Access to Care
Children with Intensive Needs
Accessing Services—Children with Intensive Needs
The Collaboration Council partners with agencies that deliver youth and family-driven culturally competent services and support for youth with behavioral health challenges to promote success in school, strengthen bonds in the family, and develop ways of coping and overcoming emotional and behavioral problems.
Pathway to Services helps children and their families connect with community-based services and support in Montgomery County. Pathways works with families with Medical Assistance, private insurance, or no insurance.
Local Care Team (LCT): The LCT is the next stop in the system of care for many families. Along with consistent family-voice representation, this interagency team of public, child-serving agencies determines how to best use local resources to keep the family intact and increase both adult and child/youth family members’ functioning. The LCT is the pathway to wraparound services in the community. It also reviews cases of children and youth who are eligible to be placed in high-cost residential programs, either in Maryland or out-of-state.
Wraparound care:This is a strengths-based, family-driven process that puts in place an array of services and informal supports to help strengthen families and address emotional and behavioral concerns within the community. The name Wraparound reflects the way each family is wrapped in support with the help of a Care Coordinator.
Supporting successful outcomes: In FY16, Pathways to Services received 450 calls. Of those:
- 75% were given referrals to community resources
- 80% of callers served reported they were satisfied with the referral
- 85% reported increased confidence and competence in addressing future needs
Of the 152 cases reviewed by the LCT:
- 64 (42%) were connected to the YMCA’s wraparound services
- 75% had no critical incidents during service
- 90% did not engage in delinquent behaviors
- 88% did not enter an acute psychiatric placement
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