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Research in Community and Mental Health

ISSN: 0192-0812
Series editor(s): William H. Fischer

Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare

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Challenges for a System of Care

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Title:Challenges for a System of Care
Author(s):Kathleen Biebel, Jeffrey L. Geller
Volume:14 Editor(s): William H. Fisher ISBN: 978-0-7623-1315-0 eISBN: 978-1-84950-416-4
Citation:Kathleen Biebel, Jeffrey L. Geller (2006), Challenges for a System of Care, in William H. Fisher (ed.) Research on Community-Based Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents (Research in Community and Mental Health, Volume 14), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.179-199
DOI:10.1016/S0192-0812(06)14009-X (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Article type:Chapter Item

A system of care is a function-specific, rather than agency-specific approach defined as a “comprehensive spectrum of mental health and other necessary services which are organized into a coordinated network to meet the multiple and changing needs of children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances and their families” (Stroul & Friedman, 1986). A system of care provides a mental health delivery system for children with SED with a wide array of accessible, community-based services that focus on children's individual needs, include the family in treatment planning, and provide culturally competent services. System of care services are provided by multiple child serving agencies and are collaborative and coordinated (Stroul & Friedman, 1986).

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