ICSP Management Team, Advisory Committee and Community Partners

To provide a clear structural framework for decision-making, an organizational structure for the Integrated Children’s Services Plan (ICSP) was established at the state level showing its connection to activities occurring at the local level, led personally by the Secretary of Public Welfare. Teams, both internal and external to the Department of Human Services (DHS), were developed to ensure completion of necessary tasks for development and implementation of ICSP guidelines, review of county plans, provision of technical assistance and to address policy and regulatory issues.

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The ICSP Management Team is composed of representatives of:

  • Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Office of Child Development and Early Learning
  • Office of Developmental Programs
  • Office of Children, Youth and Families
  • Office of Income Maintenance
  • Office of Medical Assistance Programs
  • Office of Policy Development
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health
  • Juvenile Court Judges Commission
  • DHS Consultant to ICSP

The ICSP management team meets monthly to develop integrated planning principles and guidelines as well as coordinate technical assistance activities.

The external ICSP Advisory Committee is comprised of county representatives and staff from:

  • Mental Health/Mental Retardation
  • Children and Youth
  • Early Intervention
  • Drug and Alcohol
  • Juvenile Detention Centers
  • Department of Human Services
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health

The external ICSP Advisory Committee membership also includes service providers, family members, child advocates and youth. Their role includes providing the Department input and recommendations on integrated services policies and procedures, provide feedback on best practices on integration of services and to assist in the review of county integrated plans.

Community Partners are an integral part of finding and supporting solutions that best meet the needs of the child. The Department of Human Services believes strongly that partnership with families, consumers and stakeholders is critical and that counties should actively engage these individuals as part of its cross-system teams. ICSP Community Partners are to be developed through a partnership of the county mental health/mental retardation, child welfare, juvenile probation, drug and alcohol agencies, and families and children receiving services from all of the agencies whose services are covered by the Integrated Children’s Services Plan.

Community Partners from the following entities should be involved in the ICSP development:

  • Family members of children who have received services;
  • Adolescents who have received services;
  • Children and Youth, MH/MR, Drug and Alcohol, Early Intervention Advisory Committees;
  • School Districts and Intermediate Unit representatives;
  • Agency caseworkers and supervisors from county agencies providing direct services covered by the plan;
  • Juvenile probation officers and juvenile detention center directors;
  • Juvenile and Family Court judges and local law enforcement;
  • Private agencies under contract with the county or providing services in collaboration with any of the county agencies whose services are included in the ICSP;
  • Behavioral health managed care organizations in HealthChoices counties;
  • Early Intervention professionals;
  • Child and family advocates;
  • Foster and adoptive parents;
  • Representatives of the community, for example, from United Way, the faith-based community or other community organizations, who reflect the culture and experience of the children and families served;
  • Attorneys representing children and parents;
  • Attorneys from the local District Attorney’s office involved in the adjudication process; and
  • Local law enforcement agencies.