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ERIC Number: EJ791512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4021
Outcomes of a Randomized Trial of Continuum of Care Services for Children in a Child Welfare System
Holden, E. Wayne; O'Connell, Susan Rousseau; Liao, Qinghong; Krivelyova, Anna; Connor, Tim; Blau, Gary; Long, Dorian
Child Welfare, v86 n6 p89-114 Nov-Dec 2007
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families Title IV-E waiver demonstration evaluated whether the well-being of children approved for residential mental health services could be improved, and lengths of stay in restrictive placements reduced, by providing case rate payments to community agencies to provide continuum of care services. Children between ages 7 and 15 were randomly assigned to either the demonstration group (n = 78) or to usual state-supported services (n = 79). One-year outcome results indicated that in a situation that is less costly, improvement in outcomes occurred in less restrictive settings. Continuum of care services were more effective in 1) returning children to in-home placements, 2) reducing the length of stay in restrictive placements, and (3) utilizing higher levels of case management through coordination among agencies and family support services. (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)
Child Welfare League of America. P.O. Box 932831, Atlanta, GA 31193-2831. Tel: 800-407-6273; Tel: 770-280-4164; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut