Home - About the Children, Teens and Families Indicators PortalBackground
The Children's Plan of New York State is a blueprint for how we can improve the social and emotional well-being of New York's children and their families (Children's Plan). The Children's Plan represents a fundamental reform effort in services for children. The Plan articulates a blueprint for moving from intensive and expensive services for a few, toward early intervention, collaboration and improved outcomes for youth and families. One theme emerging from the Plan is the call for data-driven measures that can be used to better understand and improve the quality of services and services outcomes for youth and families.
What is the Children, Teens and Families Indicators Portal Project?
The Children, Teens and Families Indicators Portal Project is a multi-phased effort to expand the
availability of data-driven measures on youth and family services in New York State. The project platform is an Internet-based
public information portal - the 'Children, Teens and Families Indicators Portal'.
Phase I of the Children, Teens and Families Indicators Portal
The first phase (Phase I) of the Children, Teens and Families Indicators Portal project was released in March 2009. Phase I includes dynamic reports on youth behavior/symptoms, functioning, youth and family strengths, family characteristics, and lengths of stay. These reports are derived from the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) Child and Adult Integrated Reporting System (CAIRS). Reports display information by program type and provider for the admission and discharge segments of care and include information over time from 2002 to the present.
Phase I also included static reports from the NYS OMH Youth Assessment of Care (YACS) and Family Assessment of Care (FACS) surveys conducted from 2006 - 2008. These reports displayed statewide survey response rates, youth demographics, and youth and family satisfaction on survey domains. Standard administrative summary reports on youth and family survey results (statewide, regional and agency specific) are also posted in the Archive section of the portal.
Phase II of the Children, Teens and Families Indicators Portal
The second phase (Phase II) of the Children, Teens and Families Indicators Portal project was released in the summer of 2010. Phase II adds a set of CAIRS derived reports that display Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths-Mental Health (CANS-MH) assessment data. CANS-MH reports include youth strengths and needs at admission and discharge from programs or when deemed eligible for Single Point of Access (SPOA) level of care services.
In addition, the NYS OMH Youth and Family Assessment of Care surveys section of the portal was significantly enhanced. The static statewide reports were replaced with dynamic reports which show youth and family satisfaction by agency, program, program type, and geographic region (statewide, region and county) and by youth demographic characteristics (age, gender and race/ethnicity). Standard administrative summary reports of youth and family survey results (statewide, regional and agency specific) from 2006 to the present time continue to be posted in the Archived Reports section of the portal.
A new section on the health status of youth in NYS OMH operated children's day treatment programs and outpatient clinics was included Youth Health Indicators. All youth outpatients in these programs have physical activity level, body mass percentile, smoking and substance use status monitored on a regular basis. Quarterly reports of the health status of youth in these programs are produced and available in the 'Kids Indicators' Portal.