Chautauqua Tapestry was established in 2008 with a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), given to the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene to establish a system of care in Chautauqua County. After the initial success, SAMHSA has awarded more federal grants to fund the continuation of this work. The goals of the most recent expansion of the grant are to improve the mental health outcomes for children and youth, birth through 21, at risk for serious emotional disturbance (SED), and their families.
The Mission of Chautauqua Tapestry
Chautauqua Tapestry represents the weaving of effective, appropriate, and individualized supports and services that are accessible and comprehensive to meet the needs of youth with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families.
An opportunity and challenge for Chautauqua County service and support providers is to partner with youth with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families to create an accessible, responsive, appropriate, and effective service delivery system.
What is a System of Care?
A System of Care (SOC) is a network of programs and services delivered to children, youth & families that:
- Recognize that children and families have needs in many areas of life,
- Promotes a holistic approach in which the child and family consider all life domains and needs to determine the types of services available.
- families have access to a network of coordinated services and supports
The Guiding Principles of a System of Care
7 Guiding Principles drive the System of Care:
- Child Specific
- Family Driven
- Youth Guided
- Cultural & Language Appropriate
- Evidence-Based Practices
- Least Intrusive
The process is for youth and families to receive services that are individualized and include formal and natural supports selected by the youth and family. The ultimate goal is to improve access and expand the array of services and supports for children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families, focusing on programs' quality and cultural responsiveness.