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Improving Outcomes for Our Children Living with Challenges – Creating an Integrated Universal System of Care

By John Lee

Improving Outcomes for Our Children Living with Challenges – Creating an Integrated Universal System of Care

By John Lee

When children experience challenges – whether medical, behavioral or academic – family members certainly expect, and reasonably so, that the various entities supporting their children (pediatricians, schools, juvenile justice, social services, mental health services providers) are working together to achieve the best possible outcome. However, the experiences of countless families indicate that this type of collaboration seldom takes place as envisioned. The lack of coordination and effective communication can have significant implications for the child and the family.
 
Of course, any lack of collaboration and communication between systems is not purposeful. Regulations, reimbursement practices, the use of system-specific terminology, as well as HIPAA compliance requirements can often times create real barriers to working together for the good of the whole child and the family. Although strategies designed to break down these barriers have been piloted with some success, the practices among the child-serving entities have not changed sufficiently to fully embrace the cross-system work needed on behalf of the child and family.
 
The type of ongoing collaboration and communication between child-serving entities that is associated with the best outcomes for youth and their families is referred to as a system of care. CCSI would like to contribute to the work being done to create the type of integrated network that represents a universal, unified system of care needed to compassionately support our children with behavioral health needs. To this end, we plan to use this blog to share opinions about how to orchestrate this change, obtained through interviews with children’s services stakeholders. We believe that addressing barriers among those entities providing support to children is critical to our success in building strong systems of care and therefore, resilient children.
 
CCSI would also like your perspective on this topic as we further this community conversation. Please comment below or visit this link and offer your thoughts on just two specific questions:
  • What are the key barriers to successful coordination across the child-serving entities that support our children?
  • What is being done now and what else should be done to address the barriers and create one coordinated system that circles children and families with the array of supports they need?
 
Please share this blog, so others can also contribute to the conversation!
 
I would like to end this post with a simple note of hope. There are many, many individuals across our state working on a daily basis to improve the lives of our children. Just think about what could be accomplished if we were able to take these tasks on in a truly cooperative fashion… with our energy focused on the needs of the children and their families…. rather than being routinely challenged by the barriers we experience.
 
Posted: 3/10/2016 9:08:39 AM by John Lee | with 0 comments


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