Location:

Worcester, Massachusetts

Initial Funding: 

October 1999

Focus:

Worcester Communities of Care, 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 coordinate the care of children who are at risk of hospitalization or residential placement because of their serious emotional disturbance.  The CFFC program builds on family strengths and available support systems to help children remain in or return to the community.  The CFFC staff then works with the family to develop the child’s Care Planning Team (CPT), which consists of the child, family, people invited by family, CFFC staff, and appropriate state agency and school staff.

Population:

Worcester is a city in central Massachusetts spanning approximately 37 square miles, with over 172,000 residents. According to the 2000 Census, 77 percent of the Worcester population is White, 7 percent is African-American, 5 percent is Asian or Pacific Islander, and 0.4 percent is American Indian. In addition, 15 percent is Hispanic. The target population for Worcester Communities of Care is children and youth 3 to 18 years old (or through age 21 with a special education plan in place) who have a DSM–IV diagnosis that has lasted at least 1 year or is expected to endure at least that long. Additionally, eligible participants must have significant difficulty in two or more areas of their lives, be in receipt of support from two or more systems for his or her emotional or behavioral problem, and must reside in the city of Worcester. Since the start of CFFC in 2003, WCC has added a new requirement stating that to be served, children must be Medicaid recipients and enrolled in MBHP (also known as “the partnership”).

Contact:

suzanne.hannigan@umassmed.edu

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