Community Access Sites
The DMHA-approved, community-based Access Site is considered the single point of service access and information for youth, families and providers who are in need of resources related to intensive, community-based wraparound services. The Access Site serves as a means to disseminate information to the field about local, State, and Federal funded intensive behavioral health services available to assist in maintaining SED youth within their home and community; and also provides a means for families to explore their youth’s eligibility for those services. Each Access Site provides the following functions for the System of Care (SOC) region/area it serves.
- Local resource for providers and families needing information about the full-array of services available to SED youth within the SOC area/region.
- Distribute information about potential State and Federal funded intensive community-based wraparound services available for youth and families.
- Point of access for referrals and families seeking treatment alternatives to PRTF/SOF levels of care.
- Assist in determining youth/family eligibility for state or federally funded community-based wraparound services.
- Assist in the recruitment of DMHA-certified service providers of intensive community-based wraparound services.
- Remain knowledgeable about and compliant with state and federally funded service programming policy, procedure and state expectations for the Access Site role in assisting youth and families in accessing the community-based wraparound services.
Since the publication of the High Fidelity Wraparound Access Site Policy, procedural questions have been raised by some of the existing High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) Access sites and local Systems of Care (SOC). To provide additional support to our community partners, the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) is developing the High Fidelity Wraparound Access Site Procedure with associated templates.
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All HFW Access Sites for the 1915 (i) Child Mental Health Wraparound (CMHW) program were initially determined between 2013 and 2014; however, there are no dated award letters with which to determine the date for reauthorization. Most of the Access Sites are operated by the same entities who provide the service of Wraparound Facilitation. Like the HFW Access Sites, those providers are authorized for a period of three years. The reauthorization dates are not synchronized, due to the Access Sites having been authorized prior to the authorization of the WF agency.
To better facilitate the process of reauthorization, DMHA has determined that Access Sites will have geographically coordinated reauthorization dates, and will all be due in the same calendar year. All existing HFW Access sites should consider themselves current and authorized, with all reauthorizations due in 2018, on April 1st, July 1st, or November 1st as assigned. A map with a list by county are available for review. Subsequent reauthorization years would be 2021, 2024, 2027, etc.