of Care Values And Principles
system of care should be child centered and family
focused, with the needs of the child and family dictating the
types and mix of services provided.
system of care should be community based, with the focus of services
as well as management and decision-making
responsibility resting at the community level.
system of care should be culturally competent, with agencies, programs,
and services that are responsive to the cultural, racial, and ethnic
differences of the populations
with emotional disturbances should have access to a comprehensive
array of services that address their physical, emotional, social,
and educational needs.
with emotional disturbances should individualized services in accordance
with the unique needs and potentials of each child and guided by
an individualized service plan.
with emotional disturbances should receive services within the
least restrictive, most normative environment that is clinically
families and surrogate families of children with emotional disturbances
should be full participants in all aspects of the planning and
delivery of services.
with emotional disturbances should receive services that are integrated,
with linkages between child-serving agencies and programs and
mechanisms for planning, developing, and coordination services.
with emotional disturbances should be provided with case management
or similar mechanisms to ensure that multiple services are delivered
in a coordinated and therapeutic manner and that they can move
through the system of services in accordance with their changing
identification and intervention for children with emotional disturbances
should be promoted by the system of care in order to enhance the
likelihood of positive outcomes.
with emotional disturbances should be ensured smooth transitions
to the adult service system as they reach maturity.
rights of children with emotional disturbances should be protected,
and effective advocacy efforts for children and adolescents with
emotional disturbances should be promoted.
with emotional disturbances should receive services without regard
to race, religion, national origin, sex, physical disability, or
other characteristics, and services should be sensitive and responsive
to cultural differences and special needs.
From Stroul, B. & Friedman, R. (1986). A system of care children
and youth with severe emotional disturbance (rev. ed., p. 17).
Washington, DC: Georgetown University Child Development Center,
National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health.