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Systems of Care (SOC)
A system of care is a network of supports and community-based services geared towards meeting the challenges of children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. Together with the families and youth, this network helps to build on children' and families' strengths, and also addressing each person's cultural and linguistic needs.

Goals of System of Care:
  • To allow children and youth to remain within their natural surroundings
  • To encourage a healthy well-being by ensuring services are child centered, family focused and needs driven
  • To integrate family involvement at all levels of service planning and delivery
  • To create the processes, policies, relationships and structures to enable success
  • To promote community based services as well as management and decision-making responsibility, resting at the community level
  • To foster cultural competence within agencies, programs, and services that are responsive to the cultural, racial, and ethnic differences of the populations served

For more information try these websites:

SAMHSA Systems of Care

TIFI Systems of Care

To help execute an effective and sufficient system of care is the SAMHSA Grant. This grant is provided by the Substance Abuse & Menthal Health Service Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA is a federal government agency that works to achieve their vision of fulfilling its belief that children of all ages diagnosed with a mental or substance use disorder or are at risk have the right to live a life, inclusive of meaningful relationships at home, at school, and in the community.

Explore the SAMHSA website here