Lessons from Successful Systems: System of Care Definition (System implementation Issue Brief #1)

Authors: Ferreira, K., Hodges, S, Israel, N., Mazza, J.
Publication Year: 2007
Last Updated: 2010-07-20 11:01:06
Journal: NA
Keywords: systems of care, definition, systems change, implementation, systems, case study, study 2, qualitative, cultural competence, factors, values, mental health, services

Short Abstract:

This Issue Brief introduces an expanded definition for systems of care to facilitate discussion about system implementation and evaluation of impact. The proposed definitions result from the work of Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health Investigators Sharon Hodges, Kathleen Ferreira, Nathaniel Israel & Jessica Mazza.


This issue brief describes the use of the system of care (SOC) definition by the team to identify established SOC communities for the study, and the evolution of this process into the development of an expanded definition of the system of care concept. This issue brief offers the expanded definition and is intended to raise awareness regarding the need for a shared understanding of the system of care concept and facilitate discussion about the proposed definition, system implementation, and evaluation of impact.

About System Implementation Issue Briefs

There is still much to learn about what factors are critical in bringing about system change. This series of issues briefs, based on findings from Case Studies of System Implementation, will provide readers with a summary of lessons learned from established system of care communities. The briefs will offer concrete examples of how these communities have successfully developed their systems of care. The series begins with lessons learned during Phases I and II of the study and includes a description of methods of data collection and analysis.

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