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System of Care Evaluation (SOCE)


The San Diego County System of Care Evaluation (SOCE) was developed through the San Diego County Children, Youth & Families Behavioral Health System of Care Council (CYFBHSOC) with direct advisory support from the CYFBHSOC Outcomes Committee and the System of Care collaborative partners.

Community Stakeholder Meetings

In 2004, a series of community stakeholder meetings were held to obtain input and feedback on the development of a countywide evaluation system for Children, Youth and Families Behavioral Health Services (CYFBHS). Stakeholders were involved from the beginning of the development process: clinicians, administrators, policy makers and families/consumers.

San Diego County Outcome Measures

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) selected the Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC-35) and the Child and Adolescents Needs and Strengths (CANS) tools to measure child and youth functioning. For an overview of the measure selection process, please see the DHCS Information Notice.

The PSC-35 and the CANS are the official San Diego County outcomes measures effective 7/1/2018.  Previous measures included the Child & Adolescent Measurement System (CAMS), the Children's Functional Assessment Rating Scale (CFARS), and the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI). 

Click here to access the CYF mHOMS Measures Manual.

  • PSC-35

    The PSC-35 is a psychosocial screening tool designed to facilitate the recognition of emotional and behavioral problems so appropriate interventions can be initiated as early as possible. Parents/caregivers will complete PSC-35 (parent/caregiver version) for children and youth ages 3 up to age 18; youth ages 11 to 18 will complete the youth self-report version.
  • CANS

    The CANS is a structured assessment used for identifying youth and family actionable needs and useful strengths. It provides a framework for developing and communicating about a shared vision and uses youth and family information to inform planning, support decisions, and monitor outcomes. Providers will complete the CANS through a collaborative process with youth ages 6 up to age 21, and their caregivers (at a minimum).  San Diego County has modified the basic CANS-50 to meet the specific evaluation needs of our unique population.
  • PESQ

    In addition to the State-mandated PSC-35 and CANS, San Diego County also administers the Personal Experience Screening Questionnaire (PESQ) to clients with substance use issues served at Full Service Partnership (FSP) programs enhanced with Alcohol and Drug (AD) counselors. The PESQ measures potential substance abuse problems and is administered to youth ages 12 to 18 by their AD counselor.

Goals and Objectives of the System of Care Evaluation

  1. Assure accountability for the delivery of results to our consumers.
  2. Build and sustain the momentum of positive CYFBHS System of Care accomplishments.
  3. Effectively and efficiently move decision-making to action and results.