Starting in January 1996, the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Albany, N.Y. developed a method—through the education, social services, juvenile justice, and mental health systems—to purchase and manage individualized services for seriously emotionally disturbed children and adolescents to divert them from unnecessary placements and hospitalizations.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Mental Health Services Program for Youth Replication.
- Through this work, known as the Kids Oneida project and located in Oneida County, N.Y., a local interagency steering committee was established. The committee chose to replicate a model that combined funding streams through a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit care management entity and used them to purchase both service coordination and direct wraparound services through a provider network.
- Child and family teams developed individualized service plans that authorized services on a monthly basis.
- A not-for-profit care management entity, Integrated Community Alternatives Network, Utica, N.Y., was established to administer the Kids Oneida project.
- Initial funding for Kids Oneida was provided under contracts between the local departments of social services and mental health and Integrated Community Alternatives Network for individualized wraparound plans.
- Workgroups helped the local steering committee and demonstrated the cooperative spirit in Oneida County.