Janet S. Walker

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OBJECTIVE In order to expand the research base on effective community-based mental health treatments, methods are needed to define and evaluate promising interventions that have not been systematically developed and tested. In this report, the authors describe the results of an effort to better define the wraparound process for children and adolescents with(More)
Evaluation descriptions in the research literature tend to ignore the full context of the community change efforts from which they emerged. In this paper, we describe a range of evaluation studies and data collection activities conducted over the course of one state's effort to reform its child welfare system on behalf of families with children experiencing(More)
Wraparound is an individualized, team-based service planning and care coordination process intended to improve outcomes for youth with complex behavioral health challenges and their families. In recent years, several factors have led wraparound to become an increasingly visible component of service systems for youth, including its alignment with the youth(More)
Achieving coherence and integration across staff professional development activities is facilitated when training, coaching and staff evaluation are guided by a clearly articulated program theory or “theory of change” that describes how skillful practice promotes desired outcomes. We focus on a theory of change for wraparound, a widely implemented approach(More)
Within children’s mental health, there is an increasing demand for wider implementation of wraparound and other interventions that can provide comprehensive, individualized, family-driven care. Unfortunately, implementation has proven difficult because these approaches do not necessarily flourish within traditionally organized agencies and systems. This has(More)
In recent years, collaborative family– provider teams have become increasingly popular as a mechanism for creating and implementing individualized service plans for children and families with complex needs. This sort of team-based planning is currently used in a wide variety of human service contexts, including special education, developmental disabilities,(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the magnitude of stigmatizing attitudes toward peers with depression or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in a national sample of children ages 8 to 18 and to examine variation in level of stigma by school location, region of the United States, grade level, race/ethnicity, or sex. METHOD Surveys were administered to(More)
The wraparound process is a type of individualized, team-based care coordination that has become central to many state and system efforts to reform children's mental health service delivery for youths with the most complex needs and their families. Although the emerging wraparound research base is generally positive regarding placements and costs, effect(More)
OBJECTIVE Children's causal attributions about childhood mental health problems were examined in a national sample for prevalence; relative stigmatization; variation by age, race and ethnicity, and gender; and self-report of a diagnosis of depression or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). METHODS A national sample of 1,091 children were(More)
OBJECTIVE This article focuses on wraparound as an example of a team planning process, and uses data from several sources to reflect on questions about whether-and under what conditions-collaborative teams are successful in engaging young people-and their caregivers-in planning. METHODS We used data collected in three studies to address our research(More)