woodland-656969_380ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

Founded in 1998, the Praed Foundation seeks to support transformational activities in human services, with a special emphasis on improving the lives of children and families. The Foundation has a variety of projects that supports its mission including managing flexible funding for youth with mental health needs in the juvenile justice system. The primary work of the Foundation is in support of a mass collaboration of individuals who seek to use evidence-based assessments as an approach to working together to maintain the focus of human service enterprise on the people they serve. As such, the Praed Foundation maintains the copyrights on the Child & Adolescent Needs and Strengths, the Family Advocacy and Support Tool, the Crisis Assessment Tool, and the Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment to ensure that they remain free for anyone to use who shares this commitment.

 

Praed Foundation Board Members: Dr. John Lyons, Dr. April Fernando, Dr. Suzanne Button, Dr. Nathaniel Israel, Mark Lardner, Lynn Steiner, Lauren Schmidt, Michelle Fernando, and Katherine Sun.

 

OUTCOME CHAMPION AWARD WINNERS

Here are the recipients from previous years:

 

2004: Diane Borgeson (New Jersey’s Partnership for Children)

2005: Murielle Elfman & Candace Putter (Philadelphia Department of Human Services)

2006: Stephanie Hanko (Illinois Department of Children & Family Services)

2007: System level: Betty Walton, Ph.D. Indiana University
Agency level: Knute Rotto Choices Inc
            Direct Service: Erika Crawford Tennessee Department of Children and Families
           Family: Robin Joyce Wayside Youth Services (Massachusetts)

2008: System level: Randal Lea, Tennessee
Agency & Direct Service level: Lise Bisnaire & Stephanie Greenham, Childrens Hospital of Eastern Ontario
              Family: Nancy Craig, New York State

2015: Founders Award Ann Marie LoPrieno
Program Level Jen Leland
           System Level Timothy Hougen

2016: Madeline Lozoski, Alison Krumpf, Paul Brylske, Alexander Jackson, and the Ministry of Social and Family Development in Singapore

 

Outcomes Champions Awards

Each year, the foundation recognizes excellence in support the evolution
of systems to better serve children and families

THE FOUNDER


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Senior Policy Fellow

is a Senior Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall. He is the developer of an outcomes management approach for human services called Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM). Within the TCOM framework, the most commonly used tool is the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS), which supports decision making in child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, schools and early intervention service provision, including level of care and planning and wellbeing and functional status outcomes, to facilitate quality improvement initiatives.
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OUR TEAM OF SPECIALISTS

      

April Fernando

April Fernando

  • TCOM Operations Lead

April is the TCOM Operations Lead at Chapin Hall.  Prior to joining Chapin Hall, April was the Chief of Clinical Operations, Research, & Training at…
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Lauren Schmidt

Lauren Schmidt

  • Distance Learning Operations Lead

Lauren is the Distance Learning Operations Lead at the Praed Foundation Collaborative Training Website.
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Nathaniel Israel

Nathaniel Israel

  • Reaserch Director

Nate focuses on improving service processes and outcomes for children and youth involved in the human service sector.
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Katherine Sun

Katherine Sun

  • Project Specialist

Katherine is a Project Specialist at Chapin Hall working specifically with Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM).
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Lynn Steiner

Lynn Steiner

  • Senior Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

Lynn is focusing on providing training, technical assistance and materials development for the Illinois Childhood Severity of Psychiatric Illness (IM-CSPI).
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Suzanne Button

Suzanne Button

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Button has published, presented, and trained nationally on such subjects as effective EBP implementation in public service systems.
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Mark Lardner

Mark Lardner

  • Senior Policy Analyst

Mr. Lardner is a Senior Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall, providing training and technical assistance to systems implementing the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS).
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Michelle Fernando

Michelle Fernando

  • Project Assistant

Michelle is a Project Assistant at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, providing administrative support to the TCOM team.  She works primarily on contract management for the Praed Foundation.
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Larry Small

Larry Small

  • Policy Fellow

Larry Small is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Dr. Small is a clinical psychologist with expertise in child welfare policy and practice.
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Danijela Zlatevski

Danijela Zlatevski

  • Consultant

Danijela has spent most of career working to promote equity in the quality of services provided to culturally and socioeconomically diverse children, youth and families in San Francisco
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Angela Pollard

Angela Pollard

  • Research Assistant

Angela is a Project Assistant at Chapin Hall working on specific contracts and supporting the building connections between the TCOM team and the communities they serve.  Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Angela worked as an Americorps member in a Delaware middle school…
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Michaela Voit

Michaela Voit

  • UCPIP Project Assistant

Michaela is a UCPIP Project Assistant with Chapin Hall, working on the TCOM team with the Praed Foundation. She primarily supports reporting and data analysis on the implementations of the CANS in New York and Washington states
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