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The Cabinet has launched initiatives consistent with the Guiding Principles in PL 785, the Cabinet's vision that children's needs are best met within the context of relationships in the family and community, and its mission to actively collaborate to create and promote coordinated policies and service delivery systems supportive of children, families and communities. These initiatives are summarized below:

                     Invest Early in MaineA Working Plan for Humane Early Childhood Systems 2006

                     Task Force on Early Childhood  Maine is one of nine states to be awarded a two-year planning grant from the Maternal and Child 
                     Health (MCH) Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which gives Maine an exciting opportunity to foster and
                     sustain humane, family-centered, community-rooted, culturally proficient, and strength-based systems to promote the healthy
                     development and safety of all young children.

Maine Youth Suicide Prevention Implement the comprehensive, statewide approach to prevention of adolescent suicide in accordance with the Governor’s Task Force on Adolescent Suicide; 

Communities for Children & Youth To measurably improve the well-being of children in every community and to increase educational attainment and achievement levels of all Maine children. 

Coordinated School Health Program "Healthy kids make better students and better students make healthy communities".

Homeless Children & Youth Provide early identification and intensive case management and other supports for any homeless youth.

Keeping Maine's Children and Youth Connected An Integrated Approach to Help Children and Youth Who Experience School Disruption Due To:  Homelessness, Foster Care Placement, Correctional Facility Placement, In-Patient Psychiatric Care.

Family Systems Team, Formerly Integrated Case Management  To provide Maine families and children with access to services that are planned for, managed, and delivered in a holistic and integrated manner in order to improve their self-sufficiency, safety, economic stability, health, and quality of life.

Jason Program  The Jason Program provides medical, emotional and spiritual care to Maine's critically ill and dying children and their families.  The program is led by a team of professionals working in collaboration with Maine's communities.  The Jason Program supports the community in delivering this comprehensive care to Maine's critically ill children and their families.  We are dedicated to strengthening existing programs and establishing new services without duplicating resources.

LCRC, Local Case Resolution Committees  Regionally coordinate volunteer professional case review committees that are overseen by the Regional Children's Cabinet that respond to and process individual and group family cases with Pooled Flexible Funds where there is an identified barrier to service.  The goal of the LCRCs is to find an immediate solution for the family whose child/ren are in immediate need, but where the service is not reimbursable.

Maine's Marks for Children, Families and Communities To report on indicators tracking the child, family and community well-being outcomes of the Children's Cabinet.

Maine Mentoring Partnership  The Maine Mentoring Partnership emerged from the Governor's Committee on Mentoring Youth as a diverse group of people representing both the private and public sector.  The mission of the Maine Mentoring Partnership is to advocate for, support, and foster youth mentoring programs in Maine.  The goal of the Maine Mentoring Partnership is to provide 30,000 youth in Maine with mentoring relationships by December 2010.

Refine the operation of the Children's Cabinet and the three Regional Children's Cabinets

 

 

 

 

 

Initiatives

Maine Marks and/or Initiative Indicator(s)

Funds Received

Funds Leveraged/

Saved

Outcomes for Children and Families

 

Every Community is a Community for Children & Youth

71 communities have develop Children's Leadership Councils to assess the needs of children and youth, implement prevention programs and policies, and evaluate changes in the community through effective collaboration.

 

# of community coalitions partnering with state.

 % of citizens who feel positive about youth in their community.

 % of young people who believe that adults in their community care about them.

# of children/youth receiving all Five Promises.

# of coalitions awarded collaborative prevention grants.

# of community members/sectors formally engaged.

# of prevention programs established.

# of coalitions following plans based on assessment/data.

 

 

Funded by the Children's Cabinet

 

Investment of $263,871

$2,584,157            Leveraged by state C4CY office in grants and passed on

 

 $1,753,500 to Partner Communities.

 

 Local C4CY's leveraged over $8,876,806.

 

10 new C4CYs in 2002/03

 

16 out of 23 funded One ME coalitions are C4CYs.

 

5 of the DOE 21st Century grants projects are C4CY partners.

 

      Replicating model college community mentoring program in 4 sites.

