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:
  • Implemented over 20 evidence-based educational and human services programs (both therapeutic and non-therapeutic) in the site of its principal activities, Cayuga County, NY; these programs run across the entire age spectrum of children and the life cycles of families (see accompanying chart);
  • Developed reliable and valid screening and multi-disciplinary assessment instruments that permit early identification of at-risk children and cross-system service planning and coordination for children and their families;
  • Facilitated a rights protective information collection system at the County level for the purposes of effectively evaluating and treating children, youth, and their families;
  • Developed and implemented a range of interagency databases that facilitate service integration and enhance accountability; and
  • Supported replication of its model in Washington, D.C. and other communities.

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:

  • Levels of substance use in the last 30 days declined by statistically significant levels from 2003 to 2007, including:
  • a 35% decrease in alcohol use among Auburn students (6th -12th grade);
  • a 20% drop in the use of tobacco products; and
  • a 39% decline in marijuana use;
  • Standardized test scores increased significantly from 1999 to 2007, particularly in elementary schools with high poverty levels;
  • The rate of arrests for violent crimes in Cayuga County declined 44% for 10  to 15 year olds and 46% for 16 to 19 year olds from 1997-1999 to 2004-2006.
  • By comparison, for the same time period, the rate of decline in arrests for violent crimes across upstate NY was 21% for 10 to 15 year olds and 26% for 16 to 19 year olds.
  • The rate of arrests for property crimes in Cayuga County declined 62% for 10 to 15 year olds and 42% for 16 to 19 year olds from 1997-1999 to 2004-2006.
  • By comparison, for the same time period, the rate of decline in arrests for property crimes in upstate NY was 43% for 10 to 15 year olds and 5% for 16 to 19 year olds.
  • Cayuga County juvenile detention expenditures decreased 55% from 1999 to 2006; and
  • The County's foster-care population declined over 45% from 1998-1999 to 2015-2006.
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This agency was formerly "Cayuga County Safe Schools/Healthy Students Partnership, Inc."
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