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MONDAY, MAR 2, 2020

CLMHD Sponsors Children's Systems of Care Forum in Mid-Hudson

Michael Orth, MSW, Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Mental Health moderates the panel discussion

Panel discussion included a variety of SOC stakeholders

On Thursday, February 27, the Conference held a Children's Systems Forum in Poughkeepsie to educate various Systems of Care (SOC) stakeholders around the SOC framework for a collaborative approach in addressing children and family's needs locally and how the revised C-SPOA (Children's Single Point of Access) roles and responsibilities can contribute to the SOC and cross systems approach. 
CLMHD Children & Families Committee created the forum as a vehicle to provide updates and background on the changes to the C-SPOA role, as well as to facilitate some county planning relative to collaborative goal setting and how C-SPOAs can be a resource in reaching local goals. A variety of important SOC stakeholders participated in the event, including County Directors of Community Services, County C-SPOAs, Managed Care Plans, Health Homes, Care Management Agencies, Local Department of Social Services, Juvenile Justice/Probation, County Youth Bureau, Schools/BOCES, Local Hospitals, Care Coordination Organizations, Family and Youth Support, DSRIP/PPS/CBO, and Regional and State representatives. 

This Children's System Forum was designed to assist with the understanding of the various system changes and the impact it has had on the service delivery system (i.e. HCBS/waiver transition, Family First Prevention Services Act and PINS legislation). Following the success of this event, the Conference plans to hold additional forums across the state in the coming months.