Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 27, Issue 5, pp 347–358 | Cite as

Developing and maintaining a coordinated system of community-based services to children

  • Emeline E. Homonoff
  • Pamela Fineman Maltz
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Abstract

The Child and Adolescent Service Systems Program (CASSP) encourages the development of “systems of care” for disturbed children and their families, based on interagency collaboration and community involvement. The experience of the South Shore mental health catchment area near Boston points to several principles for promoting effective collaboration: 1) mobilization of concerned and influential community members, 2) respect for the autonomy and interdependence of systems, 3) appreciation of divergent perspectives, and 4) commitment to shared goals. The realization of these principles depends on certain supports: staff training, flexible agency structure, sanction from a strong community and state and federal legislative support.

Keywords

Service System System Program Community Involvement Staff Training Shared Goal 

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Emeline E. Homonoff
    • 1
  • Pamela Fineman Maltz
    • 2
  1. 1.Simmons College School of Social WorkBoston
  2. 2.Child and Adolescent ServiceSouth Shore Mental Health CenterQuincy

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