State of New Jersey Department of Children & Families Data Management System Provides More Accurate, Efficient Tracking for State-Funded Youth Programs

Cityspan developed a data management system for the State of New Jersey’s School Based Youth Service Program (SBYSP) to manage 90 state-funded youth programs in 67 high schools, 18 middle schools and five elementary schools. SBYSP provides funding for mental health, substance abuse and crisis intervention services, and group-based services such as pregnancy prevention and family support.

For SBYSP case managers, the system eases the burden of managing detailed program data. Through a web-based interface, users can register youth and family members and track their attendance in individual and group activities. In a single record, service delivery can be documented across multiple counseling topics and modes of delivery (in-person, phone, home visit). 

The system also includes automated features that enable SBYSP to generate reports that comply with state-mandated service delivery and outcome goals. At any time, administrators can obtain accurate snapshots of individual program performance and SBYSP-wide views of aggregate outputs.

Cityspan has helped the State maintain high quality SBYSP services . Using data from the system, a three-year evaluation funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation confirmed SBYSP's impact on the well being of New Jersey youth.

Results

  • Improved management of youth services provided through 90 state-funded programs
  • Long-term tracking of program outcomes (more than 10 years of attendance data)
  • Dramatic reduction in case manager workload through elimination of duplicate data entry tasks
  • Automated reporting to meet state service delivery requirements
  • New security protocols to better ensure client confidentiality
  • Enhanced analysis of service delivery across diverse program objectives
  • Expanded state funding to additional schools

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