Starting in May 1996, the King County Blended Funding Project was a cooperative effort to create a system of care to meet the needs of the most difficult-to-serve and high-cost children, youth, and their families in King County.
The systems of care agreed to take a new approach by blended funds, creating a single care manager, managing costs and services at the child and family team level and tracking outcomes.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Mental Health Services Program for Youth Replication.
The Evaluation: The evaluation also compared the costs of care in the new system with historical costs of traditional services.
Preliminary conclusions were that "the significant improvements in all process measures are quite remarkable and encouraging…. However… the number of children on whom we have made a follow-up assessment is small. The possibility that these results are not based on a random sampling of the Blended Funding participants must be examined."