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Unpublished Paper
Understanding Multisystem Youth and their Patterns of Services Use
  • Dennis P Culhane, University of Pennsylvania
  • Steven Metraux, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia
  • Jung Min Park, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Chin-Chih Chen, Virginia Commonwealth University

This study integrates data from public schools (absenteeism/truancy), foster care, juvenile justice, homelessness and behavioral health services, to better understand the prevalence and types of multisystem services use in Philadelphia. Results suggest that some multisystem services use is intentional, such as transfers from juvenile justice to mental health residential treatment, whereas other patterns reflect the complex and overlapping needs of youth moving among service sectors. Results may suggest areas of collaborative service planning and integrated service strategies, to improve outcomes and reduce costs and duplication of services.

  • multisystem youth,
  • cross-system youth
Publication Date
August, 2012
Citation Information
Dennis P Culhane, Steven Metraux, Jung Min Park and Chin-Chih Chen. "Understanding Multisystem Youth and their Patterns of Services Use" (2012)
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