Chautauqua Tapestry


About Us

Chautauqua County was awarded a six year Federal Cooperative Agreement by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to assist in enhancing Chautauqua County's system of care (SOC) for children and youth that have emotional and behavioral challenges classified as Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED).

The Mission of Chautauqua Tapestry

Chautauqua Tapestry represents the weaving together 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 to partner with youth who have emotional and behavioral challenges and with 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 all life domains and needs are considered the child and family determine the types of services available.
  • families have access to a network of coordinated services supports

The Guiding Principles of a System of Care

The System of Care is driven by 7 Guiding Principles:

  • Child Specific
  • Family Driven
  • Youth Guided
  • Community Based
  • Cultural & Language Appropriate
  • Evidence-Based Practices
  • Least Intrusive

The process is for youth and families to receive services which are individualized and to 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 with a focus on the quality and cultural responsiveness of programs.