Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs): Lessons in Mental Health
Resources and information on mental health outcomes found in the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) and links to State resources demonstrating improvement efforts.
An Analysis of Mental Health Issues in States' Child and Family Service Reviews and Program Improvement Plans (PDF - 261 KB)
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University & Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental
Health at the American Institutes for Research (2004)
A mental health analysis based on findings from CFSR Final Reports in 38 States and Program Improvement Plans from 28 States.
Child and Family Services Reviews 2001-2004: A Mental Health Analysis (PDF - 452 KB)
McCarthy, Van Buren, & Irvine (2007)
Discusses mental health service delivery and management trends noted in the Child and Family Services Reviews Final Reports and Program Improvement Plans and summarizes mental health challenges and opportunities for reform across all States.
Child and Family Services Reviews, Part V: Most States Fail to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Foster Children (PDF - 366 KB)
National Center for Youth Law (2004)
Examines unmet mental health needs based on Federal Child and Family Services Reviews.
Child Welfare Monitoring Resources
Includes an overview of the Child and Family Services Review process and provides information for those participating.
Children's Bureau Child and Family Services Reviews Fact Sheet for Mental Health Professionals
Provides an overview of the history and purpose of the Child and Family Services Reviews and describes specific ways mental health professionals can become involved with and support the process.
State examples of improvement efforts
Four-Year Strategic Plan To Address Challenges and Opportunities in Service to Delaware's Children in Crisis (Word - 1282 KB)
Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families (2005)
An overview of Delaware's Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families and a Strategic Plan to address challenges and opportunities in providing care.
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
State of Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction
Resources and programs for transformations, cross-systems initiatives, financing, and assessment tools.
Iowa Department of Human Services Mental Health and Disability Services
Mental Health System Improvement Workgroups engaging equal proportions representing the departments, counties, and service providers.
Nebraska Health and Human Services Children's Mental Health System
Efforts by the State of Nebraska to improve services for children and families by developing new plans at both the service and system levels. Services include funding outpatient treatment, respite care, school-based wraparound, and wraparound for children with serious emotional problems and their families.
Office of Child Welfare and Children's Mental Health
University of Kansas School of Social Welfare (2003)
Coordinates research and training activities at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare in the fields of child welfare and children's mental health.
Promising Practices for Addressing the Mental Health Issues Impacting Parents of Children in Foster Care
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (2006)
Teleconferences with information on mental health and children in foster care, homelessness and mental health, and mental health services for parents with co-occurring disorders.
Reports and Results of the Child and Family Service Reviews
Reports are available by State: Statewide Assessments, CFSR Final Reports, Program Improvement Plans, and Individual Key Findings Reports.
System of Care: A Complete Reference Guide for Putting SOC in Action (PDF - 989 KB)
Delaware Children's Department (2007)
Contains materials and ideas for reaching out to families, agencies and support staff, including tips explaining systems of care to parents and youth and workforce competencies for frontline staff, supervisors, and managers in a system of care environment.