Title
Children's Mental Health Study
Report Type Final Report 
Date Published August 2002 
Publication Number 02-5 
Mandate
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Abstract
The 2001-03 biennial budget directs JLARC to study children’s public mental health services in Washington State. This study reviews whether legislative intent has been fulfilled concerning the coordination of children’s mental health planning and activities, and the implementation of the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program. The study includes an analysis of whether the 1991 children’s mental health coordination statute provides appropriate priorities for the Office of Financial Management (OFM) and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to carry out policy and management responsibilities. Information is also presented in JLARC’s preliminary report about the availability and reliability of fiscal, program and outcome data, and what data could be used to better manage services. The study makes five recommendations.
Author(s)

Bob Thomas, Project Supervisor
Valerie Whitener, Analyst
Shayne Frost, Analyst

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Number of Pages 58 
Keywords  
Category Human Services