Grants & Contracts

LCCA/LCPA Exams 2010-2011
Principle Investigator: Rebecca Hegar, PhD
Sponsor: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Project Period: 01/01/10-12/31/10 & 01/01/11-12/31/111
Amount: $30,144.00
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division is responsible for protecting the health, safety and well-being of children who attend or reside in regulated child care facilities and homes. The Division develops minimum standards for regulated facilities and homes as well as policies and procedures for enforcing those minimum standards. The Division has the additional role of providing consultation, technical assistance, and training for child-care providers and educating the public in the selection and improvement of residential child care operations. Chapter 43 of the Human Resources Code requires the Division to license a person who acts as an administrator of a child care institution or child placing agency. To be eligible for an administrator license, a person must meet a series of qualifications, including passing an examination that demonstrates competence in the field of residential child care administration. The Division is required to develop and administer the Examinations. The purpose of this Contract is to 1) ensure the placement of the Exams in a suitable on-line format, and 2) oversee the administration of the licensed child care administrator (LCCA) and licensed child placing administrator (LCPA) Examinations.

LCCA/LCPA Exams Examination Development
Principle Investigator: Larry Watson, PhD
Sponsor: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Project Period: 01/01/10-12/31/10 & 01/01/11-12/31/11
Amount: $41,448.00
Objective: The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Care Licensing Division, is responsible for protecting the health, safety and well-being of children who attend or reside in regulated child care facilities and homes. The Division develops minimum standards for regulated facilities and homes as well as policies and procedures for enforcing those minimum standards. The Division has the additional role of providing consultation, technical assistance, and training for child-care providers and educating the public in the selection and improvement of residential child care operations. Chapter 43 of the Human Resources Code requires the Division to license a person who acts as an administrator of a child care institution or child placing agency. To be eligible for an administrator license, a person must meet a series of qualifications, including passing an examination that demonstrates competence in the field of residential child care administration. The Division is required to develop and administer the Examinations. The purpose of this Contract is to ensure (1) the on-going validation of Exam questions, and (2) when necessary, the development of Exam questions due to changes in Licensing Minimum Standards or Texas Administrative Code Rules or a determination that an Exam question(s) did not test as valid.

2010 Texas Academy for Victim Assistance
Principle Investigator: Fran Danis, PhD
Sponsor: Texas Victim Services Association
Project Period: 02/01/10-11/30/10
Amount: $12,981
Objective: The University of Texas at Arlington's School of Social Work will conduct a training needs assessment, evaluate, and host the 2010 Texas Academy for Victim Services in collaboration with the Texas Victim Services Association.
2010 Texas Academy for Victim Assistance
Texas Victim Services Association

An Evaluation of an Eight Week Solution-Focused Batterer Intervention Group
Principle Investigator: Peter Lehmann, PhD
Sponsor: European Brief Therapy Association
Project Period: 03/1/2010-06/01/2011
Amount: $4,639.60
Objective A solution-focused approach to batterer intervention reflects one area that provides an opportunity to move the field in a bold new direction, one that not only works to reduce violence in relationships through building solutions, but one that also does not compromise survivor safety. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the usefulness of an 8 week batterer intervention group using a solution focused approach to treatment. First, we hypothesize that men taking part in a solution-focused batterer intervention program will show decreased use of violence at follow up. Second, men will report an increase in positive outcome with regard to positive well-being, and third, men taking part in a solution-focused batterer intervention program will demonstrate an increase in meeting their self-directed goals for treatment.

Solution Focused Intensive Case Management Training for Victim Services (ARRA)
Principle Investigator: Emily Spence- Almaguer, PhD
Sponsor: Texas Office of the Governor- Criminal Justice
Co-Principle Investigator: Peter Lehmann, PhD
Project Period: 04/01/10-06/29/2011
Amount: $55,580.00
Objective: This project will established a solution focused intensive case management training program for victim assistance workers in the North Central Texas Council of Governments region. Participants were eligible to receive up to four levels of certification: (1) Level one included 12 hours of basic training covering solution focused principles applicable to case management (engagement, goal setting, service planning, service linking, advocacy); (2) Level two included completion of a minimum of 18 hours of specialization topics such as trauma, safety planning, cultural competence, and substance abuse among others; (3) Level three included completion of a minimum of 6 hours of small group practice discussions. (4) Level four included completion of 12 hours of advanced "train the trainer" seminars covering hiring, training and supervision.

Mental Health Research
Principle Investigator: Alexa Smith-Osborne, PhD
Sponsor: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Project Period: 6/1/10-05/31/2011
Amount: $15,000.00
Objective: The primary goals of the proposal are to expand the participation of health risk and disparities groups of OIF/OEF veterans (i.e., Reservists/Guard, women, Hispanics, and African-Americans) in the ongoing Student Veteran Project (SVP) over the grant funding period and to accelerate data collection, cleaning, and analysis in order to present preliminary research findings at state and national conferences in 2011. These grant funds provided recruitment incentives needed to promote enrollment of 50 additional participants, with an emphasis on outreach to these health disparities groups, and to provide support for a research assistant and hourly data entry staff to accomplish these ends.

