Multi-Needs Families Disproportionately Absorb State Service Dollars

April 19, 2010

Relatively few (23 percent) multi-system families  -- families utilizing at least two social services such as substance abuse, mental illness, juvenile incarceration -- consume 86 percent of the funding allocated for services, reports Chapin Hall. Figuring out how to better serve such high-maintenance families could help reduce overall costs and improve outcomes.