The preliminary partnership between the OMHC and the SMHP was established through a series of conversations that allowed for trust building, clear understanding about roles and responsibilities for each organization, and the development of procedures and protocols for successfully linking the organizations.
Gradual roll out into all the SMHP schools allowed administrators to work out logistical and system concerns inherent in a fee-for-service model.
Within the SMHP framework, all children are eligible for services regardless of their ability to pay.
Working with the SMHP posed a particular challenge because the 22 schools are off-site from the OMHC.
Many clinicians previously had worked in traditional mental health settings (eg, inpatient, community mental health, day hospitals) and worried they would lose some creativity and autonomy that drew them to the SMHP.
This pilot evaluation did not document overall costs for the SMHP
because multiple sources, including grants, contracts, and fee-for-service reimbursement fund program operations.