Word on the street is that System of Care is Coming to an end!This couldn’t be further from the truth!
Please read about some of our accomplishments:
- We have reinforced the values of being a system that is family driven, youth guided, culturally sensitive, and community based.
- Parents, Caregivers, and youth are now involved in various county and community agency committees and boards to help guide our decisions and services.
- We have cross system, single point of access for children, youth with serious emotional and behavioral challenges and their families to reduce duplication of services and to develop one comprehensive plan using the High Fidelity Wraparound Model of planning and care coordination.
- We have filled in some of the gaps in community supports and services by enhancing or developing services such as respite care, community alternatives to hospitalization, integrated behavioral health services, schools and pediatric practices, training in evidence based and research based clinical practices, and adopting High Fidelity Wraparound.
- We have helped to launch a family and youth run organization, Voices United 4 Change (VU4C), a group of dedicated individuals who promote awareness of mental illness and work to reduce the stigma associated with addressing mental health needs. VU4C provides education using the curriculum of Youth Mental Health First Aid, Team Up for Your Child and the annual Family and Youth Summit. They provide support through outreach, community events such as the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Walk in May, support groups and potluck dinners.
- We have used data to guide our practice with the help of our evaluation team from the University at Albany.
- Our Cultural and Linguistic Competency coordinator has provided cultural awareness and sensitivity assessments of various programs and agencies and has provided training and support to improve cultural responsiveness.
- We have strengthened partnerships with schools by developing a Connecting the Dots monthly forums for schools and community agencies to learn about each other.
- Over the past 6 years Out Youth have assembled promote awareness and reducing stigma by telling their story, educating other youth, planning and participating in community events, developing a PSA.
- Youth have empowered themselves through education, wellness activities, giving back through community service and working to strengthen youth voice throughout the county!
There’s so much more!
The champions of System of Care have inspired our County to sustain and expand our efforts to continue with our mission to achieve positive change through our newly adopted Welcome Orange Initiative! Welcome Orange takes the philosophy of System of Care to scale for all individuals, adults and children, with complex care needs. Our overall vision is to design the system at every level to be about the needs, hopes, and dreams of the people and families that are needing help with all types of co-occurring complex issues – including health, mental health, trauma, substance abuse, and cognitive conditions, as well as housing, legal, vocational, social and parenting issues and that ALL programs and ALL persons delivering care and support become welcoming, person-centered, resiliency-/recovery, hopeful, strength-based, trauma-informed, culturally fluent, and complexity-capable.
So Yes! System of Care will be here well beyond our funding and will continue to grow and improve as we partner with individuals.
If you would like to be involved in the Welcome Orange initiative please contact:
Orange County Department of Mental Health
30 Harriman Drive
Goshen, NY 10924
Phone: 845-291- 2621 Fax: 845-291-2628
If you want to be involved in the Family and Youth movement to promote awareness through support and education and to the reducing stigma connected to mental illness please contact:
Pat Savino, Outreach Coordinator
Voices United 4 Change
2001 Rt. 17M
Goshen, NY 10924