Project MATCH (Multi-Agency Team for Children)
Pima County, Arizona
The primary goal of Project MATCH is to develop an integrated system-of-care model designed to improve mental health services for children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance and their families in Pima County, Arizona. Additional goals are to (a) implement a comprehensive, integrated, community-based system of care for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families; (b) ensure a system of coordinated assessment, provision of case management, data collection and entry, delivery of community-based services, and comprehensive evaluation of children with serious emotional disturbance and their families; (c) enhance the role of parents to participate fully in a family-professional partnership; (d) cultivate respect, enhance knowledge, and increase the involvement of culturally diverse populations that reside in Pima County by including families, community leaders, and practitioners in developing and identifying culturally appropriate services, and (e) expand the existing service delivery system in the county to include wraparound services that are parent and family directed while expanding existing needed services.
The catchment area for Project MATCH was expanded with CMHS approval to extend investment into four additional southeastern counties for the final year of the grant effective September 1, 2004, in addition to Pima County in South Central Arizona. Pima County alone covers over 9,250 square miles with a population of over 822,000. Pima County contains the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation, the San Xavier Reservation and the Pascua Yaqui Pueblo Reservation. The County also includes both urban and rural areas with the majority of the residents residing in the urban area of Arizona’s second largest city, Tucson. The target population for Project MATCH includes children at risk for serious emotional disturbance; children between the ages of 0 and 18 years who are local residents; children involved with multiple agencies including a behavioral health network; and children who meet the DSM–IV criteria for serious emotional disturbance, or Arizona’s criteria for “at risk of SED”. Between 2002 and 2005 the enrollment into Project MATCH increased substantially to serving over 3,500 children and families through the child and family teams (wraparound) process. More than 200 children were enrolled in the longitudinal evaluation component. Of those children and youth enrolled in the evaluation, 74 percent were male and 26 percent were female. Most children were White (54 percent), 8 percent were African-American, 4 percent were American Indian, 2 percent were Asian, 25 percent were other (primarily Latino), and 6 percent were biracial.