As part of our efforts to achieve our vision of “a comprehensive, integrated, and culturally response children’s mental health service system in Hennepin County,” CMHC began its planning work to implement a System of Care in early 2021.

A system of care is defined as:

“A spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports for children and youth with or at risk for mental health and related challenges and their families that is organized into a coordinated 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.”

By working with parents, youth and system stakeholders to align with and adhere to system of care core values and guiding principles, the vision of a mental health service system that meets the mental health needs of Hennepin County children, youth and their families in the least restrictive and most appropriate setting can be achieved.

In June 2020, the CMHC Governance Committee adopted a working draft of our System of Care Theory of Change to help illustrate our desired change:

In January 2021, the CMHC Executive and Governance Committees developed and approved a planning document to help outline our system of care implementation work over the next five years. Yearly priorities, goals and action items will be identified following a broad engagement strategy, which is included as part of the outlined Y1 activities.

As of March 2021, our Y1 activities are being carried out through subcommittees. For more details on each subcommittee’s work, see our Subcommittees page.

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