Evolution of the System of Care Approach

Innovative Conversations Session 1 – Recorded August 2018

Guest: Beth Stroul. researcher, evaluation, policy analyst, strategic planning, specialist and consultant, and trainer in activities related to service systems for children, youth, and young adults with mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges and their families.

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A spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports for children and youth with or at risk for behavioral health or other challenges and their families, that is organized into a coordinated network, builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth, and addresses their cultural and linguistic needs, in order to help them to function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.

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Evolutionof the SOC Approach Population – Application and adaptation to broader population beyond those with the most serious and complex conditions (e.g., youth with substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders).

Application and adaptation to different age groups (e.g., early childhood, youth and young adults of transition age) – Application and adaptation to culturally diverse populations

Services and Supports – Broader array of services and supports – Focus on a core set of services – Importance and effectiveness of specific services (e.g., intensive care coordination with

Since entering the field in 1979, she has completed numerous research, evaluation, policy analysis, strategic planning, technical assistance, consultation, and training activities related to service systems for children, youth, and young adults with mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges and their families.

Ms. Stroul is known for co-authoring a seminal monograph that first presented a conceptual framework and philosophy for a system of care for children’s mental health. She has published extensively in the field, including many monographs, reports, and technical assistance resources, as well as numerous contributions to professional journals and books.

Ms. Stroul edited a book released in 1996, entitled Children’s Mental Health: Creating Systems of Care in a Changing Society. She co-edited a 2008 volume, The System of Care Handbook: Transforming Mental Health Services for Children and Families, with Dr. Gary Blau, Chief of the Child, Adolescent, and Family Division of the federal Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In addition, she co-edited a book series on Systems of Care.

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