Families and Communities Embracing Successes (“FACES”) is the Southwestern Indiana Regional System of Care (SOC) which serves children and families in Vanderburgh, Gibson, Posey and Warrick Counties. Our regional System of Care originated in 2011 via a time limited implementation grant from the Indiana Department of Mental Health Administration. It has grown over the past four years to include over 20 local agencies, service providers, youth, and families working collaboratively to build meaningful partnerships to meet the needs in our community. Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. is a private, non-profit community mental health center which serves as the fiscal agent. “FACES” has come a long way in four years and we are proud of the resolve of our community partners to continue our coalition efforts in the best interest of our children.
Our local SOC has identified a need to create meaningful systems reforms which align with SOC principles, remove barriers for youth and families, and produce lifelong improvements in their wellbeing. Specifically, reforms include remediating organizational process barriers, decreasing service gaps, improving service accessibility, and expanding evidenced based practices especially in our rural counties which are underserved. “FACES” is our local System of Care council that includes family members and representatives from various child serving agencies in the community. We work together to facilitate services to children and their families who are struggling with emotional and behavioral disturbances. The goal of these collaborative services is to decrease the challenges and stress the families are experiencing and improve their lives as well as our community as a whole.
“FACES” has had an oversight structure since its inception. Originally this group was referred to as the Strategic Planning Council. However, in keeping with the language of the Indiana Local SOC Governance Operating Policy & Procedures, they are now referred to as the “FACES” Governance Board. The Governance Board meets monthly one week prior to the monthly “FACES” consortium meeting.
“FACES” established an interagency collaboration to coordinate services in conjunction with families who have children experiencing emotional and behavioral challenges. The consortium members will be guided by a governance board made up of representatives from multiple child serving agencies. All consortium members will assist in the development and maintenance of “FACES” as well as provide governance and assure program integrity.