Research on mental health services for children and adolescents has become a vibrant subspecialty within the larger field of mental health services research. This research program experienced a somewhat later start than that focusing on adults, and faces a set of issues and challenges that are both different and in many ways more complex. The served population itself is bounded by infancy and the late teen years, and includes all age groups in between. This developmental spectrum naturally necessitates there being a correspondingly diverse array of mental health services. The disorders experienced by children and adolescents can become apparent in the family, the school, the pediatricians office, the social welfare agency or the courts, and the settings in which services may be provided can include any or all of these, as well as numerous others. Indeed, it has become standard practice in discussing mental health service delivery for this population to emphasize systems of care, although identifying the outlines and boundaries of such systems can itself be a daunting task.The chapters in this volume singly and collectively reflect the richness and complexity of research in this burgeoning and vitally important area and also highlight the novel conceptual and methodological approaches researchers in this field are taking in tackling its most critical issues. It focuses on the unique challenges related to mental health services for children; it examines the different settings (school, home, community, etc.) where treatment and diagnosis may take place; and it reviews literature in the area and discusses the creative approaches taken by researchers.
INTRODUCTION: CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH PART I: RESEARCH ON SERVICES -- FROM BIRTH TO YOUNG ADULTHOOD THE FAILURE OF COMMUNITY SETTINGS FOR THE IDENTIFICATION AND TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION IN WOMEN AND YOUNG CHILDREN SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS THE GREAT DIVIDE: HOW MENTAL HEALTH POLICY FAILS YOUNG ADULTHOOD PART II: EVALUATING AND EXAMINING SYSTEMS OF CARE THE SEARCH FOR COORDINATED, CONTINUOUS COMMUNITY-BASED CARE: HOW THE PARALLEL EFFORTS OF THE MEDICAL HOME AND SYSTEMS OF CARE CAN INFORM EACH OTHER EVALUATING SERVICE SYSTEM COORDINATION FROM THE PROVIDERS PERSPECTIVE MEASURING CHILDRENS SYSTEMS OF CARE USING ANONYMOUS DATA SETS; CASELOAD OVERLAP. SERVICE SYSTEM INTEGRATION AND NUMBER OF PROGRAMS PER PERSON PART III: SYSTEMS OF CARE AND EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE: THEORETICAL AND CONCEPTUAL ISSUES IN RESEARCH AND POLICY ANALYSIS THE EVIDENCE FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES: HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY OR CREATE OTHER GLASSES? CHALLENGES FOR A SYSTEM OF CARE EXCHANGING GLANCES? SYSTEMS, PRACTICE AND EVIDENCE IN CHILDRENS MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES