A national evaluation was conducted to describe, monitor, and chronicle the Children's Mental Health Initiative progress in promoting the coordination of systems that serve children and youth diagnosed with serious emotional disturbances and their families. The evaluation gathered, analyzed, and compiled descriptive and outcome data. The evaluation included objectives that examined associations among the services provided, the Theory of Change, and outcomes of children and youth, analyzed factors associated with better child outcomes services, assessed the degree to which communities developed and implemented infrastructure and service delivery systems of care and assessed the factors affecting system of care sustainability after the end of CMHI funding and impacts on sustainability.
Steady improvements on key variables were found during the time period between enrollment in services and 24 months. More than one-third (39 percent) of children and youth showed a decrease in all types of behavioral and emotional symptoms between intake and 12 months and 49 percent showed improvement between intake and 24 months.
Report Title: Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families (CMHI)
Agency Sponsor: SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Federal Contact: Ingrid Goldstrom, 240-276-1761
Performer: ICF Macro
Record ID: 10031 (December 1, 2012)