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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MHS6610
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2006-02-15
  2. Department: Child and Family Studies
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 583000050
  5. Contact Person: Carol MacKinnon-Lewis
  6. Phone: 8139742075
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MHS
  9. Number: 6610
  10. Full Title: Financing of Children’s Mental Health Services
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Financing Child MH Services
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Addresses theoretical, evaluative, political issues regarding financing of children’s mental health services; will further students’ critical thinking about financing strategies/structures that support effective systems of care.Unrestricted/nonrepeatable.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course will assist the student to better understand and become prepared to actively participate in the development of appropriate financing mechanisms for services and supports for children with serious mental health problems and their families. This
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? We expect this course to be in great demand because it addresses an area that is critical to the successful implementation of a system of care for children and their families, as noted above, and to our knowledge, no such course currently exists. Administrators and faculty nationwide are expressing interest in this course. This course will be an elective in the Graduate Certificate in Children’s Mental Health.

    This course may be applicable to the colleges/programs of Public Health, Social Work, Psychology, Education, Business.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The instructor should meet the following requirements: Possess a doctoral degree that is appropriate to the area in which they are teaching; have graduate teaching experience in the mental health field; specifically, Dr. Armstrong has taught the following courses: Children’s Mental Health Services, Clinical Social Work Research, Qualitative Methods in Social Work Research, and Field Research I and II.
  29. Objectives: This master’s level course is meant to further critical thinking about financing strategies and structures that support the development of effective systems of care for children’s mental health. The course will assist the student to better understand and become prepared to fulfill a role as an active participant in the development of appropriate financing mechanisms for services and supports for children with serious mental health disorders and their families. The course will consider the theoretical, economic, evaluative, and political issues related to financing of children’s mental health services, and will provide distance learning instruction and opportunity for experiential learning.
  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Understand the contextual and political issues that relate to the development of a comprehensive financing plan for children’s mental health services and supports.

    2. Develop a critical perspective about the financing strategies and structures that states and communities use to fund children’s mental health services.

    3. Understand the impact of financing on families of a child with serious mental health problems.

    4. Conceptualize, design, and implement a study about a community’s financing strategies and structures.

    5. Develop a proposal for a financing study in children’s mental health.

    6. Practice observation and data collection techniques in an experiential learning project.

    7. Conduct a variety of strategies for analyzing and interpreting qualitative data in the children’s mental health field.

    8. Write a financing study report with useful policy and practice recommendations for children’s mental health.

  31. Major Topics: Overview of the challenges (creative use of Medicaid funding, managed care, multiple funding sources, restrictiveness of funding sources) in the development of a plan for providing services for children with Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) and their families; types of behavioral health funding across systems; impact of financing on families with a child with SED; maximization of federal entitlement funding; financing of appropriate services and supports; fiscal incentives to promote evidence-based and promising practices; financing to support family driven, youth guided care; financing to support cultural/linguistic competence and reduce disparities; financing to improve the workforce and provider networks; financing for accountability; key stakeholders from a community with an effective financing plan.
  32. Textbooks: Armstrong, M. I.(2003). Health care reform tracking project (HCRTP): Promising approaches for behavioral health services to children and adolescents and their families in managed care systems—4: Accountability and quality assurance in managed care systems. Tampa, FL: Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health, Department of Child and Family Studies, Division of State and Local Support, Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Inst., University of South Florida. Available online at:

    Fixsen, D.

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