The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) established the Resiliency Support Clubhouse Program in 2012 for children and youth with behavioral health needs. The clubhouses are modeled after a similar program within the Division of Addictive Diseases. These Resiliency Support Clubhouses are designed to provide comprehensive services (including peer and educational support, family engagement, and social activities) for children and families coping with isolation and stigma related to mental health disorders. Together, Resiliency Support Clubhouses and Co-Occurring Clubhouses (for youth with behavioral health needs and substance use issues) engaged close to 600 youth in fiscal year 2015. DBHDD recently expanded the Resiliency Support program to 10 clubhouse providers in Georgia’s six service regions.
The Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health has worked with DBHDD to develop a program vision and mission, a program model, and a revised evaluation plan. The Center of Excellence provides ongoing fidelity monitoring and evaluation support. To facilitate data collection, the Center of Excellence team created an online data collection survey to gather provider-level data related to service utilization and consumer and family outcomes. Following data analysis, the evaluation team creates an overall report card to combine the data across all clubhouses, as well as individual Fidelity Monitoring Report Cards, unique to each provider. Evaluation metrics include characterization of youth served, referral and discharge patterns, school performance, juvenile justice involvement, and engagement and satisfaction among youth and families. The goal of these report cards is to support continuous quality improvement processes and decision-making based on current and representative provider data.