FirstMatch is a software platform developed by Adelphoi Innovative Solutions (AIS), a cutting edge, solution-focused company that has served as a leading provider of services for at-risk youth and families in Pennsylvania for the past 50 years.
FirstMatch grew out of an AIS initiative to use data that it was already collecting as part of its admission process in order to improve outcomes for youth in placement. Working with researchers, AIS looked at several hundred cases and identified the clinical services that correlated with the successful completion of a program and increased the chances that they would remain out of care afterwards. After a pilot and a longitudinal study, the researchers identified six indicators that were then used to build a fidelity model that now drives AIS’s clinical protocol. Researchers also identified those variables, known as early predictors of success (EPS), that account for youth achieving positive outcomes as measured by Program Completion and Remain-out-of-Care rates. These factors were used to engineer a predictive analytics model, FirstMatch, for the more than 900 residential referrals that are made to AIS each year as well as referrals for youth requiring in-home services for mental health and behavioral health issues.
Recognizing the broader implications of this research and its usefulness for treatment decision makers, AIS has progressed FirstMatch into a multi-tier platform suitable for use by providers, county and state organizations. FirstMatch leverages data to predict the most appropriate match between youth and program, resulting in the best likelihood of success for that child post-discharge, while also offering users a broad-based admissions tracking and management tool.
SHAWN PECK, VICE PRESIDENT
Shawn Peck is Vice President for Adelphoi Innovative Solutions. Shawn oversees administration of all FirstMatch services.
Shawn previously served as SPEP Project Manager at the Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention Support (EPIS) Center at Penn State University, and was responsible for engaging probation departments across the state to apply the findings of the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP™), a scoring system used to estimate the impact of juvenile justice programs on reducing recidivism. Shawn holds a Master of Public Administration from Penn State University and a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from East Coast Bible College.
MARK MORTIMER, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Mark Mortimer is President and Chief Operating Officer of Adelphoi Village. Mark oversees planning, design and implementation of business operations at FirstMatch.
Mark began his career at Adelphoi 20 years ago as a counselor, and subsequently became Supervisor of Adelphoi’s Middle Creek Secure Group Home, which was named PA Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission Program of the Year in 2005. He has also served as Director of Residential Services and as Vice President at Adelphoi. Mark is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and an MBA.
EDWARD DEPASQUALE, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Edward DePasquale is the Chief Financial Officer at Adelphoi. Ed oversees administration of financial systems as well as financial planning and forecasting for FirstMatch.
Ed previously served as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of Decision Support, and Director of Internal Audit for the Conemaugh Health System. He also was Chief Auditor and staff auditor with the Westmoreland County Controller’s Office. A graduate of Saint Vincent College, DePasquale received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Internal Auditor. He also earned a Master of Public Management degree concentrating in Health Systems Management at the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management of Carnegie Mellon University.
KARYN PRATT, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT
Karyn Pratt is Director of Marketing and Development at Adelphoi. Karyn oversees marketing expansion, strategic direction and fund development for FirstMatch.
Karyn began her career at Adelphoi in 1990 and has previously served as Community Relations Coordinator, Grant Writer and Development Supervisor. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Saint Vincent College and an MBA from Clarion University.
TODD WATKINS, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Todd Watkins is Chief Information Officer at Adelphoi. He is responsible for leading and overseeing all matters related to information technology, information systems planning, and ensuring alignment of information systems for FirstMatch.
Before joining the organization, Todd was the Director of Information Technology at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. He also served as Vice President of Total Tech in Pittsburgh and Director of IT Operations and Security at Viejas Enterprises in San Diego, CA. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the Pennsylvania State University.