Children's Mental Health: Creating Systems of Care in a Changing Society.
Stroul, B. A. (Editor)
Management and Training Innovations, McLean, VA.
Publication Information: Baltimore, MD, Paul H. Brookes Publishing
Available from: Paul H. Brookes Pub. Co
PO Box 10624
Baltimore, MD 21285-0624
This book provides guidelines for planning, administering, and implementing improved systems of mental health care for children. Contributors first present a new paradigm for systems of care by discussing the core values, guiding principles, dimensions, and service components for systems of care; describing a framework for a culturally competent system of care; explaining the concept of a family-centered system of care; and identifying issues relevant to children with serious emotional disturbances. Efforts to develop systems at the Federal, State, and local levels are reviewed, focusing on the planning, financing, and structure of various initiatives; the role of education and child welfare in systems of care is discussed; and the system-building initiatives of two foundations are described. Management issues for systems of care are addressed, including service coordination mechanisms, human resource development, financing mechanisms, and outcome assessment techniques. Research on local systems of care is summarized, and an example of evaluation research on a local system is presented. Family involvement in systems of care focuses on the evolution of the family advocacy movement, a family-designed system of care, collaboration between families and professionals, and the role of family members in systems of care. Contributors also examine service delivery. The book concludes with a discussion of factors that may affect the development and maintenance of systems of care for emotionally disturbed children in the future. Numerous references, 6 figures, and 14 tables.
cultural competency; government role; mental health services; family centered services; service delivery; service coordination; community based services