My child is fourteen years old and labeled emotionally
impaired. We really need help in our home and in coordinating all of
her services. I feel as if I get different suggestions from the
school, the doctors and the people at the Community Mental Health
Board. How can I grab control of this fragmented system?
many children and youth with serious emotional disturbance and their
families attempt to maneuver through a fragmented, confusing, and
overlapping combination of services in education, mental health,
health, substance abuse, welfare, youth services, correctional and
vocational agencies, they encounter and endure competing definitions,
regulations and jurisdictions in a delivery system marked by road
blocks. To effectively plan and deliver the necessary educational,
mental health, social and other support services to students and their
families, coordination among the various agencies involved must
increase and improve.
An exciting concept, which is being implemented in Michigan and around
the country is called "wraparound" service. This service model is
intended to prevent children from being separated from their families
and placed in costly out-of-home placements. It is a family and
community-based service model that is based on a team approach to
meeting the total needs of selected families.
A wraparound intervention is developed and/or approved by an
inter-agency services team, is community- based, family focused, cost
effective and unconditional. It is centered on the strengths of the
child and family, is culturally competent, and includes the delivery
of coordinated, highly individualized services
in the areas of basic human needs of a child and family.