Community-based, collaborative services for youth and their families
Community agencies working to expand the system of care for youth and families are building out services offered to youth with behavioral health concerns or youth that are engaged in more than one youth-serving system. Some of these strategies for supporting families, include:
Youth and Family Engagement
At the center of MYalliance is the engagement of youth and families in redesigning Muskegon's child-serving systems to better serve them.
School-based services are being offered in five school districts in partnership with Teen Health Centers, Pathways to Potential and other community partners. These school-based services include mental health clinicians, wraparound facilitators and peer support specialists specific to the districts. This approach is currently being piloted in Orchard View, Reeths-Puffer, Muskegon Heights, Montague and Holton school systems. In Fall of 2019 these services will expand to Oakridge and Muskegon Public Schools. To access school-based services, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the proper school contact.
County-Wide Mobile Response for Youth in Crisis
The MYalliance Mobile Stabilization Team is made up of youth, parents and staff from various community agencies who are working to launch a county-wide mobile response and stabilization service for youth in crisis. In this service, a team would respond to a child or family's crisis by phone or on-location. This team will be comprised of staff from various agencies across the community designed to deploy the appropriate team based on the crisis indicated by the family.
Wraparound, Transition to Independence (TIP) or Other Intensive Care Coordination Services:
Multi-system engaged youth can benefit from the community-based Wraparound service. This evidence-based program is designed for families when there is a high need for integrated care management for youth engaged in multiple systems including Mental Health (HealthWest), Juvenile Justice, Child Welfare (foster care/CPS), or Special Education. A wraparound coordinator is assigned to assist in creating and monitoring an overall family plan, communicating with the family’s team around youth and family’s needs and progress, and creating a sustainable, natural support network. The Wraparound planning process emphasizes empowering youth and families and crisis stabilization. Anyone within Muskegon County can seek approval for Wraparound services through the Muskegon County Wraparound Community Team, which is comprised of representation from the Department of Health and Human Services, Juvenile Justice, North East Education Center, Muskegon Intermediate School District, Wraparound Supervisor, MYalliance partnering schools, and HealthWest Wraparound facilitators.