System of Care

Expansion Planning Grant

Community participation in the expansion planning of Stark County’s System of Care for mental health services for youth and their families.

What is the System of Care Expansion Planning Grant? Stark County Mental Health & Addiction Recovery (StarkMHAR) was awarded a Planning Grant for the Expansion of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services.

Purpose: To involve youth, families, child and family organizations and the community in creating a culturally and trauma-informed comprehensive strategic plan (or map of coordinated services and supports) for children, youth and families with, or at risk of, mental health challenges in Stark County.


System of Care EPG Core Values

  1. Youth and Family
    Families have the primary voice in deciding the services and support their children use, and youth and families work together to create changes in the policies and procedures of the System of Care.
  2. Community
    The services and management of the System are based in the community.
  3. Culture and Language
    All of the System’s agencies and services reflect the cultural, racial, ethnic, and linguistic needs of the youth and families they support.
Source: Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health, tapartnership.org

Kent State University College of Public Health

Kent State University College of Public Health is partnering with StarkMHAR for project implementation. Please access subcommittee working documents at the KSU project webpage »

The Youth and Young Adult Leadership subcommittee meeting will be held at the Stark County Public Library. Directions to Stark County Public Library »

All other community meetings will be held at Kent State Stark Campus University Center. Directions to the KSU Stark Campus Corporate University & Conference Center »


HOW TO GET INVOLVED

Would you like to join us? Have questions? Please contact us at Info@StarkMHAR.org.

Thank you for voting! #yourvoice matters was a finalist for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2015 Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach Recognition Program.


Newsletter Archive

System of Care Expansion Planning Grant eNewsletters are archived below.


Stark County’s Expansion Planning Project

Trauma-Informed Care: Learning Community

The National Council for Behavioral Health will be working with 12 Stark County child/family-serving organizations to provide one-on-one consultation in the seven domains of trauma-informed care, which are:

  1. Early screening and assessment
  2. Consumer-driven care and services
  3. Nurturing a trauma-informed and responsive workforce
  4. Evidence-based and emerging best practices
  5. Creating safe environments
  6. Community outreach and partnership building
  7. Ongoing performance improvement and monitoring

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a trauma-informed approach realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery; recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system; responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices; and seeks to actively resist re-traumatization. The National Council for Behavioral Health came to Stark County on December 2, 2014, for its initial kickoff meeting with the participating organizations. The work ahead will include organizational self-assessments, as well as conference calls and webinars with the National Council in an effort to improve the above domains of trauma-informed care. More information on the National Council’s consultation services ».

Meeting Schedule »

 

Culture and Language: Cultural Competence Subcommittee

StarkMHAR will be working with the Georgetown National Center for Cultural Competence, along with the Executive Director of Coming Together Stark County to improve and promote Cultural Competence and CLAS Standards in the following six domains:

  1. Governance and Organizational Infrastructure
  2. Services and Supports
  3. Planning and Continuous Quality Improvement
  4. Collaboration
  5. Communication
  6. Workforce Development

As cited by the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health, Cultural Competence within a System of Care is defined as: “the integration of knowledge, information, and data about individuals and groups of people into clinical standards, skills, service approaches and supports, policies, measures, and benchmarks that align with the individual’s or group’s culture and increases the quality, appropriateness, and acceptability of health care and outcomes” (Cross et al., 1989). The work ahead will include communicating and addressing the linguistic needs of individuals served in the Stark County System of Care by ensuring organizations and systems consistently communicate with community members in ways appropriate to their preferred language, literacy skills, and disability status. In addition, it will also entail effective interactions with persons of all cultures and socio-economic backgrounds, particularly in the context of human resources, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. More information on Georgetown National Center for Cultural Competence resources »

Watch the archived CLAS webinar from April 1, 2015 »

Meeting Schedule »

 

Social Marketing Subcommittee

StarkMHAR will work in collaboration with local organizations, professionals and youth and families to plan a strategic message about the intention of the System of Care Expansion Planning Grant. This message will invite individuals to participate in an open-forum discussion to generate community feedback about the planning. The work ahead will include the formation of a Social Marketing Subcommittee, conference calls and webinars with the Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health, and various media platforms to achieve the objectives above. More information on Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Social Marketing resources »

Meeting Schedule »


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