CFRC Awarded 7.5-year, $1.2 million Grant From Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation

The Children and Family Research Center (CFRC) was recently awarded a $1,150,000 from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation (ILCHF) to evaluate their Children’s Mental Health Initiative 2.0.

Led by principal investigator and CFRC director Dr. Tamara Fuller, a research team at the CFRC will plan and conduct a 7.5 year evaluation that will examine the development of coordinated systems of care for children’s mental health services in five communities across Illinois. Children and youth with or at risk for mental health disorders and their families often need supports and services from multiple child- and family-serving agencies in their communities, but the help they receive is often fragmented and uncoordinated. Coordinated systems of care (SOC) provide a spectrum of effective, flexible, community-based, and culturally appropriate services to children and their families.  Youth, their caregivers, and other supportive persons are full partners in all aspects of the planning and delivery of services, which are provided in the least restrictive, most normative environment that are clinically appropriate. The ILCHF is providing funding for 13-month planning grants in the five communities to develop a plan to build or enhance their children’s mental health system of care.  Communities that successfully develop a CMHI plan will then be provided with up to $2.1 million per site to support their implementation efforts over the next 6 years. The CFRC will develop and conduct an evaluation that examines the processes used in each of the five communities to develop their systems of care and will also examine the outcomes of the children, families, and systems.  The evaluation begins in October 2018 and will extend through June 2026.

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