It is estimated that in the United States, 14-26 per cent of children under the age of 18 suffer from some type of behavioural, emotional or developmental problem. However, less than a third of these children receive any mental health care. This volume presents recent developments in policy, service and evaluation, and explores how more of these children can be reached and helped.
Essays on the current status of services, state and federal policies, components of a system of care, and evaluating service launch the publisher's series on children's mental health services. Topics include system building and refinancing, research developments, the primary care context, the future of psychiatric hospitalization, school-based services, juvenile justice, and evaluation of a service system for youth with severe emotional disorders. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Leonard Bickman, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Public Policy. He is director of the Center for Evaluation and Program Improvement and Associate Dean for Research at Peabody College. He earned his Ph.D. in psychology (social) from the City University of New York, his master's degree in experimental psychopathology from Columbia University and his bachelor's from the City College of New York. Professor Bickman is a nationally recognized leader in program evaluation and mental healthservices research on children and adolescents. He has published more than 15 books and monographs and 180 articles and chapters and has been principal investigator on over 25 major grants from several agencies. He is co-editor of the Applied Research Methods Series published by Sage Publications since 1980. He is also co-editor of the Handbook of Applied Social Research and is collaborating on a new International Handbook of Social Research. He is the co-author of the very popular book Applied Research Design: A Practical Guide.
Debra J. Rog, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Evaluation and Program Improvement (CEPI), and directs its Washington office. She has over 25 years of experience in program evaluation and applied research and has directed numerous multi-site evaluations and research projects involving issues of poverty, homelessness, housing and services for vulnerable populations including children and families, mental health, and others. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of a Coordinating Center for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration's Homeless Families Initiative, and two foundation-funded cross-site evaluations of local collaboratives focused on violence prevention.
Dr. Rog has to her credit numerous publications on evaluation methodology, housing, homelessness, poverty, mental health, and program and policy development and has edited numerous substantive and methodological volumes, including the Applied Social Research Methods Series and the Handbook of Applied Social Research Methods. She has served on the Board of Directors of the American Evaluation Association, and is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Public Health Association. She completed an appointment on the Advisory Committee of Women's Services for the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and has been recognized for her evaluation work by the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Evaluation Association, the Eastern Evaluation Research Society, and the Knowledge Utilization Society.
Foreword - Bob Friedman
PART ONE: INTRODUCTION
The Status of Children's Mental Health Services - Debra J Rog
PART TWO: ENCOURAGING COMPREHENSIVE SYSTEMS OF CARE: STATE AND FEDERAL POLICIES
State Level Policies in Children's Mental Health - Lenore B Behar
An Example of System-Building and Refinancing
Systems Change - Chris Koyanagi
Moving beyond Reports
Developments in Children's Mental Health Services Research - Diane L Sondheimer and Mary Evans
An Overview of Current and Future Demonstration Directions
PART THREE: SELECTED COMPONENTS OF A SYSTEM OF CARE
Services in the Primary Care Context - Mark L Wolraich
The Future of Psychiatric Hospitalization for Children and Adolescents - Barry Nurcombe
School-Based Mental Health Services for Children - Sarah Ring-Kurtz, Susan Sonnichsen and Kathleen Hoover-Dempsey
Juvenile Court - Kathleen A Maloy
Once and Future Gatekeeper for a System of Care
PART FOUR: EVALUATING CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE SYSTEMS - THREE CURRENT EXAMPLES
Seeking Success by Reducing Implementation and Evaluation Failures - Leonard Bickman and Craig Anne Heflinger
Evaluation of the Mental Health Services Program for Youth - Leonard Saxe et al
Examining Rhetoric in Action
Service Systems for Youth with Severe Emotional Disorder - Clifford Attkisson, Karyn Dresser and Abram Rosenblatt
System of Care Research in California