 

Homeless Youth:

# of youth identified and returned to permanent safe place

Charged by the Legislature, funded by the Children's Cabinet

 

$225,000

Leveraged by Regional Children's Cabinets I & III (RCCs)

$607,000

      Over 500 youth contacts

      142 youth served in 2001/02

      Over 75 local collaborators partnering with Regional Children's Cabinet agency chairs

Youth Suicide Prevention:

(Maine Youth Suicide Prevention)

% of reduced suicide attempts/successes

# of youth and adults recognizing the signs of suicide and how to successfully intervene

Funded by and Children's Cabinet

 

$209,160

Leveraged by MYSP

 $259,000

      3,751 adults trained in suicide prevention

      284 youth trained

      3 teens successfully intervened to save a life

Regional Children's Cabinets/Local Case Resolution Committees (LCRCs):

# of families receiving immediate one-time support/service avoiding systems barriers.

Funded by Children's Cabinet

 

$600,000

Leveraged by LCRCs & Local Collaborators

$653,642

      Over 400 families served

      16 local case committee collaborations statewide

Keeping Maine's Children Connected

 

(Formerly named, "Transitioning Youth")

# of children/youth making successful transition back to school from psychiatric residential treatment or correctional facilities.

 

# of school, clinical, and state liaisons trained in coordinated transition planning for youth.

Regional Children's Cabinets I & II

$60,000

 

Leveraged by all RCCs

$466,000

 

      Over 500 school staff trained; 8 psychiatric hospitals, 5 crisis units and 33 school districts on appropriate, effective protocol.

      805 youth served under Medicaid alone.

New Residents Committee:

 

Sec. SS-1. LD 2220

# of immigrants and refugees receiving timely and appropriate services and support.

# of state and local organizations partnering to improve service delivery to NR.

# & $ from grants researched and awarded for priority funding needs

 

 

$0/Legislated

Leveraged by Portland/Lewiston Collaborative

$1,612,000

    Refugee and Immigrant children, youth and their families feel welcomed, and engaged in learning the skills needed to prosper in Maine.

 

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Initiatives

Maine Marks and/or Initiative Indicator(s)

Funds Received

 

Funds Leveraged/

Saved

Outcomes for Children and Families

New Residents Committee:

 

Sec. SS-1. LD 2220

# of immigrants and refugees receiving timely and appropriate services and support.

# of state and local organizations partnering to improve service delivery to NR.

# & $ from grants researched and awarded for priority funding needs

 

 

$0/Legislated

Leveraged by Portland/Lewiston Collaborative

$1,612,000

         Refugee and Immigrant children, youth and their families feel welcomed, and engaged in learning the skills needed to prosper in Maine.

Mentoring

# of youth with a quality, consistent caring adult/mentor.

% of students meeting reading, writing, and math standards via their mentor.

$30,000

Governor's Office

Leveraged by MMP

$162,043

         Over 6,000 mentoring relationships tracked.

         Over 100 programs identified and networking.

         Standards of practice developed.

Task Force on Early Childhood

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home Visiting:

 

 

 

 

 

# of state and local leaders and providers, parents, and advocates working to create a "Humane System of Early Childhood."

 

 

 

# of first-time parents receiving service & reducing  tobacco, substance and child abuse incidents.

$0 budgeted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$4,000,000.00

from the Fund for Healthy Maine

Leveraged $200,000 through Title V Grant for two-year planning.

 

Leveraged by DHS   & local programs     

 

 

  $1,400,000             

         3,251 families skills strengthened

         Of the 444 families reporting use of tobacco, 12% ceased and 64% stopped exposing child to secondhand smoke.

         Of the 108 families reporting use of alcohol, 31% ceased and 64% changed their behavior to reduce child's exposure.

         74 referrals to Child Protective Services (CPS), of which 16 cases were substantiated. 

Family Systems Team

 

(Formerly known as Integrated Case Management)

# of agency, community, family members trained at all systemic levels

 

# of disciplines/systems trained

 

# of case practice systems barriers identified and removed

 

$44,358 from Children's Cabinet and the Community Service Center

 

249,899 in federal funds (leveraged by CSC);  $99,996 leveraged in DOC Challenge Grant funds; $83,139 leveraged through DHS/BMS funds; and $15,000 leveraged from RCC with total of $418,034

 

         499 agency, community, and family members trained

         170 families referred of which 79 families were served by ICM/FST

         Serving 4 out of 25 juvenile females in ICM.

Maine Marks

# of indicators tracking % of improved child and family well-being.

$64,348 from Children's Cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

         Recognized nationally as a positive child/youth development measurement tool.

 

TOTALS:

Budgeted: $5,496,737

Leveraged:

$17,268,682