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The Coordinated Children's Services Initiative (CCSI) is a partnership among service systems, families, and youth that supports localities in creating systems of care so children with cross-systems needs remain at home with their families and in their schools and communities. Children with cross-systems needs have, or are at increased risk for having, complex, co-occurring unmet medical, mental health, developmental, substance abuse, educational, social, vocational, or other needs that necessitate collaboration among multiple service delivery systems, families, and youth to create a comprehensive, coordinated system of care.
The CCSI promotes a set of core principles at all levels of government, across a broad range of service agencies, and throughout the service planning and delivery process.
CCSI is based on a core set of principles and values that guide the development of coordinated systems of care that:
The interagency and family partnership of CCSI utilizes a tiered structure, the statutorily defined participants and the responsibilities of which can be found in Article 10-c of New York's Social Services Law— http://law.onecle.com/new-york/social-services/article10-c.html.
The three tiers are:
Support for localities is also offered through Regional Technical Assistance Teams (RTATs) that consist of field staff representatives from participating CCSI agencies, family organizations/advocates, and county-level staff. RTATs regularly meet with counties and other stakeholders to assist in addressing systems barriers, share best practices, attend Tier II meetings, provide and/or host training sessions, and answer questions and provide requested support from local CCSI representatives.
No, the CCSI is unique in its ability to work across and within a broad range of child and family service systems. There is no prescribed programmatic component to the Initiative beyond the formation of local teams that develop individualized service plans. CCSI promotes state, regional, and local collaboration on system-wide coordination and improvement.
Localities are encouraged to develop approaches that will best serve their target populations and that complement existing or anticipated efforts to improve services to children and their families.
The CCSI is not a service "program" in the traditional sense of the word; rather, the CCSI provides a structure and flexibility to promote locally designed interagency processes that lead to successful programs for the most vulnerable of children and their families. While the CCSI builds upon the unique strengths of each local service system, there are common features that can be found in participating counties across the state.
In addition to the information provided on this website, please feel free to contact:
CCSI Statewide Director
52 Washington Street
West Building, Suite 99
Rensselaer, NY 12144
In addition, most counties have a designated local CCSI point of contact. Although these local CCSI Coordinators are located in different agencies and organizations in each county, a good place to identify local contacts is through your local Mental Hygiene Department. A directory of County Mental Hygiene Departments can be found at: http://www.clmhd.org.
The CCSI Statewide Director can also help you with local CCSI contact information.