Promising Practices in Systems of Care
These practices have been identified by their developers or an outside group as "promising practices." Child Welfare Information Gateway provides this information as a resource. Our library does not define specific criteria for promising practices or make any claims about the effectiveness of the approaches described.
Information about innovative efforts in child welfare implemented by the States to meet the needs of children, youth, and families. See the "Service Array" topic for several systems of care examples.
Evidence-Based Practices, Practice-Based Evidence, and Community-Defined Evidence Practices Currently Being Used by Systems of Care: A Snapshot of System of Care Communities Funded 2005–2009 (PDF - 738 KB)
Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2011)
Provides a chart of information showing States’ practices categorized by types of practice, ages of population, and stages of development/implementation.
Evidence-Based Practices and Systems of Care: Implementation Matters (PDF - 167 KB)
Israel, Hodges, Ferreira, & Mazza (2007)
Presents strategies critical to successfully implementing evidence-based practices within systems of care based on the experiences of system of care communities.
Guidelines for Best Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (PDF - 690 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (2001)
Offers a set of qualitative standards based on experiences within the children's system of care. The documents address a range of tasks, issues, and topics and are intended to help agencies and practitioners achieve a high quality of care.
Implementing Evidence-Based Practices Within Systems of Care
Walrath, Blase & Kanary (2008)
In The System of Care Handbook: Transforming Mental Health Services for Children, Youth, and Families
Presents a theory-driven, step-by-step approach to the integration of evidence-based practices into a system of care environment as well as examples and lessons learned from communities that employ the practice.
Making Interagency Initiatives Work for Children and Families in the Child Welfare System
Hepburn & McCarthy (2003)
In Promising Approaches for Behavioral Health Services to Children and Adolescents and Their Families in Managed Care Systems
Describes how the child welfare system is participating in collaborative interagency initiatives designed to serve children with serious and complex behavioral health disorders.
Promising Practices in Respite Care (PDF - 197 KB)
This presentation from the winter 2005 System of Care Community Meeting describes a research study to identify and describe promising practices in respite care.
Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health
Works to strengthen the empirical foundation for effective systems of care and improve services for children with serious emotional or behavioral disorders and their families through research, training, consultation, and dissemination activities.
Systems of Care: Promising Practices in Children's Mental Health
Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice
This series of publications was developed as part of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program funded by the Center for Mental Health Services within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS). Each publication provides information on promising practices in a variety of areas related to systems of care and children's mental health.
What Works: System Development Strategies Across Communities (PDF - 244 KB)
Ferreira, Hodges, Kukla-Acevedo, & Mazza (2008)
Provides cross-site analyses of critical system implementation factors identified by stakeholders within six exemplary system of care communities and synthesizes common themes identified at each site.