Research

Indiana System of Care – Phase II: A Case Study of Development, Implementation, and Evolution

February 2018

The IN-SOC Phase II study aims to better understand the gaps in the Indiana System of Care (IN-SOC) structure that were identified within Phase I of the study, titled, Indiana System of Care: A Case Study of Development, Implementation, and Evolution. Phase I indicated several positive findings and a few challenges primarily related to items that were to be addressed in year two of the grant. The Phase I study found that the IN-SOC team positively influenced family and youth “voice,” exhibited or established a strong culture of caring leaders, and demonstrated progress regarding cultural competency. Areas of needed improvement included workforce development, service gaps, and funding and finance issues to ensure long term sustainability.

Phase II of the study also focused on the developmental progress of IN-SOC using two frameworks: “community readiness,” as studied by Behar and Hydaker (2009, 2012), and the use of the “most underutilized strategies” along with “state and community partnerships” as studied by Stroul & Friedman (2011).  Following a mixed methods case study design, multiple sources of data were utilized: (1) ten interviews with state, agency, and local leaders as well as family, caregivers, youth, and community members involved with IN-SOC; (2) documents review, and (3) survey responses.

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System of Care Partnerships with Education: A Case Study from Rural Southeastern Indiana

April 2018

The purpose of this study was to investigate how the OCOF SOC addressed the mental health needs within schools by assisting in or supporting the development of positive learning environments, which involve academic, behavioral, and mental health needs of students and their families (Freeman, 2011). This study, conducted by the Families, Communities, and Schools (FoCuS) team in the School of Education at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, examined the perspectives of community stakeholders and educational leaders who were involved in various stages of OCOF’s activities. The study provided the opportunity to critically examine the perspectives of various school personnel, administrators, and other stakeholders regarding OCOF’s influence on the kindergarten through community college educational system.

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Indiana System of Care – Phase I: A Case Study of Development, Implementation, and Evolution

October 2016

For more than 20 years, the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) has been working at the local level to help communities build coalitions focused on supporting children’s mental health services. This report describes a study on the development, implementation, and evolution of a statewide level system of care (SOC) structure within the Indiana System of Care (IN-SOC) Expansion initiative to sustain state and local SOCs. The project used a case study design to uncover and examine systematically gathered information from the program along with several key stakeholders. This report describes some of the attributes of Indiana’s unique contexts and offers insights that may be helpful to other communities and groups engaging in similar types of system change and growth, both locally and nationally.

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A Comparison of Systems of Care in Two Rural Communities

October 2016

In order to understand how systems of care (SOCs) function, how they evolve, and how they are similar and different, this study examined two rural systems of care in terms of how they function and who they serve. In addition, the research team identified and compared changes in the behavioral health of participants over time. The two SOCs involved in this study are the One Community One Family (OCOF) SOC in southeastern Indiana and the Madison CARES (MC) SOC in southeastern Idaho. This study compared and contrasted the services of each SOC with the intended outcome of better understanding the similarities and differences of each SOC within two very different rural settings.

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Community Impact Study

April 2016

The purpose of this report is to present a study which explored the impact that the One Community One Family (OCOF) system of care (SOC) has had on the wider community since its inception in 2005. The study critically examined the perspectives of various community stakeholders regarding the SOC’s mission, implementation strategies, sustainability efforts, and long term impacts on the community. The study further served as an investigation into some of the attributes of Southeastern Indiana’s unique service population and is intended to offer a valuable resource for future program design, implementation, and evaluation. The primary goal that drove the Community Impact Study was to understand the perceived impact that the OCOF SOC has had on the broader communities it has served over time.

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