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System of Care Initiative (SOCI)

Between 1998 and 2011, the Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) received grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to implement three projects—Community Connections for Families (CCF), Partnerships for Youth Transition (PYT), and Starting Early Together (SET)—collectively known as the System of Care Initiative (SOCI). Working with nine targeted neighborhoods during the nearly 14-year period, SOCI served more than 1,000 families and youth from birth to 24 years old, using “wraparound” as the primary practice model for service delivery.

Designed for youth with serious emotional disturbances (SED) who also were involved in multiple child-serving systems, the SOCI grant demonstrations were designed to provide comprehensive and coordinated mental health services that were family driven, community-based, delivered in a culturally competent manner, and focused on family and youth strengths.

Related Resources 

pdf.gif 2011 Reflections: Lessons Learned from the Allegheny County System of Care Initiative
The lessons learned and strategies outlined in this document are intended to inform consumers, families, providers, and other stakeholders how to engage in strategic thinking so that a system of care is truly value-driven and based on consumers’ voices, desires, and aspirations, as well as to reflect on the legacy of the three System of Care Initiative programs.

pdf.gif Allegheny Outlook – Issue 1: Focus on Children’s Mental Health
Graphs and charts in this report represent data from a study of 95 volunteer families who were interviewed every 6 months about their child’s progress and the services they received from SET. The program enrolled families from July 2007 to September 2010. This publication is one of a series designed to report the outcomes of the SET program and provide information that is useful to parents and caregivers in providing for the wellness and health of their child. 

pdf.gif Explore Your Emotions - Promoting Children's Mental Health
DHS and its community partners developed the award-winning Explore Your Emotions coloring and activity book and the Explore Your Emotions tip sheet as the centerpiece of an ongoing and evolving campaign to encourage young children and their parents or another trusted adult to talk with each other about their feelings.