of the Foreclosure Crisis in Cuyahoga County, Ohio," on the "rising tide" of Real-Estate Owned Properties in Cuyahoga County.

"The foreclosure crisis is breeding a new one: a crushing load of REO, or real-estate-owned, properties. These are the foreclosed homes that banks and other lenders have on their books after failing to sell them at sheriff’s auctions. In weak housing markets, including many in the Fourth District, these unsold houses too often stand vacant and neglected.

A new volume published by the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and Boston and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors highlights the latest research and on-the ground efforts to attack the REO problem on several fronts. The collection of articles, REO & Vacant Properties: Strategies for Neighborhood Stabilization, was released in September to coincide with a summit hosted by the Federal Reserve in Washington. The summit aimed to help communities and practitioners find the most promising practices for addressing neighborhood stabilization and the disposition of REO properties across the country.

Among the Cleveland-area contributors to the volume were researchers at Case Western Reserve University. The researchers reported a worsening scope to the problem in northeast Ohio, offering new evidence of how REO properties further drag down communities.

In “REO and Beyond: The Aftermath of the Foreclosure Crisis in Cuyahoga County, Ohio,Claudia Coulton, Mike Schramm, and April Hirsh found:

  • Since 2007, almost all properties in Cuyahoga County (home to Cleveland) that come out of foreclosure sales have ended up as REOs.
  • The number of REOs in the county peaked in 2008 at just over 10,000 properties and had declined to about 7,300 by late 2009.
  • REOs are disproportionately concentrated in lower-income communities.
  • From 2004 to 2008, the percentage of properties on Cleveland’s east side that sold out of REO at extremely distressed prices—$10,000 or less—shot up from 4 percent to almost 80 percent.

Read the full "Forefront" article here.

October 14, 2010

Child-welfare panel says Cuyahoga County agency needs to improve services and practices

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A Plain Dealer article discusses the presentation of the results of the Cuyahoga County child-welfare department review panel. Both Drs. Vicotor Groza, and David Crampton from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences are on this review panel.

A review panel Wednesday called on the Cuyahoga County child-welfare department to improve the way it manages high-risk families, but it also put responsibility on the community and the next county government to keep children safer.

The panel appointed by Director Deborah Forkas issued 12 pages of recommendations, which deal in large part with beefing up services to combat threats to children from domestic violence, substance abuse and mental illness.

The presentation to an audience of nonprofit social services providers contained criticisms that the agency has not done enough to address risks to children, such as engaging mental health and addiction experts in cases. But the event was also part pep rally to solicit help from outside the county bureaucracy.

"It's not about the department, it's not about Deborah Forkas," said David Crampton, the panel chairman and an associate professor of social work at Case Western Reserve University. "It's about all of us working together to protect our children."

"...For a complete list of recommendations, go to cfs.cuyahogacounty.us and click on "community task force."

Read the full Plain Dealer article here.

Dr. Crampton is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

October 12, 2010

Cleveland shares its expertise at national conference here on reclaiming vacant properties

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A Plain Dealer article, discusses the national reclaiming vacant properties conference that is going on this week, and references the work that the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is doing in partnering with other local government and non-profit groups.

"Cleveland got clobbered early by the foreclosure crisis -- and has been trying to fight back with innovative strategies that will be showcased during a national conference here next week.

The conference -- Reclaiming Vacant Properties: The Intersection of Sustainability, Revitalization and Policy Reform -- runs Wednesday through Friday and is expected to draw about 900 people.

It is organized by the Center for Community Progress, a nonprofit with offices in both Washington, D.C. and Flint, Mich. that works with communities to return vacant or abandoned property to productive use.

"We've seen a lot of progress in Cleveland -- particularly with the foreclosure crisis -- and people are paying attention to the strategies being implemented there," said Jennifer Leonard, the center's vice president.

Cleveland was hit early by the foreclosure crisis and been working on responses longer than many other communities. "We might be a year or two ahead in trying things that others are just starting to look at," said Frank Ford, NPI [Neighborhood Progress Incorporated]'s senior vice president for research and development....

The region has also benefited from collaborations among people in both the city and Cuyahoga County. "A lot of cities and counties haven't figured out ways to do that," Leonard said. Ford said the conference will highlight local initiatives such as the data system known as NEO CANDO, which was developed by Case Western Reserve University researchers and provides certain demographic, economic and property data online and for free.

Among other things, the system's information has been mined to trace a web of mortgage fraud and track the footprint of companies trading in distressed and foreclosed houses.

"It really is a model," Leonard said. "Many cities don't have the information they need to make smart decisions."

The full Plain Dealer article can be read here.

September 29, 2010

Plain Dealer: Census shows Cleveland is the second-poorest city in the United States

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A Cleveland Plain Dealer Article, "Census shows Cleveland is the second-poorest city in the United States," quotes Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences professor Claudia Coulton.

The article begins, "Hard times came to every corner of Northeast Ohio during a historic recession, as unemployment and its consequences rippled across the city and suburbs.

The hammer of despair landed hardest in Cleveland, where one out of every three people lived in poverty at the end of 2009, making Cleveland the second-poorest big city in America -- thank you, Detroit -- according to estimates released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau."

The article continues, "...While much of the region's poverty is rooted in low education levels and high rates of single parenthood, the latest poverty spike is purely economic. This is unemployment poverty, said Claudia Coulton, co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development at Case Western Reserve University. And it's not over yet.

'We have not created jobs, not enough to get us out of this unemployment crisis,' she said."

September 27, 2010

REO & Vacant Properties: Strategies for Neighborhood Stabilization

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The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, contributed to a Summit and to the joint publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston named, "REO & Vacant Properties: Strategies for Neighborhood Stabilization." Resources for stabilizing communities are available off the summit's website.

"The foreclosure crisis that the nation continues to grapple with has led to scores of real-estate-owned, or REO, properties. These and other vacant properties erode the values of nearby houses, fracture neighborhood stability, and threaten to undo decades of economic progress made in communities across the country over the past 25 years. How big is the REO problem? How are communities, banks, and policymakers dealing with the challenge? Most important, what approaches are showing the most promise for success."

The Center's Chapter is titled" REO and Beyond: The Aftermath of the Foreclosure Crisis in Cuyahoga County, Ohio." The full summit report PDF may be obtained here.


The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

September 25, 2010

Cuyahoga County child-welfare agency lacks sense of urgency, panel says

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A Plain Dealer article, "Cuyahoga County child-welfare agency lacks sense of urgency, panel says" by Harlan Spector says,

"The panel appointed by Department of Children and Family Services Director Deborah Forkas is expected to issue a long list of recommendations this month. But the chairman [Prof. David Crampton,] said there is a lack of urgency at the agency to address ongoing risks to children from parents' mental illness, addictions, domestic violence and other problems. "

"We clearly need some system after the department closes the case to make sure they (parents) stay on their medications and are getting mental health treatment," said Crampton, an associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.

Additional articles about the Cuyahoga County Department of Child and Family Services may be viewed here.

Prof. Crampton is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

September 24, 2010

Cuyahoga County Early Childhood System Shines in National Report

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Cuyahoga County’s comprehensive early childhood system, Invest in Children, shines in a recently released report by The Urban Institute. In Using Data to Promote Collaboration in Local School Readiness Systems, researchers at the Urban Institute highlight Cuyahoga County as a key example of how to build a community-wide early childhood system to promote school readiness.

The report highlights that in order for children to be truly ready for school they must be supported by a system that includes ready families, ready pre-schools, ready schools and ready communities. “Invest in Children’s multi-faceted approach is forging just such a system”, says Dr. Rebekah Dorman, Invest in Children’s Director, and we are very proud to be recognized in this national publication.”

Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the report concluded, “The collaboration in Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Cleveland) has perhaps the most impressive record – the Invest in Children Initiative (IIC).” The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, co-directed by Case Western Reserve University faculty members Claudia Coulton and Rob Fischer, participated as a research partner in the study, which included Atlanta, Chattanooga, Denver, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, and Providence. The Center is the long-standing independent evaluator of Invest in Children. In late 2009, the Center released a report entitled Inform, Influence, Impact - The Role of Research in Supporting a Community’s Commitment to Its Children, documenting a decade of research by the Center in evaluating the efforts of Cuyahoga County’s work in the area of early childhood.

