ERIC Number: ED406818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Local Children's Mental Health Collaboratives. Report to the 1997 Minnesota Legislature.
Minnesota State Children's Cabinet.
This report to the Minnesota state legislature describes the status of the local children's mental health collaboratives. These mental health collaboratives were established in response to the fragmented service delivery system. Counties, school districts, and local mental health entities became partners with public health, juvenile corrections, and other community-based organizations in order to integrate funding, reduce duplication of services, and increase capacity. Findings of the report indicate that there are 15 approved children's mental health collaboratives representing 24 counties in Minnesota. Seven of these collaboratives have governance structures in common with their family services collaboratives, thus integrating the delivery of service to children with serious emotional and behavioral disorders and their families. As a result of the integration, the infrastructure needed to deliver children's mental health services has been strengthened. Relationships between state and local partners were found to be integral components of system change in delivering technical assistance to identify and reduce barriers, integrate funding, and coordinate services. Barriers to additional collaboratives and funding integration are identified, including delays in grant awards that have created a slowdown in implementation for many of the existing collaboratives. Recommendations for future service coordination and funding integration include more technical assistance and cross-agency training, as well as a study of the feasibility of increased funding for expansion of the collaboratives statewide. Contains a list of the grant awards and the addresses of the collaboratives. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Legislature, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota State Children's Cabinet.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota