The statewide System of Care Expansion Grant was awarded in 2012. This award will enable DCF to continue the partnerships established in the planning efforts to operationalize the strategic plan developed.
System of Care Expansion Planning Grant - in the fall of 2011, the Florida Department of Children & Families (DCF) was awarded a System of Care Expansion Planning grant. The purpose of the grant was to enhance the state’s ability to take the lessons learned from its graduated and active grant sites and take the system of care philosophy and principles to scale statewide. Under the leadership of the DCF Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office, families, youth, providers, and state agency representatives joined together to develop a logic model, strategic plan and social marketing plan to build a sustainable blueprint for System of Care expansion.
Jacksonville’s System of Care Initiative (SOCI) establishes a public-private-academic sector partnership to integrate systems of care principles with those of the Medical Home Model of care for children with special health care needs and the Core and Essential Functions of public health.
Families and Communities Together (FACT) is refining the existing system of coordination between juvenile justice, school, child welfare and children’s mental health services in Seminole County.
Families And Communities Empowered for Success (FACES) is working to enhance, expand and strengthen existing community-based family and youth mental health services in Miami-Dade County. FACES is a system of care transformation initiative, changing the way things are done at all levels of the system from policy, to service, to community.
Wraparound Orange implements coordinated community based services for children 12 and under who get into trouble with the law and have an underlying emotional disorder. Wraparound Orange was founded to try to make sure that a child’s first contact with the Juvenile Justice system is their last. Wraparound Orange helps families put together a team of supporters and provides an array of services tailored to each family’s unique needs. Wraparound’s strength-based, family-centered approach respects parent and child, respects cultural and language differences, and helps families build community connections that will provide support long after the intervention is over.
The Sarasota Early Childhood Mental Health Partnership worked to improve and increase the mental health and non-mental health services and supports for infants and the very young. The website developed through this project provides a comprehensive resource for parents of young children. As a result of the grant, the Sarasota Partnership for Children was created which brings together over 30 youth serving organizations using a results based accountability approach in continued strategic planning efforts for their community.
One Community Partnership (OCP) was Broward County’s initiative to evaluate and redesign their existing array of children’s mental health services. As a result of the project, case management services for children with severe mental health issues now utilize the Wraparound approach. Flexible funding is available to purchase nontraditional supports not paid for by other funding streams and a local Funders Forum continues to meet in order to sustain the system. Trained parent partners and parent support groups are available to provide ongoing family support through the Mental Health Association.
Family Helping Organize Families for Empowerment (HOPE) was a community collaborative designed to prevent children with serious emotional disturbances, birth through 21, from moving into overly restrictive treatment services and prevent duplication of services in Palm Beach County. This initiative led to the creation of a local chapter of the Federation of Families, which has grown into the statewide chapter, the Federation of Families of Florida.
The Tampa Hillsborough Integrated Network for Kids (THINK) was a community based program providing services to children under the age of 21 diagnosed with Severe Emotional Disturbances (SED). The initiative introduced the Wraparound approach into its care management services, developed an Administrative Service Organization with blended funding to support nontraditional supports for families, and funded the local Federation of Families chapter. These successes have sustained and shifted community focus from “right” programs to “right’ services.