System of Care and CASSP

Lawrence County System of Care (SOC)

“A System of Care approach provides an organizational framework and philosophy that result in a spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports for youth with complex behavioral health challenges, multi-system involvement and their families.  These services and supports are organized into a coordinated network, build meaningful partnerships with families and youth, and address their cultural and linguistic needs in order to help them function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life (Stroul, B., 2011).”  Systems of Care have been proven effective for youth with complex behavioral health challenges, multi-system involvement and their families.

System of Care (SOC) is a philosophy that builds on the benefits of systems integration and the strengths of youth and families.  It makes youth and families equal partners at the table in every meeting at every level.  As they say, “nothing about us without us.”  The SOC philosophy fosters youth and family empowerment and values natural supports in the community, increasing self-sufficiency and decreasing dependence on services.

System of Care exists on a federal, state and county level.  At the state and county levels, leadership teams composed of youth leaders, family leaders, and system leaders work in partnership to identify common goals and address important issues with creative solutions,.  Each team member is valued and brings a unique perspective based on their experiences and expertise.  All of the leadership voices are equal, respected, and heard.

Lawrence County CASSP

In Lawrence County, CASSP (Child and Adolescent Service System Program), operates under and within the SOC.  Using the SOC approach ensures that services for youth with/or at risk of severe emotional disturbances receive services that are planned collaboratively.

Any Lawrence County youth under the age of 18 with a psychiatric diagnosis and is “at risk” for or had treatment  in a psychiatric hospital or residential treatment facility (RTF)and is currently, or potentially involved with more than one child-serving agency and  problems exist in jointly addressing the youth’s and family’s needs are eligible to take part in the CASSP process.

Through the CASSP process, meetings are held at the request of a family or youth to discuss treatment options and to potentially solve problems existing in providing the best possible services for the youth and family.  The youth and family meets with the CASSP Coordinator to discuss the existing strengths and problems and to identify the parties they would like to attend their meeting.  Problem solving of barriers and gaps in service delivery are identified and addressed at the meeting.  The ultimate goal of a CASSP meeting is for youth and families to be served more effectively through a coordinated community based effort.

For further information on SOC or CASSP, please contact:
Dee Welker
Lawrence County SOC/CASSP Coordinator
(724) 510-3293
Fax:  (724) 652-8516