Systems collaboration has repeatedly been cited as a component of successful social service delivery. Through qualitative data, this study explored the process involved in inter-agency collaboration when providing Integrative Family and Systems Treatment (I-FAST) for families with severely emotionally or behaviorally disturbed children. Data were collected through a series of eight focus groups with 26 agency collaborators across 11 counties in Ohio. Data analysis revealed two emergent phenomena: the process of developing collaboration, consisting of making initial contact, a trial period and developing trust; and the key ingredients of collaboration, focusing on interpersonal and professional qualities. Implications of each theme are discussed.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
Lee, M. Y., Teater, B., Greene, G. J., Solovey, A. D., Grove, D., Fraser, J. S., Washburn, P., & Hsu, K. S. (2012). Key processes, ingredients and components of successful systems collaboration: Working with severely emotionally or behaviorally disturbed children and their families. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 39(5), 394-405. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10488-011-0358-8