Systems of Care

IHCRC’s Gathering Strength and Restoring Harmony Wraparound services program serves children with emotional or behavioral disorders who are also at risk of being removed from either school or the home. The goal of Wraparound is to maintain emotionally and behaviorally challenged children with their family and communities in the most accommodating and least restrictive environment.

Families work closely with IHCRC’s Wraparound Team to identify friends, family members and professionals to form a Family Team. The team works with the family to develop a plan to assist in meeting the youth’s emotional, educational, intellectual, physical, family, cultural and social needs. The approach is strengths-based, focusing on the family’s previous achievements and positive attributes.

Our Systems of Care staff respects the family’s cultural values. Above all, the focus is on the family having control over the decisions that affect their lives. While the team may make suggestions, it is ultimately up to the family to decide upon a plan and implement the best course of action. The program typically takes 6-12 months to complete and ends with a special graduation ceremony that the child gets to plan.

Why are Systems of Care needed?
Five to nine percent of children and youth between ages 9 and 17 have serious emotional disturbances that cause substantial functional impairment, and many do not receive the supports and services they need to reach their full potential at home, school, and in their communities.

Many children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families need supports and services from many different child- and family-serving agencies and organizations. Often, these agencies and organizations are serving the same children, youth, and families as IHCRC. By creating partnerships among these groups, Systems of Care is able to coordinate services and supports that meet the ever-changing needs of each child, youth, and family. Coordinated services and supports lead to improved outcomes for children, youth, and families, and help prevent the duplication of services for authorized care among government agencies.

Source: Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration