ACRC Webinar - Machine Learning: New Tools to Improve Youth Mental Health Outcomes

  • 2 Mar 2023
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Webinar


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Machine Learning: New Tools to Improve Youth Mental Health Outcomes

Thursday, March 2
2 - 3:30 p.m. CST 

Until a few years ago, Gemma was utilizing data reflectively, and we began researching options to be more innovative with our data.  In collaboration with BCT Partners, we developed decision support recommendation tools for our Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program and Outpatient Behavioral Health Program to utilize our data to create actionable evidence. This session will include sharing how machine learning evaluations can be leveraged to produce more equitable and actionable evidence, not only for organizational leaders, their funders, and key stakeholders, but even more importantly, for front-line practitioners and their beneficiaries. It is a central field-building need for the future of actionable evidence to be able to use data that are already being transactionally collected and produce equity achieving insights that mitigate rather than perpetuate bias. The field needs outcomes for beneficiaries who are Black, Latino/a/x, or experiencing poverty by promoting “actionable evidence” that is timely, credible, and practical, and is produced equitably with practitioners and beneficiaries at the center. We will be excited to share our process and product through this interactive presentation.


Kate Ryan, MSW
Director of Special Projects; Gemma Services

Kate Ryan is the Director of Special Projects at Gemma Services focusing on supporting the agency in utilizing data, project management, training and clinical support. Kate has experience in special education, positive behavior support programs, and clinical supports across the continuum of mental health services. Kate is focused on data driven interventions to improve outcomes.

Pete York, MSSA
Principal, Chief Data Scientist & Director of Research, Analytics, Evaluation & Learning; Gemma Services

Peter York has over 20 years of experience as a consultant and researcher in the evaluation and nonprofit fields, as well as a national spokesperson for social impact and impact measurement issues. He has spent the last nine years developing analytic techniques that leverage machine learning algorithms and administrative data to create predictive, prescriptive, and rigorous evaluation (causal) models and tools for social change agents in many fields, including child welfare, juvenile justice, workforce development, adult justice and child mental health.

Gemma Services promotes hope and healing through mental health services, education, and specialized support for children, teens, and families who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties. At Gemma, nothing is more important than showing each child they are precious and providing them with opportunities to flourish and shine.