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A cross-agency evaluation of government programs for the more than nine million mentally or physically handicapped youth aged 0-21 who are impaired enough to require services not needed by “normal” youth. The programs are grouped into areas and discussed by the five different types of agencies that administer them: health, welfare, education, vocational rehabilitation, and mental health and retardation. In recent years all such programs expended nearly $5 billion annually for services. The report provides a descriptive overview of the handicapped youth population, the structure and functioning of the system, the current state and federal service programs, the resources devoted to various classes of handicapped youth, and the services delivered. Also identified are major problems of the present service system, both in the services delivered and in the institutional structure of some of the programs. (Published as part of Handicapped Children: Strategies for Improving Services, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1979.)

Table of Contents

  • Part 1

  • Preface

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgments

  • Glossary

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Programs, Services, and Problems of the Present Service System

  • Chapter Three

    Mapping the Service System: Models, Functions, Rationales, and the Policy Process

  • Chapter Four

    The Issue of Goals and System Performance

  • Part 2

  • Chapter Five

    Vocational Services to Handicapped Youth

  • Chapter Six

    Education of the Handicapped

  • Chapter Seven

    Financial Assistance to Handicapped Youth

  • Part 3

  • Chapter Eight

    Federal and State Health Programs for Handicapped Youth

  • Chapter Nine

    Research: The National Institutes of Health

  • Chapter Ten

    Mental Health and Mental Retardation Programs for Handicapped Youth

  • Chapter Eleven

    Future Analysis

  • Part 4

  • Appendix A

    Prevalence Estimates and Definitions of Handicapping Conditions

  • Appendix B

    Survey of State Agencies Serving Handicapped Youth

  • Appendix C

    State Agencies Surveyed on Programs for Handicapped Youth

  • Appendix D

    State Survey Questionnaires

  • Appendix E

    Interview Survey of Parents of Handicapped Youth

  • Selected Bibliography

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