Systems of care are spectrums of services that are organized to meet the needs and challenges facing youth with serious emotional and behavioral difficulties through the implementation of CASSP
principles (Friedman, 1997; Stroul & Friedman, 1986).
Other opportunities to build relationships and learn about others' perspectives included federal CASSP project directors' meetings, periodic meetings of representatives from communities funded through the Children's Mental Health Initiative (CMHI), and training institutes and conferences organized by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded research and technical assistance centers.
Recognition of the value of family-member input at the systems level began to emerge in 1985, the second year of the CASSP program (Friesen & Huff, 1996), when a goal was added to the program announcement requiring applicants to "develop family input into the planning and development of service systems" (Lourie, Katz-Leavy, & Jacobs, 1986, p.
For example, a common model for providing services based on CASSP principles is the system of care approach (Friedman, 1998; Stroul & Friedman, 1986).
As service provision has evolved to reflect CASSP principles, the role of the family has shifted from passive recipients of services to active participants in determining what and how services are provided.
Parents are full participants in the CASSP process.
How SOON AFTER THE CASSP MEETING CAN I EXPECT THESE SERVICES TO BEGIN?
Consequently, there may be delays of several weeks or longer between the CASSP Team meeting and the actual delivery of the service.
Should delays occur in delivering TSS in the school, the CASSP Team may consider asking the school district to assign a teacher aide to the child on a temporary basis and only until wraparound begins.
The focus of the CASSP
model was on defining effective services for children from ethnic minority groups who have severe emotional disturbances.
also made training and technical assistance available to professionals and families to build the skills necessary for collaboration at all levels of care.
Some have argued within CASSP
that Fort Bragg did not represent a continuum of care since it was a developing system, instead of a mature system.