Location:

Birmingham, Alabama

Initial Funding:

October, 1997

Focus: 

Over the past seventeen years, Jefferson County, Alabama, has developed a strong reputation at the state and local level for interagency collaboration and coordination among its child-serving agencies. Led by the Jefferson-Blount-St. Clair Mental Health/Mental Retardation Authority and family representatives, seventeen of these agencies formed the Jefferson County Community Partnership (JCCP) in 1997 and were awarded a $5.9 million dollar grant from SAMHSA/CMHS to develop a seamless system of care for children with a serious emotional disturbance and their families who reside in Jefferson County.

Population:

Jefferson County is the state’s largest metropolitan area and includes the city of Birmingham. Established in 1871 at the juncture of two crossing railways, Birmingham quickly developed into a major center for iron, steel and coal production before shifting primarily to a business and service economy in the 1970s with the help of an international research and medical center, the University of Alabama-Birmingham.  The racial mix of the city is 52 percent Caucasian, 48 percent African-American while the racial mix of the county is 79 percent Caucasian and 20 percent African-American.  Jefferson County’s population also includes Asian, Greek and a growing Hispanic population near the northern and southeastern corners of the county.

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