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Title: Our Children Succeed Initiative (OCS)

Our Children Succeed Initiative (OCS)
  • Northwest Minnesota Council of Collaboratives
  • Annual Meeting -- October 31st, 2007
  • Brenda Anderson, Project Director
  • Maureen Hams, Parent, Governance Board Member
  • Colleen MacRae, Social Marketing/TA/
  • Communications Director
  • Tim Denny, Evaluation Specialist
  • System of Care Parents, Partners and Staff

A Childrens Mental Health System of Careserving
Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Polk and Red
Lake Counties 603 Bruce Street ? P.O. Box 603 ?
Crookston, MN 56716 ? (218) 281-0265 ? Fax
(218) 281-6261 ? www.ourchildrensucceedinitiative.
Our Children Succeed Initiative is a partnership
of children, youth, parents and caregivers who
promote competent and coordinated services
designed to enhance access to, and the
effectiveness of, services for children and youth
with social, emotional and behavioral concerns
and their families in Northwestern Minnesota. We
believe that services need to reflect the
culturally and linguistically diverse needs of
families served including respect for heritage,
customs, beliefs, and values of racial, ethnic,
religious and social groups in a family-driven,
youth-guided process to identify and carry out
needed services.
  • Northwest Oct. 2006
  • Kittson, Polk, Marshall, Red Lake, Norman,
    Mahnomen and the White Earth Indian Reservation
  • STARS for Childrens Mental Health Oct. 2005
  • Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright
  • PACT4 Oct. 1999
  • Yellow Medicine, Renville, Kandiyohi, Meeker,
    and the Upper Sioux Community

Our Children Succeed Initiative
  • Application submitted via the Northwest Minnesota
    Council of Collaboratives
  • Polk County Social Services is the fiscal host
  • Funded through Substance Abuse and Mental
    Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) --
    Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services
    Program for Children and their Familiesand
    administered by Childrens Mental Health Services
    Division of SAMHSA
  • Funded from October 2006 September 2012, 7.5
    Million Dollars

Grants or Cooperative Agreements awarded to
  • A broad array of comprehensive community based
    services for children with serious emotional,
    behavioral or mental health disorders
  • To enable communities to develop local systems
    of care consisting of mental health, child
    welfare, education, juvenile justice and other
    child serving agencies

System of Care Value Base
  • System of Care is a philosophy of how care should
    be delivered
  • One family one plan
  • Community-based responsiveness
  • Increased parent choice
  • Increased family independence
  • Care for children in context of families
  • Care for families in context of community
  • Never give up
  • Build on strengths to meet needs
  • An ideal System of Care model includes a
    comprehensive spectrum of mental health and other
    necessary services which are organized into a
    coordinated network to meet the multiple and
    changing needs of children and their families
  • Agencies compliment each another, staff work as
    part of a childs care team

Target Population
  • Children and Adolescents who have a diagnosable
    mental health disorder and specifically
  • Children with mental health issues in out-of-home
  • Youth who meet the above criteria involved in 1)
    the juvenile justice system 2) the child welfare
  • Youth with co-occurring mental health and
    substance use/abuse issues
  • Infants and young children with mental health
  • Young adults (18-21) with mental health issues
  • It is estimated that 1,783 children over the age
    of 9 and young adults struggle with a serious
    emotional disturbance in our region

Overarching Goal of Our Initiative
  • To bring our current System of Care to full scale
  • Including parents and youth as partners and
    co-decision makers
  • Reaching un-served, under-served at-risk
    children, youth and young adults and culturally
    distinct populations
  • Applying Evidenced Based Models of Intervention
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of the system of
    care and its component services

Governance Committee
  • Reports to the Council of Collaboratives and is
    responsible for project oversight, program design
    development, monitoring and evaluation,
    appointment of other committee and team members,
    development of a grievance policy and procedures,
    periodic review of sustainability plan and meets
  • 51 of members parents, 49 CEOs and

