Lessons From the Evaluation of the ACCESS Program

Howard H. Goldman, Joseph P. Morrissey, Robert A. Rosenheck, Joseph Cocozza, Margaret Blasinsky, and Frances Randolph

August 2002

The authors summarize the main findings of the Access to Community Care and Effective Services (ACCESS) program and offer lessons for policy makers. Data from studies at the site level and the client level, which were presented in the two separate articles, are summarized and synthesized with the authors' collective experience with the ACCESS program. The results of the evaluation suggest that although service systems integration can be improved, targeted efforts to implement strategies for integration do not produce better client outcomes. Efforts to integrate service systems can be supported by their effects on some organizational relationships within the mental health service system but not by their widespread effects across human services or their direct effects on clients.

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