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Unclaimed Children Revisited

Unclaimed Children Revisited is a multi-pronged initiative to generate new knowledge about policies across the United States that promote or inhibit the delivery of high-quality mental health services and supports to children, youth, and families in need.

The initiative builds on a framework developed over 25 years ago in a landmark study conducted by NCCP’s former director, Jane Knitzer.  Unclaimed Children Revisited highlights best state policy practice. It places special emphasis on identifying policies that promote developmentally and culturally appropriate services, family and youth engagement, and the effective use of evidence-based services.

Unclaimed Children Revisited includes:

  • a national survey of state child mental health directors;
  • UCR: California Case Study: mental health policies, services, and supports for children and youth in California, with a focus on 11 counties;
  • a case study of outcomes-based management in children’s mental health service delivery in Michigan; and
  • a working paper series on family and youth perspectives, financing, trauma, school-based mental health and cross-systems support of effective practices.

Unclaimed Children Revisited is funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. The work of the project is guided by national and state advisory committees.