What is Family & Youth Services?
Family & Youth Services is a division of the Department of Family and Children with oversight from the Madison County Family and Children First Council. When appropriate, families with children (ages birth -21) will receive Service Coordination assistance. Upon initial assessment and interview with the family, the level of intervention is determined using the Continuum of Care concept. Youth may receive services in one of the three service categories below:
1.) High Fidelity Wraparound
Is a way to improve the lives of children with complex needs and their families. It is not a program or a type of service, but a team based planning process used to develop plans of care that are individualized based on the strengths and culture of the children and their family. The plan is needs-driven rather than service-driven, although a plan may incorporate existing categorical services, if appropriate to meet the needs of the consumer. The plan is needs-driven rather than service-driven, although a plan may incorporate existing categorical services, if appropriate to meet the needs of the youth. The initial plan should be a combination of existing or modified services, newly created services, informal supports, and community resources, and should include a plan for a step-down of formal services. The U.S. National Wraparound Initiative has standardized ten guiding principles:
- Family voice and choice
- Natural supports
- Culturally competent
For more information about the National Wraparound Initiative and its available information, resources and evaluation efforts, click here.
2.) Service Coordination
Is a process that consists of a broad set of functions that helps communities support youth and families with complex needs. This includes Referral and Linkage and also Early Intervention Service Coordination assistance as needed.
Is a funding process that consists of a request for funds to address elimination/ reduction of crisis that puts a child at risk of immediate harm. Referrals for System of Care Technical Assistance and Funding must be made by a participating organization of the Madison County Family and Children First Council on behalf of the family with children in their custody, residing in Madison county. The System of Care (SOC) Committee (originally instituted as Cluster) is a function of the Madison County Family & Children First Council to have local system of care experts available to review together, as a committee, complex youth and family requests for services in the county and to make recommendations. Another function of this committee is to manage the local pooled funding allocation annually to ensure that the needs of families and children are met that reside in the county.
If you have questions please contact:
Jeff Liedtke, Youth and Family Services Coordinator