September 16, 2010

WCPN: Poverty At Record Highs, Unemployment Slowing

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"Poverty At Record Highs, Unemployment Slowing" is a radio new piece on WCPN quoted Prof Claudia Coulton, Co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences on Thursday, September 16, 2010 .

"The U-S Census Bureau released disturbing numbers about the national poverty picture today, while another economic indicator report also shows tough times still ahead for Northeast Ohio. Ideastream®'s Rick Jackson reports.

One of every seven Americans; more than 43 million people, now lives in poverty. Claudia Coulton of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CASE says the 14.3% figure is actually not surprising, due to the depth of this recession....

“This one is worse. It’s pushed us higher in poverty than we’ve been in a long time - as a nation - so it’s different than other recessions where a little bit of government spending and a little bit of loosening up of various government policies turn it around.”

Hear or read more of "Poverty At Record Highs, Unemployment Slowing"

September 16, 2010

New workshop added to EBP Conference 2010 lineup

PresenterAisle5299702_125px.jpg"Workshop #F4 | Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities" has recently been added to the lineup of over 60 workshops at the Center for EBPs' Conference 2010, "Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next 10 Years," which will take place on October 12, 13 and 14 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The new workshop takes place on Thursday, October 14 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. The presenter is Phil DeVol, author, consultant, and trainer at "aha! Process, Inc." of Highlands, Texas, which has developed a method for helping people from all economic classes discover and share their ideas and models for solving the problem of poverty. Devol was a keynote speaker at our March 2009 Supported Employment Conference (click here). Learn more about this year's workshop and Confernece. Register online.

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September 15, 2010

Briefly Stated 10-02: Women Religious in a Changing Urban Landscape

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Briefly Stated 10-02: Women Religious in a Changing Urban Landscape: The Work of Catholic Sisters in Metropolitan Cleveland by Rob Fischer & Jenni Bartholomew has been released, and mailed to the community.

Download the report here.

Summary: Women religious play a vital role in many communities in addressing the needs of the poor, neglected, and vulnerable members of society. In the history of Northeast Ohio, Catholic nuns have been instrumental in the arenas of education, healthcare, outreach and advocacy.

In high poverty cities such as Cleveland, women religious continue to provide essential services, supports, and spiritual guidance in many venues. The experience in Cleveland is relevant to cities with an urban core where the population has shifted to suburban areas, leaving inner-city churches with declining membership and support.

In addition, this case example will show how proactive and collaborative efforts on the part of women religious can enhance the likelihood of effectively addressing community needs presently and in the future.

A summary presentation of the results for Women Religious in a Changing Urban Landscape: The Work of Catholic Sisters in Metropolitan Cleveland can be viewed here.

September 10, 2010

Prof. Crampton: Lessons in Child Welfare Reform from Cuyahoga County and Beyond: AECF's Family to Family Initiative

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On Tuesday, November 09, 2010, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., David Crampton, Ph.D. will give a talk titled, "Lessons in Child Welfare Reform from Cuyahoga County and Beyond: The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Family to Family Initiative"

Place: The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations, room 115
A light lunch will be served. All are welcome.

Click here to view Dr. Crampton's profile in our experts database Prof. Crampton is a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work.

Schubert Conversations on Children in Research, Policy, and Practice are monthly seminars featuring cutting-edge research by CWRU faculty, with corresponding commentary by local professionals. These events stimulate an ongoing dialogue about child-related research, policy, and practice among faculty, students, policy experts, advocates, and professionals from Northeast Ohio.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations is located at 11402 Bellflower Road on the CWRU campus.

Parking is available on nearby streets and at the Severance Hall or Botanic Garden parking garages. Visitors may not park on Hessler Court or at the lot reserved for L'Albatros or the Spartan Diner.

Handicapped parking is available - please call the Center at 216-368-2275 for details.

August 19, 2010

Doctoral Candidate Diwakar Vadapalli presented a paper in India, at two separate venues on collecting, analyzing, and using Social and Economic Indicators

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Doctoral Candidate Diwakar Vadapalli presented a paper in India, at two separate occasions on collecting, analyzing, and using Social and Economic Indicators, based on the Center on Urban Poverty’s NEO CANDO database model.

The paper: "Indicators, actionable data, and ‘model villages’: NEO CANDO as an example for similar systems in India" by Diwakar K. Vadapalli, and Claudia J. Coulton was presented at: The National Seminar on ‘Building of Model Villages through Panchayat Raj Institutions’ on 10th August, 2010 at The National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad, India

The second presentation on this same research was titled, "Indicators, actionable data, and local decision-making: NEO CANDO as an example for similar systems in India" also presented by Diwakar K. Vadapalli on Aug 18, 2010 at the invitation of the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore, India.

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August 18, 2010

Conference 2010 to explore EBPs, integrated primary health and behavioral health

Conference2010full_125p.jpgRegister online today! ... The annual conference of the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices will take place on October 12, 13, and 14 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The event, titled "Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next 10 Years," features over 60 workshops and presentations by Carlo DiClemente, co-creator of "stages of change," Richard H. Dougherty of DMA Health Strategies, the Directors of Ohio's departments of health, mental health, addiction services, and rehabilitation services. ... Learn about integrating primary healthcare with behavioral healthcare and providing evidence-based practices (EBPs) and other emerging and best practices to people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. CEUs are available.

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August 15, 2010

Plain Dealer Editorial: Cuyahoga Children Services is due a thorough inquiry, but that would require a panel that's truly independent

An Editorial in the Cleveland Plain Dealer titled, "Cuyahoga Children Services is due a thorough inquiry, but that would require a panel that's truly independent," by The Plain Dealer Editorial Board, discusses the task force review of the Cuyahoga County agency by a committee chaired by Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Prof. David Crampton.

Crampton emphasized that reviewing individual cases is not essential to the panel's main goal of reviewing systemic problems. Quoting from the article: "Task force chairman David Crampton, a respected child-welfare scholar and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, understandably bristles at the notion that he or other panelists are being manipulated into a bias in favor of Forkas or her department.

'My job is not to protect the job of a Deb Forkas; it is to have the best child-welfare system in the country,' Crampton says. 'I'm not doing this for any other reason than that.'

He adds that any best-practices review of child welfare won't dwell on a handful of tragedies but instead will take the widest-angled view possible of systemwide practices. "

The full editorial can be read here.

Additional articles about the Cuyahoga County Department of Child and Family Services may be viewed here.

Prof. Crampton is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

August 13, 2010

Plain Dealer: Child-welfare agency won't release case files to review panel


An Article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer titled, "Child-welfare agency won't release case files to review panel," by Harlan Spector, discusses the task force review of the Cuyahoga County agency by a committee chaired by Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Prof. David Crampton.

Crampton emphasized that reviewing individual cases is not essential to the panel's main goal of reviewing systemic problems. Quoting from the article: "The task force is looking specifically at whether the county follows the safest practices when it returns children to their parents after taking temporary custody due to maltreatment." Crampton said: "We need information on a larger number of cases. We don't need to see case files, but we need to see system issues."

The full article can be read here.

Additional articles about the Cuyahoga County Department of Child and Family Services may be viewed here.

Prof. Crampton is a faculty associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work at Case Western Reserve University .

August 10, 2010

CWRU's THINK magazine: MSASS Professor Learns More About Schools' Role in Revitalizing Neighborhoods

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MSASS Professor Learns More About Schools' Role in Revitalizing Neighborhoods

"Before parents with young children buy a new home, they want to know the quality of the neighborhood public schools.

Mark Joseph, assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, does too. He's examining how public schools have a role in revitalizing urban neighborhoods—especially neighborhoods where new mixed-income developments are being built.

