Evaluation of the LUK, Inc. Building Resiliency in Youth and Caregivers (BRYC) and Developing Resilience and Well-being (DRAW) programs

Client: LUK, Inc.
Topic Areas: Behavioral health and substance use; Children, youth, and families
Service: Participatory Evaluation

ICH is the evaluator for the SAMHSA-funded DRAW and BRYC programs of LUK, Inc.  Both are 5-year programs that aim to increase access to effective culturally-responsive trauma-focused treatments and services in Central Massachusetts for infants, children, and youth who experience traumatic events and their families/caregivers.  LUK, Inc. is partnering with child-serving systems and mental health providers to ensure a comprehensive approach to implementation. More than 200 mental health providers will be trained in evidence-based treatments and more than 2000 additional mental health and early education and care providers will be trained in trauma-informed practices through these programs.  EEC providers and mental health service providers will also participate in learning communities to support capacity building.  Using surveys and focus groups, ICH is evaluating the implementation and impact of this work on training and learning community participants.  The evaluation also includes collection and analysis of assessment data from approximately 850 clients who receive treatment through these programs, supplemented with qualitative data.  ICH works with LUK, Inc. to provide summarized data to providers for treatment purposes and to fulfill SAMSHA reporting requirements, and findings are regularly shared with program staff to inform and strengthen implementation.