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Expanding systems of care: Improving the lives of children, youth, and families

Stroul, B., Goldman, S., Pires, S., and Manteuffel, B. – 2012

Summarizes the systems of care approach to children’s mental health and outlines positive outcomes for children and families resulting from systems of care supports and services. Describes improvements for children and youth in such areas as emotional well-being, education, juvenile justice, child welfare involvement, substance use, and suicide. Families see improvements in overall family life, as well as family education and support services. Also notes that the systems of care approach has led to improved service delivery, including improved policies, services and supports, investment of resources, and data management. Provides several examples of states that have expanded systems of care, and also notes federal efforts to expand systems of care.