SOC Planning

Boston Public Health Commission: Evaluation of the Massachusetts Multi-City Young Children’s Mental Health System of Care (SOC) Planning Project

The Massachusetts Multi-City Young Children’s Mental Health System of Care (SOC) Planning Project was conducted in the state’s three largest cities (Boston, Worcester and Springfield) to develop strategic plans to improve local services for children ages 0-9 with serious emotional disturbances and their families, and demonstrate the value of a planning model that is locally focused but also involves state agencies. Serving as the independent evaluator, Center staff identified the characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of the planning process, so this information can be used to improve the process and potential replicability in other communities. The evaluation examined the extent to which project activities have been responsive to cultural health beliefs, practices, preferred languages, health literacy and other communication needs of residents in the three partner cities.