University at Albany
 

Orange County, New York System of Care Evaluation

Orange County, New York is one of 164 Systems of Care for Children’s Mental Health communities, a grant initiative from the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). CHSR is leading the congressionally-mandated, mixed-methods evaluation of this initiative in Orange County.

Evaluation & Research

CHSR's Orange County evaluation is part of the national evaluation of all system of care communities, coordinated by ICF Macro. Study components include:

  • The Descriptive Study collects demographic characteristics, social and functional characteristics, mental health diagnoses, and presenting problems on all children/youth entering the system of care.  
  • The Longitudinal Child and Family Outcome Study uses a combination of questionnaires and standardized instruments regarding: children’s emotional and behavioral status, strengths, educational performance, criminal justice system involvement, living environments, caregiver strain, family functioning, service utilization, and child and family satisfaction with services. Using computer-assisted interview software, families and youth are interviewed in-person at 6-month intervals over the course of the project. 
  • The Services and Costs Study examines the individual-level costs associated with providing services within a system of care environment.