He's particularly interested in housing under development in Chicago and other major cities with HOPE VI funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Joseph and Jessica Feldman from the University of Chicago report challenges facing these schools in the article, "Creating and Sustaining Successful Mixed-Income Communities: Conceptualizing the Role of Schools," which appeared in the journal Education and Urban Society.

In a prior study, Joseph found that the income groups do not always mix in these housing situations and many middle-class families do not have children. But schools can shake things up. According to Joseph, they are a critical component in linking middle-class families and lower-income families to the broader social and economic mainstream."


More of the THINK article, "MSASS Professor Learns More About Schools' Role in Revitalizing Neighborhoods"

Click for more of Mark L. Joseph's research.


The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

August 10, 2010

CWRU's THINK magazine: Bouncing Back, Report documents foreclosure crisis and community response in Greater Cleveland.

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Bouncing Back: Report documents foreclosure crisis and community response in Greater Cleveland.

"The subprime mortgage crisis left tens of thousands of foreclosed homes in its wake, more than 10,000 in the Greater Cleveland area alone, according to a new report.

But new research from Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Cleveland State University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland does more than illuminate grim statistics-it also documents how community groups mobilized to respond to the crisis.

The study's co-authors, Claudia Coulton from Case Western Reserve and Kathy Hexter from Cleveland State University, say they hope sharing Cleveland's story can help other cities in their own struggles.

'Facing the Foreclosure Crisis in Cleveland: What Happened and How Communities Are Responding' weaves together research from previous studies conducted by the poverty center, providing dozens of examples of community responses, ranging from government reform and legislation to counseling and prevention initiatives."


More of the THINK article, "Bouncing Back"

Get this report and others about the effects and size of Cleveland's Foreclosures crisis.

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

August 09, 2010

Sandusky Register: Will Commissioner Cole help defeat another stereotype?

Professor Rob Fischer Co-Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development was quoted in the Sandusky Register article, "Will Commissioner Cole help defeat another stereotype?" by Jason Singer, regarding Commissioner Diedre Cole living in public housing within the City of Sandusky on whose council she will serve, when Commissioner Brett Fuqua resigns to take a position in Columbus.

Directly quoting the article, "Local residents say Diedre Cole is many things: A lightning rod, articulate, charismatic, opinionated.

She's also historic....Once she's sworn in, Cole may be the first person in state history to serve in an elected position while also living in public housing."

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

July 21, 2010

WKYC: New foreclosures blamed on unemployment

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As reported by WKYC Channel 3, foreclosures in Cuyahoga County have risen by more than 12% than the first half of 2009. The report uses data from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development's NEO CANDO (Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing) that shows 7,440 foreclosure actions were filed through May while only 6,604 were filed in the first six months of the previous year.

Foreclosure counselors, including Tom Tusuksri of the Cleveland Housing Network, cite that unemployment and underemployment are a cause in the recent upswing in homeowners being unable to cover their mortgages in Cuyahoga County.

Read the full article "Cuyahoga County: New foreclosures blamed on unemployment" on WKYC.com and watch the televisized segment which aired on June 20, 2010.

Please note, the information obtained by WKYC was not, as is stated in the article, from a survey conducted by the Poverty Center but from data publicly shared in NEO CANDO.

July 19, 2010

NEO CANDO: Foreclosure filings increase in Cuyahoga County during first half of the year

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A Plain Dealer Article "Foreclosure filings increase in Cuyahoga County during first half of the year" by reporter Sandra Livingston draws on data from the Center on Urban Poverty's NEO CANDO, social, economic, and property data system.

"New foreclosure filings in Cuyahoga County rose more than 12 percent during the first six months of this year, with the suburbs continuing to feel the brunt of the increases.

Residential and commercial foreclosure filings hit 7,440 in the first half of the year compared to 6,604 in the same period last year, according to data compiled by Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development."

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is housed at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

July 15, 2010

The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission displays County Council District Social and Economic profiles using NEO CANDO data.

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The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission displays Cuyahoga County Council District Social and Economic profiles using NEO CANDO data.


"Cuyahoga County Council Districts Social and Economic Profiles

The new Cuyahoga County charter created a county executive-county council form of government. Residents in each of the 11 geographic districts will elect a representative to serve on the county council. As part of the transition to the new structure, we are providing the maps and statistics below to better inform constituents and candidates.

Please visit the Transition Advisory Group for more information about the changes in county government."

These profiles contain:
"A selection of demographic indicators for Cuyahoga County's new council districts

* Population
* Age
* Persons and Poverty
* Families and Poverty
* Household Income
* Household Income by Source
* Education
* Public Assistance
* Foreclosures"

NEO CANDO, Northeast Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing, is a free and publicly accessible social and economic data system of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, which is housed at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University. NEO CANDO allows users to access data for the entire 17 county Northeast Ohio region, or for specific neighborhoods within Cleveland.

July 12, 2010

Linda Ayala - artist

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The creative imaginative collage of animal portraits by local artist, Linda Ayala, are on exhibit at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. My first impression of the work was that it was playful, original, and fun.

Linda attended Cleveland State University and received a Bachelor’s of Art degree. Nature, history, music, and culture are just a few of the many things she enjoys. Linda states, “when I am ready to create an image or a concept, I decide how it should be realized, whether in drawing, collage, clay, recycled materials, or in fabric. Exploring a new medium is just as much fun as exploring different subject matters.”

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July 09, 2010

Prof Chupp: The 2010 Regionally Speaking series focuses on the Social Justice Alliance Institute (SJA/I) at CWRU.

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The 2010 Regionally Speaking SJA/I series leaders

The 2010 Regionally Speaking series focuses on the Social Justice Alliance Institute (SJA/I) at Case Western Reserve. SJA/I is working toward equal access to opportunity for all people through understanding and addressing the root causes of social injustice while developing innovative solutions. A few blocks from Case Western Reserve is the municipality of East Cleveland. An integral part of the SJA/I is the Collaborative Research Project and its impact on the community. Campus members are invited to join in on the conversation with the SJA/I leaders, Rhonda Williams, the program's director and associate professor of history; Marilyn Sanders Mobley, vice president for inclusion, diversity and equal opportunity; and Mark Chupp, project director and assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, to learn about goals and implementation plans. Regionally Speaking, a virtual symposium, is hosted by Gladys Haddad, director of the Western Reserve Studies Symposium. Listen online.

July 07, 2010

Rock Around Cleveland - The Jewish Family Service Association

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The Jewish Family Service Association, Ascentia Art Therapy Exhibit “Rock Around Cleveland”, is extremely colorful and striking. This incredible exhibit of works is done by clients that struggle with mental health issues on a daily basis. Through the creative process, they begin to explore their own lives and sense of self.

Rock-and-roll has had a cultural impact on our society. Through the music, the clients have brought their personal self-expressions into their work. Their styles range from abstract to realistic as do their techniques and materials used. Their unique talents make this an awesome group exhibit.

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July 02, 2010

Briefly Stated: 10-01 "Service Learning in Community Development: Partnering with East Cleveland" by David G. Harris & Mark G. Chupp

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Briefly Stated no. 10-01, "Service Learning in Community Development: Partnering with East Cleveland" by David G. Harris & Mark G. Chupp has been released. Electronic copies are available here, and hard copies will be shared with partners in the community.

Summary:
Residents of East Cleveland are fighting to improve the quality of pubic education and access to vocational opportunities. “White flight,” economic disinvestment, and ineffective political leadership have led to the disadvantages faced by East Cleveland (Kathi & Cooper, 2005). Nearly 1,200 vacant structures blight their 3.1 square mile landscape. Case Western Reserve University recognizes the potential roles that they can serve in aiding neighboring East Cleveland into becoming a desirable place to call home.

Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences students joined residents and firefighters to survey every vacant property in the City. Students utilized their experiences with conducting the survey, and through additional fieldwork, recommended strategies for the impact of vacant housing on topics like workforce development, education, safe streets and neighborhoods, and the senior population.

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This research, aided in part by the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University serves as the basis for a partnership for the revitalization of East Cleveland with contributions from students, faculty, and the university who are collaborating with residents, community organizations, and the City of East Cleveland.

