Children and Family Services

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A father and sonChildren and Family Services provide support to children who do not have natural family members who can care for them. There are a number of settings that support children including foster care, adoption, group homes, or shelters. Adults with disabilities may live with foster families as well. Children or adults who are in foster care or other settings may feel sad, angry, depressed, or anxious. These feelings can be due to a past history of trauma from past abuse, the death of family members, and feelings of loss. Over time, these feelings can make it difficult to be successful in school or at work. Positive supports are used to help children and adults. These practices help improve the quality of a person’s life and increase emotional and behavioral health.

In Depth


Assertive Community Treatment Evidence-based Practices Kit

Minnesota Adult Mental Health Assertive Community Treatment Information

Minnesota Standards for Assertive Community Treatment

Assertive Community Treatment Summary

Assertive Community Treatment Implementation Manual—The Evidence-based Treatment Guide from The Center for Evidence-based Practices and Its Ohio Assertive Community Treatment Coordinating Center of Excellence

Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development Article on ACT
Assertive Community Treatment and Motivational Interviewing
Manthey TJ, Blajeski S & Monroe-DeVita M. (2012). Motivational Interviewing and Assertive Community Treatment: A Case for Training ACT Teams.  International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation. Vol 16(1) 5-16.

Article on Fidelity of Implementation: Tool for Measurement of Assertive Community Treatment 
Monroe-DeVita, M., Teague. G.B., & Moser, L.L. (2011). The TMACT: A New Tool for Measuring Fidelity to Assertive Community Treatment. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 17: 17 DOI: 10.1177/1078390310394658

Cost Effectiveness of Assertive Community Treatment
Clark, R. E., Teague, G. B., Ricketts, S. K., Bush, P. W., Xie, H., McGuire, T. G., … Zubkoff, M. (1998). Cost-effectiveness of assertive community treatment versus standard case management for persons with co-occurring severe mental illness and substance use disorders. Health Services Research, 33(5 Pt. 1), 1285–1308.

School-based Mental Health
Kutash, K., Duchnowski, A. J., & Lynn, N. (2006). School-based mental health: An empirical guide for decision-makers. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, The Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, Department of Child & Family Studies., Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health.

A Framework for Successful Schools

Advancing Education Effectiveness: Interconnecting School Mental Health and School-wide Positive Behavior Support
Development of an Interconnected Systems Framework for School Mental Health
Center for School Mental Health

Article: Barriers to Implementation of School-based Mental Health
Langley, A. K., Nadeem, E., Kataoka, S. H., Stein, B. D., & Jaycox, L. H. (2010). Evidence-Based Mental Health Programs in Schools: Barriers and Facilitators of Successful Implementation. School Mental Health, 2(3), 105–113.

Article: Integration of Education and Mental Health
Integration of Education and Mental Health in Schools. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 37,(1), 40-47.