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NCJ Number: 227749 Find in a Library
Title: Coordination Between Child Welfare Agencies and Mental Health Service Providers, Children's Service Use and Outcomes
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:33  Issue:6  Dated:June 2009  Pages:372-381
Author(s): Yu Bai; Rebecca Wells; Marianne M. Hillemeier
Date Published: June 2009
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: R03 DA020748-01A1
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated interorganizational relationships (IORs) and their association with greater use of mental health services and improvement in mental health status for children served by the child welfare system.
Abstract: Results showed that agency-level factors accounted for significant variance in the probability of service use and mental health improvement. Greater intensity of IORs was associated with higher likelihood of both service use and mental health improvement, controlling for a variety of predisposing, enabling, and need factors. The health services utilization model posits that system-level factors affect individual service use in addition to factors that predispose individuals toward utilization and underlying need. The current study focused on IORs as a pivotal aspect of the child welfare system structure that might affect mental health service utilization and outcomes; the premise being that more child welfare agency cooperation with mental health service providers would lead to better outcomes for the children involved. Information exchanges among agencies could enhance assessments, planning, and coordination; the more ways child welfare agencies coordinated with mental health service providers, the better. Data were drawn from the Child Protective Services (CPS) cohort of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW, 2004). Tables, figure, and references
Main Term(s): Child welfare; Juvenile mental health services
Index Term(s): Assessment (child health and welfare); Interagency cooperation; Mental health; Program coordination; Welfare services
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