Focuses on improving behavioral health services and outcomes for children, youth, and young adults and their families who are involved in all partner child-serving systems. Hub activities are designed to provide practical strategies and tools to improve linkages and system integration with behavioral health, early childhood, transition-age, child welfare, juvenile justice, and education systems to achieve this goal. The Hub focuses on expanding the system of care approach to assist leaders across systems to improve services and outcomes.
Topics and Activities
System of Care Expansion: Developing and providing information, resources, and technical assistance to system of care leaders in states, communities, tribes, and territories to assist them in implementing, expanding, and sustaining effective systems of care for children, youth, and young adults with behavioral health conditions and their families.
Early Childhood: Designing and providing resources and technical assistance to assist system leaders in expanding systems of care to identify issues with social-emotional development early and to provide developmentally-appropriate, effective services for young children and their families.
Transition-Age Youth and Young Adults: Designing and providing resources and technical assistance to assist system leaders in expanding systems of care to include developmentally-appropriate, effective services that span adolescence to adulthood, including housing and employment-related services, and provide continuity of care across the child and adult systems.
Child Welfare: Identifying needs, developing resources, and providing technical assistance to child welfare and children's behavioral health systems better meet the behavioral health needs of children involved in the child welfare system and their parents.
Juvenile Justice: Identifying needs, developing resources, and providing technical assistance to better meet the behavioral health needs of justice-involved youth.
Education: Identifying approaches, challenges, and effective strategies for linking systems of care and schools to better meet the behavioral health needs of students with behavioral health conditions.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Providing resources and technical assistance to assist system leaders in meeting the needs of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and/or those with co-occurring developmental and behavioral health disorders in a system of care context.
Rural Systems of Care: Providing resources and technical assistance to assist system leaders in developing effective systems of care in rural and frontier areas and addressing challenges in aura systems of care, such as large distances and shortages of behavioral health services and professionals.
System of Care Leaders: Monthly learning community for leaders in all roles in systems of care on considerations in priority areas such as disparities; state-local partnerships; serving youth and young adults of transition age, young children, justice-involved youth; social marketing for system change; trauma-informed systems of care.
State Leaders: Technical assistance and resources for state children's mental health directors to assist them in improving systems of care and services for children, youth, and young adults with mental health needs and their families.
Custody Relinquishment: National scan and interviews to revisit the issue of custody relinquishment to obtain behavioral health services and identify strategies to eliminate this practice. PowerPoint presentation is available with results, report is in process.
Early Childhood: Learning community on early childhood systems of care focusing on topics such as Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation; DC:0-5 Diagnostic System; early childhood system of care including promotion, prevention, and treatment.
Juvenile Justice: Bench Cards and resources for juvenile court judges to understand and access systems of care in their states and communities; collaboration with partner organizations focusing on meeting the behavioral health needs of justice-involved youth.
Education: Exploratory work on efforts for linking systems of care with schools, challenges encountered in this work, effective strategies, and lessons learned.
Rural Systems of Care: Learning community focusing on challenges and innovations in developing systems of care in rural areas. Recent webinar topics include Building Capacity for Peer Support, MRSS Implementation, and Wraparound and SOC Implementation.