Integrating Systems of Care: Improving Quality of Care for the Most Vulnerable Children and Families
Vulnerable families are often the most in need of multiple services and
community supports to address their behavioral health needs. These needs are
often exacerbated by larger social conditions such as poverty, racism,
violence, and untreated trauma. The solution lies in an integrated response,
because no one child- or family-serving system has the resources to address
person-specific issues and the larger social conditions that affect them.
In 2003 and 2004, CWLA and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation convened a
series of three summits as a first step toward addressing this problem. The
summits brought together the experience and expertise of a diverse range of
stakeholders, including federal, state, and local officials; public and
private service agencies; researchers and academics; and service consumers,
including youth involved with the different systems and their families.
This monograph is the second of two to be released to support the
development of a consensus agenda for systems-culture change. It outlines a
detailed plan for systems-culture change across these systems and identify
the steps needed to implement this approach at the national, state, and
local level. The first addressed what we know and what we are learning to
improve the quality of care for our most vulnerable children, youth, and
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