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July 01, 2010

NEO CANDO data used for Federal Reserve Bank "Report No. 2010-2 Foreclosures on Non-Owner-Occupied Properties in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County: Evidence from Mortgages Originated in 2005–2006"

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Richard M. Todd, Vice President of Community Affairs of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has completed a short paper, "Report No. 2010-2 Foreclosures on Non-Owner-Occupied Properties in Ohio’s Cuyahoga County: Evidence from Mortgages Originated in 2005–2006," using data on non-owner-occupied properties in Cuyahoga County which was obtained from the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

"Abstract: One aspect of the past decade's housing boom was an increase in mortgage borrowing by non-occupant owners of residential property. Using data on the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Breck Robinson and Richard M. Todd summarize some of the basic facts regarding home purchases and mortgage borrowing and default by non-occupants who borrowed from 2004 to 2007[in the longer national focused paper linked below].

However, partly due to data limitations, few studies have examined home buying, borrowing, and mortgage default by non-occupant owners using detailed neighborhood and demographic data, including census tract data on the race and ethnicity of the non-occupant owners who borrowed and subsequently experienced foreclosure.

I do so here, using results from loan and foreclosure data on Cuyahoga County, Ohio, that were compiled by researchers at Case Western Reserve University for loans originated in 2005–2006. I find that the incidence of non-occupant foreclosures in Cuyahoga County was very high by national standards and was even higher for loans to minority borrowers made by non-local lenders in low-cost, low-income, minority neighborhoods...."

The more complete national analysis of non-occupant mortgages and foreclosures is titled, "No. 10-11 The Role of Non-Owner-Occupied Homes in the Current Housing and Foreclosure Cycle," by Breck L. Robinson and Richard M. Todd. There, Center data was used to validate another dataset.

June 30, 2010

New report from CWRU, CSU the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, documents foreclosure crisis and community responses in Greater Cleveland

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A new report from Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, Cleveland State University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, documents the foreclosure crisis and community responses in Greater Cleveland.

The new report "Facing the Foreclosure Crisis in Greater Cleveland: What happened and How Communities Are Responding," weaves together updated research from Pathways to Foreclosure, Foreclosure and Beyond, and Beyond REO with over a dozen examples of community responses to the foreclosure crisis that range from government reform and legislation to counseling and prevention initiatives.

The report finds that in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, subprime mortgages, in some sections of the city and suburbs, rapidly supplanted conventional loans as the primary product for home purchases and refinances. By 2005, more than 10,000 foreclosures were filed on residential properties in a single year. A growing number of properties entered prolonged periods of vacancy, stuck either in the foreclosure process or in REO—real-estate portfolios of mortgage companies and servicers.

Untended properties deteriorated and were vandalized. The value of housing stock plummeted, leading speculators to buy REO properties in some neighborhoods in bulk and for pennies on the dollar. Neighborhoods with large African-American populations were particularly hard hit by foreclosures and the negative spillover effects.

But Greater Cleveland did not sit idly by; this report also documents our response. Local governments, non-profit organizations, and community groups mobilized to educate potential home buyers, prevent foreclosures, and rehabilitate vacant properties. They have coordinated their efforts and responded strategically, using data to drive their actions. In addition, groups have worked to mediate issues on-the-ground and at the policy level, working to prevent this crisis from ever happening again.

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June 29, 2010

Poverty Center's Mike Schramm on UCSUR Radio, talking with 3 national experts about the value & use of Neighborhood Information Systems.

June 28, 2010

Cyleste Collins's research mentioned in The Plain Dealer's "Counting Cleveland's citizens"

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Professor Cyleste Collins's, Poverty Center's research was mentioned in an article about population estimates for Cleveland for the 2010 census results, in The Plain Dealer's "Counting Cleveland's citizens," by Mark Salling and Ellen Cyran

The article suggests that the population of Cleveland will not be under the 350,000 mark as some people are predicting, and gives some supporting rationale for this.

"...But where are families that lost their homes? [Cuyahoga] County records show that foreclosure filings in Cleveland are around 7,300 per year. Speculation includes that they are moving: (1) away from the city; (2) in with relatives or friends; and (3) into rental units.

Data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey show that rental vacancy rates are down, and researchers at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western Reserve University found evidence of doubling-up with other families. We can hope that the 2010 census will also find that population."

This research refers to the White paper and the Briefly Stated No. 09-03, April 2009 titled "Family Homelessness in Cuyahoga County" authored by Profs. Cyleste Collins, and Claudia Coulton, and by PHD candidate Seok-Joo Kim

The Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development is located within the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, a graduate school of social work, at Case Western Reserve University.

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June 23, 2010

University Circle's "Lifelong Learning" website features MSASS Phd Student Diwakar Vadapalli

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University Circle's new website contains a section called, "I found my education in University Circle."

This website features a video of Diwakar, in the Center on Urban Poverty, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, at Case Western University, and around University Circle speaking about his love of the area and his enjoyment of the richness of the region.

"Diwakar Vadapalli is a Case Western Reserve University PhD student and teaching assistant at The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. His research and work at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development has been enriched by studying in Cleveland's cultural mecca. Originally from Srikakulam, India and having spent time in places as far apart as Kansas and Alaska, he now lives in downtown Cleveland with his wife, Manjula, and commutes to the Circle on the HealthLine everyday."

June 23, 2010

WRUW's Regionally Speaking covering the Living Through Legacies Project

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Regionally Speaking:
Every Monday at 1:30PM on WRUW-FM 91.1
June 21, 2010
Listen to this radio program online here: Coming Together through Stories

The Living Through Legacies Project brings together older citizens from McGregor Home in East Cleveland with students from Case Western Reserve University.

Generations come together and the histories of the seniors are recorded. This week Regionally Speaking's Gladys Haddad brings together the director of the program David Harris, along with a interviewer and interviewee who participated in the Living Through Legacies Project.

Director David Harris, MSSA, was a recent Community Development intern at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development during the time he started the program, and is also a recent Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences graduate.

June 09, 2010

NEOCANDO partner: Pitt's Interactive Database of Neighborhood Conditions and Stats Gaining Traction in Revitalizing Pittsburgh

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Case Western Reserve University's, Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development (CUPCD) is partnered with the University of Pittsburgh's Interactive Database of Neighborhood Conditions and Stats called Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information System (PNCIS) through the National Neighborhood Indicator Partnership (NNIP).

Pitt's Interactive Database of Neighborhood Conditions and Stats is gaining traction in revitalizing Pittsburgh citizens, community organizers, and city planners who use Pitt's online Pittsburgh Neighborhood and Community Information System. Researchers from NNIP including Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences' Mike Schramm, will discuss its value in reducing blight, expanding services, and renewing communities at inaugural users conference June 11, 2009.

"Mike Schramm from Case Western Reserve University's Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development will recount how Case Western's data system [NEO CANDO] was used to reduce foreclosures and help to stabilize communities affected by the 2009 foreclosure crisis in the Cleveland area." at this conference.

Also speaking are:

Kathy Pettit, codirector of the Washington D.C.-based Urban Institute's National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, will discuss innovative uses of community information systems across the nation and their role in neighborhood development

and,

Robert Renner from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Policy Development and Research will talk about the growing role of research at HUD, new neighborhood revitalization programs, and the implications for local communities and neighborhood information systems.

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June 03, 2010

"Predicting what the Census will show us," The News-Herald, May 29, 2010

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Dr. Claudia Coulton, is quoted in the Lake County, News Herald article ""Predicting what the Census will show us," regarding her predictions of demographic changes that the 2010 Census results may show. The article discusses planning with Lake County Planning Commission Director Jason Boyd, and has emphasis on anticipated changes in demographics of Lake County.

In part the article states, "Claudia Coulton is co-director of Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

The organization's research and study encompasses 17 counties, including Lake and Geauga.

Coulton believes the Census data will show the region's poverty rate increased from 2000.

'But I think the geographical location of people will have shifted,' she said.

