Referral Source Differences in Functional Impairment Levels for Children Served in the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program

Publication Abstract

Walrath, Christine, Susan dosReis, Richard A. Miech, Qinghong Liao, E.W. Holden, Gary De Carolis, Rolando Santiago, and Philip Leaf. 2001. "Referral Source Differences in Functional Impairment Levels for Children Served in the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program." Journal of Child and Family Studies, 10(3): 385-397.

We report one of the first multi-site investigations into referral source variation in functional impairment for children with serious emotional disturbance served in systems of care settings. Baseline data collected as part of the national evaluation for the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program was used to assess the comparability of functional status for children referred from traditional mental health versus non-mental health agencies. Results indicate that children referred from child welfare and family groups have significantly lower levels of overall dysfunction than those referred from mental health, while children referred from school and juvenile justice agencies have comparable levels. Clinical and research implications are discussed.

10.1023/A:1012533127953

Keywords:
children's mental health services system of care functioning referral source random-effects model Mental Health

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