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New National Web Site Devoted to Mental Health of Children, Youth and Families

May 03, 2006

The Child, Adolescent, and Family Branch of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed a new web website devoted to providing information about the mental health of children, youth and families.  Calling it Systems of Care, it is a coordinated network of community-based services and supports that are organized to meet the challenges of children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. Families and youth work in partnership with public and private organizations to design mental health services and supports that are effective, that build on the strengths of individuals, and that address each person's cultural and linguistic needs.  Systems of Care seeks to help children, youth and families function better at home, in school, in the community and throughout life.

Systems of Care is not a program — it is a philosophy of how care should be delivered.  Systems of Care is an approach to services that recognizes the importance of family, school and community, and seeks to promote the full potential of every child and youth by addressing their physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and social needs. 

For more information about Systems of Care, visit:

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