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1 1 Supporting Child Welfare Reform in North Carolina System of Care

2 2 Our Focus Children involved with various public child serving system/agencies have a variety of: Physical health needs Emotional and mental health needs Social needs Educational needs Developmental needs Legal needs Child serving professionals have worked for years with other agencies to piece together the available resources for these children and their families with limited success.

3 3 Child/Family Human Services DSS JJ AOC Public Schools Health/ Mental Health, SA, DD Treatment Comm- unity Orgs. Support Extended Family Neighborhoods, Friends $ $$$$ ProtectionEducationCorrection ? ? ? ? ?

4 4 Child/Family Human Services Reform Family-centered Practice, Child and Family Teams, Multiple Response System, System of Care DSS Restorative Justice, Comprehensive Strategy, Blue Prints JJ AOC Positive Behavioral Supports (PBIS), Alternative Learning Programs Public Schools Health/ MH,SA, DD MH Reform, Health Choice, Smart Start, MAJORS, Person-Centered Care Comm- unity Orgs. Faith/Church, Clubs, Parks/Recreation Housing, Advocacy, etc. Extended Family Neighborhoods, Friends $$$$ $

5 How can we Bridge the gap between families and services? Through a System of Care Approach

6 6 Organizing and coordinating services and resources at the agency, community, and state level into a comprehensive and interconnected network BY: developing PARTNERSHIPS with individuals and families who need services or resources and all the agencies, both formal and informal, who serve them. building on individual and community STRENGTHS and making the most of existing resources to help children and their families achieve better outcomes. Improving the skills, knowledge, and attitudes of frontline service providers toward more FAMILY- CENTERED practices. System of Care refers to: A nationally recognized, proven framework/approach for:

7 7 Where does SOC fit into the NC FSCW System?

8 8 System of Care Guiding Principles/Values ARE NC Family Support & Child Welfare Principles/Values Intra/Interagency Collaboration Individualized Strengths- based Care for Families Cultural Competence Child and Family Partnership Community-based Services & supports Accountability to results

9 9 North Carolinas Family Support and Child Welfare System Family-Centered Practice and System of Care is our Foundation - Collaboration between Work First and Child Welfare - Redesign of in-home services which is needs driven - Accountability - Child and Family Teams - Strengths-Based, Structured Intake - Cultural Competence - Choice of two approaches to reports of child - Shared Parenting Meetings abuse, neglect, and dependency- Community Based - Coordination between law enforcement agencies and CPS for the investigative assessment approach Community Based Prevention Work First CPS Foster Care Adoption Safety Permanency Well-Being Self-Sufficiency MRS

10 10 MRS is SOC in action at the DSS agency level!

11 11 System Of Care is NOT: A new initiative A new program A practice model New or additional work

12 12 System Of Care IS: A catalyst for changing the way child and family service agencies: organize, fund, purchase; and provide services for children and families with multiple needs.

13 13 System of Care IS : A way to support and enhance the implementation of the 7 strategies of MRS A way to work more efficiently and effectively with families and agencies within the community

14 14 System of Care Approach is: Being used to address needs identified by States CFSRs and improve outcomes for children and families involved with child welfare. One of the strategies named in NCs program improvement plan for the new vision for Family Support and Child Welfare Services.

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16 16 System of Care History Approach was originally created for children with serious emotional disturbances (MH) In NC, began in 1994 with national System of Care grants through SAMHSA (Pen-Pal, NC FACES, SOC NET, Mecklenburg CARES) 2003 NCDSS received System of Care Grant from the Childrens Bureau to expand to other target populations including families in the child welfare system System of Care

17 17 Overall Goals of NCDSS Grant Project: To show improved outcomes in safety, permanency, and well-being for children and families receiving child protective services and children in state custody through individualized and comprehensive systems of care within the context of the familys home and communities. To institutionalize a System of Care infrastructure of interagency collaboration, best practices for workers and culturally competent services for families with child and family involvement at all levels of designing, building and sustaining System of Care. To evaluate the effectiveness of System of Care and establish a replicable model of organizational and programmatic transformations necessary for success at the practice, program and system levels.