Coulton explained that many poor and middle-income families have moved from inner Cleveland to the suburbs or even out of Cuyahoga County.

Some families also may have chosen to double up with other families, she added. Read the complete article here."

For information on recent research of doubled up families in Cuyahoga County please check here: doubled up homelessness.

Claudia J. Coulton is Co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, the Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Research & Social Change, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, at Case Western Reserve University More about Dr. Coulton's work can be obtained here.

May 26, 2010

Harlem Children's Zone in New York City offers hope in helping families heal - Plain Dealer

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An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, discussing The Harlem Children's Zone project and Cleveland's bid for Federal Promise Neighborhood funding to replicate it, quotes David Miller Phd.

The article begins, "What can be done to help families heal and move beyond generations of broken homes, neglect and embedded poverty?

It's a tough problem to tackle -- and an expensive one.

The acclaimed Harlem Children's Zone project in New York City spends $40 million a year to wrap low-income families in a blanket of services, including day care and schools, health care, counseling and job training. During his campaign, President Barack Obama hailed the concept as the future for erasing urban poverty...." Read More.

"We need to intervene and intercept" youths before they follow the wrong role model, said David Miller, a Case Western Reserve University professor who developed an "Urban Hassles Index" to draw attention to constant stress faced by urban youths."

David B. Miller is an Associate Professor, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at Case Western Reserve University More about Dr. Miller's work can be obtained here.

May 25, 2010

Take a deep look at the issues that plague Cuyahoga County's Children and Family Services Department: Plain Dealer editorial

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A Plain Dealer editorial urges a deeper look at the challenges faced by the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services as "an insider panel of well-regarded experts" begins meeting to advise the county on improving child welfare practices.

A Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences Faculty member, David Crampton is chairing the committee on which this editorial comments.

The editorial states: "The chair of the current reform panel, David Crampton, an associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, came aboard at the invitation of Deborah Forkas, the beleaguered director of children's services. He is concerned about what he sees as a tight July deadline to identify the department's weaknesses and recommend improvements."

Dr. Crampton commented on recent child welfare-related tragic events on WCPN's Sound of Ideas, "Decreasing Child Abuse," Friday, February 26, 2010 here, and in the Plain Dealer Community cooperation, not Plain Dealer criticism, will ensure the welfare of our children — a Letter to the editor of The Plain Dealer, on March 8, 2010.

David Crampton is also a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. More about Dr. Crampton's work can be obtained here.

May 24, 2010

Sons of Imperial Avenue victims in Cleveland vow to end cycle of neglect-Cleveland.com

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An article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which interviews four sons of the alleged victims of Anthony Sowel, quotes David Miller Phd.

The article states, "All four say the cycle of neglect will stop with them," speaking about the neglect that each of them experienced from his parents, and of his dedication to changing that pattern.

"Out of this horrible mess and madness, these men are saying, 'We want to take what we've learned and put it to use so that our children will not have to experience anything like this,' " said David Miller, associate professor at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

They will need a lot of help to shelter their children from poverty, drugs and crime, added Miller, who believes Cleveland's leaders, especially policymakers and pastors, should work harder to regenerate families. "

David B. Miller is an Associate Professor, at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and a Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, at Case Western Reserve University More about Dr. Miller's work can be obtained here.

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May 10, 2010

New study reveals that 'family flight' is reshaping Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

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Dr. Claudia Coulton, professor and co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, is quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer article "New study reveals that 'family flight' is reshaping Cleveland and Northeast Ohio" on the problems of urban flight of households with children.

"'White flight' described the rush of white families to the suburbs in the 1960s and 1970s. By the 1980s, observers talked of "middle-class flight" to reflect black residents who had joined the tide. A new pattern may demand a new label. Research shows that an exodus of moms and dads of all races and income levels -- family flight -- is reshaping Cleveland and its region."

"This is definitely not trivial," said Dr. Coulton. "I think we're losing households with children and we're losing children, period... Both middle-class and low-income families are leaving the city. And parents tend to leave because they're trying to get a better future for their children."

Read the entire article at Cleveland.com.

April 27, 2010

Neighborhoods Matter in Shaping Lives, Researcher Says

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Having grown up in poverty and lived in substandard housing has brought sensitivity to Anna Maria Santiago's social work research about how people live and how place affects their lives.

The Case Western Reserve University campus recently met Santiago, the inaugural holder of the Leona Bevis & Marguerite Haynam Professorship in Community Development at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, during a special reception.

Currently on the faculty at Wayne State University, Santiago will officially start at CWRU on July 1. Her arrival will build on the social work school's strength in neighborhood research by faculty members Mark Chupp, Claudia Coulton, Rob Fischer, Mark Joseph, Sharon Milligan and others from the Center on Poverty and Community Development.

"Place matters," Santiago says. "Where one lives has a tremendous influence on the resources available to the individual."

It's a finding emerging from her research with hundreds of families in public housing and who are raising thousands of children in Denver.

Schools, grocery stores, police protection, medical facilities and libraries are the kinds of resources not equally distributed among neighborhoods, Santiago said.

It was those kinds of resources—and in particular access to training in music and the arts in Milwaukee with progressive social services and neighborhood programs—and her mother's value of education, Santiago attributes to her success.

"I would not be where I am today," she said, noting that the opportunity to master the oboe earned her a college scholarship to the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. She later changed her major to geography in the social sciences, with a specialization in the Caribbean and Latin America.

After working as a social worker in her old neighborhood in Milwaukee, she went on to earn a PhD in urban social institutions from UW Milwaukee.

Santiago is the lead investigator on two major projects that involve families and children from the Denver Housing Authority: "Not Just Buying a Home: The Effects of Participation in Homeownership Programs On Building Human, Financial and Social Capital Assets of Subsidized Housing Residents and their Children," funded by The Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and "Magnitudes and Mechanisms of Neighborhood Impacts on Children: Analyzing a Natural Experiment in Denver," supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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April 23, 2010

Portraits of Homelessness

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Lecture and Reception - May 6
5-7 p.m., Third Floor Atrium,
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Exhibit Dates: May 6 - June 20, 2010

Lydia Bailey’s Portraits of Homelessness exhibit features 40 photographs and stories of the residents served by the 2100 Lakeside Men’s Emergency Homeless Shelter. Run by the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry, the shelter is the largest in Ohio and serves more than 3,000 men each year.

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April 08, 2010

Continuing-education workshops at Mandel School explore supervision, trauma, addiction, mental health, much more

ContinuingEducation_125px.jpgAre you looking to expand your knowledge and skills and earn some continuing-education credits? The Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (school of social work) at Case Western Reserve University sponsors a vareity of workshops. We've included a sample of a few that they thought might be of interest to you. The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) is an initiative of the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

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March 19, 2010

Bridget Ginley - Artist

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Bridget Ginley's art work interplay with the elements of her daily existence. She is a painter, printmaker, and mixed-media visual artist. Shapes, color, form, and balance emerge from the work; they are playful and purposeful. She works with oils, watercolors, graphite, and found materials. Ripping and sanding her works until the image appears as she wants.

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March 16, 2010

Bruno Casiano - artist

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Bruno Casiano contemporary abstracts are currently on display at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, on the first floor. Vivid colors, shapes, and surface texture explode on his canvases. He was recently (December 2009 – February 2010) in a juried art exhibit in The National Exhibition in San Juan Puerto Rico. He has also exhibited his paintings in other North East Ohio galleries.

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March 16, 2010

Tobacco-prevention advocacy set for March 17 to preserve funding for Ohio’s cessation programs, including those for people with severe mental illness

ManSmoking6182374_125p.jpgThe Center for EBPs is participating in "Investing in Tobacco-Free Youth Advocacy Day 2010" on Wednesday, March 17 at the Riffe Center in Columbus. The event is designed to convince policymakers in Ohio to preserve funding for all tobacco-prevention and cessation initiatives in the state, including TRAC, a tobacco-recovery model designed by the Center for people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Funding for Ohio's tobacco-control programs is scheduled to end on June 30. Tobacco-prevention advocates are pushing for a tax correction on non-cigarette forms of tobacco as a source of funding for cessation programs.

