Background and History of the Circles of Care Initiative. Jill Erickson, MSW CMHS Project Officer. CIRCLES OF CARE III SM 05-008. Tribal Infrastructure Grants for Transforming Behavioral Health Systems for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Children and their Families
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Jill Erickson, MSWCMHS Project Officer
Americans understand that MH care is essential for all overall health
MH is consumer and family driven
Disparities in MH care are eliminated, cultural and rural/remote
Early MH screening, assessment and referral: common practice
Excellent MH care is delivered and research is accelerated
Technology is used to access MH care and information.New Freedom Commission: Transforming Mental Health Care in America
To develop system of care models designed by AI/AN community members, in partnership with program and evaluation staff.
To engage community in assessing service system needs, gaps, potential resources, and plans .
To include special emphasis on mental health/substance abuse.
To increase system response and options based on values of community served
To evaluate the feasibility per available resources.
To support Healthy People 2010 goals: reduce suicides, increase access to treatmentGoals, Circles of Care