Referral source differences in functional impairment levels for children served in the comprehensive community mental health services for children and their families program

Christine Walrath, Susan DosReis, Richard Miech, Qinghong Liao, E. Wayne Holden, Gary De Carolis, Rolando Santiago, Philip Leaf

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-397
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Children's mental health services
  • Functioning
  • Random-effects model
  • Referral source
  • System of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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