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Family Support Networks

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Y.O.U., Inc. maintains dynamic partnerships with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) and the Department of Youth Services (DYS), and also serves as a Community Service Agency (CSA) providing Intensive Care Coordination for children receiving services through the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI).

As the Family Networks Area Lead for the Worcester West Office of DCF, our agency manages an integrated, comprehensive system for purchasing services for children and families being served by the MA child welfare system. We provide a single point of entry into this system, and ensure a “seamless” referral process for families who may need services from multiple agencies. Those services might include parent support, family stabilization, after-school services, assessment and tracking, or out of home placements.

As part of the CHBI initiative, which provides structure and definition to the delivery of mental health services for children, Y.O.U., Inc. serves as a Community Service Agency for the South Central/Blackstone Valley area. In this role, we offer Intensive Care Coordination for families, including facilitating care planning meetings and coordinating referrals for all community supports which will augment their treatment. The CSA also provides Family Support and Training utilizing family partners to support and coach parents on navigating through the children’s mental health system.

Finally, Y.O.U., Inc. has contracted with the Department of Youth Services to develop regional Community Service Teams that have effectively combined the DYS regional casework staff and provider employees into a team that can deliver high quality, culturally-responsive services and supports to children in DYS care.

 

Family Networks Programs

Family Networks Area Lead – within this partnership with the Department of Children and Families, Y.O.U., Inc. serves as the lead agency in managing an integrated, comprehensive system of purchasing services for children and families being served by the DCF Worcester West office.

Community Service Agency – for children with serious emotional disturbance receiving services as part of the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI), Y.O.U., Inc. provides comprehensive, Intensive Care Coordination services.

Community Service Program (DYS) – our agency provides clinical and support services to Department of Youth Services casework staff at the district offices of DYS’ Central Region.