System of Care Suggested Resources

Culled and curated by Patrick J. Kanary
Founder and First Director of the Center for Innovative Practices

The following are  resources for individuals involved in recovery in the areas of youth mental health, substance use, behavioral health, judicial justice, and trauma. The materials range from research articles on systems of care to intervention and sustainability tools designed for youth, their parents and families, their clinicians and communities, supervisors and system leaders, advocates and funders.

A system of care is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that are organized to meet the challenges of children and youth with multiple needs and their families. System of Care is family driven, youth guided, culturally competent and community based. The purpose of Service Coordination and High-Fidelity Wraparound through the county FCFC is to provide a neutral venue for families requiring services where their needs may not have been adequately addressed in traditional agency systems. Learn more

Improving Child and Youth Mental Health: Driving Factors and Root Causes
Tuesday, December 5 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ET


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The United States in recent years has seen an unprecedented increase in mental health problems for children and youth. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 5 U.S. children ages 3–17 has a mental, emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorder. Last year, the Surgeon General issued an advisory on the youth mental health crisis, calling it the “crisis of our time.” Given the continued urgency of this issue, the 2023 webinar series for the Hauser Policy Impact Fund continues with its focus on children and youth mental health.

Drawing on the work of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families, the second webinar will highlight the report, Addressing the Long-Term Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Families (2023). This webinar will focus on the driving factors that contribute to the children and youth mental health crisis, including disparities and inequities in the mental health system.

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Youth Mental Health Series Adds Four New Webinars to Its Schedule

The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently announced four new webinars as part of its series focused on youth mental health. Alexandra Lohrbach, a senior associate with the Casey Foundation and an expert in working with young people involved with public systems, is set to host these sessions that feature leading researchers and practitioners.

The series — which started in May and held a sec­ond session in September — seeks to respond to questions and insights raised by atten­dees at the Foundation’s Youth Mental Health Summit hosted with the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Held April 13, 2023, in Atlanta, this convening brought together young leaders, practitioners, advocates, funders, educators and policy­makers from across the country to learn from each other and identify promising strategies to improve the well-being of youth.

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FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Support Children and Families in Foster Care
In honor of National Kinship Care Month, Administration releases a historic package of regulations to ensure children in the child welfare system thrive

The more than 391,000 American children and youth living in foster care deserve to grow up in safe and loving homes devoted to their health, happiness, and success. These are often our most vulnerable children, and we have a solemn responsibility as a country to ensure they grow up healthy, supported and with as much opportunity as all other children.

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Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Emergency Physicians, and Emergency Nurses Association Call for Strategies to Improve Care for Children, Adolescents Seeking Urgent Help for Mental, Behavioral Health Concerns
The nation’s emergency departments are the first, and sometimes the only point of care for surging numbers of young patients with mental health emergencies. More support and resources are needed to provide best care, three leading national organizations proclaim in joint policy statement.

The time is now to improve access to emergency care for the rising numbers of children and adolescents seeking help for mental and behavioral health emergencies. Strategies to address challenging circumstances that affect prehospital services, the surrounding community and, ultimately, patient care are needed.

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The Role of Care Management Entities in OhioRISE
by Patrick Kanary
Behavioral Health, Blog, Health, Strengthening the HHS Safety Nettags Multi-System Youth OhioRISE[1] (Resilience through Integrated Systems and Excellence) is Ohio’s new Medicaid Managed Care behavioral health program for children and youth with serious and complex behavioral health needs, and their families.

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Transforming and Expanding Access to Mental Health Care in Urban Pediatrics
The lack of accessible, effective behavioral health* care is among the gravest threats to the healthy development of children and adolescents. Early identification and treatment of behavioral health needs can prevent more serious problems that require a costlier response later in life.1 It is estimated that 75% of children with mental health disorders go untreated due to workforce shortages, stigma, and administrative barriers to health care coverage.2 In addition, many primary care providers (PCPs) acknowledge they lack the training, time, and connection to solutions to adequately identify and respond to behavioral health needs. Furthermore, when PCPs make referrals to community providers, their patients can experience long time lags in receipt of services or, worse, no access at all.

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Overview of the Youth and the Juvenile Justice System: 2022 National Report
OJJDP Webinar Highlights Findings from the recent ‘Youth and the Juvenile Justice system Report’
Held on May 17, 2023, this webinar highlights the findings from Youth and the Juvenile Justice System: 2022 National Report, developed for OJJDP/NIJ by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Several topics are discussed during the presentation including, violent crime by and against youth, racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system, state changes regarding the transfer of youth from juvenile to criminal court, and trends in the youth residential placement population. A Q-and-A session concludes this webinar. is presented by
The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP)
and the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Center of Excellence (CABH COE)
Part of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention
at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Services
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