About The Partnership
The Building Bridges Initiative
The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) promotes full partnerships between all who are involved with youth and families receiving residential interventions and community services and supports. BBI also supports the use of promising, best, and evidence-based and evidence-informed practices to achieve sustained positive outcomes for youth and families. Originally founded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, BBI is a national partnership of residential and community service providers, youth and families, advocates, and national organizations that have come together to create better outcomes for children and youth with behavioral and/or emotional challenges.
Research shows that youth in the child-welfare system are best served when placed in the least-restrictive, most family-like environments. Still, residential placements are an important part of the continuum of foster care settings. Youth in these settings benefit from receiving specialized mental and behavioral health interventions so they can return to family-like settings as soon as possible.
The Center for Child and Family Studies, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, brings trainings, strategic planning assistance and other activities to residential treatment centers in Texas. BBI Texas uses analyses and evaluations of short-term outcomes to inform future policies regarding residential interventions. Along with statewide training activities, resources are allocated for BBI coaching and technical assistance in Harris County.
The Texas Center for Child and Family Studies (The Center) is the 501c3 nonprofit supporting organization of the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services (TACFS).
Maintaining dedication and the highest integrity, The Center works to equip child- and family-serving organizations with the knowledge, skills, and ability they need to provide high-quality services in their communities. Staying on the forefront of innovation and best practices while also anticipating issues and areas of concern, The Center achieves its mission through trainings, consultations, education, and rigorous research. The goal of the Center is to advance the growth of a highly skilled workforce and empower individuals and organizations to serve in their roles competently, ethically, and reflectively.
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Meet Lloyd Bullard, Senior Consultant at National Building Bridges Initiatives (BBI). BBI and TACFS have a shared passion for prevention and intervention programs that center