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June 2007Vol. 8, No. 5Systems of Care Issue Briefs

As part of its ongoing 5-year study on systems of care implementation, the Research & Training Center for Children’s Mental Health of the University of South Florida recently published four issue briefs that focus on the ways communities develop and successfully implement systems of care. The term "systems of care" refers to a collaborative, individualized, and community-based approach to service provision that is based on a common set of values and principles; the approach grew out of the children's mental health services reform movement.

The issue briefs summarize the lessons learned during the first two phases of the study and provide a description of data collection and analysis methods at the eight study sites. The series includes these titles:

  • System of Care Definition
  • Critical Factors in System of Care Implementation
  • Leadership Qualities in Successful Systems of Care
  • Evidence-Based Practices and Systems of Care: Implementation Matters

For more information on the study or to see the issue briefs, visit:

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Visit the recently updated Systems of Care section on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website: