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System of Care & Community Collaboratives

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System of Care (SOC) is a coordinated network of community services and supports organized to meet the challenges of serving children with mental health issues and their families.

The System of Care model is not a program; it is a philosophy of how supports and services should be delivered. This approach recognizes the importance of family, school and community. It promotes each child's full potential by building on the strengths of the child, family and community to address physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural, and social needs.

Each county in the Trillium area has a designated System of Care Coordinator.  System of Care Coordinators are knowledgeable about their counties and the services and supports available in that particular geographical area. As important resources in their local communities, they serve on various teams and committees such as:

  • Permanency Planning Teams and Community Child Protection Teams  (Department of Social Services)
  • Juvenile Crime Prevention Committees (Department of Public Safety)
  • Child Fatality Review Teams (Public Health Department)
  • School Health Advisory Boards
  • Exceptional Children Steering Committees (Public Schools)
  • Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse Mental Health Partnership

The goal of System Of Care is to build a partnership among the children, their families, mental health providers and community services to help the children and families achieve better outcomes.  The system of Care is based upon the following principles:

  • Child-focused and family driven
  • Inter-agency collaboration
  • Individualized, strength-based practices
  • Cultural competence
  • Community-based services
  • Shared responsibility for successful outcomes
  • Full participation of families at all levels of the system


Community Collaboratives are diverse groups of people that foster cooperative partnerships among individuals who receive services, families, service providers, public agencies, civic and faith-based organizations, and other community resources.  Together, members identify service and support gaps and find solutions to address complex physical, emotional, behavioral, social, as well as educational and safety needs of individuals and families.

Each county in the Trillium area has an associated Community Collaborative that meets on a regular basis.  The System of Care Coordinators provide support to the leadership of the Community Collaboratives, provide technical assistance to the community and partners, and share information from Trillium at the Community Collaborative meetings.

To keep up with news and activities for the System of Care and Community Collaborative in your area, click on the following links.

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