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Faculty Highlights

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July 2021

Stephanie Daly, MD
Barry Sarvet, MD
Jessica Wozniak, PsyD

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Congratulations to Stephanie Daly, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Jessica Wozniak, PsyD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; and Barry Sarvet, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, for serving as Primary Investigators (PIs) on newly awarded grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Both grants are part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), funded by SAMHSA, and will bring $5 million in funding to Baystate Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry to support their work locally and share their expertise on a national level.

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The two federal five-year grants will provide services and support to children and families who have experienced psychological trauma.

The first grant (led by Drs. Daly and Wozniak) is the Building Resiliency in Young Children (BRYC). This $2 million award will help the Department of Psychiatry expand its trauma-focused mental health services to address the needs of children in our community. The program will have the overarching goal of improving access to quality trauma-informed services for children 0-5 years old who have mental health needs associated with adverse life experiences. In addition to building an internal team of clinicians for this work, the grant will allow training and consultation to community child service partners in the greater Springfield area.

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The second grant (headed by Drs. Sarvet and Wozniak) is called Child Advocacy Training and Support Center (CATS). This $3 million grant will aid the development of a national center at Baystate to provide training and technical support for multidisciplinary response teams known as Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) across the US. This national center will focus on helping CACs to adopt evidence-based treatment models and trauma-informed clinical practices. CATS will implement comprehensive, coordinated capacity-building efforts focused on dissemination and implementation of these clinical models.

With these two grants, the Department of Psychiatry continues its 11-year membership to the NCTSN, whose mission is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and availability of services for children and families who experience traumatic events. The NCTSN helps children who have experienced a wide variety of consequences of trauma such as ongoing emotional and psychological distress, grief, challenging behavioral changes, difficulties with attention, nightmares, and illness.

May 2021

Marcia W. VanVleet, MD, MPH

vanvleetincontent250x250Congratulations to Marcia VanVleet, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UMMS-Baystate, on being awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission. The 24-month Cost Effective, Coordinated Care for Caregivers and Substance Exposed Newborns (C4SEN) Investment Program will benefit Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) by supporting development of innovative care models and ensuring access to high-quality, efficient, and culturally sensitive care for both substance-exposed newborns and their caregivers.

As Primary Investigator (PI)/Investment Director of this grant, Dr. VanVleet and her team plan to establish a new family-centered clinic at Greenfield Family Medicine for families affected by substance use disorders. This clinic will work collaboratively with the Early Intervention teams from Criterion and ServiceNet in Greenfield who help children with substance exposure reach developmental milestones.

“The grant is building on the strong programs that we have at BFMC that partner with many community agencies in Franklin County to form wrap-around services for opiate and substance use disorders,” said Dr. VanVleet.

This funding is supporting BFMC’s Moms Do Care/EMPOWER program, which assists people affected by Opioid Use Disorder in Franklin County by providing developmental care and parenting support for young children.

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