ERIC Number: ED460477
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
New Jersey's Program for Youth with Special Emotional Needs: How Well Is It Working?
Wolock, Isabel; Caliwan, Julie
This paper discusses the results of a study that investigated the effectiveness of the New Jersey Youth Incentive Program (YIP). The YIP program grew out of earlier private and public efforts and reflected national trends in the reform of mental health services for children. Cutting across most of these programs is the underlying principle that home-based, family-centered care within an integrated cross-system interagency structure will best serve troubled children and adolescents. This study utilized data gathered through surveys of 21 Care Assessment Resource Team (CART) coordinators, 97 CART members from the 27 state CARTs, and in-person interviews with 38 parents randomly selected from four geographic regions of the state, and 28 of their adolescent children. Results indicated the CART program is measuring up in many respects but falling short in some. Top priority is being given to children with special emotional needs who are at risk of, or referred for, residential treatment. Team membership represents a broad range of clinical and case planning expertise. Greater attention needs to be given to the composition of the CARTs to make them demographically more representative of the target families. Participating families did, however, receive the intended comprehensive and non-traditional services, which resulted in positive changes for the youth and their families. (CR)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, At Risk Persons, Children, Emotional Disturbances, Integrated Services, Interviews, Mental Health Programs, Outcomes of Treatment, Program Effectiveness, Surveys, Teamwork
For full text: http://rtckids.fmhi.usf.edu/Proceed9th/9thprocindex.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Proceedings of the Annual Research Conference (9th, Tampa, FL, February 26-28, 1996); see EC 306 844. Table is not available from ERIC.