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This project evolved from ideas presented at an annual critical issues meeting sponsored by the Center for School Mental Health Assistance (CSMHA). The purpose of these meetings has been to convene a panel of national experts to discuss important topics and future directions for the ESMH field.
This paper presents a synthesis of information from a literature review and results from a survey in which persons representing key stakeholder groups across the nation, such as state CHIP directors and administrators from health departments, completed phone interviews to document their ideas for incorporating ESMH programs in state CHIP plans. Copies of the phone interview are included in an Issue Brief titled "Involvement of Expanded School Mental Health Programs in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)" and distributed by the Center for School Mental Health Assistance (CSMHA, 1-888-706-0980).
In 1996 the Center for School Mental Health Assistance (CSMHA) convened a panel of national experts to establish the rationale for outcome evaluations of school mental health programs and to explore issues related to this process. Among many reasons identified for conducting outcome evaluations, two important ones emerged:
Experience over five years at CSMHA indicates that once the anticipated length of a treatment has been estimated, data should be collected at baseline, at the midpoint of this interval, at the conclusion of treatment, and at subsequent follow-up dates.
Weist, PhD, Special Issue Guest Editor, Associate Professor and Director, Center for School Mental Health Assistance (CSMHA), Dept.
The Center for School Mental Health Assistance (CSMHA) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, is engaged in the process of identifying critical issues in need of attention for ESMH programs to advance.
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