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Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Evaluation

PI: Richard Epstein, PhD, MPH

For more than a decade, DCFS has partnered with MHSPP to improve outcomes for children and families by providing technical assistance, implementation support, and program evaluation for a wide range of initiatives. Current projects include providing support for DCFS’ systemwide implementation of standardized assessment (for more information, please visit, support for DCFS’ clinical division and its programs (e.g., IPS/SASS, ODPRJ, and Placement Administration), and support for DCFS’ trauma initiatives. Other innovative work includes performance-based contracting for residential treatment and support for the Statewide Provider Database. MHSPP faculty and staff also provide support for initiatives related to the B.H. Consent Decree.