The evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program gathered and analyzed descriptive and outcome data. The subject program funds public entities to promote coordination of multiple, often fragmented, systems serving children and youth from birth to age 21 who have been diagnosed with a serious emotional disturbance and their families. The national evaluation consisted of multiple studies (i.e., descriptive, longitudinal, system-level, cost, and special).
Children, youth, and their families were followed across a 24 month time period at 6 month intervals. Researchers found steady improvements across this time interval and at 24 months after enrollment in services. According to caregiver reports, 2 out of 5 of children and youth showed a decrease in all types of behavioral and emotional symptoms between intake and 12 months and half showed improvement between intake and 24 months.
Report Title: The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program, Evaluation Findings (2010 Report),
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Ingrid Goldstrom, 240-276-1761
Performer: ICF Macro
Record ID: 10036 (January 1, 2012)