Programs and Initiatives
Early Intervention (EI) is a statewide system that provides coordinated early intervention services to parents of eligible children under the age of three with developmental delays or disabilities. EI is grounded in the philosophy that young children learn best from familiar people in familiar settings.
Multi-system youth are children who require services from more than one child-serving system, including children services, developmental disabilities, mental health and addiction, and juvenile justice. Some youth may have such complex physical, emotional, and behavioral needs, that these individual systems are not meeting their needs. When that occurs, some families must make the unfathomable decision to relinquish custody of their child to children services in order to receive the care their child needs.
Families that are facing custody relinquishment in order to access the physical and behavioral health care services that their child needs can apply for financial assistance. Additional information and application can be found here.
Wraparound is a method of engaging with children and youth with the highest levels of mental health needs, and their families, so that they can live in their homes and communities and realize their dreams.
When implemented well, Wraparound has been shown to produce better outcomes at similar or lower cost, and with high levels of family and youth satisfaction. More information about the Wraparound method can be found here.
Creative Options is a program that uses a collaborative approach by providing wraparound services to help families with children from birth to age 21 with multiple needs.
The process is a team-based activity that helps groups of people involved in family's life work toward a common goal. Services are organized and delivered by someone trained to facilitate the team. The team creates a plan that includes ways to assure children/youth and their families can experience success in their communities. homes, and schools by developing functional outcomes.