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Key Personnel:
Mary I. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Norin Dollard, Ph.D.
Victoria Hummer, M.S.W.
John Robst, Ph.D.
Keren S. Vergon, Ph.D.
Stephanie C. Romney, Ph.D.
Roxann McNeish, M.P.H., M.S.W.
Ren Chen, M.S.
Sarah Cobb, Ph.D.
Christine Epps, B.S.
Jeana Matos
Frank Reyes, A.A.

Evaluation of Medicaid: Funded Out-of-Home Alternatives for FY06-07

Publication Date: 6/1/2007

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In Florida, 35 providers offer out-of-home treatment options (i.e., Statewide Inpatient Psychiatric Programs (SIPP), Specialized Therapeutic Foster Care (STFC), and Therapeutic Group Care Services (TGC)) for Florida's children and youth who are Medicaid eligible. This report addresses evaluation questions related to these programs as well as systemic issues concerning the role of outof- home care treatment alternatives in Florida. The common themes and issues addressed include demographic and clinical descriptions of the youth, service use and costs pre- and post-discharge, the use of trauma-informed care in these treatment settings, and the service trajectories of youth across the three programs. The report also presents a statistical methodology for examining group differences among youth across the three settings.