Planning Team
  • Appointed by the Governance Board and works to
    ensure all activities of the project reflect
    preferred practices related to
  • strategy and implementation development
  • social marketing (overseeing the development and
    implementation of a social marketing plan of
    action to increase awareness of children's mental
    health issues and to provide communication
    support linking all partners under a shared
    vision of the Our Children Succeed Initiative)
  • cultural and linguistic competency (ensuring all
    activities of the project reflect preferred
    practices related to cultural and linguistic
  • interagency training/workforce development
    (continuously review all aspects of service
    delivery, assessing workforce issues and training
    needs to realize Initiative goals)
  • youth and parent involvement
  • training and technical assistance
  • evaluation
  • The membership includes the Initiative staff,
    direct care providers, parents, representatives
    from culturally diverse groups, advocacy
    organizations and representatives from the
    Council of Collaboratives.

  • Objective 1 Reduce out-of-home and out-of-
    region placement of children with severe
    emotional disturbance by at least 50 by Year 6,
    from 237 children to 118 children.
  • Objective 2 Reduce hospitalization,
    involvement in the juvenile justice system,
    homelessness and chemical abuse, while increasing
    employment, successful transition to higher
    education programs, and independent housing for
    youth and young adults ages 18 21 who
    experience severe emotional disturbance or
    co-occurring disorders.

  • Objective 3 Reduce by 40 by Year 6, the rates
    of school truancy, school drop outs, chemical
    abuse and homelessness, with a focus on youth in
    the juvenile justice system, youth experiencing
    co-occurring disorders, and youth and young
    adults from diverse cultures with severe
    emotional disturbance.
  • Objective 4 Reduce the number of young
    children at risk for developing a severe
    emotional disturbance.

Benefits to Children and Families enrolling in
our System of Care
  • Family has access to a family mentor, with an
    initial phone call occurring within 48 hours
  • Child and Family will have a formal family and
    child team meeting scheduled within the first 72
    hours of referral, first meeting can be
    facilitated either by the wrap coordinator/facilit
    ator, county case manager or other individual
    involved with the family trained in the wrap
    process and approved by the family

Benefits to Children and Families enrolling in
our System of Care
  • Families choosing to participate in a universal
    intake process will see less duplication and
    reduced burden of paperwork
  • If children and their families are referred for
    enrollment in the System of Care and do not meet
    eligibility criteria, a referral to existing
    community supports and services will be offered

Specific OCS Initiative Activities Include
  • Diagnostic and evaluation services
  • School-based mental health assessments,
    consultation, training and crisis intervention
  • Child and Family Care Team meetings via fidelity
    wrap around process
  • Early childhood mental health prevention and
    intervention activities
  • Expansion of Evidenced Based Interventions,
    including Functional Family Therapy, Family Group
    Decision Making

Specific OCS InitiativeActivities Include
  • Family mentors and youth leaders to help children
    and their families with questions, concerns and
    unmet needs
  • Implementation of Transition to Independence
    Process (TIP)
  • Intensive Care Management Services assisting
    children and families

Specific OCS Initiative Activities Include
  • System Enhancement Activities (training
    opportunities on excelling in our System of Care
    training/consultation on cultural diversity
    training on Evidenced Based Practices)
  • Social marketing providing factual information
    to schools and child-serving agencies and the
    public about mental health issues
    de-stigmatizing mental health

Other benefits
  • Liaison from the MN Dept of Human Services
    assigned to our project
  • Linking with the state to utilize MN Practice
    Wise an evidenced based practices data base
  • Small amount of Flexible funding to help
    children and families meet treatment goals
  • For our Native American population, including
    Native Healing Traditions related to our System
    of Care goals
  • Tele-Mental Health Services
  • Education/Training/Outreach/Information
    Dissemination to Physicians, Law Enforcement,
    Judges, Respite Providers on general and
    specific childrens mental health issues

