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Community Ment Health J. 2003 Feb;39(1):63-74.

The Dawn Project: a model for responding to the needs of children with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families.

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  • 1Department of Teacher Education, School of Education, Indiana University/ IUPUI, Indianapolis 46202-5155, USA.


Systems of care represent a fundamental departure from traditional service provision by espousing genuine family-centered, culturally competent philosophies and blending the funding streams of multiple payers (e.g., education, mental health, child welfare). In Marion County, Indiana, local leaders created a system of care based on these principles called the Dawn Project. Currently, a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation is being implemented to evaluate the program. Preliminary findings from initial evaluation efforts suggest that for youth in the project, there is significant clinical improvement during the first year of receiving services, a reduction in the use of more restrictive settings, and a decrease in recidivism among those who successfully complete the program.

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