Quality Indicators for Multidisciplinary Team Functioning in Community-Based Children’s Mental Health Services

  • Krista Kutash
  • Mary Acri
  • Michele Pollock
  • Kelsey Armusewicz
  • Su-chin Serene Olin
  • Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood
Original Paper


The current study examined the organizational social context in 21 community-based programs serving youth at-risk for out-of-home care due to emotional or behavioral disorders and their families and program performance on five quality indicators of team functioning in teams that included a family support specialist. Results indicate that programs with higher performance on structures to facilitate teamwork, informal communication mechanisms among team members, and the ability to integrate family support specialists as equal members of the team showed more positive organizational functioning. Implications for the role of quality indicators in health care reform efforts are discussed.


Quality indicators Organizational social context Family support services Child mental health Multidisciplinary team 



This research was supported in part by grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (Grant 1R01MH085969).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Krista Kutash
    • 1
  • Mary Acri
    • 2
  • Michele Pollock
    • 2
  • Kelsey Armusewicz
    • 2
  • Su-chin Serene Olin
    • 2
  • Kimberly Eaton Hoagwood
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Child and Family Studies, Florida Mental Health InstituteUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.New York State Office of Mental HealthAlbanyUSA

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