Title IV-E Training
Principle Investigator: Maria Scannapieco, PhD
Sponsor: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Project Period: 07/01/10-06/30/2011
Amount: $1,119,840.00

United Way Education Evaluation
Principle Investigator: Emily Spence- Almaguer, PhD
Sponsor: United Way of Tarrant County
Project Period: 07/01/10-06/30/2011
Amount: $50,000.00
Objective: This project is an evaluation of the United Way of Tarrant County's strategies to get children and youth ready to learn, ready to earn, and to promote more on-time graduations. The mixed method evaluation design included analysis of secondary data collected by school systems as well as primary data collected by the evaluation team. The primary data included field observations, follow-up interviews with a sample of 50 parents, an online survey of child care workers, and stakeholder interviews.

UT Arlington's Bilingual Scholarship Program
Principle Investigator: Beverly Black, PhD
Sponsor: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Project Period: 08/01/10-07/31/2013
Amount: $49,525.00

Crossroads Evaluation
Principal Investigator: Diane Mitschke, PhD
Sponsor: Arlington Independent School District
Project Period: 09/01/10-08/31/11
Amount: $150,950.00
Objective: This project is an evaluation of a comprehensive teen pregnancy prevention project focusing on high school dropouts ages 17-20 within the Arlington Independent School District.

Pregnant Postpartum Intervention PPI
Principle Investigator: Debra Woody, PhD
Sponsor: Department of State Health Services
Project Period: 09/01/10-08/31/2011
Amount: $399,694.00
Objective: The New Connections PPI Program is the adolescent/adult women services portion of the New Connections Family Intervention Program. The New Connections Family Intervention program provides early intervention services for substance-exposed infants and children and parent education and recovery support services for their families. The mission of the program is to reduce risk factors among participants, and promote the protective and resiliency factors that improve family function, build capacity and capabilities among adolescent and adult parent/caregivers, and protect children against the onset of negative situations such as school failure and dropout, mental health and behavioral problems, juvenile justice involvement, gang activity and/or substance abuse.
*Amendment - Additional funds
$17,750.00
To create a website as a roadmap for Pregnant Postpartum Intervention services.

Prevention for Pre-School Children (YPS)
Principle Investigator: Debra Woody, PhD
Sponsor: Department of State Health Services
Project Period: 09/01/10-08/31/2011
Amount: $225,000.00
Objective: The New Connections Kid's Connection Program is the child services portion of the New Connections Program. The mission of the program is to provide substance abuse prevention services for young children living in impoverished situations. The program provides the Kid's Connection curriculum in Head Start and other eligible day care classrooms.

Sponsored Clinical Project Agreement
Principle Investigator: Peter Lehmann, PhD
Sponsor: Arlington Independent School District
Project Period: 09/01/10-08/31/2011
Amount: $41,800.00
Objective: Children and families are referred to the Center for Clinical Social Work by Arlington Independent School District personnel.

Infant Adoption Awareness Training Evaluation
Principle Investigator: Joan Rycraft, PhD
Sponsor: National Council for Adoption
Project Period: 09/30/10-09/29/11
Amount: $69,772.00
Objective: This is a sub-award from the National Council For Adoption to provide a process and outcome evaluation of the Infant Adoption Awareness Training Project funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.

Follow-up Evaluation of the CPS Reintegration Project
Principle Investigator: Elissa Madden, PhD
Sponsor: Austin Travis County Integral Care
Project Period: 03/07/11-05/31/11
Amount: $6,210.00
Objective: This evaluation is designed to accomplish two objectives: 1) Understand the factors that contributed to the disruption of foster youth with complex mental and behavioral health needs from their birth and kinship placements and 2) To understand current "best practices" in establishing and maintaining permanency for minority youth in foster care who have complex mental and behavioral health needs. Case review documents completed by experts in permanency will be evaluated to identify factors that contributed to the disruption of four minority foster youth from their birth and kinship placements and to develop a list of recommendations for how program staff can improve service delivery to minority youth and families served by the program. In addition, documents prepared by the experts to develop an understanding of "best practices" in establishing and maintaining permanency for minority youth in foster care will be evaluated.

CPS Parent Education/Texas Services
Principle Investigator: Debra Woody, PhD
Sponsor: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Project Period: 09/01/10-04/01/11
Amount: $67,201.23

CPS Parent Education/Texas Services
Principle Investigator: Debra Woody, PhD
Sponsor: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Project Period: 09/01/10-08/31/2011
Amount: $18,000.00

Staying Connected - Child Abuse Prevention
Principle Investigator: Debra Woody, PhD
Sponsor: Office of the Governor - Criminal Justice Division
Project Period: 09/01/10-08/31/2011
Amount: $31,306.00

Youth Connections - Delinquency Prevention
Principle Investigator: Debra Woody, PhD
Sponsor: Office of the Governor - Criminal Justice Division
Project Period: 09/01/10-08/31/2011
Amount: $78,368.00