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System Implementation Issue Briefs


This series of issue briefs are based on findings from RTC Study 2: Case Studies of System Implementation, one of six interrelated studies from the Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health's research program from 2004-2009.

The purpose of Case Studies of System Implementation was to identify strategies that local communities undertake in implementing community-based systems of care and provide greater understanding of how factors affecting system implementation contribute to the development of local systems of care for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families. These issue briefs describe the use of the system of care (SOC) definition by the team to identify established SOC communities for the study, and the evolution of this process into the development of an expanded definition of the system of care concept. They present cross-site patterns of system implementation based on lessons learned from data collected in Phases I and II of Case Studies of System Implementation and offer a suggested model in which established system of care (SOC) communities leverage change.