The study described in this paper utilized a qualitative case study method to assess the processes involved in inter-system collaboration in the context of one state's system change initiative. The collaborative experience is described from the perspective of participating service system professionals and family members. The major themes of collaboration that emerged from the study included changes in communication across systems, changes in inter-system relationships, changes in attitudes, changes in interactions with families, and changes in the ways services are delivered. Lessons learned and practice implications of each theme are discussed.
Tracy, Elizabeth M.; Beigel, David E.; Rebeck, Ann C.; and Johnsen, Jeffrey A.
"Intersystem Collaboration: A Statewide Initiative to Support Families,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 7
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol7/iss1/8