Toolkit for Expanding the System of Care Approach

Toolkit for Expanding the System of Care ApproachIn 2011, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHS) launched an initiative to support widespread adoption of the system of care approach for children, youth, and young adults with mental health challenges and their families. A number of resources have been developed to guide work to expand and sustain systems of care throughout states, tribes, territories, and communities. This toolkit brings these resources together to make them easily accessible to jurisdictions engaged in expansion efforts. It provides a strategic framework for system of care expansion and guides for strategic planning, implementing expansion strategies, financing, and performance and outcome measurement. Worksheets and tools for expansion teams, self-assessment, and outcome measurement are also included.

The toolkit is divided into four sections: 1) introduction to expansion, 2) strategic expansion planning, 3) expansion implementation, and 4) performance and outcome measurement. Specific resources are described in each of these sections. In addition, each resource is included in the “References and Resources” section to allow users to easily select and download those that will be most helpful in their work. To maximize the utility of the toolkit, the Self-Assessment of System of Care Expansion Strategies and the Worksheets for Expansion Teams are also available in MS Word and may be downloaded through the links provided. All of these resources are designed to assist both federally funded and non-funded jurisdictions to successfully bring systems of care to scale so that more children and families will benefit.

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Entire Toolkit for Expanding the System of Care Approach

Individual Resources
Resource #1:    System of Care Definition and Philosophy
Resource #2:    Evidence Base for Systems of Care
Resource #3:    System of Care Expansion Logic Model
Resource #4:    Strategic Framework for Expanding the System of Care Approach
Resource #5:    System of Care Expansion Goals and Strategies Table
Resource #6:    Strategic Planning Guidance for System of Care Expansion
Resource #7:    Self-Assessment of Strategies for Expanding the System of Care Approach
Resource #8:    System of Care Expansion Planning Guide
Resource #9:    Planning Protocol for System of Care Expansion Teams
Resource #10:  Worksheets for System of Care Expansion Teams
Resource #11:  System of Care Expansion Implementation Guide
Resource #12:  Guide to Developing a System of Care Expansion Financing Plan
Resource #13:  Rating Tool for Implementation of the System of Care Approach
Resource #14:  Community- and State-Level Rating Tool Report Templates

Individual Resources in MS Word
Resource #7:    Self-Assessment of Strategies for Expanding the System of Care Approach
Resource #10:  Worksheets for System of Care Expansion Teams