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Systems of care, featherless bipeds, and the measure of all things

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  • Hodges, Sharon
  • Ferreira, Kathleen
  • Israel, Nathaniel
  • Mazza, Jessica
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    For more than 20 years, the system of care philosophy has comprised a central strategy of service reform in children's mental health at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels. System of care terminology has become widely used in many different service sectors but often without a shared understanding of what a system of care is. This manuscript, the feature article for this special issue of Evaluation and Program Planning, briefly traces the history of the system of care movement, discusses the more widely used definitions in the field of children's mental health, and offers an expanded version of the definition that takes into account the complex nature of systems of care. This manuscript was the product of a process used by the Case Studies of System Implementation research team to identify established system of care communities for inclusion in the research study. The purpose of this manuscript is to describe the process the research team engaged in while developing the revised definition and to open a public dialogue about how to characterize the essential properties of a system of care.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Evaluation and Program Planning.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 4-10

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:epplan:v:33:y:2010:i:1:p:4-10

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    Keywords: System of care System of care definition Values and principles Children's mental health;

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    Cited by:
    1. Wells, Rebecca & Gifford, Elizabeth J., 2013. "Implementing a case management initiative in high-need schools," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(5), pages 787-796.
    2. Lyons, John S. & Epstein, Richard A. & Jordan, Neil, 2010. "Evolving systems of care with total clinical outcomes management," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 53-55, February.
    3. Baxter, Beth, 2010. "For families, actions speak louder than words," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 39-40, February.
    4. Pires, Sheila A., 2010. "How states, tribes and localities are re-defining systems of care," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 24-27, February.
    5. Cook, James R. & Kilmer, Ryan P., 2010. "Defining the scope of systems of care: An ecological perspective," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 33(1), pages 18-20, February.

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