Assessing the Possible Impact of Child and Family Teams in Arizona Using Propensity ScoresKhaleel S Hussaini*
Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health and Preparedness, Bureau of Public Health Statistics, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Khaleel S. Hussaini
Arizona Department of Health Services
Division of Public Health and Preparedness
Bureau of Public Health Statistics
150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 550, Phoenix, AZ 85007-3242, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: August 07, 2014; Accepted Date: September 15, 2014; Published Date: September 18, 2014
Citation: Hussaini KS (2014) Assessing the Possible Impact of Child and Family Teams in Arizona Using Propensity Scores. J Child Adolesc Behav 2:160. doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000160
Copyright: ©Hussaini KS. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use,distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The study assessed the impact of Child and Family Teams (CFT) on functional outcomes, for children enrolled in Arizona’s public behavioral health system. The current study extends the existing evidence on wraparound approach to a public behavioral health setting where randomization may not be feasible and/or ethical. The study was a quasiexperimental non-equivalent post-test only design comprising of 3,950 children with an AXIS V diagnoses of ‘severe impairment’ in Arizona who were eligible and received Medicaid funded services. Multivariable propensity weights were used to estimate the odds of successful functioning among children who voluntarily participated in a CFT compared to those who did not. Children who participated in CFT had better odds of avoiding delinquency (95% CI, 1.06-1.3, p<0.01) and succeeding in school (95% CI, 1.29-1.55, p<0.01) when compared to the children that did not participate in CFT even after adjusting for other covariates.