What is System of Care?
System of Care (SOC) is a collaboration to facilitate coordinated, community-based, culturally competent, person-centered and family-focused services for individuals, children and families who have mental health issues and other life challenges. The SOC is designed to build on the strengths of the individuals to improve access to services and engage in a partnership between consumers seeking treatment and the agencies that provide services. A system of care helps children, youth, and families function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.
Some of the ways we do this are through:
- Child and Family Team (CFT)
- Care Review
- ILI Housing
- Community Collaboratives
- Network of Care
- Flex Funds
Each county Alliance serves has a System of Care Coordinator. Please contact them if you would like to learn more:
Durham County: Ashley Bass-Mitchell at (919) 651-8498
Wake County: Margaret Soler at (919) 651-8654
Cumberland County: Sharon Glover at (910) 491-4813
Johnston County: Tanisha Holder at (919) 651-8971
Child and Family Team
The Child and Family Team is an essential part of System of Care. The Child and Family Team meets regularly (often monthly) to focus on creating and maintaining positive progress of the child. The team members are selected by the child and family. It is often made up of professionals, family members, friends and community supports who are committed to supporting the goals of the child and family. During the meeting, the team updates and monitors the progress of a treatment plan and reviews goals related to the child’s behavioral health services and overall family well-being.
Community Inclusion Planning
Community Inclusion Planning meetings (formerly known as Care Review) are in place to help a person or family meet with community and agency representatives to discuss their needs and desires across multiple areas and help put a plan in place to meet those needs and desires. These areas may include the following: mental and physical health, housing, transportation, legal, financial, educational, employment, social activities, and spiritual needs.
The individual or family leads this process and should be informed and willing to participate in the Community Inclusion Planning meeting in order for the meeting to take place. It is the responsibility of the person completing the application with the participant to explain the purpose of Community Inclusion Planning meeting to ensure they are interested in participating.
The Community Inclusion Planning team will help with brainstorming and creating a plan for the individual or family to access resources in the community and provide support throughout the process. This process is tailored around the specific needs of the individual or family.
To schedule a Community Inclusion Planning meeting, please complete the referral form and submit it to the appropriate Coordinator.
If you have any questions, contact the appropriate Coordinator below:
What to Expect at a Meeting
The Independent Living Initiative (ILI) is a short-term and one-time assistance program for adult consumers and children receiving enhanced benefits services through Alliance Health. It is intended for individuals and families who are behind on their rent and/or utility payments, facing possible eviction or utility disconnection, or in need of start-up funds to move into permanent housing following short-term life circumstances.
Community Collaboratives are facilitated through the System of Care in each county in North Carolina. They are monthly meetings held to mobilize resources in the community with the goal of improving the mental and behavioral health of consumers across each individual county. Each collaborative has a plan identifying goals that target the specific needs of their county, so part of each meeting is spent discussing progress and further actions to achieve the goals.
Network of Care
It provides comprehensive information on local services and organizations and a Learning Center dedicated to topics related to health and well-being, as well as the ability to create a confidential and secure Personal Health Record to keep information on helpful services, contacts and your medical history. With the click of a button, you can translate the entire Web site into a number of different languages, as well as change the font size to an easier-to-read print.
Flex Funds are offered by Alliance to support System of Care outcomes. They are offered for the therapeutic benefit of youth up to age 21 and are intended to supplement informal and volunteer resources and to improve the family and community’s ability to meet the service needs of youth. Requests are capped at $250 and are limited to one per year, with rare exceptions.