​​Children's Mental Health​​​


Background:  In 2018, the Kane County Health Department received a grant from Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation to build a System of Care. During the planning year, information was collected using surveys, focus groups, and key informant interviews to determine the top needs in our community related to Children's Mental Health. Parents, professionals, and youth provided input that informed the strategies outlined in the Kane County System of Care Implementation Plan. 

What is The Kane County System of Care?

The Kane County System of Care is a coordinated network of community providers and parents that are led by the Kane County Health Department. Their goal is to improve mental health outcomes for children and families. The System of Care approach combines a broad array of individualized services that are community based, family driven, youth guided, culturally and linguistically competent and data informed.

Partners in this project include existing networks and representatives from the following sectors: community mental health, healthcare, substance use services, education, early childhood, domestic violence & sexual assault services, juvenile justice, family support, and parents.

Mission: Kane County System of Care will strengthen our community to support and value the mental well-being of families and youth.

Vision: All families and youth will have timely access to responsive, quality mental healthcare that is family driven, youth guided, community based, culturally & linguistically competent and data informed.

Key areas Kane County System of Care partners are working to enhance include:

  • Parent Engagement
  • Youth Engagement
  • Family Support
  • Cultural & Linguistic Competence
  • Coordinated Community Based Care
  • Data Sharing

Current Initiatives of The Kane County System of Care Include:

  • Parent Cafes
  • Kane County Parent Council
  • Youth Voices Forum
  • High Fidelity Wraparound
  • Flexible Funds
  • Workgroup for Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity (“WIDE")
  • Integrated Intake & Referral System (“IRIS")  Implementation
  • Kane County Parent Council

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