Understanding that there is a great need for behavioral health services in the community, SWOP is beginning implementation of the Southwest System of Care (SWSOC). With support from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation and in partnership with Holy Cross Hospital, Ada S. McKinley, Catholic Charities, Esperanza Health Centers, IMAN, and Metropolitan Family Services, SWOP has begun to use a community organizing model of relationship building to bring together these institutions with local schools. The goal of this work is to build a system that integrates service delivery for young people and their families and helps them build on their assets and address their needs.
We are currently in the planning phase of this work. We have convened all partners and identified common intended outcomes. Most recently, we worked together to identify logical ways to measure our progress. The next step is to solidify the schools with whom we will work and begin to understand the specific contexts of those schools. We aim to begin implementation in February 2019 after young people return to school for the start of a new semester. For more information on SWSOC, please contact Jessica Biggs at firstname.lastname@example.org.