is Circle Around Families?
Around Families (CAF), Child Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) is
a system of care development Initiative targeted to 147,000 people
living in Lake County, Indiana. The Initiative is designed as a
child-centered and family focused system with services provided
to families coordinated within the context of the existing family
strengths and needs. The Initiative reflects the notion that the
system of care is community-based with governance informed by the
desires of community residents.
Circle Around Families is built upon the belief that the wraparound
service process for children and families must be coordinated within
the context of the existing family and child strengths and needs.
The design of Circle Around Families reflects the notion that the
system of care is child/family-centered and community-based; with
the focus of services, care, and administration based upon the parental
involvement. Enrollment of families began in November of 2000. State and
local community agencies, other stakeholders and parents have been
meeting regularly as the Collaborative Consortium. Representatives
from education, juvenile justice, mental health, family and children
services, the Federation of Families – Family Action Network,
parents and any other invested persons from the communities are
seated at the table of the Consortium.
- Parent empowerment and participation through the creation of
a parent organization.
- Creation of a seamless community infrastructure through interagency
collaboration, blended funding mechanisms, and a wraparound service
- Enhanced mental health services for children and adolescents
with serious emotional disturbance (SED) through the expansion
of the traditional and non-traditional array of services.
The mission of Circle Around Families is to develop a culturally
competent community based system of care for seriously emotionally
disabled children and their families utilizing a wraparound process
which involves a team of caregivers assembled around each child
and family to create one coordinated care plan built around identified
child and family strengths.
Circle Around Families achieves national recognition for excellence
in community communications and outreach. Click here
to view the press release.
Circle Around Families promotional video can
be viewed online by clicking here.
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