March 23, 2011
The State of Louisiana (State) is undertaking the development of a Coordinated System of Care (CSoC) for Louisiana’s at-risk children and youth with significant behavioral health challenges or co-occurring disorders in or at imminent risk of institutionalization. Louisiana leaders acknowledge that the needs of these children and their families are currently being served through a fragmented service delivery model that is not well coordinated, is many times inadequate to meet their needs and is often difficult to navigate. Further, the current system does not allow for state departments to take a coordinated approach to deliver the necessary behavioral health services. This too often results in Louisiana’s children with the highest level of needs often detained in institutional settings.