November 3, 2008
Macro International Awarded Children’s Mental Health Services Contract
Macro was awarded a five year contract to conduct the next phase of the national evaluation of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The 18 FY 2008 grantees will develop systems of care in support of the mental health service needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and their families, and join 126 previously funded grantees in these efforts.
Macro developed the program's original evaluation design in 1993 and has been responsible for the national evaluation ever since. Macro has been awarded contracts totaling over $100 million to conduct evaluations and research related to children's mental health, including this national evaluation, and other work related to child trauma treatment and suicide prevention. Macro provides SAMHSA and grantees with information about local system development, characteristics of children and families served, child and family outcomes, and the costs of mental health services, all of which are relevant to the assessment of program performance. Since 1993, Macro has provided SAMHSA with information on more than 89,000 children and adolescents with mental health needs, including information about clinical and functional outcomes. Children and youth are assessed at entry into services and at 6-month intervals for up to 36 months on their behaviors and emotions, living situations, educational outcomes, involvement with the juvenile justice system, services received, and service experiences.
"Data collected for the national evaluation are the most extensive available on children and youth with serious emotional disturbance and their families," said Brigitte Manteuffel, a Macro vice president. "Macro and our collaborators have produced more than 317 journal articles, reports, proceedings papers, and briefs, and more than 365 presentations. National evaluation findings are reported by SAMHSA via a press release on National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day each May."
For the new project, Macro will be partnering with Walter R. McDonald, & Associates, Inc., Kauffman and Associates, Inc., the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, the University of South Florida Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, and other program partners, to implement the next phase of the evaluation and support the use of evaluation findings to guide data driven program development.
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