Systems of Care is a comprehensive spectrum of mental health and other support services that are organized into coordinated networks to meet the multiple and changing needs of children, adolescents and their families with a serious emotional disturbance. It accomplishes this by providing community based, family driven, youth guided, and culturally competent services statewide.
Wraparound The Wraparound process is a way to improve the lives of children with complex needs and their families by developing individualized plans of care. The key characteristics of the process are that the plan is developed by a family centered team, is individualized based on the strengths and culture of the child and their family, and is driven by needs rather than services. In addition to addressing the needs of the identified youth, Wraparound plans are designed to meet the needs of caregivers and siblings and to address a range of life areas. Through the team-based planning and implementation process, wraparound also aims to develop the problem-solving skills, coping skills, and self-efficacy of the young people and family members. Finally, there is an emphasis on integrating the youth into the community and building the family’s social support network.*
*National Wraparound Initiative
Values of the OKSOC
Community-based: OKSOC brings the services to the family’s home community. The responsibility for decision making is placed at the local level.
Family-driven: means that families have a primary decision-making role in the care of their children as well as in the policies and procedures governing care for all children in their community, state, tribe, territory and nation.
Youth-Guided: youth are knowledgeable of services, beginning to research & ask questions about resources, beginning to understand the process of the system and services, involved in identifying needs and supports, learning how to self advocate.
Youth-directed: youth are continuing with youth-guided process, in a safe place (not in continual crisis), taking a more active decision making role in treatment and within the OKSOC (policy, etc), increasing their knowledge of services and developing a deeper understanding of the system.
Youth-driven: youth are initiating, planning and executing in partnership with others, equipped with an expert level of understanding and advocating for other young people.
Culturally & Linguistically Competent: services and supports must be tailored to the unique culture of the child and family.
Statewide: Oklahoma is one of the few states in the U.S. that is implementing SOC statewide. Phase 1 implemented 36 local SOC’s communities covering 41 counties. Phase 2 development and implementation will begin in 2009 with a goal of the entire state of Oklahoma being supported by local SOC communities by 2015.