The Partnership for Results is an innovative quasi-governmental entity dedicated to promoting the positive social, emotional, and educational development of youth and their families. Directed by leaders of public education, mental health, social services, health, and law enforcement agencies in Cayuga County, the Partnership has:
Since its inception in March 2000, Partnership has created an effective single point of service integration for children and their families in Cayuga County. Referral and assessment procedures are more research-based and comprehensive, and treatment plans are multi-disciplinary and more routinely focus both on enhancing strengths and resilience, as well as addressing risk factors. Educational, human services, and law enforcement agencies now coordinate their efforts in a manner that significantly reduces service discontinuity and duplication. County decision-making is more consistently data driven. Access to evidence-based prevention and early intervention programming in multiple, community-based settings – schools, families, foster care – has been greatly enhanced.
The Partnership's program design is leading to system-wide improvements including:
(1) maximizing available service resources by reducing duplication;
(2) improving the effectiveness of services by enhancing their continuity; and
(3) promoting an ongoing collaboration between public and community-based providers.
There are multiple indicators of the Partnership’s success. Nearly all of its initiatives are being sustained indefinitely, often with recurring sources of local and state funding. Independent evaluations indicate that the many planned evidence-based programs (EBPs) were implemented rapidly, effectively reaching populations most eligible to benefit from the programs. Evaluators have also found that the EBPs are operating with a high degree of fidelity to the parent program models and principles, and, as a result, achieving exceptionally high levels of efficacy. The Partnership’s efforts have been recognized widely. Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government recently identified the Partnership as an important innovation in local governance. The Mayor and City Council of Washington, D.C. have formally adopted the Partnership model, including its referral and assessment instruments, interagency databases, consent and waiver procedures, and its school-based mental health and substance abuse services program. Independent analyses of archival data and survey data indicate that the Partnership's impact in Cayuga County has been considerable:
was formerly "Cayuga County Safe Schools/Healthy Students Partnership,
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