ERIC Number: ED332480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Interagency Collaboration: A Working Model and a Case Study. The Norfolk Youth Network.
Arnold, Leslie B.; And Others
Norfolk (Virginia) has developed an interagency structure, the Norfolk Youth Network, among its child serving agencies in order to more effectively meet multiple problems of area youth. A needs assessment in 1988 revealed a high incidence of youth problems, multiple agencies working simultaneously with the same clients, and inefficient placements. The overriding mission of the Network is to facilitate the treatment of youth and their family in an effective, coordinated manner, maximizing the resources available from each agency through team assessment, team planning, and team implementation of those plans. The Youth Network interagency consortium consists of six agencies: Public Schools; Public Health; Social Services; Community Services Board; Juvenile Services Bureau; and Court Services. The Network has two levels--the Norfolk Interagency Consortium, which addresses concerns of mutual interst to Network agencies, and eight Community Assessment Teams which formulate case plans, assign agency responsibility for services, and monitor each case on an ongoing basis. During its first 12 months of operation, 90 new cases and 187 follow-up cases were reviewed. (One case study is included.) The cooperative agreement is appended. Includes four references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Virginia (Norfolk)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (69th, Atlanta, GA, April 1-5, 1991).