Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health

Systems of Care

A "system of care" is an organizational philosophy and framework that involves collaboration across agencies, families, and youth for the purpose of improving access and expanding the array of coordinated community-based, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports for children and youth with a serious emotional disturbance and their families. Find more information about systems of care from the Child, Adolescent and Family Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Use the categories below to learn more about systems of care and their underlying values and principles, as well as to find links to additional resources, tools, and technical assistance in building, implementing, and evaluating a system of care.

Featured Publication

Report CoverBuilding Systems of Care: A Primer

Georgetown University Child Development Center, National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health (2002)

Fundamental technical assistance tool for state and local stakeholders engaged in developing systems of care for children with behavioral health disorders and their families.