ERIC Number: ED460533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Utilization of the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) for Assessing Program and Clinical Outcomes. Symposium.
Hodges, Kay; Landsverk, John; Heflinger, Craig Anne; Simpkins, Celeste G.; Daniels, La Vonne; Clements, Lisa
The Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) provides information on psychological impairment, including a score for the child's overall functioning as well as scale scores for eight psychosocial areas: school, work, home, community relationships, moods, self-harmful behavior, substance use, and abnormal thinking. This symposium presents two papers which describe uses of the CAFAS in Tennessee and Missouri. The first paper is: "CAFAS: Evaluating Statewide Service" (Craig Anne Heflinger and Celeste G. Simpkins), which summarizes findings of 1994 and 1995 data collection efforts using CAFAS for 846 children and youth in Tennessee state custody. It found the CAFAS provided a cost-effective mechanism for evaluating children's needs and appeared to be valid. The second paper is: "The Utilization of the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale for Assessing Program and Clinical Outcomes, Mental Health Policy, and Child Outcomes in Missouri" (La Vonne Daniels and Lisa Clements). This paper summarizes findings of a Missouri statewide study assessing outcomes for 458 children and families receiving either residential or outpatient/day treatment. Using CAFAS, differences were found between the two groups on age, services received, diagnosis, severity of impairment, and substance use. (Contains 10 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Adaptive Behavior (of Disabled), Adolescents, Children, Emotional Disturbances, Evaluation Methods, Measures (Individuals), Outcomes of Treatment, Program Evaluation, Psychological Evaluation, Rating Scales
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Missouri; Tennessee
Note: In: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference (9th, Tampa, FL, February 26-28, 1996); see EC 306 844. Tables are not available from ERIC.