Deborah S. Harburger

Deborah Harburger CVClinical Instructor; Director, Division of Policy, Finance & Systems Design; Director, Ruth Young Center for Maryland, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation

Contact Information:
Phone: 410-706-1868
E-mail:dharburger@ssw.umaryland.edu 
Room: 306 W. Redwood Street, 2nd Floor

Harburger CV

Mailing Information:
UM School of Social Work
525 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Deborah S. Harburger, MSW is a Clinical Instructor; Director of Policy, Finance, & Systems Design; and, Director of the Ruth Young Center for Maryland at The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, UMB School of Social Work. A trained Title IV-E public child welfare social worker with more than 15 years of experience in public child- and family-serving systems, Deborah has knowledge of financing for behavioral health (including Medicaid and child welfare financing), systems of care, and the intersection of child welfare and homelessness. She is interested in sustainable financing and the use of high quality, effective, and less costly home- and community-based services and supports. Deborah has experience serving as Project Director of two Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-funded demonstration projects and two Children’s Bureau-funded grants, as well as Principal Investigator of multiple state and local contracts and grants, including a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant. She has provided individualized technical assistance on multiple topics including implementation design and support, strategic planning, and policy and financing analysis with state and local child welfare and behavioral health organizations and family support organizations. Deborah has particular knowledge in the areas of older youth in foster care, youth aging out of foster care and the intersection with homelessness, sustainable financing for home- and community-based services, and interagency initiatives. Deborah has expertise in systems design initiatives, policy and financing reform in public child- and family-serving systems, writing and analysis, interagency service array design work, and financing, including drafting Medicaid State Plan Amendments and Waivers, a Title IV-E Waiver, and policy papers. She teaches Children and Social Services Policy (SOWK 715) at the School of Social Work. A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University Schreyer Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, Deborah received her master’s degree in social work with a concentration in management and community organization and specialization in families and children from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Education

MSW, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Research Interests

Public child- and family-serving systems and related reform and design; child welfare; older youth involved with child welfare; interagency initiatives; sustainable financing for home- and community based services.

Recent Publications

Harburger, D.S., Schober, M., Fields, S., Baxter, K., Manley, E., Lowther, J., Mutibwa, R., & Zabel, M. (2020). Maryland’s Children’s Quality Services Reform Initiative: A strategic approach to improving the quality of services for children in residential interventions and increasing the number of children served in family settings. Baltimore, MD: The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Miller, A., Unick, J., Hoey, E., & Harburger, D.S. (2019). Minor-Age Unaccompanied Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Maryland. [Brief] Baltimore, MD: The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Miller, A., Unick, J., Hoey, E., & Harburger, D.S. (2019). Maryland Youth Count 2018: A Report on the Findings from Youth REACH MD’s Third Survey of Unaccompanied Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness. Baltimore, MD: The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Greeno, E. J., Lee, B. R., Tuten, M., & Harburger, D. (2018). Prevalence of substance use, housing instability, and self-perceived preparation for independence among current and former foster youth. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal, doi: 10.1007/s10560-018-0568-y

Greeno, E. J., Fedina, L., Lee, B. R., Farrell, J., & Harburger, D. (2018). Psychological Well-Being, Risk, and Resilience of Youth in Out-Of-Home Care and Former Foster Youth. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. doi: 10.1007/s40653-018-0204-1

Wasserman, K., Lowther, J., Candelaria, M.A., & Harburger, D.S. (2017).  Southern Maryland BRIDGE Finance Plan: Executive Report. Baltimore, MD: The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Nadiv, S., Candelaria, M., Martoccio, T., & Harburger, D.S. (2016). Kindergarten readiness in Baltimore City: The role of early care and education, barriers to success, and levers for change. Baltimore, MD: The Institute for Innovation & Implementation, University of Maryland School of Social Work.