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Jacksonville System of Care Initiative

In 2010, the city of Jacksonville was awarded a five-year, $9 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Cooperative Agreement to improve children’s mental health services through the Jacksonville System of Care Initiative (SOCI) in Duval County. Subsequently, the city received a grant in 2015 to expand services to children at risk of being admitted to a child crisis stabilization unit.

The University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville Center for Health Equity and Quality Research (CHEQR) was awarded a sub-contract through the city and Managed Access to Child Health (MATCH Inc.) to evaluate the initiative. CHEQR is also the lead research partner for the initiative and collaborates with several community organizations including Partnership for Child Health, Jacksonville Children’s Commission, Mental Health America, Children’s Medical Services, Duval County Public Schools, United Way, Department of Juvenile Justice, foster care and children's mental health agencies, and the Early Learning Coalition of Duval.

Evaluation Overview

Evaluation is required by the SAMHSA Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Initiative (CMHS) through the prescribed National Evaluation and National Outcome Measures . In addition, each grantee has local evaluation activities that focus on issues important to the local initiative and the community. Part of the overall evaluation aim is to share and disseminate our findings and lessons learned to the community, as well as to regional and national audiences. For more information, please see: http://partnershipforchildhealth.org/systems-of-care/.

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