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What is a Children's Mental Health System of Care Approach?
A Children's Mental Health System of Care involves a community network of services and supports designed to help children and youth who experience emotional, social and behavioral challenges and their families. It means that families and agencies work together to organize and plan services that help create a single, coordinated plan of action for individuals between the ages of 0-21 who are in need of mental health supports.
We receive federal and local funding and support from 26 school districts and 35 service providers. All services provided are in partnership with children, youth, parents, families and other caregivers.
Nuestros servicios son disponibles en español por solicitud del cliente.
We serve various age groups of individuals who have a mental health diagnosis or those who are at-risk of developing a mental health need, in order to address their social, emotional and behavioral well-being:
- the early childhood population (0-5 years)
- elementary school-aged children (6-12 years)
- adolescents (13-17 years)
- young adults (18-21 years)
These individuals may also be:
- in or at-risk of an out-of-home placement
- involved in the juvenile justice system and/or the child
- struggling with substance use/abuse issues
Specific activities include:
- Parent and youth leadership development
- Family and child care team meetings
- Diagnostic and evaluation services
- Development of individual treatment plans
- Individual, family and group therapy
- Care management
- Home-based services
- Intensive in-home family therapy
- Crisis consultation and intervention
- Respite care planning
- Therapeutic support of foster care services
- Transition to independence for the 18-21 population
- School-based mental health assessments, consultation, training and crisis intervention
- Early childhood mental health prevention and intervention activities including consultation to childcare programs and pre-schools.
- Family and peer mentors to help consumers and their families with unmet needs
- Training opportunities on best practices, cultural and linguistic diversity, and various philosophies and guidelines of partner agencies participating in Our Children Succeed Initiative
- Information to consumers, families, schools child-serving agencies and the public about mental health issues
To learn more about the Our Children Succeed Initiative, click the About Us link in the navigation panel.
In addition to the Our Children Succeed System of Care Initiative, the Northwest Minnesota Council of Collaboratives currently has seven other primary focus areas. These are adolescent chemical health, disaster mental health, early childhood, emergency response/crisis management, physical education, and safe schools/ healthy students.
To learn more about the Northwest Minnesota Council of Collaboratives, click here or visit http://www.councilofcollaboratives.org.
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