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March 05, 2010

Mark Joseph on CBC Radio: "Learning From Mixed Income Housing Projects In The States"

Prof. Mark Joseph, Faculty Associate of the Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development, and Assistant Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University was interviewed by Steven Webb for the show Information Saint John on Radio One, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The broadcast titled, "Learning From Mixed Income Housing Projects In The States" aired on March 4th, and the podcast can be found here. The program draws on Prof. Joseph's five-year research on residents of mixed income housing developments in Chicago, Illinois, and applies it to possible mixed-income projects in Saint John's Crescent Valley.

March 03, 2010

Lung Association advocate Shelly Kiser shares story of Allena, whose recovery from mental illness was cut short by smoking, cancer

ShellyKeiser_125px.jpgSometimes it takes a personal tragedy to inspire the kind of advocacy that is necessary for significant, widespread change. This is one reason why Shelly Kiser is so passionate about efforts in Ohio to bring tobacco-recovery and cessation services to people with severe mental illness. Her sister-in-law, Allena, who lived with schizophrenia, died of cancer at age 43. She had smoked cigarettes most of her life. Kiser is a member of the advisory committee for the Center for EBPs' "Tobacco: Recovery Across the Continuum" (TRAC) initiative, a service model for people with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

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February 16, 2010

East Cleveland Partnership Article with Prof. Mark Chupp, and Center on Urban Poverty.


A front-page, Sunday Plain Dealer article, "New Mayor Gary Norton hopes to bring big changes to struggling East Cleveland" on February 14, 2010, discusses planned changes in East Cleveland using the federal stimulus community development block grant funding for vacant and foreclosed properties and the efforts of the new Mayor, Gary Norton, to revive the city.

The article discusses a kick-off introduction event, hosted by the Social Justice Alliance, and organized by Professor Mark Chupp of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, during which Mayor Gary Norton took interested leaders on a tour of the city and discussed economic revitalization plans for specific neighborhoods and his economic development vision for the community.

The East Cleveland planning partnership and coalitions are being built include the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences(MSASS), Case Western Reserve University, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at MSASS as a data partner, and other organizations. Maps of the planned area for economic development and also of foreclosed, vacant or abandoned houses in the city were provided for the tour by the Center.

The full article may be read here.

The full Case Daily article may be read here.

For a Case video on the partnership click here.

February 03, 2010

East Cleveland and Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences community development partnership featured on Case Youtube

A short video about the East Cleveland Partnership initiated by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is featured in this Case Youtube video with MSASS Professor Mark Chupp, an advocate for university-community partnerships for neighborhood revitalization. Michelle Felder, an East Cleveland resident, is also featured.

"East Cleveland is not a dying city. There are people here who are committed in the long term to making this a great place. Our students and we, as faculty, designed a survey project to survey every vacant property in the city of East Cleveland. The goal was to determine which houses are suitable for rehab and which houses need to be demolished, because federal funds are designated for demolition and rehab. One of the things that I believe is possible through this East Cleveland Community Partnership is really the revitalization of East Cleveland so that it becomes a destination for people wanting to work in East Cleveland but it also becomes a safer, revitalized place for people who live here." said Professor Chupp.

The students' data has been collated, matched and mapped down to a parcel level through the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development using GIS mapping techniques. This survey data and the maps generated have been presented to the City to help inform the discussion between the administration and the citizens for planning the use of the federal stimulus funding.

"I love the neighborhood. I love the community...Its a community of people who work, who love their neighborhood....If you look down most of the streets its a beautiful place," said Michelle Felder.

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January 19, 2010

Steve Knerem - "Contemporary Sci-fi / Fantasy" Drawings

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Steve Knerem’s work incorporates elements of bio-mechanical art, which is characterized by fantasy settings where humans and other creatures are rendered with a high degree of realism.

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December 31, 2009

Conference 2010 update: Become a workshop presenter, submit your abstract by February 15

CallForAbstractsBlack_125p.jpgThe Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices is currently accepting abstracts for workshops from potential presenters for its Conference 2010, "Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next 10 Years," which will take place at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio on October 12, 13 & 14. Workshops will focus on topics that enhance the delivery of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and emerging best practices for adults diagnosed with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders.

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December 22, 2009

Mandel Student Provides a Gift of Memories

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Mandel Student Provides a Gift of Memories

Keepsake books will appear as holiday gifts for 10 senior citizens in Wadsworth, Ohio. The gift is one filled with their memories, which for some is a way to preserve their past before it is lost to the ills of aging.

David Harris, a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and a Master Student field placed with the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, and his longtime friend Joey Hanna from Wadsworth created The Living through Legacies Project with the Wadsworth Center for Older Adults, which allows for the creation of personal, timeless memoirs.


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December 08, 2009

Korean Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs Officials visit MSASS and NEOCANDO

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From 12/6 to 12/8/2009, South Korean governmental officers of the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, Mr. Hwan Wi, Deputy Director and his two colleagues, a director (Dr. Keesung Noh) and a researcher of Korea Social Service Institute, Dr. Kwangho Jung (Professor, Seoul National University Seoul, Korea) visited to the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in order to observe the welfare delivery system of the U.S. Their visit was hosted by Dr. Joseph White, Director of the Center for Policy Studies.


At CWRU, they discussed the social service system of the U.S. and South Korea at a seminar with CWRU faculty members including Dr. White, Dr. David Crampton, and Dr. David Hammack. Afterward, they visited to Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

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November 17, 2009

Breezy Snyder - Artist

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Breezy Snyder is a second year painting student at the Cleveland Institute of Arts. Her exhibit “Destiny of Dandelions” is her first solo debut in the Cleveland art community. Each ink drawing captivates the viewer’s mind; it is like poetry on paper.

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November 12, 2009

ARNOVA Best Paper for 2008 by Prof. Mark Chupp

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"Transforming Civil Discourse and Neighborhood Identity through Action Research," a paper written by Mark Chupp, was recently selected by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) as the "Best Paper for 2008." Chupp, Assistant Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Faculty Associate of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, presented the paper at ARNOVA's 2008 conference.

The announcement of this award was released during the 2009 conference and the notice of the award is listed in the ARNOVA Newsletter. WINTER 2010 VOLUME 38, NO. 3 on page number 3.

November 03, 2009

Ohio providers develop action plans for stage-based tobacco intervention for people with mental illness and substance use disorders

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Representatives from nine community-based organizations and a state psychiatric hospital in Ohio attended a one-day training for “Tobacco: Recovery Across the Continuum (TRAC)”, a stage-based motivational service model that helps people diagnosed with mental illness and/or substance use disorders reduce and eventually eliminate the use of tobacco products. The event provided practical information and useful strategies for implementing TRAC services and featured Carlo DiClemente and other presenters from the Mandel School's Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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October 30, 2009

MSASS Honored With Bronze Key Award

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Download Movie FileThe Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University will receive the Bronze Key Award, one of the highest honors awarded by the National Council for Alcohol and Drug Dependence to recognize leadership in the field of substance dependence and recovery.  This award will be presented by local affiliate Recovery Resources, a stalwart provider of substance abuse and mental health services in Northeast Ohio.

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October 13, 2009

Conference 2010 to celebrate ten years of EBPs in Ohio, combine annual SAMI-IDDT & SE events, as well as tobacco

Conference2010full_125p.jpgSave these dates! The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at Case Western Reserve University will host its next conference October 12, 13, and 14, 2010. The event, titled "Sustaining Evidence-Based Practices: The Next Ten Years", will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the State of Ohio's success with implementing EBPs for people diagnosed with mental illness. The event will highlight national EBP research and lessons-learned from EBP initiatives in Ohio and other states. The Center for EBPs is a partnership of the Mandel School and the Dept. of Psychiatry.

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October 05, 2009

Social Work Students Conduct Housing Survey in East Cleveland

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First year students Susan Ross and Jeong Woo Lee help survey vacant homes and lots in the City of East Cleveland, for their Macro and Policy Skills course. The students, accompanied by East Cleveland residents, surveyed the vacant properties and the results are helping city officials prioritize which buildings should be demolished. The students’ project helped the City of East Cleveland secure $2.2 million in federal funds from the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.

