Frankford Consulting - Helping organizations help young people build bridges to successful lives
Comprehensive Strategies

.... Integrating resources across school and community to improve comprehensive social and emotional development and learning: A public health approach

More and more research shows how learning and emotion work together in the brain. Evelyn helps school-community partnerships act on this research:

  • A Center Associate, Evelyn is the lead contributor to the August 2015 Action Guide for Sustaining Child Development and Prevention Approaches from the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools ( at George Washington University. The Guide provides school administrators, program directors, civic leaders, and other stakeholders with tools to improve the sustainability of school-based approaches that promote students’ cognitive, social, and emotional health and educational success, based on a four-pronged approach (
  • Evelyn guided Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs and its education and mental health partners to sustain the work of the local Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant by building on existing assets and connecting leaders with the state policy environment to become the Broome County Promise Zone with an annual state appropriation
    • See Sustaining School-Based Mental Health: A Pivot to an Effective Strategy, a presentation at the 28th Annual Research and Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health, March 2015 in Publications
  • For the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Evelyn is helping school-based mental health programs strengthen their role as integrating components which promote mental health prevention within schools and link schools with the larger mental health system
  • As a Visiting Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Boston's Center for Social Policy, Evelyn staffed an Interdisciplinary Work Group on Child and Youth Well-Being that organized a cross-college seminar series on comprehensive student supports as part of a paradigm change in urban public education
  • In a project for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, led by then- Department of Social Services Commissioner, Harry Spence, Evelyn provided staff direction to selected urban school districts as they used asset-mapping to develop more integrated systems of comprehensive mental health and pupil support resources from their current multiple fragmented programs.

...Improving outcomes of marginalized young adults

Improving their mental health and well-being
Youth and young adults ages 16-25 with serious mental health problems face the same developmental challenges as all other youth, though with added obstacles that require inter-disciplinary accountability. A vision of youth-focused, strength-based interventions and supports has emerged to help adolescents acquire skills in key life domains. All the promising practices have in common the finding that, to be effective, specific interventions must be embedded in a comprehensive, coordinated approach that provides continuity over time.

  • Evelyn worked with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) to enhance its existing statewide Transition Age Youth policy and program initiatives for youth and young adults with serious mental health challenges. She conceptualized an inter-agency policy strategy, Learning and Working Hubs, with the Departments of Mental Health, Elementary-Secondary Education, and Labor-Workforce Development to ensure better education and employment outcomes for this population.
    • Click here for Evelyn’s policy paper on Learning and Working Hubs.
    • See Publications for Evelyn’s on Follow the Money at the 24th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy in Tampa, Florida in March 2011.
  • Evelyn prepared a Roadmap and Curriculum for the Washington DC Department of Mental Health.
  • She provided policy guidance to the New York State Office of Mental Health in response to its concern that adolescents in its care were “aging out” at 18 years without plans, resources, and skills for adult life.
    • Click here for Evelyn’s 2003 report to New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) on Transition Age Youth.

Improving their capacity to enter the workforce
As a component of its strategy to ensure high school graduation for all students, Massachusetts sought to identify ways to strengthen adult basic education, where 40% of students are less than 22 years of age.

  • As a Visiting Fellow of the UMass Boston Center for Social Policy, Evelyn conducted a "gaps analysis" and an evaluation of the instructor support systems for Massachusetts' Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Adult Basic Education program and provided recommendations on steps that the Department could take.

.... Statewide campaigns in New York State to reframe both adult and child mental health as community-based, recovery oriented care

  • Coordinated a Mental Health Action Network for 13 years, creating and holding together a partnership of government and over 25 advocacy, parent, and trade groups. The synergy that came from this group resulted in landmark legislation in 1993 (“Reinvestment”) and regulations to reinvest resources from state psychiatric hospitals into community care and expand community housing opportunities.
  • Led a Children’s Mental Health Action Network, another “inside-outside” partnership that expanded community-based mental health services for children. This work resulted in the early formulations of New York State’s systems of care, the Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative (CCSI), and produced legislation and new regulations for School-Based Mental Health, including using Medicaid more creatively.
  • Devised a Mobilization for our Children campaign that produced legislation in 1997 to create New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services, combining child welfare and juvenile justice services under one agency to reduce fragmentation and achieve better youth outcomes.