The journal of mental health administration

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 418–431 | Cite as

Needs assessment of community-based services for children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders and their families: Part 1. A conceptual model

  • Michael H. Epstein
  • Kevin Quinn
  • Carla Cumblad
  • Deborah Holderness


Communities throughout the nation are attempting to develop comprehensive systems of community-based, interagency care for children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders and their families. Needs assessment has been identified as a key component of these initiatives. A needs assessment provides system planners with the data needed to make informed decisions with regard to improving the current system of care. In this first of a two-article series, an overview is presented of a model needs assessment designed for implementation by an interagency coalition interested in developing a comprehensive system of community-based services for children and youth with emotional or behavioral disorders and their families. Major components of the model include foundations for needs assessment, data collection, and data utilization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael H. Epstein
    • 1
  • Kevin Quinn
    • 2
  • Carla Cumblad
    • 1
  • Deborah Holderness
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special EducationNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalb
  2. 2.State University of New York at AlbanyAlbanyUSA

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