(Core Values and Guiding Principles)
Develop one integrated, strengths-based, accessible, and accountable system of community-based behavioral healthcare for all families with children and youth with serious emotional disturbance. Such a system will be designed to assist families and children with behavioral health needs to access a high quality system of care that will help their children thrive and be successfully supported within their communities. Services and supports provided are to be culturally competent and appropriate, and family and individually driven by the needs and preferences of the family and child being served. These efforts are to be connected and adjunctive to the larger System of Care.
A partnership of families, system of care collaborative(s), behavioral health and community providers, advocates, DCF (Department of Children and Families,) DSS (Department of Social Services,) DMHAS (Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services,) DDS (department of Developmental Services,) CSSD (Court Support Services Division,) schools, and juvenile justice leadership will use national system of care wrap around practices and an integrated organizational structure to provide a system of services that is responsive, easy to navigate for families and of the highest effectiveness.