Worcester Communities of Care

275 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA 01604
Massachusetts US
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A project of UMass Medical School and the Department of Mental Health providing services to youth with serious emotional disorders (SED) and their families. Programs and services include: Coordinated Family Focused Care (CFFC) is a model of care jointly funded by DMA, DMH, DSS, DYS and the local LEA through the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBPH). The goal is to better access appropriate services and coordinate the care of youth who are at risk of hospitalization or residential care because of their serious emotional disturbance. The CFFC program uses a wraparound approach that assists families to identify their needs and builds on family as well as appropriate state agency and school staff. This team develops an individualized care plan to achieve the goals established by the family and their team. Support includes services such as advocacy, peer support groups, crisis planning, short-term respite, coordination of services across agencies and treatment services as well as utilizing the natural supports of the family and the community. Youth and Family Network (YFN) of Worcester is a team of community, state and family organizations that have come together to develop a system of service delivery that is culturally competent, child-centered and family-focused. Families and the community come together to consult and plan. Additional projects include a collaboration with the Worcester Public Schools and a Vietnamese Family Strengths Program.