Evaluation of Florida’s Children’s Mental Health System of Care Expansion Grant
Mary Armstrong, PhD
- Mary Armstrong, PhD
Florida Dept of Children and Families
The evaluation is designed to gain a better understanding of how System of Care Values and Principles are being implemented at the state level and at five local SOC expansion sites. The plan uses qualitative and quantitative methods to address three main areas: achievement of project objectives; effectiveness of process objectives including changes in collaboration levels, policies and financing strategies and structures at the state and local pilot levels, and impact of the project on child and family outcomes using both primary data and administrative data sources; and a readiness assessment of the local SOC expansion sites.
- Examine the effectiveness of grant implementation at the state level and at the local SOC expansion sites.Outcome evaluation at the child and family level.
- Quality of care assessment through structured surveyinstrument and interviews with parents of children receiving services from the public mental health system.
- Quality of care assessment through structured survey instrument and interviews with parents of children receiving services from the public mental health system.
- Analysis of administrative data to assess changes in child outcomes over time
Long Term Impact
- Improved capacity of Florida’s system of care to implement and deliver services that are family driven, youth guided, culturally competent, and coordinated across systems.
- Initial Annual Report has been shared with recommendations for ongoing implementation. Evaluation team participates on the core team to guide expansion efforts.