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State and Local Systems of Care

health care professionalThe Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health strengthens the work of states, communities, tribes, and territories as they strive to achieve comprehensive mental health promotion, prevention, and treatment for children, adolescents, young people, and families. System of care values and principles guide our work and support a broad view of mental health and systemic approaches to designing and delivering effective mental health care.

The National Technical Assistance Center utilizes multiple approaches to reach states, communities, tribes, and territories and to help them improve their service systems with the ultimate goal of improving the mental health of children, youth, and families. Some of these approaches provide information and materials; some are focused on training; and some are more intensive technical assistance strategies.

The objectives of these approaches are to:

  • Provide an understanding of systems including the structures and processes that make systems work better;
  • Support leaders in understanding and managing a systems change process;
  • Develop strategic action plans with states, communities, tribes, and territories to implement solutions;
  • Strengthen and sustain the capacity of states, communities, tribes, and territories to improve systems, services, and practice, resulting in better outcomes for children and families;
  • Provide information on what works - discovering new knowledge, seeking out and disseminating evidence-informed and promising practices, sharing this knowledge, and advancing current practice;
  • Build partnerships – between families, youth, and the systems that serve them; public and private sectors; child-serving systems such as mental health, health, substance abuse, education, early childhood, child welfare, and juvenile justice; and between providers, administrators, and policy makers;
  • Build and support leaders and workforce in child mental health;
  • Engage Federal, state, and local leaders in collaborative system reform.

Our initiatives to build effective state and local systems of care include:

Major topic areas addressed that are critical components of systems of care include:

  • Strategic planning and systems change
  • Cultural and linguistic competence and disparities
  • Family and youth
  • Leadership and Coaching
  • System collaboration around special populations (mental health, health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities, schools, early childhood, transition-aged youth and young adults, child welfare, and juvenile justice)
  • Financing
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Outcomes management
  • Research and evaluation

Contact Information

For further information or additional questions, please contact:
James Wotring,
M.S.W.
Director
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University
jrw59@georgetown.edu

Linda Y. Henderson-Smith, PhD, LPC
Director, Mental Health Planning and Policy/Assistant Professor
National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health
Center for Child and Human Development, Georgetown University
Linda.HendersonSmith@georgetown.edu