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
Assessment Tool for Expanding Systems of Care (PDF - 141 KB)
Oregon Statewide Children'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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 1,640 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 - 2,650 KB)