The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a tremendous resource due to their breadth of knowledge about mental health policy issues. We encourage you to visit their site.

Listed below is a growing list of policy related materials submitted by Children's Mental Health Network members to help you with your system of care development efforts.

Child Protection and Systems of Care: Assessing Barriers and Opportunities for Collaboration Between Systems
Berson, Fluke, Rider & Sanders, 2007

Addressing the Unique Behavioral Health Needs of Children and Families in the Child Welfare System
Fawcett, Mccarthy, Rider, Sparks & Trush, 2006

Policy Supports for Working Parents of Children with Disabilities: A Cross-national Comparison
Brennan, E. M., Rosenzweig, J. M., Malsch, A. M., Stewart, L., Kjellstrand, J., & Coleman, D. (2009). Policy Supports for Working Parents of Children with Disabilities: A Cross-national Comparison. Presented at the III International Community, Work & Family Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands, April 2009.

The Mercy Model: A Leadership Approach to Public Mental Health Systems and Population-Based Programs
Following major disasters, the existing public health infrastructure is often fragmented or completely destroyed, as was evident following the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. In an effort to address this fragmentation, and based on previous experience working with the United Nations Children’s Fund, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Louisiana Department of Education, and Texas A&M Health Science Center developed and implemented what is known as the Mercy Model.

Advocating for the Special Education Needs of Homeless and Mobile Students: A Guide to Rights and Resources
Homelessness means more than sleeping on the streets. Under federal law (and for the purposes of this booklet), homelessness includes all families without a fixed, regular, or adequate residence, including families who are living:

Case Studies of System Implementation
This series of issues briefs, based on findings from Case Studies of System Implementation, will provide readers with a summary of lessons learned from established system of care communities. The briefs will offer concrete examples of how these communities have successfully developed their systems of care. The series begins with lessons learned during Phases I and II of the study and includes a description of methods of data collection and analysis. These issue briefs are intended to not only provide information for the reader but also to create dialogue around the topics discussed and the system of care concept as a whole.

Memorandum of Understanding Families First & Foremost
Thanks to the F3 Project for this document.
This Memorandum of Understanding is made and entered into by and between the undersigned parties for the purpose of establishing the terms and conditions under which the parties will collaborate in the design and implementation of a single system of care, for families of children in Lancaster County who have severe emotional disorders and who are in or at risk for involvement in the juvenile justice system.

CARE NH Guidelines for the Use of Flexible Funds
Each regional collaborative has available, for use at its discretion, flexible funds. These funds have been established so that needed supports and services, as identified by the individual child and family team, and unavailable through existing community resources, may be purchased. Only families already enrolled in CARE NH are eligible to receive flexible funds. Flexible funds may also be used to enhance child and family activities which promote positive social interaction, networking and individual support. Flexible funds may not be used for purposes that are excluded by the federal grant and /or New Hampshire Division of Behavioral Health rules. Flexible funds loosely fall into three categories: individual services to a child and family, community activities and petty cash.

Mental Health Services Program for Youth (MHSPY)
The Mental Health Services Program for Youth Replication was a national program set up by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to follow-up on the results of the Mental Health Services Program for Youth that ran from 1988 to 1998. The original program was a $20 million effort designed to demonstrate that through a collaborative effort between states and local communities, a more comprehensive, effective service system for seriously mentally ill youth could be developed. The purpose of the Mental Health Services Program for Youth Replication was to assist states with relatively small grants to enable them to use and apply an array of tools and techniques developed in the eight sites in the original program.

New Roles for Families in Systems of Care
It is with great pleasure that we present the first collection of monographs from the Promising Practices Initiative of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program. The Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program is a multi-million dollar grant program that currently supports 41 comprehensive systems of care throughout America, helping to meet the needs of many of the 3.5 to 4 million children with a serious emotional disturbance living in this country. Each one of the seven monographs explores a successful practice in providing effective, coordinated care to children with a serious emotional disturbance and their families. Volume I - New Roles for Families in Systems of Care explores ways in which family members are becoming equal members with service providers and administrators, focusing specifically on two emerging roles: family members as “system of care facilitators” and “family a

Strategic Financing for Systems of Care
This content rich presentation is a must for any library on financing strategies for systems of care. Sheila Pires is one of the premier thinkers in the United States about how to successfully finance system of care efforts.

Youth and Family System of Care Partnership
Thanks to alums from King County, Washington for contributing this valuable 2002 Children and Families System of Care Partnership MOU. Chock full of good information to help you think through how your Partnership MOU should look.

Medicaid and Juvenile Justice
Excellent overview of Medicaid and Juvenile Justice by Mary Tierney, MD, Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health.

Cooperative Agreement Intensive Care Coordination
Thanks to alums from Nebraska for this comprehensive Cooperative Agreement for Intensive Care Coordination. If you are developing your own cooperative agreement in this area you will want to download this 29-page document for ideas!

Annie E. Casey Foundation Mental Health Initiative
The evaluation findings of the Mental Health Initiative for Urban Children (MHI) are the subject of a three-volume report series which respectively cover each of the three implementation areas (i.e., systems reform, service delivery and governance). Each implementation report comprises a detailed and abridged version. The Executive Summary of evaluation findings completes this three volume series and provides a summary discussion of highlights of MHI. This document is focused on the service delivery component of the Initiative. The introduction provides background to the Initiative and gives a brief synopsis of the three implementation areas.

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