This study addresses: Does the source and/or type of funding, not just the amount of funding, impact health outcomes?
In 44 of Ohio's 88 counties, there is a dedicated local levy that provides flexible local child welfare funding. In 18 of the 88 counties, there was a IV-E waiver to provide flexible federal funding. The project analyzes 10 years of county level data provided by Public Children's Services Association of Ohio. Findings will identify key elements of successful funding strategies that may be adopted in other jurisdictions to improve outcomes for children in state care and thereby improve the mental health of children who have experienced state care.