Systems of Care Services and Supports
Find program descriptions for services provided in a system of care, such as respite care, crisis outreach, individualized or wraparound care, therapeutic foster care, and others. Many of these resources were initially created during the early development of systems of care. Although they may focus primarily on the mental health needs of children, they are adaptable and appropriate for use within all systems of care for families seeking support.
- Assessment instruments
- Crisis services
- Definitions of services in systems of care
- Respite care
- Therapeutic foster care
- Wraparound services
Coordination of Services and Service Array: Systems of Care Toolkit
National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Systems of Care
Defines the roles of coordination of services and service array in systems of care; presents activities and resources for four development phases: pre-planning, planning, implementation, and continuous quality improvement; provides examples from the field; and more.
Implementing High-Quality Collaborative Individualized Service/Support Planning: Necessary Conditions (PDF - 6380 KB)
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health (2003)
Describes steps to achieve high quality implementation of team-based wraparound services. Includes assessments for implementation quality at the team, organizational, and system (policy and funding) level.
Assessment Tool for Expanding Systems of Care (PDF - 141 KB)
Oregon Statewide Childrenâ€™s Wraparound Initiative, Portland State University (2012)
Assesses the implementation of an array of strategies that may be used by communities to sustain existing systems of care (SOCs) and expand the SOC approach.
A Level of Care Instrument for Children's Systems of Care: Construction, Reliability and Validity
Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia
Journal of Child and Family Studies, 15(2), 2006
Describes an instrument designed to help determine the intensity of services needed for a child served in a mental health system of care.
Children's Crisis Outreach Response System
King County Department of Community and Human Services
Information on the crisis outreach program as part of their larger system of care.
Definitions of services in systems of care
Defining the Scope of Systems of Care: An Ecological Perspective
Cook & Kilmer
Evaluation and Program Planning, 33(1), 2010
Addresses current issues in understanding the nature and outcomes of systems of care and proposes a revised definition with implications for the implementation of systems of care.
Family Centered Services Definitions
System of Care Illinois
Definitions of terms frequently used to describe family-centered services, including family prevention/support services and family intervention/treatment services.
Leveraging Resources to Improve School and Community Outcomes for Children With Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (PDF - 217 KB)
State of New York Coordinated Children's Services Initiative (2003)
Outlines respite funding sources and provides a chart of county respite programs and contacts.
Promising Practices in Respite Care (PDF - 197 KB)
This presentation from the winter 2005 System of Care Community Meeting describes a research study to identify and describe promising practices in respite care.
Therapeutic foster care
Family to Family Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Information on collaboration, community partnership, evaluation, and strategic communications.
Therapeutic Foster Care Standards (PDF - 19 KB)
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (2003)
Provide direction and guidance to the Children and Family Services programs regarding the structure and application of therapeutic foster care services for children with severe emotional disturbances.
MHDD Services for Children and Youth - Wraparound Process
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
Describes the State's wraparound process and outlines its values.
Overview of Wraparound
System of Care Illinois
Information on the Illinois wraparound philosophy, process, and concepts.
Statewide Children's Wraparound Initiative
Oregon Department of Human Services
Describes the State's efforts to build a coordinated system of services for children with complex behavioral health needs and their families. The website includes project information, committee reports, workforce development tools, outcome data, and more.
Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
The mission of Wraparound Milwaukee is to provide cost-effective, comprehensive, and individualized care to children with complex needs and their families in Milwaukee County. The website offers forms frequently used by care coordinators, copies of policies and procedures, and other tools for communities.
The Wraparound Process User's Guide: A Handbook for Families (PDF - 1640 KB)
National Wraparound Initiative Advisory Group (2006)
Helps families understand the wraparound process and ensure their experience reflects the principles and activities of wraparound. Also available in Spanish. (PDF - 2650 KB)