ERIC Number: ED460495
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Interagency Consultation in Rural Vermont: A Model for Serving Students with Serious Emotional Disturbances.
Welkowitz, Julie; Broer, Steve; Laframboise, Sandy; Prue, Jennifer; Carruth, Frank; Provost, Susan; Fox, Wayne
This paper describes the Community Collaboration Project, a program in one rural Vermont community (Addison County) to maximize resources serving children with serious emotional disturbances. The project uses an interagency collaboration "wraparound" model which emphasizes consultation instead of direct services. The project utilizes an Interagency Support Team (IST) that provides consultation and training to community teams, focusing on both the individual student and broader systemic needs. The IST consists of a parent, an educator, a mental health clinician, and a social services consultant. The IST spent its first year in designing and conducting a community needs assessment and action plan. Currently the IST provides consultation services to community-based teams focused on 12 individual students and four broader systems issues. Evaluation of the model has been both quantitative and qualitative. Quantitative findings indicated significant decreases in teachers' perceptions of students' externalizing problems (e.g., aggressive behavior and/or delinquency), a trend toward increased social support from both informal and professional resources, and a perception of greater choice of services by the youth. Overall, there was a high degree of satisfaction with project involvement expressed by youth, parents, and service providers. Qualitative findings also supported participant satisfaction. (DB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Change Strategies, Children, Consultation Programs, Delivery Systems, Demonstration Programs, Emotional Disturbances, Integrated Services, Models, Participant Satisfaction, Program Evaluation, Resource Allocation, Rural Areas, Severe Disabilities, Systems Approach
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Vermont