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. It is organized into a coordinated network, building meaningful partnerships with families and youth and addressing their cultural and linguistic needs in order to help them function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life.

Systems of Care strives to provide professional, caring behavioral healthcare services in accordance with core values of being family driven and youth guided, strengths-based, community-based and culturally competent.

How is Systems of Care different?

Comprehensive Approach — Looking at all the systems in which the youth/family is involved in order to develop a single plan working towards the family's vision.

Family Involvement — Families drive the treatment process. The family should be involved in creating the plan and choosing the interventions that fit them best.

Team Meetings — Child and Family Teaming is a huge piece of Systems of Care. These meetings will occur no less than once a month with the goals of identifying strengths, identifying and addressing barriers and using those strengths to develop one plan for the team to follow.

Child and Family Teaming

Who is on the team? Anyone with a vested interest in the well-being of the child and family. This could include: youth, caregivers, other family members, wraparound facilitator, rehabilitation services provider, therapist, youth pastor, priest or other church members, DCS, probation, school staff, mentor, friend or neighbor.

What do we talk about?

Topics may include developing a family vision, reviewing strengths and successes, identifying needs of the family, brainstorming goals to meet needs, selecting strategies that best fit the family's needs and desires, assigning tasks to team members to help support the child and family.

Who is Eligible?

Current residents or individuals under the jurisdiction of the County Court in one of the following counties: Huntington, Kosciusko, Marshall, Wabash or Whitley.

Individuals up to and including age 18.

Those diagnosed, or diagnosable, with a severe emotional disturbance (DSM-IV).

Individuals with one or more of the following should also apply:
* Family involvement with the Department of Child Services
* Youth receiving special education services
* Youth involvement with the juvenile justice system
* Youth at risk of, or returning from, out of home placement

Systems of Care Consortium

Systems of Care is governed in each county by a local advisory board called a Consortium. The Consortium meets monthly to develop policies and procedures, fundraising ideas, review cases and ensure fidelity to the Systems of Care model. Members of the Consortium include representatives from the following: Department of Child Services, Juvenile Justice, schools, mental health, family members, CASA, Boys and Girls Club, special education cooperatives and other community partners.

Wraparound Process Guide

Educational Links

National Wraparound Initiative: www.nwi.pdx.edu

Choices, Inc: www.choicestream.org

National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health: http://ffcmh.org

Contact Systems of Care:

Bowen Center offers Systems of Care programs in each of the following counties: Huntington, Kosciusko, Marshall, Wabash and Whitley. For questions or more information on services available through Systems of Care please contact Bowen's System of Care Program Manager:

Courtney Wiegmann, BSEd.
800-342-5653 x3760
courtney.wiegmann@bowencenter.org