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Cultural Equity in the Orange County System of Care

This Research Brief was prepared for the Cultural Equity Task Force (CET) for discussion on June 12, 2012. The purpose of the report is to inform the CET’s continuing cultural equity efforts by providing information on the racial and ethnic distribution of youth in the Orange County System of Care (OCSOC), and families’ perceptions of the cultural competence of their service providers.

Positive Effects of Cultural Equity Efforts

The effect of targeted outreach and cultural equity efforts initiated throughout the Orange County System of Care in Year 3 are reflected in several findings presented in this report.

Enrollment of Youth of Color, particularly Black/African American youth, increased over time such that Youth of Color are now slightly over-represented among youth enrolled in the OCSOC compared with youth served by mental health agencies in Orange County, or the U.S. Census.

Enrollment of Hispanic/Latino youth has remained at about one-quarter of all enrollments over time, reflecting the population of Hispanic/Latino youth in the county.

Slight differences in diagnoses of youth from different racial/ethnic groups prior to Year 3 were mitigated in Years 3 and 4.

The fact that caregivers reported high levels of culturally competent care, and that there were no significant differences between or among racial groups, reflects positively on the cultural equity training, outreach, and other efforts throughout the Orange County System of Care.

Areas for Continuing Efforts

Having providers who understand and incorporate the family’s culture into services and planning is important to caregivers. However, having a provider of the same race/ethnicity is neither important nor influential on caregivers’ perception of the cultural equity of their service provider as long as there is a fundamental sense of respect for the family. Caregivers reported high levels of cultural equity on many items. Asking about traditions and attending to cultural needs received the lowest scores, indicating areas for further training and support.

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Overview: What is the DPR and Why Should I Read It?

Section I: Child and Family Status at Intake
Youth and caregiver demographics, referrals, agency involvement, diagnoses, participation in service plan development, presenting problems, family history, custody, physical health, ER visits, economic status

Section II: Living Situation

Section III: Education
Attendance, performance, IEPs, disciplinary actions

Section IV: Juvenile Justice Involvement
History (arrests, police/court involvement), delinquent behaviors

Section V: Substance Use
Substance problem scales, substance use (types)

Section VI: Child Clinical Measures
Strengths, impairment, anxiety, depression, competence, emotional/behavioral problems

Section VII: Caregiver and Family Measures
Stress and strain

Section VIII: Service Experience
Service setting, service use – support services, outpatient and inpatient services, cultural competence, perspectives on services (youth and caregiver)

Section IX: Youth Employment, Safe Neighborhood, and Bullying
Employment status, interaction with peers and adults, safety and violence in neighborhood, bullying, coping with emotional/behavioral challenges, service support, gender identity and sexual orientation, life skills

How Can I Use the DPR?
  • Start a conversation – Anything in there that surprised you? Are we doing as well as you thought we would be at this point?
  • See how you might use it in your advocacy work.
  • Ask for the Powerpoint version and present it to your provider team.
  • Think about ways to use the DPR to get the word out about the System of Care.
  • This is “our” report, so share it, discuss it, ask questions about it!


Have more questions? Want some help digesting all this information? Want to learn more about the evaluation?
Come to the Evaluation Workgroup or Full Partnership.

Contact the Evaluation Team: LuAnn McCormick, Project Director or Ann Cleary, Local Evaluation Coordinator.

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The Center for Human Services Research is leading the congressionally-mandated, mixed-methods evaluation of Orange County’s System of Care. Our evaluators use a family-driven approach in order to meaningfully engage the families and youth in our community in the implementation of the research.

  • The Descriptive Study collects demographic characteristics, social and functional characteristics, mental health diagnoses and presenting problems on all children/youth entering the system of care.
  • The Longitudinal Child and Family Outcome Study uses a combination of questionnaires and standardized instruments regarding: children’s emotional and behavioral status, strengths, educational performance, criminal justice system involvement, living environments, caregiver strain, family functioning, service utilization, and child and family satisfaction with services. Families and youth are interviewed in-person at 6-month intervals over the course of the project.
  • The Services and Costs Study examines the individual-level costs associated with providing services within a system of care environment.
  • The Wraparound Fidelity Index assesses the implementation and application of Wraparound.
  • Data is also collected by using focus groups with providers, families, and youth; online surveys, and personal interviews.

CHSR’s Orange County, System of Care Evaluation selected as an exemplary practice

The Center’s Orange County System of Care Evaluation has been selected as an exemplary practice by the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health. The evaluation, led by Dr. LuAnn McCormick and Ann Cleary, was selected out of dozens of nominations to be among 20 exemplary practices to showcase as a resource to new SAMHSA cooperative agreement sites approved for federal funding in October 2010. Speaking on the award, Dr. McCormick, the Evaluation Project Director, remarked, “We are honored to receive this recognition for our evaluation efforts in Orange County. The evaluation team and our partners strive to make the evaluation process and products as creative and meaningful to the community as we can.”

The submission, which can be viewed here, will become part of a take-home toolkit for participants of the New Communities Training for 2010 sites in Rockville MD in April 2011.
For more information on the Center for Human Services Research, University at Albany, State University of New York, visit

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