Assessing whether the source and type of funding impact mental health outcomes for children in foster care

The Foundation's program, Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health, was designed to build the evidence for public health law and policy, translate research findings into practical tools to increase the support for and use of law by policy makers and public health practitioners, and to translate findings to other fields and venues to improve and protect health.This study will focus on a question that permeates public health law research: does the source and/or type of funding, not just the amount of funding, impact health outcomes? The study focuses on health outcomes for abused and neglected children in out-of-home care in Ohio and specifically whether flexible funding improves outcomes directly linked to mental health. The study will look at funding sources including a dedicated local levy provides flexible local child welfare funding, state and federal funds, and federal waiver programs. The project will analyze ten years of county level data provided by Public Children's Services Association of Ohio. Findings will identify key elements of successful funding strategies that may be adopted in other jurisdictions to improve outcomes for children in state care and thereby improve the mental health of children who have experienced state care. The findings will be immediately disseminated to Ohio Children's Services Directors and other local, state and national partners through long-established communication lines including an electronic weekly newsletter. Deliverables include scholarly peer-reviewed articles, presentations, law review articles and judicial leadership network reports.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $270,269.00

Awarded on: 11/11/2011

Time frame: 11/15/2011 - 11/14/2013

Grant Number: 69673


Research Foundation for State University of New York on behalf of University at Buffalo

University of Buffalo
402 Crofts Hall
Buffalo, 14260-7016


Gregory Kapcar
Project Director


Susan Vivian Mangold
Project Director