A Brief Introduction to Resource Materials

We have attempted to compile some studies, reports and issue briefs pertinent to our Summit discussions on April 28 & 29. These are selective and organized at present in four folders:

First, a folder containing the full electronic manuscript of our recent collective review volume. This will help provide orientation and context to the thematic discussions throughout Thursday, as well as the general discussions of future directions for therapeutic residential care (TRC). As you know, the references are quite extensive and provide a much broader perspective than the resources we’ve posted to the website.

Second, a folder containing ‘Selected Reports and Reviews’ from the U.S. Here you will find a set of policy briefs from the (American) Association of Children’s Residential Centers , a recent study of ‘congregate care’ from our (federal) U.S. Children’s Bureau and a variety of policy briefs and issues papers from the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) –including their recently commissioned consensus statement on group care for children- which is at present the largest single source of funded initiatives designed to alter current use patterns for what the foundation terms ‘congregate care’ settings.  A separate folder entitled Chapin Hall contains a recent study of congregate care using a multi-state child welfare data archive, as well as a policy brief jointly authored by Chapin Hall and the Chadwick Center at Children’s Hospital in San Diego entitled: Using Evidence to Accelerate the Safe and Effective Reduction of Congregate Care for Youth Involved with Child Welfare. Both the study and the policy brief are funded by AECF. Other materials in this folder include an earlier study of therapeutic residential provision (Magellan), a report on a major systems reform effort presently underway in California (RBS Group Care Reform), a brief note on pending Congressional legislation (Pro Publica), a policy brief from a major state association of child and family services (California) on ‘evidence-based practice’ , a brief report on an earlier summit on children’s mental health and a policy brief from Boys Town in Nebraska on the critical function of therapeutic residential care in an overall  service system.

A third folder contains at present two reviews which touch on therapeutic residential care in the UK: from the Department for Education (2015) and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (2012).

A fourth folder contains a selected number individual reviews, reports and papers – including from several of our volume contributors that in one way or another set a context for our Summit discussion.