Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health

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Learn about the child welfare content specialists' roles in assisting system of care communities, the specialist’s background, experience, and contact information, frequently asked questions and requested information, and other technical assistance available from the TA Partnership.

About the Child Welfare Content Specialists

Rich Weisgal

Photo: Rich WeisgalRich Weisgal served as the Child Welfare Content Specialist for the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health. He supported system of care communities funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (CMHS/SAMHSA) by sharing strategies and resources for effectively partnering with the child welfare system, and for addressing the mental health needs of children, youth, and families currently involved in or at risk of entering the child welfare system. In this role, he facilitated peer-to-peer networking, coordinates conference presentations and webinars, and provided technical assistance and training.

Kelly Wells

Photo: Kelly WellsKelly Wells has worked within child welfare and education systems for over 17 years in Illinois and South Carolina. She is a licensed child welfare worker in Illinois, trained PRIDE and Educational Advocacy to foster parents for the Department of Children and Family Services, and is currently a CASA volunteer. She also helped to develop numerous community collaborations that focused on truancy, gang and violence prevention, and child welfare and juvenile justice reform. Kelly also has extensive experience in grant writing, grant management, program evaluation, fundraising, and developing community partnerships.

Common Questions for the Child Welfare Content Specialists

  • Partnering with child welfare: understanding goals and priorities
  • Funding resources for child welfare
  • Assessing mental health needs
  • Enhancing coordinating referrals from child welfare
  • Engaging families in decision making
  • Creating parent mentor/navigator initiatives
  • Get answers to common questions

Contact Information