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Robert Cohen is senior advisor to the Center for Child Well-Being in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University.
Allison Ventura is assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida, College of Medicine in Jacksonville.
Part I: Setting The Stage
Chapter 1: The Status of Care for At Risk Youth and Families in the 1980s
Chapter 2: The System of Care Paradigm Emerges
Chapter 3: Why Virginia?
Chapter 4: Inside the Act: What the Legislation Promised and Required
Part II: 1993–2001
Chapter 5: The Curtain Rises: The Early Years
Chapter 6: A New Way: Building a Program Around the Child
Chapter 7: Putting All the Pieces Together: A Locality Creates a Comprehensive System of Care
Chapter 8: Entering an Era of Accountability
Part III: 2002–2013
Chapter 9: Moving into the New Millennium: Coming of Age or Arrested Development? 198
Chapter 10: CSA Reaches Adolescence: Small Signs of Hope
Chapter 11: A Surprising Turn of Events
Part IV: The Reviews Arrive: Making Sense Of CSA’s 20 Year Odyssey
Chapter 12: Percentages, Perception, and Profiles
Chapter 13: Putting CSA In Perspective
Part V: Other Venues and Lessons for Those Who Aspire To Act on the Stage of Reform
Chapter 14: Systems of Care in Other States
Chapter 15: When States are Ordered to Reform
Chapter 16: Local Systems of Care
Chapter 17: Walking a High Wire on a Windy Day: Lessons from the Field
About the Authors
These authors offer a well documented history of child mental health services over decades in the State of Virginia. It provides a tangled history of the interaction between politics and mental health leadership. Their clearly articulated insights will be of value to historians and to public health policy leaders.
— Barbara J. Burns, Duke University
Whether you are a child serving professional, advocate, policy maker or family member, this work is a “must read” reference and guide. It honors the family and children’s voices struggling to secure the care that they need and explains how difficult transformation of practice and policy truly is. As a colleague of the authors, and administrator in children’s mental health system of care initiatives, I was impressed with the comprehensive approach to the detailed chronicling of the development of the Children’s Service system in Virginia. Their comparison with other States’ experiences with system of care from a political, developmental, structural and personal perspective illustrates creative approaches and identifies best practice strategies.
In the end, all systems come down to the one child that we all want to see succeed and have a safe and happy life. Drs. Cohen and Ventura expertly paint the canvas on what that life looks like and gives us a glimpse of the next portrait of children’s community mental health.
— Alexandria W. Lewis, Virginia Commonwealth University
As one of the co-authors of the original monograph that presented the vision for systems of care, I am delighted to see this comprehensive, thorough, and thoughtful presentation of the work done over a 20-year period in Virginia. As Bob Cohen and Allison Ventura point out, achieving system reform is a complex and challenging task and sustaining reforms beyond their initial stage is not only difficult but often overlooked. This book is very rare in that it looks at a reform over a 20 year period, and presents scholarly information as well as information from a variety of key informants. The information is primarily about the Virginia system of care reform, but also examines efforts in other states as well as local communities. The book should be of value both within the system of care world and the world of system change and reform more broadly, and the authors are to be congratulated for their enormous contribution.
— Robert Friedman, University of South Florida