Frequently Asked Questions

What is a System of Care?


  • A COLLABORATION of  community-based services and supports for children and youth and their families, with or at risk for mental health challenges.  

  • A Process * that Builds meaningful partnerships with FAMILIES and YOUTH in which we serve.

  • A Practice * that addresses the CULTURAL AND LINGUISTIC NEEDS, of the individual to  help them function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.

What is the Purpose of a System of Care?


  • To decrease barriers to service delivery for families trying to access mental health treatment

  • To increase the availability of evidenced-based practices to promote positive youth and family outcomes.

  • To increase cultural and linguistic competency in service delivery and reduce disparities in access, service use, and outcomes.

  • To Identify and fill gaps in service and additional behavioral health needs for all youth.

  • To increase provider and agency accountability to the youth and families served.

  • To increase the number of and access for local family and peer support groups and programs within communities.

  • To develop a comprehensive evaluation plan to monitor outcomes and SOC progress in order to create a feedback loop for system and performance improvement.

  • To create an integrated approach to mental illness and substance abuse treatment, prevention, early identification and intervention services and programs.

Why is a System of Care Needed? 


  • A System of Care improves family access to needed services & community assets..

  • There is a concern about the unmet needs of children with serious emotional disturbances

  • Between 13% & 20% of children experience a serious emotional disturbance in a year

  • Research shows when a child or youth has a Mental Disorder, their caregivers are impacted.

  • System of Care clients shows improved school attendance and academic performance

  • Caregivers show positive outcomes including reduced stress

  • Promotes services that are family driven, youth-guided, and culturally responsive to the needs of children, youth and families.

  • Children and Youth have fewer suicidal thoughts and make fewer suicidal attempts