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Coordinated Services Teams (CST)

Brown County is taking part in a statewide initiative to expand the availability of Coordinated Services Teams (CST). The CST program provides assistance with family-centered service planning and coordination of care for children with significant mental health or behavioral concerns who are involved in multiple systems of care. This program is run through the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Unit (CABHU) and coordinates with other services provided through Brown County when needed. To qualify, children and youth must be involved in at least two of the following service systems:
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA)
  • Special Education
  • Child Protective Services
  • Juvenile Justice
Children and youth with mental health diagnoses may be appropriate for CST if other interventions have not been successful over time, the family has encountered persistent obstacles to accessing services, and/or there is a need for service coordination. Children and youth at risk of out of home or institutional placement are prioritized.

Parent(s) must be willing to be involved in the CST team process or at least willing to learn more about it. Involvement in a CST is always voluntary and guided by the family’s choices of who will be involved and what goals will be the focus. The team consists of people chosen by the family, often including mental health providers, school staff, and other professional support people, as well as other important people in the child and family’s life such as extended family and friends. A CST brings all the important people together to develop one plan to best support the family and meet the child’s needs. Children with serious mental health needs often have many people involved in their lives and navigating the system can be complicated for families. Forming a CST can help families to connect with the most effective resources and simplify the process of working with multiple providers across different agencies. There is no cost to families to participate in a CST.

Core values guiding the CST initiative:
  • Family-Centered
  • Consumer Involvement
  • Builds on Natural and Community Supports
  • Strength-Based
  • Unconditional Care
  • Collaboration Across Systems
  • Team Approach Across Agencies
  • Ensuring Safety
  • Gender/Age/Culturally Responsive Treatment
  • Self-Sufficiency
  • Education and Work Focus
  • Belief in Growth, Learning, and Recovery
  • Outcome-Oriented
To learn more about the CST Initiative in Wisconsin and the wraparound model of care coordination:

http://www.wicollaborative.org/about.html
http://www.parecovery.org/documents/HFW_Overview.pdf
http://nwi.pdx.edu/
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