Families Together in New York State
Empowering Families Coordinating Systems
Families Together is a non-profit, family-run organization that strives to establish a unified voice for families of children and youth with social, emotional and behavioral challenges. Our mission is to ensure that every family has access to needed information, support and services.
Call the Information and Referral Line
Are you looking for resources for your child or children? Do you need information on support groups, family advocacy, residential treatment programs, juvenile justice challenges, co-occurring conditions, child abuse, foster care and other cross-systems challenges. Call our Information and Referral Line and an experienced Families Together staff member will assist you.
Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP)
A national study in 1982 found that two-thirds of all children with severe emotional disturbances were not receiving appropriate services. These children were “unclaimed” by the public agencies responsible to serve them, and there was little coordination among the various child-serving systems. To address this need, Congress appropriated funds in 1984 for the Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP), envisioned as a comprehensive mental health system of care for children, adolescents and their families. CASSP is based on a well-defined set of principles for mental health services for children and adolescents with or at risk of developing severe emotional disorders and their families. To view the CASSP Principles,
please visit http://ccf.ny.gov/CCSI/CCSIResources/CASSP.pdf.
System of Care
System of care is an approach to collaboration and coordination across systems, communities, agencies, families and youth that promotes the physical, emotional, intellectual and social wellness of children and youth across the lifespan. In partnership with youth and families, a system of care creates a coordinated network of services and supports that is characterized by multi-system sharing of resources and responsibilities. Within systems of care, systems, service providers, and natural supports join with families and youth to develop an integrated and individualized plan to address identified needs, under the concept of “one family, one plan”. A system of care embraces the values of family-driven, youth-guided, community-based, individualized, least restrictive, and is culturally and linguistically competent.
To learn more, please visit http://ccf.ny.gov/Sys/index.cfm#def