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July 01, 2009

Study to explore vision, quality of life in dementia patients

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A multi-institutional team of researchers, led by the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, will begin a five-year, $2.9 million National Institutes of Health-funded study. They will examine the lives of patients with both cataracts and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to document how restored vision improves everyday life for people with dementia.

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June 15, 2009

2009 Commencement Address by Robert P. Madison, FAIA

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Thank you Dean for your very kind and generous introduction.

Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen

I am very pleased to have the honor of speaking at this Commencement Exercise.

I congratulate you, the class of 2009, for persevering in the pursuit of knowledge, wisdom, and confidence to confront the social issues of today.

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May 04, 2009

Pamela Dodds – Linoleum Block Prints

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Exhibit Dates: May 4 - July 11, 2009

The current exhibit on the second and third floors of the Mandel School is a collection of linoleum block prints by artist Pamela Dodds. She uses a technique called linocut, which is similar to that of woodcut. The smooth, grainless texture of the linoleum allows for the cutting of a fluid, detailed line. After the image is cut in the linoleum plate, the surface is carefully inked and transferred to paper.

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May 01, 2009

Paul Lender, Environmental Photographer

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Exhibit Dates: May 1, - July 6, 2009

Paul Lender, an environmental photographer, has his work currently on display throughout the first floor of the Mandel School. According to his artist statement, he strives to capture the world around him as close as possible to the way he sees it. He aspires not only to highlight the beauty found in expansive landscapes, but also the magnificence found in small details.

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April 27, 2009

New printed newsletter from the Center for EBPs at Case

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We recently mailed the first issue of our new printed newsletter, "Evidence Matters." A free PDF is available from our web site. Please distribute it to anyone who is interested in enhancing services for people diagnosed with severe mental illness. We've retired our "SAMI Matters" newsletter. The Fall 2008 issue was the last. Find out why. Get back issues from this web page. Use them to educate staff and stakeholders. . . . The Center for EBPs is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

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April 26, 2009

A "Work Is Recovery" consumer success story

AkronMap_125px.jpgJohn Moneypenny is Assistant Director of the Choices Community Social Center in Akron, Ohio, a gathering place that provides a social, recreational, and educational outlet for adults recovering from mental illness in the surrounding Summit County area. He recounts his recovery story, so it might be shared as a source of inspiration for others. . . . Listen to and download free ".mp3" audio files. . . . Choices is a community partner of the Center for EBPs at Case, which is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine.

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January 29, 2009

Supported Employment Conference 2009 | March 24 and 25

SE2009ConferenceLogo.jpgKeynote speaker Gary Bond, PhD, an internationally known SE researcher from Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. . . . Keynote speaker Phil DeVol, co-author of "Bridges Out of Poverty". . . . Over 30 practical workshops. . . . This event is designed for those who want to acquire more information about and practical skills that pertain to providing evidence-based Supported Employment (SE) services for people diagnosed with severe mental illness. . . . . Sponsored by the Ohio Supported Employment CCOE, a program of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs)--a partnership of the Mandel School and Department of Psychiatry.

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January 28, 2009

CBS features Supported Employment success stories in Ohio

ClevengerPhoto_125p.jpgIt's always a pleasant surprise when a national discussion focuses on the work we do in the world of social services. It's all the more surprising when the conversation highlights one of our own at the Center for Evidence-Based Practices--a partnership of the Mandel School and Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric recently aired a report on Supported Employment (SE), the evidence-based practice, featuring our own SE Consultant and Trainer Nicole Clevenger.

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January 14, 2009

MSASS Web Chat

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Web chat allows participants to communicate in real time using easily accessible web interfaces. It is a way to instantly connect with the admission and financial aid office as well as other groups. Our first web chat will take place on Thursday, January 15, 2009 from 5 - 6:30 pm. Prospective students will have a chance to chat and get involved in discussions about the admission and financial aid process. Feel free to submit your questions during this time and our admission counselors and financial aid staff will provide helpful answers and information. Please log in on January 15 from 5- 6:30 pm at this link: http://msass.universitywebchat.com/chat7417/ We look forward to speaking with you!!

January 05, 2009

The power of hearing a good story

StoryToTell_125p.jpg The Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) at Case's Mandel School and Dept. of Psychiatry is collecting audio recordings of service providers, consumers, and others telling stories of their experiences with evidence-based practices and other services. Share your story.

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December 21, 2008

Social Work Today magazine features Ohio SAMI CCOE as IDDT innovator

SocialWorkcover_125.jpgThe November/December 2008 cover story of the nationally distributed Social Work Today magazine features the Ohio Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Coordinating Center of Excellence (Ohio SAMI CCOE)--a program of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) at Case Western Reserve University. The Center is a partnership of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry at the Case School of Medicine. Both are curriculum innovators: both have fellowship programs for the study of co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. . . . (Featuring Mandel School graduate Ric Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC.)

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December 20, 2008

Advance your career: PhD program at Mandel School provides financial assistance, part-time and full-time study options

PhDProgram_icon_125p.jpgThe Ph.D. Program at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences celebrates the second anniversary of its part-time study option for doctoral-level education in social welfare and is inviting applications from professionals with experience in social work and allied disciplines--such as psychology, public health, nonprofit organizations, law, anthropology, and sociology, among others. The doctoral program has both part-time and full-time study options available, along with financial assistance for both.

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December 14, 2008

Conference conversations continue

IDDT2008inreviewv2_125p.jpgAs the Center for EBPs at Case/Mandel School looks toward its Supported Employment conference on March 24 and 25, 2009, we reflect upon the 8th Annual SAMI/IDDT conference that took place this past September in Columbus, Ohio and are reminded how conversations at these annual events continue to inform the implementation of evidence-based practices throughout Ohio and across the nation. Featuring audio interviews with Robert Drake, MD; Carlo DiClemente, PhD; Sandra Stephenson, MSW, director of ODMH; and more.

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November 25, 2008

Eric Meyer - Beauty and Function

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On exhibit - first floor of the Mandel School until January 10, 2009

Eric Meyer welds and shapes handmade kitchen utensils out of pewter, silver, bronze, aluminum, and brass. His handmade objects, including a tea set, goblets, a tea infuser, and cutlery, have an opulence fit for royalty.

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October 31, 2008

Judith Brandon – Recession Work

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Exhibit Dates: October 24, 2008 -- January 10, 2009

Judith Brandon graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1987 with degrees in drawing and enameling. It is the enameling techniques of scribing metal and the layering of transparent and opaque colors that are the foundation for her paintings. Her subject matter originates from the weather channel, travels and experiences. Oceans, rain, mist and ice, water in all of its forms and locations are an endless source of inspiration to her. Water is a dominant theme in her paintings.

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October 31, 2008

John W. Carlson

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Exhibit Dates: October 20, 2008 – January 10, 2009

John Carlson began his career as an artist by attending Cleveland’s Cooper School of Art. Inspired by the works of Egon Schiele, Franz Kline, Edward Hopper, and Lucien Freud, he strives to find a balance between expressive drawings and boldly executed paintings.

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September 29, 2008

Board's-eye view: An executive's perspective about EBP implementation

KenGillPhoto.jpgTimes are especially good for NEIGHBORING's Chief Operating Officer Ken Gill, MSSA ('82), LISW-S, LICDC, and his Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) team. They are being recognized for raising the standard of exceptional care with the third annual Lynn Goff Spirit of Integrated Treatment Award. . . . Things, however, weren’t always running this smoothly.

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September 29, 2008

Lake County agency receives The 2008 Lynn Goff Spirit of Integrated Treatment Award

LakeCountyMap.jpgA few years back, the City of Painesville had a problem: what to do about the homeless population hanging out in its picturesque town square. For NEIGHBORING, a mental-health and substance-abuse service agency headquartered in the City of Mentor, this was another chance to step up and help out. . . . . (Featuring Mandel School graduate Ken Gill, MSSA (’82), LISW-S, LICDC, and other community partners.)

