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August/September 2002Vol. 3, No. 7New Report on Evidence-Based Practices in Mental Health Services for Foster Youth

The California Institute for Mental Health (CIMH) has released "Evidence-Based Practices in Mental Health Services for Foster Youth." The report is a tool to inform those who plan, implement, and participate in mental health services for foster youth. In tandem with a training series planned for the Winter of 2002, the objective is to encourage the use of research information in the planning and delivery of mental health services for foster youth.

The report is a component of the CIMH Caring for Foster Youth initiative. This project has focused on the promotion of mental health assessments and services for foster children throughout California. Two screening tools have been created to support child and family service systems in these efforts: The Mental Health Screening Tool (MHST) 0-5 and MHST 5-adult. Both screening tools and the report are available on the CIMH website at

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Read "Promising Approaches to Meeting the Health Care Needs of Children in Foster Care" from the July issue of Children's Bureau Express.