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Name: Beth Caldwell
Title:Building Bridges Director
Phone:413-644-9319 (w) 413-717-0855
Expertise:Residential Best Practices, esp re: Building Bridges, as well as Trauma-informed Care
Topics: Workforce
State: Maryland
Bio: Ms. Beth Caldwell is the principal consultant in a group dedicated to supporting persons with special needs, their families, and organizations that serve these individuals so that each person served can realize his/her full potential. For nearly 30 years she has cultivated human service organizations throughout the country with her skills and experiences in training, technical assistance, new program development and implementation, evaluation, systems change, strategic planning, and funding. Well-versed in the interrelationships of mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, child welfare, juvenile justice, and education, Ms. Caldwell travels weekly across the country to provide state-of-the-art training and consultation on best practices in these areas. Since 2003, she has been a faculty member for the Office of Technical Assistance's national initiative to promote recovery, resiliency and trauma-informed care, resulting in the reduction of use of coercive interventions, including restraint and seclusion – serving as the lead consultant for numerous States that were part of SAMHSA's evaluation project of this initiative. Since 2005 she has served as the director for SAMHSA's national Building Bridges Initiative, moving child and family serving residential programs, and their community counterparts, to the best practice arena. She served as a principal writer for a briefing paper on the impact of the Olmstead decision on state policy and practice for serving children with emotional and behavioral problems. She has also served as director of state and local operations for the Bureau of Children and Families, Office of Mental Health in New York State, and associate executive director for a large child- and family-serving agency.