Title: System of Care St. Louis
Summary: The proposed System of Care Expansion will provide an Integrated Family Treatment Model to juvenile justice involved youth ages 12-18 with an SED and those with signs and symptoms of Serious Mental Illness and their families. Families will receive care navigation support from Family Support Partners and clinical services from community mental health providers that can deliver evidence based services to meet the needs of youth and address the unmet mental health needs of parents/caregivers. The geographic area served will be the St. Louis Promise Zone, a Federally designated are characterized by high levels of poverty, poor health outcomes, and lack of access to mental health services.
The 2017 Youth Behavioral Health Needs Assessment identified system navigation, increasing youth accessibility to services, and investment in family systems approaches as top priorities and emphasized that behavioral health needs of youth do not stand in isolation from the needs of the family. In addition, a key focus will be on providing family advocacy and peer support services delivered by trained family advocates with lived experience to help families navigate the mental health service delivery system within the juvenile justice space and within the community. The proposed work will focus on eliminating barriers and building bridges between domains of care, specifically between Youth Behavioral Health and Adult Behavioral Health, to create an Integrated Family Treatment Model.
The goals of the project are as follows:
(1) Strengthen and enhance current infrastructure to connect juvenile justice involved youth and families with mental health service providers that implement the Integrated Family Treatment Model;
(2) Connect juvenile justice involved youth and families with Family Support Partners; and
(3) Create an Integrated Family Treatment Model for juvenile justice involved youth and families.