Year 1 Accomplishments
  • Formation of our Governance Board, comprised 51
    parents and 49 Agency Executive Directors and a
  • Formation of an Administrative Committee
  • Formation of a Planning Committee, responsible to
    the Governance Board to address Systems Issues
    regarding Cultural and Linguistic Competence,
    Evaluation, Training and Workforce Development
    and Social Marketing

Year 1 Accomplishments
  • Completed the following work plans Family
    Involvement, Clinical Services, Early Childhood
  • Following work plans in process
  • Cultural Competence
  • Enrollment
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • School-Based Services
  • Youth in Transition
  • Youth Involvement
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Evaluation
  • All plans include our SOC goals, objectives and
    strategies to guide service delivery.

Year 1 Accomplishments
  • OCS staff hired (see handout)
  • Planning and coordination with each of the County
    Social Services Agencies who provide childrens
    mental health case management and referral
  • Monthly planning meetings with White Earth Tribal
    Human and Mental Health Services
  • Participation in technical assistance federal
    site visits in June 2007 October 2007
  • Active participation of State Liaison - Kathy

Year 2 Objectives
  • Start serving children and families in Our
    Children Succeed by December 2007
  • Continue Governance Board, Administrative and
    Planning Committee Meetings
  • Continue to involve parents throughout the system
    as partners and co-decision makers
  • Enhance our youth involvement throughout the
  • Continue to enhance relationships between
    child-serving agencies and school districts
  • Implement Early Childhood strategies including
    training, consulting and home-visits with
    children and families

Year 2 Objectives
  • Fully utilize family mentors
  • Further develop roles and responsibilities for
    youth leaders and work on a hiring plan
  • Complete mental health screenings and diagnostic
    assessments on children who appear to be
    struggling with a mental health issue
  • Expand intensive care coordination and in-home
    family therapy services
  • Implement Youth in Transition (18-21) services
    via the Transition to Independence Process

Year 2 Objectives
  • Provide crisis intervention and consultation
  • Provide school-based mental health assessments,
    training and consultation
  • Implement social marketing strategies to
    de-stigmatize childrens mental health issues
  • Continue to work closely with our State Liaison,
    linking our project to the MN Department of Human
  • Utilize ITV and Tele-mental health, when

Year 2 Objectives
  • Conduct Professional, Parent and Youth Leadership
  • Offer workforce development training
  • Implement specific childrens mental health
    trainings, based on requests and staff
  • Complete a systems-wide cultural and linguistic
    competence assessment
  • Engage in Evaluation to include data collection
    and feedback to partners, consumers and

Major Strengths of our Current System of Care
  • Our communities already offer quick access to
    services, many home and community based services
    and excellent collaboration, cooperation and
    communication amongst agencies and schools
  • Passionate and committed parents, youth, service
    providers and school personnel focused on the
    goals of this Initiative

Greatest Potential for Growth
  • Our greatest potential for growth is
  • Establishing a well-coordinated Family-Driven
    System of Care
  • Enhancing our communication and information
    dissemination process so that parents, youth and
    partners are well informed regarding System of
    Care activities
  • Assuring that youth are involved in our System of
    Care through all aspects of services and outcomes
  • Utilizing Child and Family Care teams to develop
    a plan of care for the children served
  • Launching a community-based social marketing
  • Assuring the best possible outcomes for children
    and families in Northwestern Minnesota

Contact Information
  • Brenda Anderson, MSW, LICSW, Project Director,
    Our Children Succeed Initiative, Northwestern
    Mental Health Center
  • banderson_at_nwmhc.org 218.281.3940
  • Terri Heggie, Lead Family Contact, Polk County
    Social Services terri.heggie_at_co.polk.mn.us
  • Colleen MacRae, Social Marketing/Communications/Te
    chnical Assistance Director, c/o Northwestern
    Mental Health Center
  • colmacrae_at_nwmhc.org 218.281.3940
  • www.councilofcollaboratives.org
  • www.nwmnconnections.org
  • www.ourchildrensucceedinitiative.org
  • 218.281.0265
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