SRI TO HOST 'HEALTHY START' CONFERENCE
AS IT BEGINS EVALUATION OF CALIFORNIA SOCIAL SERVICES
MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- SRI International will host the Healthy Start Evaluation Conference on Nov. 2 to kick-off the statewide evaluation of an innovative "one-stop shopping" approach to providing school-linked social services in California. Healthy Start requires state agencies "to center services around the family's needs rather than the agency's needs, to work together, coordinate, and share information," said Barbara Means, director of SRI's Health and Social Policy Division. "That means restructuring the whole way services are offered."
A combined effort of the State of California and a dozen private foundations, including the Arco Foundation, California Wellness Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, Stuart Foundation, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, Walter S. Johnson Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and Zellerbach Family Fund, the "Healthy Start" project uses schools as the base for providing coordinated services in areas such as medical care, child abuse prevention, drug abuse, mental illness treatment and teen parent education. SRI will be evaluating over 40 programs over the next three years.
"On November 2," said Mary Wagner, SRI's director of the evaluation, "SRI will bring together representatives from the various programs as well as members of the supporting foundations and state agencies. We want everyone to understand the nature of our role in this evaluation, and to work with us on refining the specific measures to be used in the statewide evaluation. SRI will be documenting both the process of building these collaborative arrangements and the effects that the programs have on agencies, schools, and children and their families."
In early 1992, the governor, the state superintendent of public instruction, and the foundation consortium completed an Agreement in Principle to establish the Comprehensive Integrated School-Linked Services Initiative (CISLS). The state partnership created by this Agreement in Principle has three goals, one of which is to provide state and local policy, evaluation and program support for SB 620, the Healthy Start Support Services for Children Act (Chapter 759, Statutes of 1991) which establishes comprehensive school-linked service sites.
SB 620 requires an independent, statewide evaluation of Healthy Start. The evaluation must focus on the processes of service delivery and outcomes for both children and families and for system improvement. It will produce periodic reports at local and state levels. A report of the initiative's results must be submitted by the state superintendent of public instruction to the legislature, the governor, and state agency directors by June 1, 1994.
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