Welcome to San Juan County Communities of Care!
The Office of Community Outreach and Behavioral Health Programs (OCOBHP) of the Children, Youth, and Families Department, in conjunction with the System of Care (SOC) grant, is launching a "Community of Care" initiative. The goal is to push for statewide adoption of System of Care principles with an emphasis on a Wraparound Practice Model.
The plan involves working with local communities to develop community networks of youth and family members, service providers and other organizations, and a wide range of community and natural supports. We are calling this a Community of Care because we are promoting local communities to take the lead in developing and improving services and supports for children and youth and their families who are addressing behavioral health needs.
Communities must be willing and able to develop a local planning and implementation team, usually building from one or more existing groups who are already engaged to improve services for children and youth and their families. Families and Youth are essential to this process and need to guide the team in setting its priorities for a local Community of Care. Community applicants must also be willing and able to complete the attached Community Assessment; and willing and able to bring the team to Albuquerque for a two and one-half day summit July 30, 31 and August 1, 2013.
At the Summit, teams will receive training, tools and experiences that will assist them in moving forward as a Community of Care. Topics will include developing and working as a local planning and management team; the critical roles and functions of families and youth; the elements of system design; practice expectations and the Wraparound practice model; evaluating performance; and other topics. CEUs will be provided.
CYFD, the Family Association, and others will provide no-cost follow-up training and technical assistance to communities who commit to further development of their Community of Care. This will include facilitated action planning, on-site training and technical assistance, and a number of web-based meetings and trainings.
A Community of Care
A Community of Care is not an agency or program; it is network of services, supports, and relationships built by committed people who have a stake in improving outcomes for children and youth with serious behavioral health challenges. Building a Community of Care is hard work that requires the engagement of multiple stakeholders and a foundation of trusting and respectful relationships.
A Community of Care is primarily designed for children and youth, and their families, who are:
in an out of home placement or at high risk of out of home placement, and
involved in either protective services or juvenile justice services or both, and
have received a behavioral health diagnosis that qualifies them for services as delivered by Core Service Agencies, and
meets the medical necessity criteria for residential treatment