Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 275–280

Measuring System of Care Core Values in a Behavioral Health System of Care

  • Holly P. Wald
  • Cynthia D. Zubritsky
  • Nancy Jaquette
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-013-9639-x

Cite this article as:
Wald, H.P., Zubritsky, C.D. & Jaquette, N. Community Ment Health J (2014) 50: 275. doi:10.1007/s10597-013-9639-x


The Comprehensive Services for Children and Their Families or System of Care (SOC) is the largest mental health project ever conducted by the US federal government. These programs are based on a value-driven framework that includes: child/youth centered and family driven practice, community-based practice, and culturally competent practice (Stroul and Friedman in A system of care for children and youth with severe emotional disturbances, Georgetown University Child Development Center, CASSP Technical Assistance Center, Washington, DC, 1986). The aim of this study is to determine the extent of the adoption of SOC values by families, system partners, providers and community organizations in a countywide SOC. Using a retrospective design, data was collected through a system-wide survey and focus groups, which asked respondents to rate the presence of SOC core values prior to and four years following its creation. Results suggest that system partners, provider staff, and families are aware of the changes that have occurred within the system as a result of the SOC.


Children’s mental health Systems of care Core values Families 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Holly P. Wald
    • 1
  • Cynthia D. Zubritsky
    • 2
  • Nancy Jaquette
    • 3
  1. 1.HPW Associates, LLCPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, Department of Psychiatry, School of MedicineUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Beaver County Behavioral HealthBeaver FallsUSA

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