Utah Frontiers Project
10 counties, Utah
October and November, 1998
The overall goal of the Utah Frontiers Project is to “provide quality, effective mental health and support services to children and youth with severe emotional disorders and their families in the frontier communities of Utah.” The project’s objectives are to accomplish the following: Develop comprehensive and quality wraparound services using natural supports and community and family members as service providers; develop effective and accountable clinical and governance structures to monitor and manage service planning and delivery processes; develop formal interagency agreements to provide wraparound services for the target population; provide culturally competent and clinically sound services to the target population by fully involving children, youth, and families in project planning, development implementation, management, and evaluation of services; and maximize fiscal and human resources in order to enhance and sustain services.
Three of five contiguous counties in the Southwest Center service area comprise the catchment area for the project’s first phase. The counties—Beaver, Kane, and Garfield—are located in the most southwestern corner of Utah, a rural area that includes ranches and farmland as well as numerous mountain and canyon ranges. There also is a growing Hispanic population in Beaver County and a large Paiute tribal community in Iron County. The population of the three project counties (18,104) represents approximately 20 percent of the total population of the five-county area and is very similar to the demographic pattern of the region as a whole. The target population for the project continues to be children and youth who reside in one of the three counties in the catchment area; are 0 to 17 years of age, or up to age 21 if receiving special education services; have a diagnosable severe emotional disorder; and have the consent of their parents to participate in the project. The Frontiers Project has served approximately 200 children over the life of the grant-funded period, maintaining an active caseload of approximately 85–90 children and families at any one time. Over half (63 percent) of the children have been male. Their average age has been 12.3 years. At the time of the 04 site visit, the project was serving approximately 85 children.