Implementing Systems Of Care

System of care implementation is about transformation. It is about transforming the current child-serving system into a system that is culturally and linguistically competent, family driven and youth guided. Bringing about system transformation requires community members, families, youth, and key stakeholders from all child-serving agencies to embrace new values and principles, collaborate and partner in new ways, and redefine service delivery models.

To ensure the successful implementation of systems of care, stakeholders must be strategic in developing the structure of their system of care, must be effective in building collaborations and relationships, and must ultimately ensure that the system of care will be sustained and will continue to meet the mental health needs of children, youth, and families in the community. The following resources discuss issues faced in designing, growing, and sustaining a system of care:

  • Structuring
    Learn about the process and role of structure in systems of care and its consequential impact on sustainability, practice, and outcomes.
  • Building
    These resources offer steps and benchmarks associated with effective system building.

Featured Publications

Crosswalk to Implementing Your Cooperative Agreement(PDF)

The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (2011)

Connects the requirements of the RFA, system of care implementation strategies, and the knowledge and experience of communities, families, youth, TA providers, researchers, and consultants to assist in systems of care development.

System Implementation Issue Brief: Critical Factors in System of Care Implementation (PDF)

Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health (2007)

Describes cross-site patterns of system implementation and identifies four factors critical to implementation: values and beliefs, goals, structures, and information sharing.