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Use of the child and adolescent functional assessment scale (CAFAS) as an outcome measure in clinical settings

  • Kay Hodges
  • Maria M. Wong
  • Mark Latessa
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Abstract

This article discusses how the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) can be used as an outcome measure in clinical settings. Outcome data from two clinical samples are provided: a small community mental health center located in Michigan and a large referred sample from the Fort Bragg Evaluation Project. Outcome indicators for assessing change over time included overall level of dysfunction, percentage of respondents with severe impairment, mean total score, mean scores for individual CAFAS subscales, and change in total score at the client level. Implications of the findings were discussed from several perspectives: improving services to individual clients, developing databases at the local level that can be used for the agency's continuing self-scrutiny, and pooling databases across sites that can be used to study broader issues within a managed care environment.

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Mental Health Clinical Setting Health Promotion Health Center Local Level 
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© Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kay Hodges
    • 1
  • Maria M. Wong
    • 2
  • Mark Latessa
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Applied Research UnitEastern Michigan UniversityYpsilanti
  2. 2.Surrey Research Center, the Institute for Social ResearchUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor
  3. 3.Quality Improvement Services, Livingston County Community Mental Health ServicesUSA

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