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Children's Mental Health Services
Research, Policy, and Evaluation

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September 1995 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Although 14% to 26% of children under the age of 18 suffer from some type of behavioral, emotional, or developmental problem, only about one quarter of these children actually receive any care. How can we reach more of these children (and their families) and give them more effective mental health care? Aimed at finding an answer to this question, Children's Mental Health Services explores the major developments in the policy, services, and evaluations arenas that have implications for the development and refinement of service systems for children and adolescents with mental health needs. The book begins with an overview of state-level policies as well as the research development in children's mental health services. Next, the authors thoughtfully examine the components of the multiagency system--from the juvenile justice system to primary care and school-based mental health services--to see what contributions each can make in serving children with mental health needs and their families. This valuable resource also evaluates three recent examples of children's mental health service systems. Children's Mental Health Services is an important volume for students in evaluation, family studies, development psychology, public policy and social work. Researchers, evaluators, and practitioners in the teen or child mental health area will also find this book a welcome synthesis of the issues and research in this field. "I would like to congratulate the editors on the publication of this volume and on the initiation of the Sage Children's Mental Health Services series. I applaud their work in bringing together so many leaders in children's mental health to produce a very thoughtful and strategic analyses of progress that has been made and issues that remain to be addressed. I anticipate that this volume and entire series will make an important contribution to an understanding of where we have come from in developing effective service systems, where we still need to go to better support children and families, who our partners in this effort should be, and perhaps, most important strategically, how we should strive to move ahead." --from the Foreword by Robert M. Friedman, University of South Florida

Bob Friedman
Foreword
 
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
Debra J Rog
The Status of Children's Mental Health Services
An Overview

 
 
PART TWO: ENCOURAGING COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEMS OF CARE: STATE AND FEDERAL POLICIES
 
Editors' Introduction
Lenore B Behar
State Level Policies in Children's Mental Health
An Example of System-Building and Refinancing

 
Chris Koyanagi
Systems Change
Moving beyond Reports

 
Diane L Sondheimer and Mary Evans
Developments in Children's Mental Health Services Research
An Overview of Current and Future Demonstration Directions

 
 
PART THREE: SELECTED COMPONENTS OF A SYSTEM OF CARE
 
Editors' Introduction
Mark L Wolraich
Services in the Primary Care Context
Barry Nurcombe
The Future of Psychiatric Hospitalization for Children and Adolescents
Sarah Ring-Kurtz, Susan Sonnichsen and Kathleen Hoover-Dempsey
School-Based Mental Health Services for Children
Kathleen A Maloy
Juvenile Court
Once and Future Gatekeeper for a System of Care

 
 
PART FOUR: EVALUATING CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE SYSTEMS - THREE CURRENT EXAMPLES
 
Editors' Introduction
Leonard Bickman and Craig Anne Heflinger
Seeking Success by Reducing Implementation and Evaluation Failures
Leonard Saxe et al
Evaluation of the Mental Health Services Program for Youth
Examining Rhetoric in Action

 
Clifford Attkisson, Karyn Dresser and Abram Rosenblatt
Service Systems for Youth with Severe Emotional Disorder
System of Care Research in California

 

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