Nathaniel Israel, PhD and MA in Clinical/Community Psychology

Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall

Nathaniel Israel is a Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall. Based in San Francisco, Dr. Israel facilitates the further uptake and full implementation of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM) on the West coast. He is currently working with Washington State on their implementations both in mental health and child welfare.

Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Dr. Israel was the Director of the Evidence-based Training Academy for San Francisco County’s Department of Public Health’s Division of Child Behavioral Health. He implemented the CANS and related performance management systems in San Francisco and has facilitated its implementation in a number of counties in California. He was awarded a Praed Foundation Outcomes Champion Award in 2011 for his work in this regard. He has innovated strategies for family engagement and practice-based evidence, and is also one of the co-editors of the special issue of Evaluation and Program Planning that sought to update the definition of System of Care.

Dr. Israel holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Clinical/Community Psychology from Wayne State University, Michigan as well as a B.A. in Psychology from Harding University, Arkansas.

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Mark Lardner, MSW

Senior Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall

Mark Lardner is a Senior Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall, providing training and technical assistance to systems implementing the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) and Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM).

Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Mr. Lardner was the director of CANS Implementation for the State of Maryland while working at the Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. In this role, he worked closely with the child welfare system on cross-systems initiatives aimed at developing a comprehensive service array based upon the identification of youth needs and strengths. In addition, Mr. Lardner served as a liaison between the public and private sides of the child welfare system. He was awarded a Praed Foundation Outcomes Champion Award in 2013 for his work in Maryland.

Before joining the University of Maryland, Mr. Lardner worked directly with children and families in the child welfare system and the education system in Maryland and New York City.

He is a Licensed Certified Social Worker – Clinical in the State of Maryland and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. Mr. Lardner earned his MSW from the University of Maryland and his BA from Fairfield University.

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