The Steering Committee of Southern Oregon Success, with over 20 volunteer leaders in key positions across sectors in our region, has agreed to serve as the executive committee for the Systems of Care being developed in both Jackson and Josephine Counties.

As defined by The Family Gateway organization:

A System of Care is a spectrum of effective, community-based services and supports for children and youth with or at risk for mental health or other challenges and their families, that is organized into a coordinated network, builds meaningful partnerships with families and youth, and addresses their cultural and linguistic needs, in order to help them to function better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.

What that means for our region is caseworkers, educators, health care and mental health organizations, public safety groups, human service agencies and others meet on a regular basis to develop wrap around services for children or families in crisis, with the goal of proactively addressing the challenges faced. In Jackson County, for example, the Cross-Sector Review Committee meets every Wednesday to review cases, and they have been able to develop over 140 wrap around plans for children over the past six months.

The executive committee comes into play when there is a barrier to the collaboration needed to effectively assist a child or family. Barriers in our region will be brought as needed to Southern Oregon Success to see if we can break through them.

This kind of work is part of the original vision for Southern Oregon Success, and we’re glad to be able to announce our role in serving this need in our region.