Implementation of the Wolverine Mental Health Program, Part 1: Adoption Phase

Kelli Scott*, Cara C. Lewis, Natalie Rodriguez-Quintana, Brigid R. Marriott, Robert K. Hindman

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Residential treatment facilities (RTFs) are a first-line treatment option for juvenile justice-involved youth. However, RTFs rarely offer evidence-based interventions for youth with internalizing or externalizing mental health problems. Wolverine Human Services (WHS) is one of the first RTFs in the nation to implement cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to enhance mental health care for their youth. This study outlines the preimplementation phase of a 5-year collaborative CBT implementation effort among WHS, the Beck Institute, and an implementation science research team. The preimplementation phase included a needs assessment across two sites of WHS to identify and prioritize barriers to CBT implementation. Of the 76 unique barriers, 23 were prioritized as important and feasible to address. Implementation teams, consisting of clinician and staff champions and opinion leaders, worked across 8 months to deploy 10 strategies from a collaboratively designed blueprint. Upon reevaluation of the needs assessment domains, all prioritized barriers to CBT implementation were removed and WHS's readiness for CBT implementation was enhanced. This study serves as a model of a preimplementation process that can be employed to enhance the potential for successful evidence-based practice implementation in youth RTFs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)214-226
Number of pages13
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2022


  • cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • implementation science
  • preimplementation
  • residential treatment facility
  • youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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