ERIC Number: ED448895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Program Outcome Review Team: 1999 Evaluation Results.
Wade, Patricia C.
In its sixth year of evaluating children's services, the Children's Program Outcome Review Team (C-PORT), under the direction of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, continued to collect and analyze data to improve implementation of service delivery to 11,800 children and families involved in state custody. The C-PORT evaluation for 1999 collected and organized essential information about the population serviced, needs of the children and families, and the system's ability to adequately perform functions to meet the needs of those served. The 12 reviewers collected pertinent information through a series of in-depth structured interviews, and each interview contained a set of questions regarding the status of the child and family, the functions of the service delivery system, demographics, and TennCare (health insurance) implementation. Interviews were conducted with the child, parents, custodial department workers, caregivers, foster parents or care staff in a facility, court representatives, teachers, and other relevant service providers. Case records were also reviewed. Among the findings were the following: overwhelmingly, children in custody were in a positive status; service system functioned only adequately to meet the needs of child/family; most children were appropriate for custody at the time of custody, and the number of unruly children in custody had decreased since earlier evaluations; separation/confusion regarding the roles and responsibilities of the Home County Case Manager and the Residential Case Manager resulted in no clear point of responsibility; and TennCare implementation showed inadequate provider network for medical and dental services. The separate Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment scale contains five psychosocial scales: role performance, behavior toward self/others, moods/self-harm, thinking, and substance use. The scale was completed for 275 children, and showed that 62 percent were rated as impaired in at least 1 of the 5 areas, with 42 percent receiving an impaired rating in 2 or more areas. The 1999 C-PORT findings indicate improvement since the previous year in the overall status of children. However, the data suggest inadequate assessments, failure to request psychological evaluations when needed, denial of psychological evaluation, substantial staff turnover, insufficient training of staff, and inability to access services as barriers to addressing the emotional well-being of children in custody. (HTH)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Tennessee State Commission on Children and Youth, Nashville.
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee