History of PA SOC Partnership
“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.
- Youth experience improved outcomes in mental health symptoms and school performance, reduced involvement in child welfare and juvenile justice, and positive family functioning
- And there are cost savings – with real, long term benefit as youth and families become more self-reliant
Working at the state, county, and individual levels in Pennsylvania, the PA System of Care Partnership brings youth, families, systems and supports together to find effective and efficient strategies that improve outcomes for youth and their families. In particular, we are focusing on the needs of 8 – 18 year-olds and their families, who have complex behavioral health challenges along with involvement in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare system(s) and who are in, or at risk of out-of-home placement.
This work is currently funded through a cooperative agreement between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. With $9,000,000 in federal funds from October 2009 through September 2015, and $9,000,000 worth of in-kind match, PA is supporting the formation of System of Care County Leadership Teams to implement the PA System of Care Partnership standards within at least 15 counties. These county teams consist of youth leaders and family leaders in equal numbers with system leaders. Their purpose is to engage in equal partnership to transform the way individual child-serving systems integrate their efforts to help youth be successful in their homes, schools and communities.
This website was developed under grant number SM061250 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.
Integration of Child-Serving Systems
Valuing Natural and Community Supports
County Leadership Team
Assuring Cultural and Linguistic Competence
Youth and Family Services and Supports Planning Process
Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
Download the PA SOC Partnership Standards (pdf)
Evaluation and continuous quality improvement