Location:

South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Initial Funding:

September and November, 1994 

Focus:

The Project is committed to providing services to children with serious emotional disturbances who are living in kinship care households and to strengthening the families that comprise these households. The Project’s goals are to 1) expand and enhance the capacity of the system of care to provide individualized services to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances; 2) expand and enhance the capacity of the system of care to provide holistic (school-linked) services to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances; 3) expand and enhance the capacity of the system of care to provide family-centered services to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances; 4) expand and enhance the capacity of the system of care to provide integrative, coordinated services.

Population:

 SPFP serves children and adolescents who either have a serious emotional disorder or are at high risk of severe emotional disturbance. The children and adolescents must reside within the districts of the nine South Philadelphia schools participating in the system of care, be 0 to 18 years of age (up to 22 years of age if enrolled in special education), and have a DSM-IV diagnosis, and receive services from the mental health system or other child-serving agencies. South Philadelphia is a densely populated urban community, which comprises approximately 10 percent of the Philadelphia population, and is ethnically and racially diverse. Of the approximately 150,000 residents in South Philadelphia, 56 percent are Caucasian, 37 percent are African American, 5 percent are Asian, 2 percent are Latino, and less than 1 percent are Native American. Approximately 37,000 residents of South Philadelphia are children under 18 years of age. Respondents reported that an overwhelming majority (80 to 90%) of the children and families served by SPFP are African American. During 98, SPFP served between 160 and 165, most of whom received intensive case management services.

 

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