ERIC Number: ED391302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Developing a System of Care: Interagency Collaboration for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. From the Mini-Library Series on Emotional/Behavioral Disorders.
Skiba, Russell; And Others
This monograph offers an introduction to providing an interagency "system of care" for meeting the needs of children and youth with emotional/behavioral disorders (E/BD). This approach focuses on meeting the individual needs of children with E/BD in their home communities and supporting family members as allies in the treatment process. Strategies such as wrap-around services, intensive family intervention, crisis intervention, day treatment programs, therapeutic foster care, respite care, and coordinated planning are often included in a system of care. After an introductory chapter, the guide: (1) provides a rationale for a system of care based on E/BD individuals' complexity of needs, current poor outcomes, and high costs and failure of current services; (2) traces the development of three models of service delivery: the system-of-care approach, the evolution of that approach into individualized strategies, and application of system-of-care principles to school-based services; (3) explores important components in providing individualized services including interagency collaboration, goals and commitment, case management, flexible funding, family-based planning, and evaluation; and (4) describes key strategies and considerations for developing a system of care in a local district, suggesting that barriers to interagency collaboration can be overcome by a strong child services coordinator and an interagency planning process that focuses on the needs of children and families. (Contains 88 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Behavior Disorders, Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Family Programs, Individualized Programs, Integrated Services, Intervention, Models, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Social Services, Systems Approach, Therapeutic Environment
Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1589 (Stock No. D5131, $11.40, nonmembers, $8 members; $72 set, nonmembers, $50.40 set, members).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders.
Note: For other related documents in this series, see EC 304 550-556.