ERIC Number: ED460498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Utilization and Effectiveness of Florida's Multidisciplinary Family Service Planning Teams.
Lazear, Katherine; Everett, Judith; Eggers, Terri
This conference paper discusses the results of a study on the effectiveness of Florida's multidisciplinary Family Service Planning Teams (FSPT). The FSPTs were developed to create holistic service plans to enable children with emotional disabilities to live in the community and be successful in school. The FSPTs have become the focus of service planning for children at risk for out-of-home or school placement in need of multiagency involvement, which brings together parents, social service agencies, and educational professionals. The study involved 14 regional Multiagency Networks for Students with Severe Emotional Disturbance (SEDNET) projects and investigated the utilization of services by the FSPTs, contributing factors of successful service planning, and one county's FSPT efforts to assess the overall satisfaction of the consumers they served. Results indicate that purchased services included: (1) recreational/leisure activities aimed at improving self-esteem and social skill development; (2) in-home services/in-home parent education and counseling/therapy; (3) respite care; (4) behavior specialists in school and home; (5) mentor/therapeutic friends; and (6) case management. Consistent family involvement was found to be important in the planning and implementation of service plans. Recommendations for program improvement are provided. (CR)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Family Involvement, Integrated Services, Interdisciplinary Approach, Needs Assessment, Participant Satisfaction, Program Effectiveness, Services, Teamwork
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Florida