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W !:ii 4B Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001 Bulletin, Progressive, II g By Victoria Metcalf Staff Writer There's a saying that it takes a village to raise a child, and at Children's Systems of Care (CSOC), one of Plumas County's most recent addi- tions to child assistance pro- grams, they've learned that the more participants who are involved in the process, the better. CSOC, a collaborative of the Plumas County Mental Health Department, focuses on pro- viding services to seriously emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children, and their families. This is the type of program called for, when it seems that all other programs have failed. Through an intense ef- fort involving not just one program, but nine, many minds and experienced work- ers are there to help provide skills and opportunities in turning around situations some have thought hopeless. Program Manager Pat Leslie has already seen some positive results during the first six months of the pro- gram. County agencies that pro- vide services to assist youth and their families are work- ing together in a cooperative venture, that Leslie finds al- most astounding. She is also pleased with the positive response young peo- ple have shown, the county- wide program, even during the first few months of opera- tion. Opening its doors in a Hat- bison Street facility, Leslie said young people haven't been shy about dropping in. In fact, that is one of the fasci- nating aspects of the new pro- gram: participants feel wel- come and stop by just to talk and connect with individual caseworkers or other mem- bers of the staff. While the program is based in Quincy, that doesn't mean the rest of the population goes unserved. Those who work with the program are on the move, serving the needs of participants throughout Plumas County. The measure of success "Although this project has just begun and many success- es are yet to be formally mea- sured, there are many bene- fits already," Leslie said. Ac- tivities and the successes Leslie refers to have been recorded through October, in CSOC's flu'st report. By October, Leslie said CSOC had received a total of 37 unduplicated client refer- rals. That means these are youths who are not currently being served by other pro- grams. Of that total, 33 were served, 31 of those have continued By Victoria Metcalf Staff Writer Plumas County's new Chil- dren's Systems of Care (CSOC) proved to be one mother's answer to raising her son. The program, with its inno. vative concept of using the ex- pertise found in nine different Plumas County departments, is giving her and her son the skills they need to be a com- patible, functioning family. B it4ffouad When Joan (an assumed name) gave birth to her son, she said she knew there was a reason God gave him to her; He knew she would make sure he received the help he need- ed. Joan said her son lived in a self-absorbed world. He wasn't polite. He wasn't considerate of others. He was only con- cerned with himself, but wouldn't participate in learn- ing to help himself. He was very difficult to deal with, not just at home, but others found he lacked the social skills other children learn. Joan sought help in the schools, and tried various pro- grams on an individual basis. Frustratedwit the lack of help she was receiving, Joan said she had to move away from Plumas County. It wasn't what she wanted to do, but she was determined to find help for her son. CS{ When Joan learned of the new CSOC program that start- ed in Plumas County last July, she was delighted. She moved home and her son was accept- ed into the program designed for children with emotional and behavioral problems that aren't addressed through usu- al channels. In that program, Joan and her son promised to work to- gether, taking a first step to- ward becoming a caring and understanding family. Several months into the pro- gram, Joan said her son now shows respect to his parents, and his parents now have re- spect for him. "I don't have to remind him about something more than three times," Joan explained about one of his behavior changes. In the past, Joan said she would have to nag him to do his homework or other chores. It was a bad situation. Today, Joan's son is learn- ing politeness, both at home and to others. He's learning to be considerate to others and to look beyond himself. "He's understanding cause and ef- fect," she said. Joan's son is now partici- pating in meetings that con- cern his life, and learning the importance of speaking up for himself, rather than sitting with others and being sullen. "He's understanding the im- portance of family," she added. "It's like a well-oiled ma- chine," Joan said about the process that she is both in- volved in and watching devel- op. Gratified that she has final- ly found the help her son needed, Joan also said she's pleased that members of the community are willing to help provide rewards to program Scholarship applications available through bi-county farm bureau The Plumas-Sierra County Farm Bureau is once again of- fering scholarships to gradu. ating seniors or past gradu- ates of Plumas and Sierra County high schools. Members will award a mini- mum of two scholarships ranging in value of up to $1,000. This scholarship is awarded based on scholastic achievement, career goals, demonstrated commitment to the industry and grades. The qualifications and re- quirements are included in the application forms. Appli- cation forms may be obtained from Plumas and Sierra coun- ty high schools or by calling 993-4550. You may also write Plumas-Sierra County Farm Bureau at P.O. Box 35, Loyal- ton, CA 96118. Applications are due April 1, 2001. Applicants must meet one of the following qualifications: Be a family member of a Plumas-Sierra County Farm Bureau in good standing; Be a member of a family living in Plumas