Polaris Awarded Phase II Grant for a System to Serve Children and Adolescents in the Child Welfare System

Langhorne, PA (June 2006)- Polaris Health Directions has been awarded a phase II grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for its Child and Adolescent Welfare Outcome System (CA-WOS). This system helps child welfare agencies address and monitor co-morbid mental health issues along with the impact of trauma and behavioral problems that may lead to placement in jail or other high cost-intensity settings. This computer-based, multi-informant system also allows child welfare and mental health professionals identify both problem and strength areas for children and their families to increase the likelihood for reunification, and to establish safety and permanency plans.

Goals for Phase II include: (1) adding successful permanency indicators to the update report; (2) development of web-based software to administer and report update assessments; (3) data collection in private and county settings; (4) development of predictive models for resilience and for the prediction of successful reunification; and (5) development of Web-based training modules and materials.

The system is available now as a pilot program. For more information, send an e-mail to moreinfo@polarishealth.com. Follow Polaris on Facebook.