A multi-state study on mental health evaluation for children entering foster care

Munya Hayek, Thomas I. Mackie, Christina M. Mulé, Christopher Bellonci, Justeen Hyde, Jennifer S. Bakan, Laurel K. Leslie

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When compared with the general United States child population, children entering foster care have elevated rates of mental health problems. This study examines: (1) state approaches to mental health evaluations for children entering foster care for the first time, (2) the consistency of these approaches with professional guidelines, and (3) whether the specific instruments endorsed are supported by available evidence. Semi-structured qualitative interviews and a document review of available protocols/policies were conducted for 47 states and the District of Columbia. All states endorsed mental health evaluations; variation existed between states in approach, timeframe, administrator, and specific instruments endorsed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)552-567
Number of pages16
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


  • Assessment
  • Child welfare
  • Evaluation
  • Foster care
  • Mental health
  • Screening

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