NYS Success: Connecting Systems of Care with Children and Families
New York State has a long history of integrating and implementing Systems of Care (SOC) at the local level dating back to the 1990's. NYS Success aims to expand System of Care to all counties across the state above New York City and Long Island by creating a statewide structure and network of communities and state agencies working together to create sustainable, beneficial change to coordinate supports.
In 2012, SAMHSA awarded Upstate New York with a four year, four million dollar grant to support broad‐scale operation, expansion and integration of systems of care through the creation of sustainable infrastructure. This will allow for the provision of and access to required services and supports that include the values, principles, and practices comprising the system of care approach to become the primary way in which children's services are delivered in all counties throughout New York State. Additional funding has also been provided by the New York State Office of Mental Health to support these efforts. What originated as the Upstate New York System of Care Expansion Project has now given way to the creation of a permanent cross‐county system, known as NYS Success: Connecting Systems of Care with Children and Families.
With the assistance of a designated core implementation and planning team, all 55 upstate counties are expected to successfully integrate and sustain the SOC values, principles and practices within their own communities. Over the course of four years, each county will be brought into the NYS Success network as a member of one of four learning collaborative cohorts. Each year, the team and existing mentor counties (including New York City and Long Island) within NYS Success will work together with the cohorts to assist in the building and strengthening of System of Care. A consultant (technical assistance, training, coaching and resources) pool will be available to each cohort providing the support needed for success. Additionally, as counties are brought into the NYS Success network, they will be able to apply for funding from the project's "Innovation Fund" to support approved System of Care integration strategies on a countywide or regional level.