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University of South Florida · College of Behavioral & Community Sciences · Mental Health Law & Policy


Key Personnel:
Patty Sharrock, M.S.W.
Amy C. Vargo, M.A.
Keren S. Vergon, Ph.D.
Stephen Roggenbaum, M.A.
Roger Boothroyd, Ph.D.
Amanda LeBlanc, B.A.

The Children's Quality of Care Study FY06-07: A Study of the Quality of Children's Mental Health Services within Florida's Medicaid Behavioral Health Care Plans

Publication Date: 6/1/2007

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For the past three years, the Children's Quality of Care Study has examined the quality of Medicaid-funded mental health care provided to children with serious emotional disturbance (SED) enrolled in either a Prepaid Mental Health Plan (PMHP) or Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) and their families in various regions of Florida. This third and final year focused on examining the effectiveness of managed care organizations in providing quality mental health services to children with SED in AHCA Area 7 (Brevard, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties) and to ascertain any differences in quality of care among the four managed care organizations included in the study. A mail survey was sent to 400 caregivers (parents/guardians) of children with SED and 100 service providers to assess the quality of Medicaid-funded mental health care being provided in the following four domains of care: access, consumer engagement, appropriateness, and outcomes.