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Resources for CMHI Communities

Currently, through a partnership with the SAMHSA-funded CMHI National Evaluation team at ICF International, members of the USF Logic Model Team are assisting Phase VI and VII communities in the development and use of theory-driven logic models to build community capacity for system development. Click here to learn more.


Thank you for visiting the USF Logic Model Team website. For more than 15 years, faculty and staff from University of South Florida have worked with colleagues across the country to help increase awareness of the mental health needs of children, youth, and families, and change the way our communities respond to those needs. We have a great understanding of what it takes to succesfully develop a comprehensive community-based system of care for children with serious emotional disturbance and their families. We know that it can be done successfully when stakeholders turn their ideas (and dreams) about system change into tangible action-oriented strategies.

National Focus:

We've had a long lasting partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), providing technical assistance and evaluation activities for SAMHSA's Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program (CMHI), the most comprehensive effort to date to meet the needs of the estimated 4.5-6.3 million children nationwide with serious emotional disturbances and their families. A series of reports developed by our researchers help to provide a greater understanding of how factors affecting system implementation contribute to the development of local systems of care.

Statewide Efforts:

Arizona has become the first state to implement the System of Care Practice Review (SOCPR) statewide. We consulted with the Arizona Department of Health/Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS/DBHS)  to develop a statewide Theory of Change that expresses the state’s strategies for implementing behavioral health services for children and their families.

Specialized Local Efforts:

Harbor House has been highly regarded as one of the best comprehensive domestic violence programs in the State of Florida. We helped leaders examine the method of service deliver and the outcomes by which success was measured. A thorough and careful examination of their efforts helped to ensure that resources are being utilized in the best manner possible. View Presentation.

Creating Logic Models to Support Evaluation:

Internal evaluation efforts that focus on organizational management and quality improvement are extremely valuable when it comes to guiding system development and making the day to day decisions that are related to system governance, management, and quality improvement. We can help bring evaluators and implementers together around a clearly articulated theory of change to strengthen both evaluation and service delivery efforts.