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September 26, 2008

MSASS COMMENTARY: Opinions on issues in the news by members of the Mandel School Faculty
Stokes Crop 1.jpg Read Op/Eds from Mark Chupp, Congressman Louis Stokes (pictured), and MSASS Dean Cleve Gilmore.

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August 29, 2008

Advisory committee enthused by readiness assessments, integration of new service model with IDDT

ashtrayphoto.jpgThe advisory committee meeting of the Ohio Tobacco and Recovery Project was held at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare in Columbus this past spring. Mental health organizations around Ohio are getting ready to implement components of the new Tobacco and Recovery model.

(Featuring Mandel School graduate Patrick E. Boyle.)

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August 15, 2008

Margaret Denk-Leigh

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45 Works on Paper: Print Exhibition
Exhibit Dates: August 13 - October 6, 2008

Meet the Artist Brown Bag Lunch - September 10
12:30 p.m., Second Floor Atrium

Maggie Denk-Leigh is an Assistant Professor and Printmaking Department Head at The Cleveland Institute of Art, where she has been an instructor for the last nine years. She also is the Board Treasurer of the Morgan Conservatory. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Printmaking, Design and Business from Xavier University and her Masters of Fine Arts from Clemson University in South Carolina.

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August 15, 2008

Pamelinda O'Keefe

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Oil Pastels on Sandpaper
Exhibit Dates: August 13 - October 6, 2008

Pamelinda O’Keefe’s show displays 30 prints depicting common objects enlivened with bold lines and bright colors. Inspired during a particularly gray day in February, O’Keefe felt compelled to create colorful images to counteract the dreariness of that time of year.

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July 29, 2008

Ohio SAMI CCOE emphasizes need for focused clinical supervision, provides useful methods (Part 1)

Kruzsynski-9_07.jpgRic Kruszynski, MSSA ('93), LISW, LICDC, provides consultation to mental-health and substance-abuse service agencies about the effectiveness of real-time clinical supervision in the community.

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May 09, 2008

Annual conference proves that commitment to Supported Employment continues to grow in Ohio, throughout nation

Gary Bond.jpgThe annual conference of the Ohio Supported Employment CCOE drew close to 200 participants from throughout Ohio and 10 additional states, demonstrating the growing national interest in this evidence-based practice. (Featuring Gary Bond, Ph.D., of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.)

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April 10, 2008

2008/09 MSASS International Study Trips

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Award Winning MSASS International Study/Travel 3 Credit Hour Courses (Spring) for Undergrad & Grad students being planned for 2008 & 2009

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March 28, 2008

MSASS Ranked #10 Nationwide

U.S. News & World Report released the rankings of Social Work Schools March 28th. MSASS is ranked #1 in Ohio and #10 out of 182 schools.

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March 27, 2008

Prints from Zygote Press Artists

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Exhibit Dates: March 27 – May 19, 2008.

Zygote Press was founded in 1995 by Elizabeth Maugans (BFA ’89 KSU) and Joe Sroka, joined later by Bellamy Printz and Kelly Novak, to provide print facilities for artists interested in creating fine prints. Since its inception, Zygote Press has grown to offer many additional educational programs and exhibition opportunities in its expanded facilities.

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March 05, 2008

Faculty Positions Posted

Two new faculty positions are available at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

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February 08, 2008

Thinking about a degree in Social Work? Attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

Information sessions, including a presentation, question and answer time, and one-on-one conversations with current students, faculty and alumni, to be held March 22nd and April 12, 10:00 a.m.
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February 07, 2008

MSASS Foster Care Expert in the News

Assistant Professor David Crampton, an expert on foster care with extensive experience examining Cuyahoga County's foster care system, is quoted in a column by the Plain Dealer's Phillip Morris.

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January 15, 2008

Kick-off event introduces new service model that links mental health recovery with reduction, elimination of tobacco use

Cycling.gifThe Tobacco Cessation Kick-Off Event introduced community-based and hospital-based behavioral healthcare organizations to a new service model being designed and disseminated by the Center for Evidence-Based Practices.

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November 06, 2007

Spring Break Trips

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For anyone interested in registering for one of the 3 credit hour graduate and undergraduate International courses, please view the information meeting session slide show and see website for more info: http://msass.case.edu/international/index.html

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November 05, 2007

Poverty Center's Claudia Coulton part of BBC look at America's foreclosure crisis

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The U.S. foreclosure crisis has earned international attention, with BBC news turning toward Mandel professor and Poverty Center director Claudia Coulton for some answers and analysis.

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July 11, 2007

MSASS hosts Hathaway Brown School's Aspire program training session

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences recently hosted training sessions held by Hathaway Brown School's Aspire Program. Aspire is a tuition-free academic and leadership program which brings together adolescent girls who attend under-resourced public schools in the Cleveland area with new teachers who have tremendous potential in the field of education.

To find out more about the Aspire program, visit the Aspire website.

July 03, 2007

Mandel School Hosts International Conference

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MSASS welcomes the Council of International Fellowship Conference, and Cleveland's Council of International Programs, July 23-27.

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June 13, 2007

The Mandel School Takes Classes on the Road to India and El Salvador

In December for international study experiences

NewDelhiredfort.jpgThe Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is taking international social work courses on the road as it teams up for an India abroad experience with the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Social Work, December 27 through January 11, and an El Salvador travel program from December 8-16 with International Partners in Mission.

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June 12, 2007

MSASS Faculty Member to Speak About Race, Class and Diversity

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The Heights Community Congress (HCC) will host "Perception vs. Reality: How Do We Talk About Race, Class and Diversity In Our Own Community?" beginning at 7 p.m. on June 13 at John Hay High School, 2075 Stokes Blvd. Mark Chupp, a visiting assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, is part of the panel. Free, open to the public. For more information, call the HCC at 216- 321-6775. Visit the Heights Congress site for more information.

June 08, 2007

Mandel Brothers Receive Highest MSASS Honor

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The Mandel brothers -- Jack, Joseph and Morton -- were honored as the first recipients of The Advocate for Social Justice and Leadership Development Award from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University. In recognition of their family's commitment to educate leaders in the field of social services and nonprofit organizations, the Mandels received the prestigious honor during the MSASS and Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations diploma ceremony at Temple-Tifereth Israel on Sunday, May 20.

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May 22, 2007

Child Welfare: A Global Crusade

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Mandel School Professor Victor Groza traveled to Romanian orphanages to aid in that country’s social reform and now applies what he’s learned to the Ukraine. A Case Magazine profile.


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May 19, 2007

Dual Disorders Fellowship partners with communities

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The Dual Disorders Fellowship Program gives employed mental health and substance abuse professionals the opportunity to enhance their education, credentials, and experience by earning a Master of Social Science Administration (MSSA) degree while staying in their current jobs and attending classes one weekend per month. The Program is also structured to provide financial support to students by forging a partnership among the employed student, his or her employer (service organization), the local community mental health and/or substance abuse services board, and the Mandel School. Each partner pays a portion of the tuition.

- Full news release
- Dual Disorders Fellows Program brochure

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May 08, 2007

Center for Evidence-Based Practices provides technical assistance, promotes mental health, recovery & employment

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People with severe mental illness and their families in communities throughout Ohio, several other states, and two countries are experiencing an improved quality of life, in part, because of the work being done by the staff of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs).

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May 07, 2007

Congressman Dennis Kucinich to deliver commencement address for Mandel Center, Mandel School graduation ceremony

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U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich, six-term congressman from Cleveland's west side and a former mayor of the city, will deliver this year’s commencement address to the joint Mandel Center and Mandel School 2007 diploma ceremony.

Commencement 2007 Schedule

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April 21, 2007

Former Professor Grace Brody donates 1.5 million to the Mandel School

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"Grace Brody was a widow at age 26, left with a baby son and few prospects."

"Today, the 91-year-old is retired from the faculty at Case Western Reserve University and has donated more than $1.5 million to Case's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences."

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