Performance Improvement 2001. Evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program - Phase II

01/01/2001

The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is conducting an evaluation of 23 sites of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program funded in fiscal years 1997 and 1998. Evaluators hired at each site currently gather descriptive data on such measures as demographics, functional status, diagnosis, and risk factors of enrolled children and their families as well as outcome data in such areas as social functioning, substance abuse, school performance, and juvenile justice involvement in a representative sample of 225 children. The children are assessed every 6 months for up to 36 months. A service-level substudy includes a provider survey and measures of multisector service contacts, client satisfaction, and adherence to a service plan. External evaluators visit the sites annually to assess implementation of services according to system care goals and philosophy. Three systems of care are being compared with three usual service systems to study how systems of care develop over time. Preliminary analyses indicate that 21 percent of referrals come from juvenile justice agencies, 21 percent from mental health providers, 20 percent from parents, 19 percent from schools, 9 percent from child welfare programs, and the remaining 10 percent from self or other sources.

EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:09/29/2001

AGENCY SPONSOR: Center for Mental Health Services

FEDERAL CONTACT: Rolando L. Santiago, 301-443-3808

PIC ID: 7269.1

PERFORMER: Macro International, Inc., Calverton, MD