St. Charles County has been ranked #1 or #2 for child
well-being by Missouri Kids Count in each of the last 10 years!
What is Community Impact?
Community Impact is the desired end result of multiple strategically designed funding and intervention efforts to improve the well-being of children, youth and families, or to put it in other words, a social return on investment. It is believed that community impact occurs in collaboration when multiple organizations leverage funding, clinical expertise and other resources.
Our social service agency partners monitor the effectiveness of their programs with the families they serve, keeping track of the percentages of children and youth who reach various outcomes (see CCRB Annual Reports), and while it still needs to be determined if there is a causal connection between specific program outcomes and community impact, there is no doubt we have witnessed a co-occurrence of strong clinical outcomes and significant community impact.
Strategic History and Logic Model
The Community & Children’s Resource Board members designed their funding system for children’s mental health services in 2005, with a desire to improve accessibility of services geographically, to expand the funding for services within each of the ten (10) service areas allowable by state statute (early identification, prevention and intensive treatment), and to make a difference in the greater St. Charles County community. They determined that every funded program needed to monitor and report on at least three (3) clinical outcomes for the children and youth served. The CCRB believed that if we invested in best practice programs to an expanded number of children, and that if agencies in partnership with the families they treated were successful with these services, that the end result would be movement in terms of child well-being in the greater community – or seeing “the needle move” from high risk factors to more protective and positive factors.
We have seen tremendous results!
Click on the issues below to see the community impacts that have occurred in the past 10 years. Each area will highlight a community impact, the source of the data, and the agency programs that we believe have addressed these concerns.