Communities of Care
An Oklahoma Systems of Care Initiative
With the restructuring of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS), a need was identified to promote a trauma-informed child and family serving system within Oklahoma as a way to reduce the number of children going into state custody and keep those children and youth already in custody in a safe and stable placement. Of particular significance, DHS Region 4 was identified as having the highest percentage of youth in custody per capita in Oklahoma. As such, additional funds were given to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) Oklahoma Systems of Care to assist DHS with these endeavors. While many collaborations, interventions, and training have been planned and are currently underway, six Community Forums have been scheduled to bring the business community, faith-based organizations, tribes, community partners and families together to bring back the idea that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Six locations within DHS Region 4 have been identified as the sites for these community forums.
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WHY GET INVOLVED?
- “Communities of Care” is an expanded social marketing initiative of Oklahoma Systems of Care and builds upon the values of providing community services in a way that is family-driven, youth-guided, and culturally and linguistically competent.
- Supporting family units is the key to creating healthy families. Family can mean many things to many different people, including adoptive and foster families. Families can extend beyond blood relatives and include clanship, especially in tribal families.
- A knowledge gap still exists within communities, among families and service providers, about the available services in the community. Creating collaborative relationships increases awareness of services and provides families new resources.
- Accessing behavioral health services and receiving services from DHS is still stigmatized. By normalizing treatment and utilization of community service providers, more families can access valuable services that promote strong, healthy family units.
- Childhood trauma associated with children and youth going into DHS custody can have a lifelong negative impact. Trauma is also associated with multiple foster home placements and potentially, even aging out of foster care with no permanent family connections.
- Addiction is misunderstood. It is a brain disease. Often times, children in Region 4 are removed from their home because of untreated substance abuse in parents and caregivers. Many evidence-based treatments are available for people suffering from addiction. People can and do recover. Providing needed supports can assist in this recovery journey.
You have a role to play in the success of all families in your community. This community forum will help you find your niche in supporting families in your community.
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