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Systems of care

A system of care is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports designed to meet the challenges of children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. These partnerships of families, youth, public organizations and private service providers work to more effectively deliver mental health services and supports that build on the strengths of individuals and fully address children’s and youths’ needs. These systems are also developed around the principles of being child-centered, family-driven, strength-based and culturally competent, engaging youth and involving interagency collaboration.

The partners work together to improve accessibility and increase the availability of community-based, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports. A system of care can help children, youth and families function better at home, in school, in the community and other areas of life.

SAMHSA’s Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Program provides grants to improve and expand their systems of care to meet the needs of children with serious emotional disturbances and their families. There is currently one active system of care community in northwestern Minnesota and two other graduated communities in Minnesota:

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