OFFICE OF MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE SERVICES (OMHSAS) ANNOUNCEMENT:
Pennsylvania Receives New Systems of Care Grant
The Commonwealth has been awarded a $4 million four (4) year cooperative agreement from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which will enable all of Pennsylvania’s counties to become part of the national system of care movement to more effectively serve youth with complex behavioral health challenges, and their families. In the PA Systems of Care (SOC) there are 11 SOC Partner Counties and eight SOC Learning Communities leading the way through a current SOC Implementation cooperative agreement which ends in 2015.
The PA SOC Partnership will continue to provide technical assistance to existing and new counties as they establish local leadership teams and progress towards the defined SOC Standards, which embody equal partnership among youth, family and systems partners in all aspects of integrating the child-serving systems so that desired outcomes are achieved cost effectively through evidence based practices and natural supports. An additional focus of the new funding will be on furthering in SOC Counties the enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care.
The State Leadership Team will be responsible for coordinating the work of the new cooperative agreement at the state level. Youth leaders, family leaders and top officials from Mental Health, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Education, and the Department of Drugs and Alcohol proudly serve as equal partners on the state level team. Working together in equal partnership will enable us to do what youth, families, and human service systems cannot do alone.
For additional information, contact:
Shannon M. Fagan, MS
Director, Bureau of Children's Behavioral Health Services
Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services