18 18 What does System of Care infrastructure look like in NC? Three main areas: State Community Family

19 19 State Level System of Care grants in NC State collaborative for children and families Legislation

20 Governors School-based Child and Family Support Team Initiative in 100 schools NC MH/DD/SAS commitment of a state coordinator position and a full time person for each LME dedicated solely to SOC NCDSS Multiple Response System Reform incorporates CFTs statewide, family centered practices, system of care service delivery SL , created the Childrens Services Work Group and directed that the group address 7 legislative responsibility areas around coordination and collaboration North Carolina is Building a SOC Infrastructure

21 21 New Legislation Establish Children Services Work Group Identify common outcomes Identify strategies for flexible funding Develop common service terminology Study the creation of a shared database Develop mechanisms to share information across agencies Study training needs to increase collaboration Study other issues that increase collaboration and coordination among child-serving agencies

22 22 The State Collaborative for Children and Families A Forum: for the discussion of System of Care development and issues regarding how agencies, community partners, and families can work together to better meet the needs of children and families which results in better outcomes. where recommendations are made to promote the coordination of services, funding, training, and local reporting requirements to eliminate duplication and make the system more child and family friendly. that provides support for Community Collaborative groups and Child and Family Teams. Meeting dates and times: Second Friday 9-11 NC Child Advocacy Institute Fourth Friday 9-11 Governors Crime Commission

23 State Collaborative for Children and Families Recent Activities Cross system child and family team curriculum with blended funds Website Charter Cross agency Committees including technical assistance System of Care Conferences/Training Events

24 24 Community Local Collaborative groups

25 25 Communities Caring for their Own On a local level you can find multiple problem solving groups that are working together with families to achieve safety, permanence and well-being for children. Some examples of these groups are Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils (JCPC), Community Child Protection Teams (CCPT), Local Community Collaboratives

26 26 Local Community Collaborative A diverse governance team that brings together decision- makers (people responsible for services) and stakeholders (people using the services) to drive, manage, and monitor the local System of Care. Promote teamwork and change in the broader community that is necessary for Child and Family Teams to succeed in their work with children and families.

27 27 Child Serving Agencies, Community Resources and Families One Unified Approach Community Collaboratives Integrating Resources & Response* Maximizing Resources for a Comprehensive System of Services/Supports: Braided Funding & Blended Services Family, Neighborhood & Community Involvement Better outcomes for families and communities * John Franz, 1999 Local Collaborative $$$$$

28 28 Family Driven Child and Family Teams Partnership Advocacy

29 Why Family Driven care? Families know what works for them Families know what their limitations are Families can keep track of services and change Families and youth comfort and buy in are necessary for success Families face the challenges all day and every day Families are passionate and will not give up Families have the most to lose and the most to gain Libby Jones-Family Advocate-NC Families United

30 30 Child and Family Teams: A group of persons (professionals, family members, friends and community supports) selected by the family to assist them in developing a plan to address the significant issues in their family. This group can be called together as needed, by the family or anyone involved with the family.

31 Child & Family Teams: whos in the car? Job Coach DSS Professional Housing Authority MH /DD/SA Professional Friends Parks/Rec Courts JJ Professional Primary Care Phy. Health Dept. Nurse Consumer Credit LEA Teacher Child and Family Team Family is central; with facilitator organizing the meeting Neighbors Pastor Advocate 1 Family/1 Team/1 Plan

32 32 Why System of Care? Duplication is reduced by: - pooling resources & unifying services - encourages private/public partnerships Keeps children and families together by: - Reduces costly out-of-home placement for treatment or incarceration, unnecessary custody relinquishment - reduces trauma to child and their family due to separation - reduces the number of moves a child in placement experiences

33 33 More Results Provides incentives for communities to engineer enduring positive change by: - increasing school attendance and performance - decreasing instances of abuse, neglect, and juvenile justice involvement - increasing family involvement and satisfaction in meeting the behavioral, mental, physical, educational and safety needs of their children Establishes a system that promotes : – family strengths, – greater self-reliance, and – children who will grow up in success

34 34 Dont miss the bus!!!! You are a CRITICAL part of System of Care development and success in your community and state!

35 How can I become more involved? Advocate for system of care development within counties across the state Advocate for family participation whenever you can on boards, policy groups and other decision making groups Participate as a member on local community collaboratives Learn all that you can about implementing a system of care from the grant counties

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