SASS Evaluation Project

The Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS) initiative is a cooperative program in Illinois developed by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS) and the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide intensive mental health services for children and adolescents who may require psychiatric hospitalization. The development of the tri-department SASS program created a single, statewide system to serve the acute mental health needs of children whose care will require public funding from one of the three agencies. The SASS program features a single point of entry (Crisis and Referral Entry Service; CARES) for all children entering the system and ensures that children receive crisis services in the most appropriate setting. Dr. Atkins and his team have contracted with the DCFS, DHFS, and DHS to provide research and analysis of data collected by the agencies designed to evaluate the outcomes of the SASS program and to improve the clinical care of youth served by the SASS system.


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