ERIC Number: ED460464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Systems of Care. Factsheet.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.
This fact sheet explains the concept of "systems of care" in meeting the mental health needs of children and adolescents with behavioral, emotional, or mental health problems. Community-based systems of care provide a coordinated range of mental health and related services and supports. Teams representing public and private organizations work together to plan and implement a tailored set of services for each individual child's physical, emotional, social, educational, and family needs. Services represented may include mental health, health, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, vocational counseling, recreation, substance abuse, etc. In addition, "cultural competence" is a goal in systems of care. Culturally competent caregivers are aware of the effect of their own culture on their relationships with consumers and know about and respect cultural and ethnic differences. The paper stresses the role of the case manager in coordinating the system of care. Evidence is cited that effective systems of care reduce residential treatment placements, improve children's behavior and emotional well-being, improve school performance, and reduce law violations. (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Community Programs, Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Emotional Disturbances, Family Role, Integrated Services, Intervention, Mental Disorders, Mental Health Programs, Needs Assessment, Prevention, Psychological Services, Systems Approach, Teamwork
Center for Mental Health Services, National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network, P.O. Box 42490, Washington, DC 20015. Tel: 800-789-2647 (Toll Free); Tel: 301-443-9006 (TTY); Fax: 301-984-8796. For full text: http://www.mentalhealth.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.