promoting a connected system of care
Stark County Family Council
Funded in-part by Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery, Stark County Family Council is a partnership of local government including Stark County Job & Family Services, Stark County Family Court, Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, StarkMHAR, schools, as well as community health and human service agencies, family and youth who work together to achieve more and close gaps in care for Stark County’s neediest families.
Family Council promotes a connected system of care to protect and enhance the well-being of children and families by building capacity, coordinating systems and services and engaging and empowering families. With the help of Family Council, families engulfed in complex needs who have children from birth to age 21, will overcome cross-system obstacles to obtain effective care and support.
As a leader in community planning, Family Council builds community capacity to serve families with shared planning and shared accountability of all partner members. The Council coordinates systems and services on behalf of families with specialized programming including:
- High-Fidelity WrapAround service model and Family Support Specialists who manage individual family cases
- A Service Review Collaborative of expert administrator and clinician partners who provide individual case management insight to coordinate and streamline services
- The Help Me Grow program, a birth to 3-years system of care for expectant parents, newborns, infants and toddlers provides health and developmental services so children start school healthy and ready to learn, and Family Support Specialists to implement the program
- CARE Teams are implemented in individual school-based environments to address obstacles facing at-risk students and their families such as physical health, substance abuse, physical abuse, housing, nutrition and poverty
- Youth Transition Planning for youth involved in multiple systems
- Utilizing a Crossover Youth Practice Model, an evidence-based service model, to address issues in youth such as abuse and neglect known to both child welfare and juvenile justice systems
- Committees/Work groups focused on service coordination, autism, resiliency and early childhood development
Engaging and empowering families and youth is a shared strategy of Family Council. Partners serve on committees to ensure children and families are informed and continue to engage in their child and family’s success.
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