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Services Assessment for Children and Adolescents (SACA-C). This computerized interview is a revised version of the Service Assessment for Children and Adolescents (SACA; Stiffman et al., 2000). This measure was developed by the team of researchers in the UNOCCAP Project for NIMH. It assesses the frequency, duration, type, and cost of mental health and social services associated with the child's behavior, substance abuse, and delinquency. It has been adapted to also include school-based and court services.
The SACA for Kids is an extremely limited version of the original SACA (Stiffman et al., 2000). It collects self-reported information on the use of mental health services in the past 2 years. If the youth endorses receiving services, the measure collects the facility name, city and state. The services included are:
In addition, the measure asks whether youth ever had any police or court contact. If yes, respondents are asked their age at first contact and more detailed questions about police/court contact in the past 12 months. The additional questions gather information on the following:
In addition to service use, the measure also collects data on health care coverage, police/court contact, prescription drug use for mental health reasons, and special education services if youth attended secondary school in the past 2 years.
The health insurance coverage section asks whether the young adult currently has health insurance. If yes, the young adult is asked how long he/she has had coverage and the source of coverage. If no, the measure inquires about the length of time since he/she had coverage. All respondents are asked if they have ever been without insurance in past 2 years.
The prescription drug section asks whether youth received a written prescription for medication for mental health reasons in the past 2 years. If yes, the youth is asked more detailed questions about prescriptions for different mental health conditions (e.g., when medication was first prescribed, whether the youth filled the prescription, and when the youth stopped taking the medication). The measure asks about prescriptions for the following problems:
If youth attended secondary school in the past 2 years, he/she is asked a series of questions about special education services received including:
No scales were derived for this instrument.
The SACA for Kids provides basic service use information but little detailed information about the services used. In addition, the service use questions ask about past 2 years rather than past 12 months. Slightly more detailed information is available regarding contact with police and the court system.
Analysts should examine how many participants positively endorsed receiving services before generating descriptive statistics or using outcomes in statistical models. In general, most items will have a high frequency of participants who report not receiving any services (i.e., zeros), so examination of individual response distributions is highly advised.
Raw Dataset Name: CxBB
Scored Dataset Name: MHKySCc
Mental Health Services, Inpatient, Outpatient, Special Education, In-School Services, Hospitalization, Foster Care, Incarceration, Jail, Illegal Activities, Arrest