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Media Forum

1. Coordinated, Comprehensive, and Collaborative Systems

[John Hoffman – MN State Senator Dist. 36] I was driven first personally and anecdotally to be involved, but then as I reached out it became bigger and bigger and bigger.

And I started to see how systems that had good… discussions at first just weren't necessarily tying themselves together.

And it brought me back to saying that the…the piece about Part C that was the most important for the…for the United States was that it dictated the states to be coordinated, comprehensive and collaborative in their approach to children and families birth to three, specifically those that might have unique needs that aren't typically talked about.

And so…  so I've always had that deep desire.

There's still that lack of the McKnight, looking at how things should be, you know, the concentric circles piece about putting the children and families in the center, and I wish… for me, the deliverable outcome is to… to continually focus on that so that our intended outcomes are going to be where we need, but it's got to start and focus with the family first, and that's what's always driven me is those needs and supports for children and families, always from the get-go. And so the rest is… is history.

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