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ERIC Number: EJ696973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0009-4021
From Tragedy to Triumph: A Segue to Community Building for Children and Families
Steves, Laura; Blevins, Ted
Child Welfare, v84 n2 p311 Mar 2005
In 2000, more than 60 non-profit agencies, health care providers, government officials, and community advocates in Tarrant County, Texas, came together to work for systemic change in the mental health care system. The coalition, known as the Mental Health Connection, began working toward a "No Wrong Door" approach to mental health services, which required aggressive coordination between federal, private, and nonprofit resources. The result is a five- to six-year plan for implementation of a new systems of care model for children with severe emotional disturbances and their families. The Mental Health Connection also focuses on legislative advocacy to bring about necessary policy changes at the local, state, and federal levels. Finally, the coalition focuses on developing sustainable revenue streams that will allow the new systems to remain in place once the group accomplishes the initial mission of the Mental Health Connection.
Child Welfare League of America, P.O. Box 932831, Atlanta, GA 31193-2831. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas