System of Care
A System of Care (SOC) is a continuum of effective, community based services and supports for individuals, children and families who have mental health issues and other life challenges that is organized into a coordinated network and built on partnerships and collaboration. The core values of a SOC require services to be:
- Culturally-competent, with agencies, programs and services that are responsive to the cultural, racial and ethnic differences of the populations they serve.
- Community-based, with the focus of services, as well as the management and decision making responsibility, resting at the community level.
- Person-centered and family-focused, with the strengths and needs of the individual, child and family determining the types and mix of services.
- Evidence based to help ensure positive treatment outcomes
The Child and Family Team is an essential part of System of Care. The Child and Family Team:
- Is selected by the family
- Is made up of professionals, family members, friends and community supports who are committed to supporting the goals of the child and family
- Meet regularly and as needed to monitor the progress with the treatment plan
If you or someone you know wants to learn more about System of Care, please call the 24 hour toll-free Alliance Access and Information Line at (800) 510-9132 and ask to speak to the SOC Coordinator in your county.