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Presented at the 20th Annual Research Conference

Featherless Bipeds: How Definitions Impact System Implementation

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Session Number: 48 Room: Salon J

Presentation Type: symposium

Chair: Sharon Hodges Discussant: Larke Huang, Mario Hernandez

Synopsis: When PlatoÕs definition of what is human was challenged, a redefinition followed. Definitions are important because they provide a basis for common understanding of phenomena and facilitate the efficient communication of a set of information. The system of care concept, first defined by Stroul and Friedman in 1986, has traveled time and distance since its inception. It is incorporated widely into federal and state childrenÕs mental health policy, and the term is used as a common referent for other public child serving agencies including education, child welfare, and juvenile justice. This presentation will discuss how clarity around the concept of systems of care can facilitate the implementation of such system reform. Established system of care communities will discuss how their local understanding of the concept has influenced interagency collaboration, family partnership, and evaluation. The goal of the presentation is to open public dialogue about the definition of systems of care, the assumptions behind it, and consider the basis for common understanding.

Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Session Time: 9:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Defining Interagency Collaboration through a Common Understanding of Systems of Care

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Presenting: Dane Cervine

All Authors for this paper: Dane Cervine

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: The Santa Cruz County interagency System of Care was initially begun in 1989 as part of a state mental health grant, and has continued to flourish over the years. Part of our local development has been shaped not only by a "mental health" understanding of systems of care, but by incorporating parallel reform processes in key partner agencies. These include: Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) and related detention reforms in Probation; Federal and state Child Welfare reform, including Differential Response efforts; Federal IDEA education focus on educating pupils in the least restrictive, most normative environment; and Substance Abuse reform initiatives such as the Robert Wood Johnson Reclaiming Futures initiative. Our efforts to develop this common understanding will be explored.

How a Shared Definition for System of Care Supports Family Involvement

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Presenting: Beth Baxter

All Authors for this paper: Beth Baxter

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: Behavioral Health Services, the Central Service Area of the Nebraska DHHS, and Families CARE. The initiative was implemented in 1997 with the award of a Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families grant. Developing shared definitions of system of care concepts has strengthened efforts to involve families at all levels of planning, development, implementation and evaluation of the local system of care. These concepts establish system expectations of working together as equal partners to achieve positive results for the individual child and family as well as the child and family serving system. The role of families in system of care development, implementation and evaluation will be shared.

Building Evaluation Using the System of Care Concept

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Presenting: Mary Brogan

All Authors for this paper: Mary Brogan

Presentation Type: element of symposium

Synopsis: The Hawaii System of Care has evolved a data collection and utilization process that is persistently focused on informing real-time, real-world problem solving at all levels of the organization. The focus on data-driven decision making has seeded the collection of data at time intervals and at levels of detail appropriate to issues encountered by system administrators as well as decision makers involved in front-line care. This presentation will discuss how HawaiiÕs definition of a system of care, operationalized through the Hawaii CASSP Principles, has impacted their use of data in service planning and delivery and supported the concept of data as a way to ask meaningful questions about system performance.