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Canadian Excellence

Positive Systems of Care: Stories of Success “Effective Community Responses for Children and Youth” (Symposium 2)

October 27, 2004

A symposium series focused on "Stories of Success" in children's mental health. The series features innovative and effective ways of helping children and families with the aims of highlighting positive possibilities and generating discussion and new ideas.

View complete symposium program.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Robert Friedman describes the scope of the problem and challenge of serving children with emotional disturbances and their families. He addresses the primary policy and programmatic efforts in the United States to improve access to high quality and cost-effective care for children with mental health challenges. This incudes efforts to develop community based systems of care, individualized care, evidence-based practices, strong provider networks, performance measurement systems, and family choice. Dr. Friedman discusses the inter-relationship between these efforts and offers suggestions for how they can be woven together to build effective systems.

View Dr. Friedman's keynote address slides.

Guest Speaker:

Myra Alfreds provides an in depth description of the development of a system of care in Westchester County, New York, a large and diverse county. She discusses the need for such a system, the structure and functioning of the current system, and the results to date of the system. She talks about the partnerships with key stakeholder groups, including families and other service sectors, and provides recommendations for how communities can build on their strengths to develop effective systems of care.

View Myra Alfred's slide presentation.

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Hewitt "Rusty" Clark describes the scope of the problem of youth needing to make a transition to adulthood, review research findings on the process, and then describe the development of the "Transition to Independence Process". Dr. Clark illustrates this process by reviewing state-of-the-art efforts to address the transition issue, and will offer recommendations for how communities can come together to address this important need.

Visit Transition to Independence Process (TIP) web site.

Visit National Technical Assistance Center on Youth Transition (NTAC-YT) web site.