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The Centralized Training Infrastructure for Evidence Based Practices (CTI-EBP) is designed to aid in the development of a training infrastructure to support the delivery of mental health services in Texas for the adult and youth populations. The Department of State Health Services has contracted with the University of Texas Health Science Center, Department of Psychiatry to coordinate and implement this project.

The infrastructure will promote and support the utilization of evidence-based and promising practices to facilitate resiliency and recovery, and increase positive outcomes for individuals utilizing behavioral health services in the Texas mental health system.

Sixteen different evidence-based or promising practices will be disseminated via in person or computer based trainings over the next two years. 

Our Team


UTHSCSA and DSHS
personnel responsible for executing this project:

Natalie Maples

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 ProJect director

Faculty Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry and Principal Investigator on contracts with the Department of State Health Services, the Center for Health Care Services and the Friends for Psychiatric Research. Her area of concentration is on implementation of psychosocial treatments and liaising with community mental health clinics, government agencies, and insurance administrators.Faculty Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry and Principal Investigator on contracts with the Department of State Health Services, the Center for Health Care Services and the Friends for Psychiatric Research. Her area of concentration is on implementation of psychosocial treatments and liaising with community mental health clinics, government agencies, and insurance administrators.

Desiree Castillo

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  Project manager - Associate

Project Manager-Associate for the Department of Psychiatry-Division of Schizophrenia. Mrs. Castillo has overseen numerous Schizophernia research trials, both pharmaceutical and psychosocial, since 2001 through present day. Most recently, she served as the Project Coordinator for the STAR grant and coordinated an IP-RISP grant with the Center for Health Care Services focusing on public academic research collaborations. Prior to her work in Schizophrenia, Mrs. Castillo coordinated research trials in the Alcohol & Drug Addiction Division (1998-2001). Mrs. Castillo serves as the Project Manager for the CTI-EBP project.Project Manager-Associate for the Department of Psychiatry-Division of Schizophrenia. Mrs. Castillo has overseen numerous Schizophernia research trials, both pharmaceutical and psychosocial, since 2001 through present day. Most recently, she served as the Project Coordinator for the STAR grant and coordinated an IP-RISP grant with the Center for Health Care Services focusing on public academic research collaborations. Prior to her work in Schizophrenia, Mrs. Castillo coordinated research trials in the Alcohol & Drug Addiction Division (1998-2001). Mrs. Castillo serves as the Project Manager for the CTI-EBP project.

Kenneth Placke

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PROGRAM SPECIALIST

Kenneth Placke has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings providing social work services to adults and children with mental health diagnoses. Since February 2015, he has worked as Program Specialist in the Texas Department of Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division.Kenneth Placke has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings providing social work services to adults and children with mental health diagnoses. Since February 2015, he has worked as Program Specialist in the Texas Department of Health Services Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division.

Marisol Acosta

MARISOL ACOSTA
 

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Project Director of the Texas Children Recovering From Trauma Initiative of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Texas Department of State Health Services She is a Program Specialist V for the Child and Adolescent Program Services Unit in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division of DSHS in Austin, Texas. Marisol oversees program services of the Texas Resilience and Recovery community service delivery system for children and adolescents in the counties in the U.S –Mexico Border counties and Local Mental Health Authorities. She collaborates with the Texas Office of Border Health. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Houston and a Graduate Certificate from Harvard University and the Italy Ministry of Health on Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery. Her work has focused especially on children and adolescents, survivors of mass conflicts, refugees, human trafficking, survivors of torture, sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. She is a member of Physicians for Human Rights where she is a volunteer clinician who performs psychological evaluation to asylum seekers. She served in the United States Naval Reserves and is a Board approved Licensed Professional Counselor Clinical Supervisor in Texas.Project Director of the Texas Children Recovering From Trauma Initiative of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Texas Department of State Health Services She is a Program Specialist V for the Child and Adolescent Program Services Unit in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division of DSHS in Austin, Texas. Marisol oversees program services of the Texas Resilience and Recovery community service delivery system for children and adolescents in the counties in the U.S –Mexico Border counties and Local Mental Health Authorities. She collaborates with the Texas Office of Border Health. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Houston and a Graduate Certificate from Harvard University and the Italy Ministry of Health on Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery. Her work has focused especially on children and adolescents, survivors of mass conflicts, refugees, human trafficking, survivors of torture, sexual abuse and/or domestic violence. She is a member of Physicians for Human Rights where she is a volunteer clinician who performs psychological evaluation to asylum seekers. She served in the United States Naval Reserves and is a Board approved Licensed Professional Counselor Clinical Supervisor in Texas.

Teresa Rendon

TERESA RENDON

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT - ASSOCIATE

Administrative Assistant-Associate for the Department of Psychiatry. Ms. Rendon is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and serves as the Program Assistant for the CTI-EBP project and assists users navigate the Centralized Training website.Administrative Assistant-Associate for the Department of Psychiatry. Ms. Rendon is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and serves as the Program Assistant for the CTI-EBP project and assists users navigate the Centralized Training website.

Kiley Hillner

Kiley Hillner

Research Area Specialist
- Intermediate 

Research Area Specialist for the Department of Psychiatry. Ms. Hillner has recently been involved with conducting psychosocial assessments for several research studies.Research Area Specialist for the Department of Psychiatry. Ms. Hillner has recently been involved with conducting psychosocial assessments for several research studies.