NMF’s Campaign to Provide Intensive Case Management Services for Children, Youth and Families with Mental Illness
When a child is diagnosed with severe mental illness, families often face an overwhelming number of well being and care issues. By the time individuals begin receiving treatment at Integral Care, many have already experienced challenges at school and/or with the criminal justice system. Nearly 60 percent of the families are in single-family homes, intensifying the issues even further.
This program works to empower parents with the tools to reshape their home environment and foster long-term recovery for a brighter future. For over a decade, the program’s outcomes have consistently ranked 84 percent or better for a range of indicators, including improved mental health, retention at school, decreased interaction with the criminal justice system and ability to function within the community.
When a child is accepted to this program, a caseworker is assigned to the family and works with family members to develop a customized action plan based upon the family’s strengths. Services may include:
- Family counseling
- Respite care
- Life skills
- Parent coaching
- Day camps
- Enriching sports and cultural activities
Mental health professionals and families work collaboratively to overcome barriers for success in school, home and community, to identify a unique, individualized and strength-based action plan. It’s a win/win for
children, their families, and everyone in our community.