Investigators affiliated with the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth Mental Health Care, conducted two waves of a study of local mental health advocacy organizations that support families of children and adolescents with mental health needs. The first took place in the fall of 2006 and the second in the fall of 2008. Both were expansions of the MacArthur Foundation ChildSteps project.
The analysis focused on the size, structure and financing of these organizations, as well as their role in shaping mental health services offered in their communities.
Wave 1 of the study interviewed staff at 225 family advocacy organizations:
Wave 2 of the study interviewed a random sample of staff at 120 of the family advocacy organizations surveyed in Wave 1, 40 in each of three categories: no working alliance with a clinic, some working alliance and a strong working alliance.