A system of care is a group of services and supports within your community that work together and are organized to meet the needs and challenges you face. A system of care helps you and your family figure out what you need to succeed at home, in school, in your community, and throughout your life.
Each system of care is guided by the same core values and principles—it is about you, your needs, and your family’s needs.
Regardless of where you are, you can count on your community being onboard with these three core values:
So the bottom line is that a system of care is about you. Any services you receive are about your specific needs. The core values of systems of care also ensure that services and supports are respectful of you as an individual and will be provided in a way that you can understand.
While no two systems of care are alike, they all have one thing in common: You get to play as much of a role in creating your treatment plan as you want. The best part is that instead of getting services in a strange place, far away from those you care about and those who care about you, your services are provided in your community whenever possible.