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Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are pleased to announce a formal affiliation between the two organizations. This alliance brings together two dynamic leaders in health care around an innovative, evidenced based approach to help children facing significant social, emotional, and behavioral challenges: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach.

Since 2005, Dr. Ablon and a dedicated group of Oregon clinicians and administrators have engaged over 35 organizations around the state, while training hundreds of professionals and care providers in the model. The CPS model is now a recognized, evidenced-based practice in Oregon. The approach has seen growth in most systems of care, including outpatient mental health, hospitals, residential programs, educational settings, family advocacy programs, foster care providers, and juvenile justice programs. Participating systems/organizations have shown significant decreases in seclusions and restraints, decline in recidivism rates, improved satisfaction measures from caregivers and clients, and improved employee retention and job satisfaction.  These improvements are experienced subjectively as a relief of suffering and increase in sense of hope while offering measurable reductions in the cost of health care.  These reductions are realized by reductions in staff injuries and worker's compensation claims and the likely improved potential of participating as a successful and productive person over a lifespan.

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR

Department of Psychiatry—Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Doernbecher Children's Hospital is a Division of the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU.The OHSU Department of Psychiatry, part of the OHSU Brain Institute, conducts laboratory and clinical research on all the most common mental health problems. We treat people with many psychiatric disorders, including sleep problems, substance abuse and addictions, mental health problems in children, adolescents and older adults (geriatric) and eating disorders. Our specialists care for people of every culture and background. The fundamental purpose of OHSU and The Department of Psychiatry is to improve well-being.The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry exemplifies the three-part mission of OHSU: Healing, Teaching and Discovery.

As part of its multifaceted public mission, OHSU strives for excellence in education, research, clinical practice, scholarship and community service

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Department of Psychiatry—Think:Kids

Think:Kids is a program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).The Department of psychiatry has has more than 600 affiliated psychiatrists and psychologists uniquely trained as clinicians, researchers and teachers Through its 50 specialty clinical and research programs, we address virtually every aspect of psychiatric disorders - the brain diseases also known as mental illness - including depression, schizophrenia, and a host of other disorders such as anxiety, panic, attention deficit, bipolar, obsessive compulsive, and post-traumatic stress. We bring all of these resources together to focus on a four-part mission: patient care, pioneering research, training and educating professionals, and serving the community.