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Child Welfare

Addressing multiple areas of child and family well-being, including child maltreatment prevention, adoption, foster care, family preservation, and support.

Child & Family Development

Studies have focused on home visiting, teenagers facing emancipation from foster care, adolescent self-management of diabetes, and early intervention programs such as Head Start.

Health Care

These projects have addressed Medicaid managed care, behavioral health outcomes, chronic disease management, integrated HIV/AIDS care, and medication adherence.

Mental Health & Substance Abuse

These projects have addressed issues such as co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders and stigma and discrimination that effects persons with mental health issues.

​​James Bell Associates (JBA) ~ State-of-the-art independent program evaluation, applied research, and technical assistance for both public and non-profit organizations

James Bell Associates (JBA) is a leading and respected evaluation and research services firm based in the Washington, D.C. area. Over the last three decades, JBA has established a national reputation for excellence in evaluation and research focusing on innovative health and human services programs run by federal, state, and local governments and by universities, foundations, and private firms. JBA is widely known for its highly customized approaches to planning and conducting independent program evaluation and applied research and for offering practical technical assistance (TA) and training to enhance clients' performance measurement capability.

JBA delivers objective and useful knowledge to decision-makers and stakeholders on performance and innovation across a broad spectrum of health and human services programs and policy areas, including the following:

  • Child Welfare
  • Child and Family Development
  • Health Care
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Mary Mariani10/19/2016 12:50 PMNews; Press Release 

​The Children’s Bureau (CB) in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded the contract to James Bell Associates (JBA) in partnership with ICF International (ICF). ICF originally conducted an Exploratory Study of prenatal substance exposure in a single jurisdiction. Prenatal substance exposure can result in adverse birth outcomes and physical, behavioral, developmental, and cognitive effects. In child welfare (CW) populations, the extent of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) is not well established, but estimates suggest about two-thirds of families have substance use/abuse issues. The prevalence of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) may be significantly higher than what is found in the general population. CW agencies are challenged when it comes to detection and intervention, and these issues are under-identified. To read more about the project, click on Prenatal Alcohol and Other Drug Exposures in Child Welfare.​

Mary Mariani10/17/2016 2:33 PMNews; Press Release 

​The Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation awarded James Bell Associates​(JBA) a contract to provide ongoing technical assistance in terms of guidance and support to Tribal TANF-Child Welfare Coordination Grantees to promote excellence in performance measurement, continuous quality improvement, and grantee-led collaborations between child welfare and TANF agencies in grantees' tribal communities. This is the third contract awarded to JBA. To find more information about the project, click Tribal TANF-Child Welfare Coordination Data Capacity Building.

Mary Mariani9/20/2016 2:51 PMConference & Speaking; News; Press Release 

​On September 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance​ held its introductory meeting on Community of Learning on Two-Generation Strategies. The Community of Learning is made up of eight teams representing a mix of state, local, and tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs, Health Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees, and Health Profession Opportunity Grants programs. Each is interested in exploring ways to incorporate two-generation approaches into their current service delivery models to improve outcomes for children and families.

Kim Keating, M.Ed., of James Bell Associates spoke as a subject matter expert on The Power of Storytelling​  in qualitative research. ​Todd Bartko, Ph.D. also participated on the Two-Generation content panel where he brought his experiences from working on the Anne E. Casey Foundation project Implementation, Cost, and Outcome of a Two-Generation ​Strategy. (For more information click on the titles.)

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