ERIC Number: ED311675
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan-1
Reference Count: N/A
Child Abuse and Neglect: The Impact on Texas Children, Families, and Communities and the Need for Treatment Services. A Report to the 71st Legislature.
Texas State Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Austin.; Texas State Dept. of Human Services, Austin.
The report provides a comprehensive review of child abuse and neglect concerns in Texas and offers a variety of recommendations. Data on the extent of the problem indicate that the need for treatment services has outstripped available resources. The direct and indirect costs of untreated child abuse are estimated. The joint study committee examined a variety of treatment models and concluded that intensive family-based services provide effective treatment at lower costs than traditional approaches. Other conclusions were that delivery of treatment services should incorporate a continuum of services which includes prevention, should draw upon existing state and local resources, and should employ a combination of treatment methods; and that not providing treatment ultimately costs society much more than the treatment costs. Treatment service gaps were identified and included a lack of interagency coordination, no uniform method of identifying and tracking child abuse and neglect victims, and the lack of resources to adequately treat all abused children. Eleven major recommendations address creation of an interagency council, research and data collection, funding, priority system for treatment, joint training, residential treatment, a family-based services project, a school-based therapy project, and treatment for juvenile perpetrators. Ten appendixes provide further detail on psychiatric problems associated with child abuse, costs, and treatment, and include a copy of the Oregon model for a continuum of services, a history of Texas state agency involvement in child abuse issues, an American Bar Association report on corporal punishment, and a proposal for school-based therapy. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas State Dept. of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Austin.; Texas State Dept. of Human Services, Austin.
Identifiers - Location: Texas