Luzerne-Wyoming Counties System of Care Initiative

System of Care is a philosophy on how services should be delivered. System of Care is about changing the way that youth, families, government and communities carry out their responsibilities to each other:

• Youth and families are acknowledged to be central to the identification and delivery of services and supports,

• All child-serving systems collaborate, share resources and support one another,

• Natural supports are as important as paid services,

• Youth and family organizations support individual youth and families and help make policy and funding decisions,

• Communities are engaged and transformed to be welcoming and supportive of all youth and families.

System of Care is committed to enhancing the County’s youth and family voices. Through System of Care, two positions have been created: (1) Lead Family Contact and (2) Youth Task Lead. Both positions will work with other youth and families to develop support and advocacy organizations to sustain this service beyond the current System of Care Grant. These new positions also provide one on one advocacy to the community. Referrals are currently being accepted. Please contact the Project Director for referral information.

System of Care is also committed to creating a trauma informed community. System of Care is currently contracting with Lakeside Global Institute to provide ongoing trauma trainings to the workforce, schools and youth & families in the community. Concurrently, enhanced training is being provided to individuals to develop more trauma competent professionals with the goal of these individuals being able to provide trauma certified counseling as clinicians, promote trauma informed practices in their respective agency, and/or become local trauma trainers for sustainability beyond the System of Care Grant. Please contact the Project Director to request a training or learn about current scheduled trainings.

System of Care has developed a Youth Drop-In Center in partnership with The Catholic Youth Center. This is a central place for self-help, advocacy, education and socialization for youth aged 14 to 18. This includes a focus on the population impacted by and currently in mental health recovery. Please contact the Catholic Youth Center directly for more information at (570)820-7635 ext. 270.

System of Care has developed a Planned Respite Program in partnership with The Catholic Youth Center. The program will provide care to families in Luzerne/Wyoming Counties who do not have resources or natural supports to assist in caring for a child. The Planned Respite Program will provide a temporary relief for parents or caregivers giving them the ability to relieve stress, restore energy and look after their own well-being. This program serves children ages 5-13. This includes a focus on the population impacted by and currently in mental health recovery. Please contact the Catholic Youth Center directly for more information at (570)820-7635 ext. 270.

For more information, please contact: 

Joe Kloss, Project Director

Luzerne-Wyoming Counties System of Care

(570) 408-1332

joseph.kloss@luzernecounty.org