The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) conducted an evaluation of 23 sites of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services Program for Children and their Families funded in fiscal years 1997 and 1998. Evaluators hired at each site gathered descriptive data on such measures as demographics, functional status, diagnosis, and risk factors of enrolled children and their families. They collected outcome data in areas such as social functioning, emotional and behavioral strengths, substance abuse, school performance, and juvenile justice involvement in a representative sample of about 280 children per site. To obtain the outcome data, children are assessed at the time of entry (i.e., baseline) and every six months for up to 36 months. External evaluators visit the sites annually to study the development of systems of care according to system-of-care principles. Patterns of service use and their costs are examined using agency management information system data. A study of long-term sustainability is being conducted across all communities. In addition, two systems of care were compared with two usual service delivery systems to study the effectiveness of systems of care and, in two other communities, a study of the effectiveness of evidence-based practices within a community-based systems of care is being conducted.
PIC ID: 7269.1 Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA-CMHS, Center for Mental Health Services Federal Contact: Fisher, Sylvia K, 240-276-1923 Performer: ORC Macro, Calverton, MD