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A federal system of care strategic expansion planning grant was awarded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to Indiana’s System of Care Partners, which includes:
The one-year duration grant provides Indiana with the resources to develop a strategic SOC expansion plan for the state that is geared at assisting the development and sustainment of local SOC governance structures to improve the access to and quality of integrated behavioral health services for youth and families. The strategic SOC expansion plan is scheduled to be completed at the end of state fiscal year 2014.
The system of care expansion grant initiatives are being implemented by the following state and community stakeholders:
Children’s Mental Health Advisory Board: The Children’s Mental Health Advisory Board (CMHA Board) is Indiana’s state-level system of care governance board. The CMHA board is comprised of youth and family members, local SOC governance board members, Department of Child Services, Judicial/Probation/Courts, Department of Education, advocacy groups (i.e., youth, family and special populations), community and agency mental health providers/administrators and other state representation. The board members are a voluntary, dedicated group of community stakeholders who pledge to assist the State of Indiana in providing oversight and governance for the Indiana’s behavioral health service delivery systems and state-wide system of care initiatives. The role of the board is to provide the following:
Local System of Care Governance Coalition: This term is used to describe the collection of youth, families, service providers and community stakeholders working together within a community SOC governance structure to drive, manage and monitor the local/regional SOC, in order to promote and encourage collaborative community provision of effective services and supports for youth and families. The following standards are essential in a functioning and sustainable local/regional SOC governance coalition:
System of Care Sub-Committee: This team, a sub-committee of the CMHA board, is comprised of community key contacts representing each of Indiana’s counties and regional SOC governance coalitions. The sub-committee was developed to function as the primary work group for the development and implementation of the State’s strategic SOC expansion initiatives, which include meeting the following objectives:
The SOC subcommittee works within the oversight and direction of the CMHA board; and reports back to the board on a quarterly basis.
System of Care Grant Team: This team includes representation of the state partners (Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, The Department of Child Services and NAMI) awarded the federally funded System of Care Expansion Strategic Planning Grant, as well as state staff members and contracted staff members responsible for carrying out the grant initiatives and activities. The team works closely with all facets of the Indiana SOC leadership and governance in the planning and implementation of the grant initiatives.
System of Care Evaluation Team: This team was developed as a result of the SOC grant to assist the state in gathering and analyzing the data needed to assess the SOC readiness of Indiana. In addition, this team will implement the community SOC readiness assessment survey (a requirement of the SOC grant) to provide the state partners with information regarding the current status of SOC development at the local and state level.
CMHA Board Membership Sub-Committee: This is a sub-committee was developed by the CMHA board to review and propose processes and protocols to increase and utilize youth and family voice and membership on the CMHA board.