or Sierra County which derives its liv- ing from farming or other agriculturally related occupa- tions; or Reside in Plumas or Sierra County, and majoring in the agricultural field. Prices at cost---Many things to choose from/Great selection Hours: 10 am- 5 pm Tues,- Sat. East Quincy (Next to Shadetree Automotive) 283-4982 If appointment is needed, call 283-3502 with the .rogram. The objectives of the pro- gram include: Providing services in the least restrictive setting appro- priate to the child's needs; Maintaining children in their homes whenever possible; Parent involvement in the planning and implementation through partnerships; Maintaining school atten- dance and benefit from educa- tion; Reducing re-arrests for se- verely emotionally disturbed court wards receiving mental health services; Cost avoidance in state hospi- tal and group home expendi- tures; Decreasing utilization of acute psychiatric beds by pro- viding safe, effective alterna- tives in the community; and Cost avoidance in foster home expenditures. According to Leslie, these objectives are reached by: pro- viding appropriate alternative services; maintaining family involvement; providing indi- vidualized, field-based ser- vices in the schools and homes; and through intera- gency collaboration and coor- dinated services. Staffing At this point, the nine agen- cies involved with CSOC in- clude the Plumas Unified School District, Probation, So- cial Services, Environmental Alternatives, Mountain Cir- cle, Plumas Crisis Interven- tion and Resource Services, Plumas Rural Services and the District Attorney. Through them, 29 staff mem- bers are involved in the ser- vices provided to clients. Within CSOC alone, there are nine full-time staff mem- bers, and it's growing, Leslie explained. John Sebold, interim direc- tor for mental health heads up CSOC; Leslie is the program manager, and there is an of- fice assistant, a fiscal officer, eight therapists, two case managers, two parent advo- cates and a juvenile probation office. Referrals A child may be referred to CSOC by any agency, Leslie explained. Parents may also make referrals. Referrals to CSOC are those whose emotional or behav- ioral issues are above and be- yond what other programs ,may serve, Leslie explained. An interagency case man- agement team begins the process by assessing referrals. The team evaluates each re- ferral to see if the program will fit their needs and that they are not being served by another local agency. This is part of the process that also helps prevent duplication of participants, ness to help with programs Ralph and Trish Wilburn, such as CSOC. new owners of the Greenhorn Rewards are a regular part Guest Ranch, provided a New of the CSOC program, Pro- Year's hayride for program gram Manager Pat Leslie ex- participants, like Joan's son, plained. During the summer, who have been working hard participants were taken fish- and showing improvement, ing and on other outings as re- According to Joan, people wards for their hard work and like the Wilburns should be successes. recognized for their willing- services, Leslie explained. According to Leslie, other agencies may or may not have attached labels for specific needs to the referral, and part of the evaluation is determin- ing what is actually going on with the child. Once the assessment is done and it is believed CSOC can be of assistance to the referral and his or her family, the team assigns an interagency group, whom they believe will most benefit the child. That team also: coordinates resources; assures the in- volvement of the family; mon- itors all cases and ensures fol- low-ups; and coordinates tech- nical assistance and other re- sources. The program It is important to CSOC to keep families together, Leslie said. Reasoning for this goal can be seen from two different views. From the clinical point of view, there is strength within families that can be built up- on to gain success. In evaluat- ing the family, these strengths are looked for and then devel- oped as positives. It is also believed that it is best to give the family "a boost, not an entire replace- ment," when the situations seem workable. Leslie added that it is im- portant to "keep the child in the least restrictive environ- ment," and there is "value to having the child within their own community." By keeping a child within the family and working to- ward communication, social- ization and other skills that may be deemed necessary to development, replace old be- haviors. This is often accom- plished by keeping the child in a familiar, yet safe setting. From the family viewpoint, Leslie said, "No parent really wants their away." Taking this based mode, and I gether with the agencies, most be worked Reaching by the original said, takes suits are tle ballerina Although the reached at success, most CSOC are being cess. Family support The focus families together. Under the program, a team a clinician, a and a parent enhanced mental ! vices not just to to the plained. "The program the strengths and allows social supports maintain and use sources and said. In other words is to help problem areas, communicate while increasing stability. Funding A three-year $330,000 annually, ly sought to launch Children's grant for $250,000: state, $120,000 from Department of and additional sources gives the $447,814 in total enue for the year, Leslie. For more CSOC, call 283-6091. Plumas County This colorful and comprehensive publ produced in partnership with the Plums County Visitors Bureau, is the area's guide picturesque Plumas County. One thousand copies are printed annually distributed at more than 400 throughout the Feather River Country, Reno, Chico, Paradise and Red Bluff. Visitors Bureau utilizes some 30,000 copies for their tourism inquiries and distribution to the various sport and recreation shows they attend. 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