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Systems of Care

Linking with Systems of Care


A system of care is a “spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports for children and youth with or at risk for mental health or other challenges and their families, that is organized into a coordinated school network, builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth, and addresses their cultural and linguistic needs, in order to help them to function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.”
Stroul, B. Goldman, S., Pires, S., and Mateuffel, B. Expanding Systems of Care: Improving Lives of Children, Youth, and Families.

Appropriate Information Sharing

The school ensures appropriate information sharing between the mental health professional, other youth-serving agencies, families, and necessary school staff to collect and analyze the data that is necessary to track and improve their school mental health efforts to meet students’ needs.

Continuous Communication Loop

Constant and effective communication loops exist between the community mental health professions and the team leading the school mental health work.

Supported Navigation through Systems of Care

Supported navigation is an empathetic process where an educator introduces a student to the community mental health specialist and helps that student navigate the process of care coordination between the mental health professionals within and outside the school.

Wraparound Support

Wraparound supports are individualized, community-based services that bring multiple systems together with the child or adolescent and their family to provide a highly individualized plan to meet the unique needs of the student. Most Wisconsin counties and tribes have wraparound services available.

Family-Driven and Youth-Guided Support

Youth-guided services and family partnering are integral to the success of student interventions.

For questions about this information, contact Jessica Frain (608) 266-0986