ERIC Number: ED445470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Interagency Collaboration with High-Risk Gang Youth.
Okamoto, Scott K.
This article describes the results of a study on interagency collaboration required to make major systemic changes in order to address the needs of emotionally and behaviorally disturbed youth. Interviews were conducted with practitioners from a cross-section of agencies that worked with high-risk gang youth. The intent was to examine both the interpersonal and structural factors that either promoted or impeded the collaborative process. Of the factors contributing to successful collaboration, communication and cooperation were frequently cited as critical elements. Five interactional patterns were cited as contributing to negative collaboration, such as diffusion of responsibility, blaming other agencies for the failures of youth, withholding information between agencies, agencies "covering up" mistakes made in assessment or treatment, and prematurely terminating collaborative arrangements. "Agency fear" was proposed as a primary construct responsible for collaborative behaviors that influence both the coordination of treatment programs and the clinical behaviors of practitioners. (LC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, At Risk Persons, Behavior Disorders, Change Strategies, Emotional Disturbances, Integrated Services, Interpersonal Communication, Interviews, Juvenile Gangs, Mental Health Programs, Organizational Change, Professional Personnel, Program Effectiveness, Resistance to Change
For full text: http://www.fmhi.usf.edu/institute/pubs/bysubject.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of South Florida, Tampa. Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Inst.; University of South Florida, Tampa. Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health.
Note: In: The Annual Research Conference Proceedings, A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base (12th, Tampa, FL, February 21-24, 1999).