The Dawn Project: A Model for Responding to the Needs of Children with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges and Their Families

Jeffrey A. Anderson, Eric R. Wright, Harold E. Kooreman, Wanda K. Mohr, Lisa A. Russell

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    Abstract

    Systems of care represent a fundamental departure from traditional service provision by espousing genuine family-centered, culturally competent philosophies and blending the funding streams of multiple payers (e.g., education, mental health, child welfare). In Marion County, Indiana, local leaders created a system of care based on these principles called the Dawn Project. Currently, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation is being implemented to evaluate the program. Preliminary findings from initial evaluation efforts suggest that for youth in the project, there is significant clinical improvement during the first year of receiving services, a reduction in the use of more restrictive settings, and a decrease in recidivism among those who successfully complete the program.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)63-74
    Number of pages12
    JournalCommunity mental health journal
    Volume39
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Feb 1 2003

    Keywords

    • Children's mental health
    • Emotional and behavioral challenges
    • Interagency collaboration
    • Program evaluation
    • Systems of care

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychiatry and Mental health
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Health(social science)
    • Health Professions(all)

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