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February 9, 2011

Dear Coordinated System of Care Stakeholders,

You are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting presented by Louisiana's four state child and family serving agencies, where you will receive information about a new approach to providing services to children who are at risk of out-of-home placement due to significant behavioral health challenges. These meetings will allow us to share with you, our stakeholders, information about CSOC, and allow you to ask us questions, share your comments and learn more about the community application. The schedule of statewide meetings is below.

The Departments of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Health and Hospitals (DHH), Education (DoE) and the Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) have worked together for over a year to build the Coordinated System of Care - CSOC.

CSOC is an evidence-based approach, part of a national movement, designed to develop family-driven and youth-guided care, keep children at home, in school, and out of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. An important CSOC goal is to reduce the number of highly restrictive out-of-home placements through creation and maintenance of coordinated and effective community-based services.

Louisiana's at-risk children and their families currently face a fragmented service delivery model that lacks coordination, is often inadequate to meet their needs and is usually difficult to navigate. CSOC will create partnerships with public and private service providers that target children, youth and their families, in a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary system of services.

We have reached the implementation stage of the project and are scheduled to begin phase-in of communities in October 2011. The application for communities wishing to become a first-site implementer will be released shortly. Interested parties in the selected community may later apply to become the local wraparound agency.

Visit our website at www.dcfs.la.gov/CSoC to learn more about CSOC, its administrative structure, ideal service array, and the application process for selecting initial implementation sites.

Thank you,
Sec. Ruth Johnson
Dept. of Children and Family Services
Dep. Sec. Mary Livers
Office of Juvenile Justice
Supt. Paul Pastorek
Dept of Education
Sec. Bruce Greenstein
Dept of Health and Hospitals

CSOC Town Hall Meetings
Lake Charles Region
February 17, 2011
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Lake Charles Regional DCFS Office
4250 Fifth Ave.
Lake Charles, LA 70607
(parking available behind bldg)
Lafayette Region
February 18, 2011
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Immaculata Center Auditorium
1408 Carmel Dr.
Lafayette, LA
Shreveport Region
February 22, 2011
2:00pm - 4:00 pm
Northwest Supports & Services Center
5401 Shed Rd.
Bossier City, LA 71111
(in the theater)
Monroe Region
February 23, 2011
2:30pm - 4:00pm
ULM Conference Center
University Library - 7th Floor
700 University Ave.
Monroe, LA
Thibodaux Region
February 24, 2011
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Nicholls State University
LeBijou Theater - Student Union Bldg
104 Ellendale Drive
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Look for designated parking area
or parking at Student Union
Orleans Region
February 28, 2011
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Holy Angels Community Center
3500 St Claude St.
New Orleans, LA 70117
Covington Region
February 28, 2011
9:00am - 11:00am
St Tammany Parish Council Building
21490 Koop Dr.
Mandeville, LA
Alexandria Region
March 2, 2011
1:00 - 3:00pm
Alexandria City Hall Bldg
915 3rd St.
Alexandria, LA 71301
Baton Rouge Region
March 3, 2011
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Louisiana Resource Center for Educators
5550 Florida Blvd.
Baton Rouge. LA 70806

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