THE WHAT AND WHY OF THE SOC APPROACH
What is the System of Care (SOC) approach and why should it be expanded? Module 1 explains the basics of the SOC approach and provides an overview of the need for SOC expansion through relaying specific statistics on the insufficiency of children’s mental health services and historical problems that have resulted in these insufficiencies. In addition, the module surveys the contemporary situation and the distribution of need levels across the populace.
After stating the case for SOC expansion, this module elaborates on what does and does not constitute the SOC approach, as well as identifying the benefits for children, youth, families and communities. Highlighting the necessity of cooperation, this module also provides information on the many partnerships required for successful SOC implementation.
While this module functions as an overview, the concluding slides refer learners to more in-depth resources that cover the System of Care Concept and Philosophy, the Return on Investment, the Evidence Base for SOC, and Trauma-informed Care.