Project

Children’s Mental Health Initiative National Evaluation

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Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

The Children’s Mental Health Initiative, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, supports programs for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

It awards system of care (SOC) grants to create sustainable, coordinated, community-based services. This cross-site national evaluation examines the effectiveness and impact of the grantee services.

JBA supported the evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of the SOC grants in expanding, coordinating, and improving care and provided expertise on conducting local evaluations in Native American communities. Project staff served as liaisons to engage grantees in the national data collection process and provide evaluation technical assistance and resources to 14 tribal SOC grantees implementing activities and strategies tailored to their communities to improve behavioral health outcomes for Native American children and youth.

Staff

  • Chi Connie Park, Ph.D., M.A. Senior Research Associate

    Chi Connie Park has more than 15 years of experience in applied social science research design, program evaluation, and capacity building in the areas of child...

  • Julie Morales, Ph.D. Associate Director

    ​Julie Morales has 25 years of experience in applied social science research, program evaluation, research design, and statistical methods. Her areas of...

  • Erica Blue Roberts, Ph.D., M.H.S. Senior Research Associate

    Erica Blue Roberts has more than 10 years of experience in program evaluation and analysis, applied social science research, and technical assistance. She...

  • Kate Lyon, M.A. Vice President

    Kate Lyon has 20 years of experience in program evaluation, applied social science research, and evaluation technical assistance. Her areas of expertise...

  • Julie Leis, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate

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Westat

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Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration